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How to make and publish an eBook

Publishing an eBook is both exciting and daunting at the same time. Your book is your baby. It’s important that you understand your options and that you make sure your eBook looks and reads great on all the popular eReaders, like Kindle, iPad, Nook, and more. We've put together a ton of great information to help guide you through the eBook publishing process.

Note: these are links to archived blog articles so pricing information may be out of date. For the most current pricing and publishing package information please see our pricing page.

Hands writing eBook

1. Writing your eBook

The first step of making an eBook can be the most challenging: You’ve got to write something. Luckily, you’re not alone in your struggle. So just take it one day (or one page) at a time and you’ll be at the finish line before you know it. Here are a few of our favorite articles about staying focused and getting your book written.

PR Daily’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers

Time Management Tips for Writers on a Deadline

How to Finish Writing a Novel Without Losing Your Sanity

Your Book Needs Editing, and Here’s Why…

How to Revise Your Novel through a Read Aloud and Critique Workshop

Formatting your eBook

2. How to design, format, and convert your eBook

Arguably, one of the more frustrating areas of creating an eBook (post-composition) is making sure that your book is formatted, converted, and ready for worldwide distribution. Luckily, we’ve got a ton of great articles on how to make your eBook design and formatting process a snap.

Standard vs. fixed layout eBooks

10 Articles on eBook Formatting

3 Tough Questions Every Author Should Ask Themselves About Their Book Cover

What is an ISBN and Why Does My eBook Need One?

What the Heck is Metadata, and Why Do Authors Need to Know?

Let BookBaby Scan and Digitize Your Existing Book!

Formatting your work for eBook distribution

ePub3 Explained

Worldwide eBook distribution

3. How to get worldwide distribution

Your book is written, formatted, designed and ready for the public. Now how do you get it into the eager hands of hungry readers? Today even completely unknown authors have the ability to get global eBook distribution to all the most popular eBook platforms. These articles will get you there.

Why Publishing on Kindle is Not Enough

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Publishing Your First Novel

Using BookBaby to Publish Your eBook Worldwide

eBook publishing strategies: 5 essential tips

Captivating book descriptions

eBook Promotion

4. How to promote your eBook

You’ve done it! Your eBook is published. Congratulations. You’ve done what many dream of doing (but rarely accomplish). This in itself is a huge a success. Take a few days to drink champagne and be merry; but don’t leave your book alone on a digital shelf for too long. Promoting your eBook is the essential next step and, believe it or not, it can be really fun.

How Much Should You Charge for Your eBook?

A Checklist of Basic Promotion Materials for Indie Authors

10 Things You’ll Learn in the First 6 Months of Self-Publishing

Building Your Author Platform in 10 Hours a Week (Including Writing Time!)

Social Media for Authors: 10 Musts for Social Book Marketing

7 Simple Tips to Help You Promote Your Book on Twitter

Promote your book on a budget

Have questions about publishing your eBook? Drop us a line at info@bookbaby.com.

“Thank you BookBaby for helping me realize one of my dreams of becoming a published author! From beginning to end, you made this process very easy for me. I am sure I will use your services again.”
Sharon R. Foster, Live Lightly: A Summer of Poetry
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