Publish Your eBook!
From formatting in Word to digital distribution

A step-by step guidebook for those who’ve written an eBook in Word and would rather breeze through the electronic publishing steps than get mired down in a nascent and rapidly-changing technology. Each edition will be marked on the cover with the year of publication so that you’ll know how current it is. It’s the ultimate self-referential eBook about how it came to be.  I follow it every time I update it and update it every time I follow it.  If it could think, it might say “I am, therefore I must be pretty close to spot-on”.

The pipeline concept figures prominently in this modern age of digital content production. In the movie industry, for example, a visual effects artist works within a digital production pipeline. After accepting an unfinished movie scene or visual sequence from the pipeline manager or from another contributor, the artist applies his or her technique to the sequence and returns the updated segment to the pipeline for use by the next artist.

An eBook author need not be so specialized and can do all of the work along the pipeline using different software tools at each stage of production.  Write the book using Word, then use ePub conversion and previewing tools to polish the finished product for a particular publishing platform such as those put in place by Amazon, Apple or Barnes & Noble.

You will learn how to:

  • Gather free and low-cost tools
  • Design & create your cover image
  • Craft and place illustrations
  • Format your manuscript
  • Find and use special fonts
  • Place and use bookmarks
  • Create a custom interactive TOC
  • Look neat on small screens
  • Format lines of poetry
  • Format for dynamic reflow
  • Guard against disappearing text
  • Check for syntax errors
  • Scan for broken links
  • Convert to ePub & device formats
  • Pre-market your book launch
  • Preview for different devices
  • Obtain an ISBN and copyrights
  • Pre-assess DRM protection
  • Stage your book launch
  • Submit to publishing platforms
  • Set up evergreen marketing

The antithesis of the industry-standard breathless cheerleading peppered with a mesmerizing array of useful tips and tricks, this new instructional eBook marks out a proven, stepwise eBook publication procedure into which you may integrate any number of useful tips and tricks.

2 thoughts on “Publish Your eBook!”

  1. I want to know how to publish a 15 page essay on Kindle as a free posting. Will your book precisely instruct me? I cannot see where you described the price of “Publish your eBook”; what is the cost and when will it be available? Gordon C. Miller, MD millergordoncmd@gmail.com 229-220-5542

    1. Gordon,

      My book covers all the hardest parts of getting a professional-looking book to digital publication. If you want to dress up your essay and make it look great on Amazon, this book will guide you. The price is already set at $9.99.

      The hard part is over once you’re ready to submit to Amazon. In the book, I leave the Amazon instructions to Amazon, since they’re easy and may change from one week to the next. That said, setting the price is just one of the short list of steps once your book is ready for prime time. Once it is, I could easily lay out the Amazon-specific steps for you but it would be much easier to just sign in to https://kdp.amazon.com and let them walk you through it.

      If all you have now is a Word document then you would need to follow the book to get it converted, polished and ready. If your essay is not yet in Word, that’s something you can do before the book goes live.

      The book should be coming out this week.

      Thanks for checking in!

      David

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