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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.

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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

PR Daily’s seven habits of highly effective writers

Let me know if this is you: when it comes to your creative writing, you’re assured, prolific, and generally—creative! But when it comes time to write ABOUT your writing you freeze up. Read more

Time Management Tips For writers on a deadline

Time Management Tips For writers on a deadline

(National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner.Authors all over the world will attempt to complete a 50k-word novel by the end of November.Crazy? Maybe—but it also... Read more

How to finish writing a novel without losing your sanity

How to finish writing a novel without losing your sanity

If you’re trying to finish writing a book by the end of November for , you’ve probably had a week full of inspiration, exhilaration, frustration, and despair. Read more

Your book needs editing, and here’s why...

Your book needs editing, and here’s why...

Your manuscript isn’t perfect, but don’t feel ashamed; every writer needs an editor.It took Ezra Pound’s editing skills to turn T.S. Eliot’s early drafts into the we all know and love today. Read more

How to revise your novel through a read aloud and critique workshop

How to revise your novel through a read aloud and critique workshop

There are many types of workshops, but none are quite as useful at honing a novelist’s natural voice as a read aloud and critique workshop. Read more

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.

eBooks 101: standard vs. fixed layout

eBooks 101: standard vs. fixed layout

One of the most frequent questions we get asked here at BookBaby is, “What’s the difference between a fixed layout eBook and a regular eBook?” Read more

The top 10 articles on eBook formatting

The top 10 articles on eBook formatting

How to prepare your book manuscript to become an eBook. Want to know how to format your Word document before converting it into an eBook? Read more

3 tough questions every author should ask themselves about their book cover

3 tough questions every author should ask themselves about their book cover

Let’s face it—most of your readers will view your book’s cover art as a tiny little postage-stamp sized image on an eBook retail site. Given that, put your cover art to the test and ask... Read more

What is an ISBN and why does my eBook need one?

What is an ISBN and why does my eBook need one?

The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique 13-digit code assigned to your book to identify it amongst all the others in the digital marketplace. Read more

What the heck is metadata, and why do authors need to know?

What the heck is metadata, and why do authors need
to know?

Metadata is one of the least understood components to publishing an eBook, but it’s critical to your marketing and sales efforts. Read more

How a self-published author got extraordinary book cover design

Let BookBaby scan and digitize your existing book!

Clear vision and a true collaboration with the BookBaby Design Studio makes self-published author Lauren Lynnes’s Secret Watchers series look extraordinary. Read more

Formatting your work for eBook distribution

Formatting your work for eBook distribution

Publishing a book is no longer the only way to get your work distributed worldwide. With eBook distribution available to everyone, the barriers for the distribution of books... Read more

ePub 3 explained: features of the new eBook format

ePub 3 explained: features of the new eBook format

There are many reasons that eReaders and eBooks are changing the publishing landscape. Just as an iPod makes it possible to tote an impossibly large music collection in your... Read more

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

Why publishing on Kindle is not enough

According to , 55% of eBook buyers in 2012 owned one of Amazon’s popular Kindle reading devices. But because Amazon is the dominant player in the eBook marketplace, many authors... Read more

4 questions to ask yourself before publishing your first novel

4 questions to ask yourself before publishing your first novel

Your first novel isn’t necessarily going to be the first novel you publish. In fact, it probably shouldn’t be. You’re still learning how to write fiction; there’s a lot to learn! Read more

Using BookBaby to publish your eBook worldwide

Using BookBaby to publish your eBook worldwide

Everything you need: eBook conversion, promotion & distribution. Read more

eBook publishing strategies - 5 essential tips

eBook publishing strategies - 5 essential tips

Sometimes writing a successful eBook has as much to do with strategy as it does with writing, premise, style and other aspects of book writing. Here are 5 tips that will help you create an eBook... Read more

Selling tip: captivating book descriptions

Selling tip: captivating book descriptions

Your book’s cover and description are the two key factors that could cause a customer to either ignore you or open to chapter one. Read more

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?

How much should you charge for your eBook?

Cruise any of the writer’s forums on the internet and you’re bound to find a log of discussions on the topic of eBook pricing. Read more

A checklist of basic promotion materials for indie authors

A checklist of basic promotion materials for indie authors

So you finished your book. Congratulations! That’s a major accomplishment. Now it’s time to put together all the stuff you’ll need to help you sell your book once it’s published... Read more

10 things you’ll learn in the first 6 months of self-publishing

10 things you’ll learn in the first 6 months of self-publishing

Last week I read an article by Jennifer Ciotta called “.” It was full of honest, practical, real-world advice for anyone about to embark on a self-publishing “journey” (which is really... Read more

Building your author platform in 10 hours a week (including writing time!)

Building your author platform in 10 hours a week (including writing time!)

The “author platform” is a fancy buzzword folks in the book business use to talk about an author’s fan engagement, their social media and web presence, the size and dedication of their... Read more

Social media for authors: 10 musts for social book marketing

Social media for authors: 10 musts for social book marketing

Being an independent author isn’t easy. You’re expected to write, blog, market, network, and find time to renew your library card. Amidst all that craziness, it’s easy to forget the basics... Read more

7 simple tips to help you promote your book on twitter

7 simple tips to help you promote your book on twitter

There’s an actual science behind promoting your book on Twitter — or more accurately, there’s enough good data out there to inform how you approach using Twitter as an author. Read more

Promote your book on a budget

Promote your book on a budget

Some folks say that the success of a book is 10% quality and 90% marketing. As an independent author you’re probably not working with a big promotional budget. Read more

Have questions about publishing your eBook? Drop us a line at info@bookbaby.com
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Sharon R. Foster, Live Lightly: A Summer of Poetry
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