Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since my last post. As an unpublished author, I had quite a few hurtles to overcome getting my sci-fi novel published. There are a lot of publishers offering to help people like us to resort to self-publishing for a fee of course. Cost ranges from $1200.00 to $5000.00. Not having much cash on hand, I surfed the web for cheaper ways of getting published and e-books seem like a good option for me. Many publishers also offer the same alternative, again, for a fee of $500 or more.
Instead I found a title by Ali Luke called “Publishing E-Books for Dummies”. I was amazed to find resources for e-book publishing that are done cheaply or for free. Ali’s book only costs $25.00. She provides step-by-step instructions on how to get started and how to prepare a manuscript. The most important lesson I learned—always have someone proofread the final version before publishing. Trust me on this. What sounds good to you may be confusing to someone else. You want your reader to clearly understand what you wrote.
Second, Ali provides guidelines to have your book sale-ready.
- Such as how to obtain an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for the book.
- Setting up an account with various distributors such as Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Apple.
- Uploading e-books
- Copyright information
- Distribution of books
- Adding payment information at various distributors mentioned above.
Once your novel is ready for publishing, it’s time to upload to an e-book management tool. For the purpose of this post, I used one of the management tools she listed in her book called Calibre, a software created by Kovid Goya. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows – XP, Vista, and 7 – as well as Apple’s OS X (and various mixes of Linux). I downloaded the software from the internet for free and I opted to give a small contribution to help in the advancement of this e-book converter. E-books have to be converted into either and EPUB or MOBI, depending on what the distributor requires. And Calibre will convert your files to either version.
Ali covers multiple topics such as:
- Creating your E-book
- Creating a website
- Selling and Marketing your E-book
- Getting reviewers for your book
Come to think of it, if any of you would like to review my book on Amazon.com, I will send the first five volunteers a free paperback copy.