Creating an eBook was a challenge and learning experience. One thing I learned was that it’s all changing very fast. I would research and find websites, and the next time I looked they were gone. The positive side of that is that it’s become much easier to create an eBook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP.) I found it really simple to upload, preview, and edit in KDP. Here is a nice guide from the publishers of the For Dummies books. David Gaughran has a good post about the basics of publishing.
Of course you want to start by having great content for your eBook. This article at Firepole Marketing has some good advice on that. My first challenge was grabbing content from my blog to use in the book. I used http://blog2book.pothi.com/ for this. Then I did a lot of editing to improve and organize that content.
I don’t have the newest version of Microsoft Word, so this was a bit of a challenge also.
- PCWorld on creating an MS Word Template
- This video was helpful.
- Now there’s a template at http://www.writeintoprint.com/p/layout-tips.html
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Shauna Kelly has a great explanation of How to create a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word. This video explains how to create a table of contents in Open Office.
MS Word tends to put extra “stuff” in that might not be visible but looks weird when you publish an eBook. I read a lot about this, and can’t even remember what was most helpful now! It gave me a headache!
- Format Your eBook from Catherine Caffinated
- Clean Up MS Word
- Clean Source Files
- How to format a Kindle…manuscript
- Tips from Chris McMullen
I simply used one of the covers from KDP.
I’m no legal expert, but at Legal Stuff in Ebooks JW Manus says: “Your written work is copyrighted as soon as it is in tangible form- Nor are you required to register your copyright with the US Copyright Office.”
- Do a search of your topic to see the prices of similar eBooks.
- Read How to Price Your eBook from Mill City Press.
- Once you are ready to publish, Marketing your eBook is the next step! Find out why, how and tools for getting it done at Checklist to Market an eBook.
CREATE A PDF WITH CLICKABLE LINKS
Sometimes you may want to provide a free eBook as a pdf with clickable links. Here’s how to do this…
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