Interested in making some extra money by sharing your knowledge about arts and crafts? Self-publishing may be just the ticket! This article helps you on your way by suggesting two resources to help you organize your ideas into e-reader format.
While you probably will want to venture into other markets, Amazon is one of the heavy hitters in the self-publishing e-reader world so it's important to make sure your book is suitable for Amazon's Kindle e-reader. The other resource I suggest gives a more comprehensive view of the whole process, including publishing on different e-readers. Before you get started, go back and refresh your memory on the importance of having a solid table of contents if need be.
It's hard to beat free - which this book is by Kindle Direct Publishing. There is a 'for Mac' version of this book too.
Don't have a Kindle? Download the free Kindle Reading App for your computer or other mobile devices.
This book is not an option if you plan to self-publish on Kindle. It gives priceless tips on formatting for Kindle, emphasizing the fact that it's not WYSIWYG. If you are used to writing for the web, it's a little disconcerting because HTML is a no-no. Your best bet is to use the built in features of a word processor such as Word.
The book provides a clear explanation of how to insert indents, empty spaces between paragraphs and page breaks. You also learn how to add images to your text. You don't just paste the jpegs in, you have to use the 'insert' command built into your word processing program.
This reference also explains how to set up your front matter. Front matter is the info that comes in the beginning of the book: title page, copyright info, brief bio of the author, dedication, acknowledgements etc.
The cover of your book helps draw in potential customers. This resources gives some helpful tips about preparing your cover. Lastly, it walks you through uploading your finished product, then reviewing and updating it.
This book doesn't have a voluminous amount of pages and is set up so that you can easily go back to reference certain sections as you work through getting your own literary piece of art ready to publish. It's not a bad idea to use the page count and nagivational ease of this e-book as a guide for your own first attempt!
I found this gem at the grocery store. Published in May 2012 by MagBooks, this book fills in the pieces missing from the free Kindle book and discusses not only Kindle but iPad, Kobo, Sony Reader and Nook. How could you need more!
I paid $14.99 for the print version at the grocery store. The Kindle version is only $7.99. In any event, you'll be glad you coughed up the cash. Weighing in at 112 pages, it starts off by giving you some food for thought, asking you to carefully consider if you want to put the time and effort into writing a book. It also gives some information on the history of publishing, which bolsters the point that self-publishing has become legitimized.
The book is very user-friendly and when used in conjunction with the free Kindle book gives you just about all the nuts and bolts you'll need to prepare a manuscript for self-publishing.
Especially useful is the section about promoting yourself on Amazon's Author Central, which is where you go to tell readers about yourself. Author Central also contains forum capabilities so you can interact with your readers.
In my next article in this series, I give some self-publishing suggestions and tips based on my experience in the published author arena.