How I Created My First eBook

ebookpublishCreating 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.

CONTENT

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.

WORD TEMPLATE

I don’t have the newest version of Microsoft Word, so this was a bit of a challenge also.

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.

FORMATTING

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!

COVER

I simply used one of the covers from KDP.

COPYRIGHT

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.”

Copyright Page Samples from The Book Designer

PRICING

  • Do a search of your topic to see the prices of similar eBooks.
  • Read How to Price Your eBook from Mill City Press.

MARKETING

  • 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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I enjoy finding great information, combining it in new ways, and packaging it creatively. I'm highly interested in the areas of goal setting, time management, and skills to improve life.

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