10 Tips for Publishing Your Own Book Online

On April 7, 2011, in deals, by admin

You’ve written a book and now you would like to publish it.  Everyone is telling you that it’s impossible to get published these days if you go through regular publishers.  Maybe publishing your own book online is the right choice for you.  It’s not as easy and just uploading it to some site and slapping a price tag on it.  Check out 10 tips for publishing your own book online.

  1. Treat publishing as a full-time job: You are not the writer now, you are the publisher and in being so you need to take the job seriously.
  2. Clarify your market: Figure out whom your book is for and then do the necessary research to find the right place to publish and publicize it so that those people will see it.
  3. Invest in Calibre: This is software that can turn your e-book into a usable format for the Nook, Kindle, iPad and other devices.
  4. Create a website: This website will allow you to have a home base of sorts to advertise and sell your book from.  Anything you can do to drive people to your website is a good thing.
  5. Create a 3D image of your book: Since your book is an e-book there is no hardbound book that you can take a picture of, but people feel better about a book when it looks like a book.  If only on the computer.
  6. Create a merchant account or a Paypal account: This will allow you to accept credit card payments online for your book.  People tend to want to have it in their hands now and don’t want to wait for slower payment methods.  This also gets you’re the money quicker.
  7. Search engines: Get your website on as many search engines as you can.  Then work on improving your ranking on search engines like Google.
  8. Consider doing an ezine: An ezine is like an online magazine where people can get some of the same information or related information that is covered in your book.  If it’s fiction, consider writing some short stories for the site.
  9. Create a cover design: Work with a graphic artist and create a cool cover design for your e-book.  Just because it’s an e-book doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have to have a cover.  People need something to intrigue them and draw them into the book.
  10. Get endorsements: Have people read your book and endorse it.  Use those positive comments on your site to drive business for buying your book.  If you are writing a non-fiction book having an expert in that field read it and endorse it could go a long way in giving credibility to your book.

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