The Self-Publishing Insider

Ready to publish an ebook? Use these tips from Publish Pros to get started.

How to Publish an eBook

In today’s digital world, ebooks continue to increase in popularity. And it’s no wonder – ebooks are convenient, portable, cost-effective and accessible from nearly everywhere. Self-publishing an ebook is a great way to expand your reach as an author, get your work to market faster and increase your profits. If you’re new to self-publishing, learning how to publish an ebook may be a bit overwhelming. Let’s break down the process so you can decide whether publishing an ebook is right for you.

Sharpen those pencils or warm up your keyboard

The first step is the most obvious – write your book. Select your topic, block out some quiet time, create your book outline and start working on your draft. While most people think of ebooks only for text-heavy content, don’t limit yourself. Unlike their original versions, today’s ebooks can handle much more in terms of graphics and layout, so if you have been thinking about writing a graphic novel and releasing it as an ebook, go for it!

Get ready to publish an ebook

While self-publishing puts you in full control of your book, you can still benefit from experts who understand your artistic vision and can help you deliver a quality book. This is where our team of Publish Pros professionals can really help! Use our book production cost estimator tool to see how our talented professionals can help you with all your self-publishing needs, including custom book cover design, editing, interior layout and distribution.

Want to produce multiple versions of your book simultaneously, like an ebook and a printed book? We can help ensure your book files are formatted correctly, from EPUB files to print-ready files, so you can easily publish ebooks, paperbacks and hardback versions, all at the same time.

Upload your ebook files to Amazon

Where and how you decide to publish your ebook could significantly impact your reach and your potential for sales.

One big decision to make is to determine whether you want to publish “narrow” or publish “wide.” Publishing “narrow” means just that – you’ll publish exclusively on Amazon through their Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform. If you want to publish “wide,” you’ll want to submit your ebook file to multiple retailers.

While most authors opt to go automatically with KDP, our Publish Pros team can help you simplify the submission process and increase your potential reach and profits. Remember that whichever publishing platform you’ve chosen, it may take a few minutes for your files to show up, so don’t panic. You’ll be able to preview your ebook before you officially publish it, so you can make sure every final detail is perfect.

Name your price for your book

Once your ebook is uploaded, it’s time to set your selling price. Your royalties will likely change on some publishing platforms, depending on the price you set for your ebook, so keep that in mind. However, your price on various ebook platforms is flexible, so you can offer discounts – or even free giveaways of your book – to encourage more readers to read your book. Price promotions are especially useful during your book’s launch, so build that into your marketing plan.

You did it!

Congratulations – your ebook is live and ready to take your readers on their own journey! Now it’s time to put your marketing plan into action, and we can help you with that, too! Contact us today to see how our team can help you make your ebook publishing dreams a reality.