Simplest, Cheapest, Fastest Way to Publish Your eBook

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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.

1) Create Your Smashwords eBook Smashwords_Humantics

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.

Benefits:

  • 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)

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$0

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

Bethany Michaels     Bud Heath

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How to Self Publish an eBook with Amazon

Ok, so you just wrote a book and now you’re antsy to get it into the hands of readers across the globe – fast.

With our new ebook Humantics, we ran into some hurdles that impeded our publishing speed –  that’s why we’ve created this simple to follow guide to give you the proper tools to avoid obstacles and keep you light on your publishing toes.

First thing’s first. We’ve answered some FAQ’s that arose during the publishing process so you don’t have to:

FAQ’S

1. Do I need an ISBN to self publish my ebook on Amazon?

You DO NOT need an ISBN to publish to Amazon. Once you publish your book, Amazon will assign it a 10-digit Amazon ID # unique to the ebook. If you already have an ISBN, you will be able to enter it during the publishing process. Read more here.

2. Do I need a barcode to self publish my ebook on Amazon?

You DO NOT need a barcode to publish your ebook but you WILL need one if you want to sell it in bookstores and make it available to libraries and bookstores like Barnes & Noble. The largest book retailers, as well as many book wholesalers, require books with a bar code graphic symbol that displays the ISBN.

3. What website do I use to self publish my ebook?

Simple, just CLICK HERE to be directed to Amazon Kindle Direct.

4. What are the royalties like on Amazon?

As of December 30, 2011 you can choose between the 35% royalty or 70% royalty program. Both have pros and cons, but you can pick the rate that will suit you the best by READING MORE HERE.

5. How should I price my ebook?

According to one of the most well-known online self-publishing companies, Lulu suggests that authors who price their e-books in the 99 cent to $2.99 range “sell more units and earn more revenue than those in any other price range.” We’ve noticed some authors making their ebooks available for 99 cents. Although that may bring in more downloads, if you’re interested in earning income, you may want to reconsider a higher price point.

After you publish your book and provide a graphic image for the cover, you will be given a custom URL which features your book, an option for customers to review the book, and general information such as price, page numbers, etc. EXAMPLE:

Now what are you waiting for? Get into gear and get to publishing! We’ll see you at the finish line.