eBooks and Paperbacks: Everyone Can Self-Publish

Georgina Bomer is here to talk to us about self-publishing. She worked in the publishing industry (magazines and books) in the UK. Print-on-demand was introduced in 2004. She has self-published 12 paperbacks and many more eBooks.

eBooks and Paperbacks

Reasons to Self-Publish

  • Authority in your niche
  • Extra income
  • Re-purposing old blog content
  • Ready-made audience
  • Complete editorial control
  • It feels GOOD!

Why People Will Buy Your Books

  • Already a reader
  • Convenience
  • No ads
  • Great for gifts
  • Loyalty

eBooks

  • Use existing blog content
  • Create cohesive eBook format in Word, Publisher, InDesign
  • Convert it to a PDF, add to your blog store (WooCommerce, eStore, etc.) and sell like any printable
  • 100% profit on sales
  • Can run an affiliate scheme via Gumroad, Ejunkie, or similar site
  • Create eBook bundles at a discount because people love great deals

eBook Formatting

  • No watermarks on photos
  • No Amazon affiliate links
  • Simple designs suitable for home printers
  • Make it user friendly by adding hyperlinks to contents, references, and resources

Kindle Books

  • Easy publishing at zero cost on Amazon
  • Submit via KDP
  • Word document required
  • Cover file required
  • Check formatting online before publishing
  • Live on Amazon within a few hours
  • KDP Select – do NOT enroll if you are also selling eBook format on your website

Kindle Book Formatting

  • No watermarks on photos
  • No Amazon affiliate links
  • No design features
  • Add page breaks
  • No big white spaces
  • Make it user-friendly by adding hyperlinks, etc.
  • Minimal photos

Paperbacks

  • Can use the same software as your eBook
  • Print-ready PDF and cover
  • Submit via CreateSpace
  • Proof book online and order physical proof copies
  • CreateSpace will provide minimum selling cost

Paperback Formatting

  • No watermarks on photos
  • No links
  • Trim page size
  • Cover: matte or glossy?
  • Page number must be divisible by 4 (fill up blank space!)
  • Consider left hand and right hand pages
  • Do you need an index?
  • Create a template for the next book!

Self-publishing is a cost-effective way of increasing income that is available to everyone. It shows your readers and other bloggers that you are serious about your writing.

Holding a paperback with your name on it is seriously on awesome. Same thing with searching for yourself on Amazon.

Psst… Look in my sidebar for my book on Kindle. —>

Christina Gleason (968 Posts)

That’s me: Christina Gleason. I’m a professional copywriter, editor, and blogger. My company is called Phenomenal Content. (Hire me!) I’m a relatively high-functioning Aspie who also lives with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. I am not ashamed to admit that I am in the care of a psychiatrist, who assures me that people in therapy are often better adjusted than “normal” people who are not, because at least we know what our issues are and are working on them. I’m a geek for grammar, fantasy, and select types of gaming, including World of Warcraft and Empire: Four Kingdoms. I hate vegetables. I have an intense phone phobia, so I’ll happily conduct business over email or IM instead.


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