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You have just finished your masterpiece, anxious to share your ideas with the world. You’ve told friends, colleagues, and those you love, but you still have one last thing to cross off your to-do list, and it happens to be the most important aspect of authorship. What could this critical task be? Well, publishing your book of course!
Considering our independent publishing company invests countless hours sorting through and researching the topic of publication and writing each week; we have concluded that the cheapest, easiest, and quickest way to get your e-publication into the hands of readers is through the services of Smashwords and KDP (kindle direct publishing) on Amazon.
Creating a FREE account is easy with Smashwords. Just go to their webpage and click their “join for free” button. You’ll fill out general information and be on your way to publishing your book. If you run into any issues with the formatting of your book, they offer a FREE and simple to use formatting guide. Sometimes as authors, we don’t take into consideration the technicality of indention, illustrations, and other tricky formatting techniques, so this will definitely help.
- FREE to publish!
- You keep 90% and Smashwords keeps only 10% of sales, one of the lowest on the web
- FREE formatting guide
- FREE ISBN (typically they run $25 a piece)
- Readers can download for Kindle, Apple/iPad and iBooks/Nook, and as a PDF
- Receive your personal domain to promote (click here to see our eBook Humantics on Smashwords for a preview)
2) Create Your eBook on Amazon For a complete guide and answers to FAQ’s of publishing on Amazon, read our post “How to Publish an eBook with Amazon.”
So how much does this way of publishing your eBook cost you?
$0 for Smashwords
$0 for Amazon (which will distribute to Barnes and Noble eBooks for FREE in addition)
Not bad huh?! If you’re looking for REAL success in the book world, you may want to consider investing more time and (unfortunately) money into your project. But by self-publishing on Amazon and Smashwords, you can take your book for a test drive on the road to sales. Remember, you’ll want to build up your social networks to promote your newly published eBook. Also, write up an e-mail and send to friends and family, asking for their help to forward on, in help with the “big push” of your book. Good luck, writer!
-Bethany and Buddy