Different platforms for self-publishing have been popping out. These self-publishing platforms help writers in selling their works without having to go through the long process of traditional publishing. One of these platforms is Smashwords. Smashwords along with the other platforms make it easy for writers to create their own books without the aid of any middleman. Using Smashwords will allow writers to create eBooks for Kindle, iPad, Sony reader, Nook and other eBook reader device.
To start using Smashwords, you have to register first. This is free. You will receive a confirmation e-mail afterwards which will help you through the rest of the process. After registering, you can now start using Smashwords.
Before you upload your work in Smashwords, make sure that you have written completely your book. Make sure that every part of your book is already done to avoid going back to it again. Also see to it that you have proofread your work and edited it well. After having all the parts ready, you can now format the contents and the cover of your book. If you are having a hard time with formatting, you can read the Smashwords Style Guide. This will help you in formatting your manuscript into an eBook style. Ensure that the words can be read easily. Make the spaces and indentations consistent throughout your content. You can use MS Word for your files since this can be uploaded to Smashwords. This makes Smashwords even more user-friendly.
After checking everything, you can now upload your files to Smashwords. When uploading, you have to include the book title, short and long descriptions of your book, tags, genre and samples. The sample will allow possible readers to take a sneak peak of your work. It advisable to make about 20% of your work available so readers can have a good grasp of the story, and decide whether to purchase or not.
When you’re already sure that you’re happy with your work, you can now submit it to Smashwords for conversion. After completing the process, you can now purchase an ISBN through Smashwords. There are some vendors who don’t sell copies of books that don’t have ISBN. So it’s best to be safe.
These are the steps through which you can publish your work through Smashwords. Know the advantages and disadvantages of using Smashwords before you settle with it. Different writers prefer different platforms. So read the feedbacks and reviews first. Nevertheless, there’s really no harm in trying.
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a self-publishing platform provided by Amazon, of course. This provides an outlet to a lot of independent writers to create and format their own books for free.
Setting up your own account in KDP is easy. You just need to sign in your Amazon account. If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can just make your own since it’s fast and easy. When you’re done, you just have to log into your account and start with your publishing.
The process is easy and basic. Click the Bookshelf menu found on the upper part of the page. This will lead you to a page that will allow you to enter the title of your book and other important details about your book like the description, language and others. You can also put in search tags to make your book easier to locate for shoppers. After this, you can already upload your manuscript along with the cover.
You can use different file formats when uploading your book. You can use Microsoft Word (.doc), ePub (.epub), Adobe PDF (.pdf), MobiPocket (.prc and .mobi), and Text (.txt). After you upload the files, you’ll be directed to the pricing tab where you get to set a price for your book and get your royalties. You can choose two options for your royalties, either the 70 or 35 percent royalties. Each of these royalties has its own advantages and disadvantages. It has its own different features that you’ll have to read about so that you can decide which one is for you.
With KDP, you are not just provided the means of publishing you are also provided with tools and resources that can help you in formatting and converting your work. You can also post questions and look for tips at the community page of KDP. You can find that there a lot of independent authors that are helping out others by sharing their experiences and giving answers to questions posted by other writers.
KDP can help you in selling your work through the different Amazon websites. It will also be able for purchase for the different Kindle users and Kindle app users. This makes your book available to a large number of consumers and active e-reader user. Aside from using KDP to publish your ebook for free, you may also want to expand your reach by printing paper books through CreateSpace. By using a number of channels for selling, you are increasing your chances of selling your work to a larger market.
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