With the evolution of technology and the digitalization of almost everything, e-books are the new rave when it comes to the world of literature.
This has also brought some ease from the exclusivity of the processes of traditional publishing, as self publishing provides ground for ease, cost effective, and more individual control.
As an author in my own rights, I can tell you a lot of readers not only seek convenience, but also grow your platform just by finding a digital platform of your work.
Writing e-books can also serve as a means to create multiple streams of income for yourself.
So, if you’re reading this, what are you waiting for? Let’s get to it
1. Get your manuscript ready
There’s no book without a draft. You’ll need to self edit your draft (you can use Grammarly) and get a professional to edit the final copy, get a designer for your book cover and you’re good to go.
2. Create a KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) account
To publish on Amazon, means you get to have your book available on Kindle.
There is a step-by-step guide once you click the “Self Publish with us” tab.
After signing in, filling in your payment details, you start the process of publishing.
3. Get a professional to help with the formatting
This part is tricky. For me, I had someone help me with this because it’s a whole different ball game with sizing and the type of files needed.
4. Fill in the details
From your title, to uploading your file, book cover, and finally publishing. There is an extensive breakdown on the KDP Community Guidelines.
5. Keywords and Categories
What genre does your work fit into? What keywords would guide people to your book?
Keep in mind that you’re allowed 7 keywords, so make it count.
6. ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
Traditionally or not, everyone needs a serial code for their books.
Simply explained, an ISBN identifies the registrant, title, edition and format of products used by publishers, bookstores, libraries, etc. and is important for ordering, sales reporting and inventory control. An ISBN also increases the chances that your book will be found.
You can visit your local library to learn more about this.
I got mine through the help of a friend from a librarian in Ibadan.
7. Publish now or later
If you’re familiar with WordPress and the likes, you understand the sweet option of scheduling a post.
Yes! You can set up a schedule and make a creative countdown to that date.
8. Final Tips
Make out a great strategy for marketing your book and you can also convert to audio books and create a podcast around it.
In addition, intellectual property law is super key.
Amazon also provides an option for your book to be protected under something called “The Digital Rights Management”.
What are you waiting for? Its time you get to writing that e-book you have been talking about.