20 May 2013

SELF PUBLISHING AN EBOOK - PART 5 - Publishing your eBook

So, you now have your eBook formatted, you have a book blurb that will capture your readers imagination, an eye catching cover, ISBN, and you have chosen where you will publish.  But before you start this process, give some thought to the following:-

Your eBook’s retail price.
You will find information on pricing at both the Kindle Direct Publishing site and Smashwords.

Categories to place your book in
On KDP during the publishing process, you will be asked to place your book in two categories.  For example, for my mystery books, I chose Police Procedural and Suspense.  You will have the opportunity to choose your categories from a drop down menu.

Keywords that describe your book
You will also be asked to choose keywords that will place your book in searches. For example, for my mystery books I chose mystery, detective fiction, murder/mystery, cozy mystery etc.  I seem to remember that you can have 7 keyword phrases so it's probably a good idea to give some thought about them beforehand.  

Here is a link to KDP that discusses categories:-

When uploading to Smashwords, you will be asked to choose keywords that describe your book such as mystery, cozy mystery, crime etc., depending on your genre.  There again, best to have a few keywords in mind before you begin the publishing process.

Also have your formatted manuscript ready to upload, and your book cover.

Here are links for uploading your book to Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords if you have chosen to use one or both of these.

Good Luck!

Any questions?

PART 1 - Self Publishing an eBook - Formatting your manuscript
PART 2 - Self Publishing an eBook - Writing a Catchy Blurb
PART 3 - Self Publishing an eBook -  Book Cover/ ISBN
PART 4 - Self Publishing an eBook - Choosing Where to Publish your eBook

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  1. Jill, this was a very informative series and I'm sure anyone can follow your 5 outlines and publish their own eBook. It was very generous of you to take the time to write down all these detailed instructions. Kudos!

    1. Thanks, Anna, for your kind comments. I hope this series helps to simplify a sometimes mystifying process for anyone contemplating self publishing.

  2. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

    1. It's lovely to meet you, Laurence, and thank you for joining us.

  3. Well, these are really interesting and useful tips for self publishing an ebook that people like and read but the most important thing to write an ebook is that you have at least some good writing skills and then you can expect a great success by e book writing. You can also find some tips online for wrting a better ebook