Seems like everyone is on the ebook bandwagon, right? If you’d like to get your piece of the pie, it’s time to get started. Whether you want to publish on Amazon or hit all the big retailers, you can do it. In fact, it’s possible to get your eBook published on Amazon within 48 hours of submitting it! If you’re ready to get started selling your book, the following is everything you need to do to publish an ebook.
1. Choose Your Topic
Thanks to companies like Amazon, everyone can get their ideas published. First things first though. You need to choose a topic. There’s so much that can be done with ebooks. Whether you want to write a novel or a how-to book, you can do it. The important thing is to focus on one topic at a time so that you actually get a book done.
2. Set a Word Count Goal
One of the best tips you can get for publishing an ebook is to set a daily word count goal. This ensures that you’re getting those words on the screen each and every day. You can start out small and then work your way up. If you’re writing a novel, you want to shoot for a book that is 60,000 words. If you want to get your book completely written in one month, that’s only 2,000 words per day. Authors that publish a book every two months make the most money on Amazon. When you write 2,000 words per day that gives you a month for editing and formatting.
3. Get your eBook Edited
It doesn’t matter how many times you reread the book, you will still miss errors. There are a number of editors out there, but you may have a friend that can help you with the first book. This allows you to save money, but also helps you catch all the typos you missed. Just make that book the best it can be before you publish it.
4. Hire Someone to Format the Book or Learn the Skill
Formatting a book for all the different companies you want to publish with can be time-consuming and hard. The good news is there are a number of professionals that handle this part of the process. If you want to save money, you can learn this skill. Just make sure you stay updated on changes that are made from time to time.
5. Get Professional Cover Art
Unless you’re a graphic artist, you want to hire someone to make your cover art. Choose a graphic artist who focuses on cover art. You can convey your ideas and the story line and work with her one-on-one to create a cover you can be proud of. Take the time to look online for reviews and recommendations.
Once your book is completed, you need to follow the directions on each company’s website for submission. Some companies publish books faster than others. For example, some Amazon books go up the same day that they’re submitted. Just be patient because it’s worth the wait.
Have you always wanted to publish a book? There’s never been a better time. Thanks to all the changes in publishing, anyone can publish an ebook. You don’t have to wait for that big name publisher to read your manuscript. You can take complete control.