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Have you noticed? It’s getting easier for authors to publish ebooks on their own.
In fact, Amazon has most recently attempted to demystify cover design for authors, with their new cover creator. That’s right: distributors are creating free tools with authors in mind and it’s in their best interest to continue to do so.
- Write your manuscript in your word processing software.
- Edit your work or hire someone to edit it for you.
- Clean up your manuscript in your word processing software by getting rid of any “typewriter formatting.”
- Upload your manuscript to your chosen distributor using their online conversion software, ensuring that you’re following their formatting guidelines (Smashwords, Amazon, Lulu). This is important because every distributor’s conversion software has its quirks. Remember, you can take the easy road: if a distributor allows you to upload a doc file, do that, unless you’re a tech wizard and know how to hand code an ebook (then do that).
- Proofread the converted ebook file and make any changes in your word processing document. You can also hire a professional proofreader for this step. Upload your corrected manuscript.
- Create a cover. Consider checking out Amazon’s new cover creator, so you know what’s involved in designing a cover, or if designing is not your forté, hire someone to do it for you.
- Fill out your metadata so readers can find your book, and write a book description that will compel them to read it.
- Click on publish (and throw a party).