Sunday, December 23, 2012

Self-Publish on Amazon, Kindle & Smashwords

I will be doing a demonstration at Groton Public Library on how to publish on Amazon.
Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
Groton Public Library (in Groton CT)
Computer Lab
Bring your work and image for book cover on a thumb drive.

Do you want to self-publish your work online as a softcover and e-book?

To begin, you might want to check out the following link for the print on demand service hosted by Amazon (where I did the print version of my book, Mystic Seafarer's Trail). It cost me nothing to design and publish my book with them. It even had free cover designs to choose from and all I had to do was plug in my images and words (they also provide some images at no cost or you can pay them to do the work for you). You can start an account at no charge at:
Publish your book with CreateSpace: get high royalties, low book prices, and expanded distribution.

It cost me nothing to set up my book (and make changes) because I didn't use the extra services they offered and I was able to fit my book into the templates they offered. I don't have the skill/interest to come up with my own templates. You can find out how much your book will cost you by clicking on a link they provide to tell you that. Since this is a print on demand service, you don't have to buy a zillion copies to get a good price per book. I chose to use black and white images within my book to make it less expensive. You have to have 24 pages to make a print book. Even though I'm doing a short fairytale right now, I have gotten it to 24 pages because I can have some blank pages, a dedication page, title page, etc. I chose to do the print version before the e-book version of the Mytsic Seafarer's Trail because the print version gave me more templates and directions that were easier to understand.

I chose to use the free ISBN provided by Amazon for my print book. You have to use theirs if you want the book available through Baker & Taylor (libraries like to go through that distributor) and Ingram (bookstores like to use that distributor). I had to pay a $25 fee to make my book available through those distributors. You don't need an ISBN for the e-book version.
I was then allowed to take the book cover I designed on Create Space and use it for my e-book on the Kindle site also hosted by Amazon. They are two separate companies, so you have to have two accounts and transfer your print book set up over to it. The Kindle site is:

For my future print books, I will probably use the ISBNs I purchased several years ago.

You may also want to make your book available as an e-book on Smashwords as Barnes and Nobles distributes their e-books on Nook. Smashwords:
Smashwords has an agreement with Podiobooks. I am going to turn my book into an audio book at some point:

Note: Just so you know, the e-book version cannot handle having an Index at this time (because there are no fixed page numbers in an e-book).

Do you want advice on how to get traditionally published and promote your work? Click on my free e-book, How to Get Published.

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