Publish Yourself: Create & Sell Your Own E-Books

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JMS Books LLC, Nov 20, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 67 pages
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If you've ever wanted to retain more of your royalties or try publishing e-books but didn't know where to start, this book is for you!

Recently e-books have exploded onto the publishing scene, making it easier than ever for writers to break into the market. But many people who read e-books aren't familiar with how to create them. What formats should you offer? Where do you sell them? What do you use for a cover? And, most important, how do you go from a Word document to an EPUB, MOBI, or PDF file?

Best-selling, multi-published author J.M. Snyder has written this no-nonsense, hands-on guide. She takes the mystery out of e-publishing while making the process of creating an e-book simple, cheap, and easy.

Using Microsoft Word (or an equivalent word processing program) along with inexpensive or free software readily available online, you will learn how to create the nine most common e-book formats. You will be walked through cover art design, interior book layout, and e-book creation, as well as given many of the tips J.M. has learned along the way. Also included is a brief guide to online bookstores where you can sell your finished e-book.

Let J.M. Snyder help you discover how easy it is to publish yourself!
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Basic Assumptions
5
My SelfPublishing Journey
7
What are EBooks?
12
Crash Course on EReaders and EBook Formats
15
DRM Encrypted and Locked Files Should You Bother?
20
Getting Started
22
Creating Cover Art
23
Final Formatting Tips
57
Creating Your EBooks
59
Creating PDF EBooks
60
Creating LIT EBooks
65
Creating HTML EBooks
69
Creating EPUB EBooks
75
Creating PRC and MOBI EBooks
79
Creating LRF PDB and RB EBooks
86

Promotional Blurb and Excerpt
28
ISBNsDo You Need One?
30
What Should You Charge?
32
Software Needed to Create EBooks
35
Your EBook Content
37
Resizing Your EBook Pages
39
Document Properties and Styles
45
Front Matter
48
Back Matter
52
Formatting Your EBook Content
53
Checking Your EBook Files
89
Publishing Your EBooks
91
Amazon Kindle
92
Barnes Noble Nook
94
Smashwords
95
Other EBookstores
97
In Summary
101
Links to Websites Mentioned in This Book
102
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About the author (2011)

J.M. Snyder is a multi-published author of gay erotic romance who started JMS Books in 2010. Her stories have been published in anthologies by Cleis Press and Alyson Books. For more information, visit jmsnyder.net.

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