Self publishing for writers can seem overwhelming when you finally make the leap to do it yourself. With a few quick reads you can be well on your way to formatting and publishing your ebook on the Amazon Kindle store. The Kindle bookstore offers 100s of titles for writers. Here are a few free titles.
(Note: At the time of publishing this post all books were free. Please check to make sure your total says $0.00 for committing to purchase.)
1. Write, Publish and Market your Kindle ebook in a week!
From Amazon: (Released 9/17/12)
Do you want to write, publish and learn to market your own ebook? Do you want to accomplish all of this in under a week?
After months of frustration and over a year of Kindle courses, seminars and experimentation, I wrote this book so that you could sail through the torrid waters of writing, publishing and marketing on Kindle with ease. This book contains a lot of tips and tricks that only surface after you have been immersed in the Kindle store for a while.
We start with the basics and go through the entire process of writing, publishing and then marketing your book.All your questions about writing and publishing on the Kindle will be answered in this book. Here are a few things that we will talk about:
How do I set up an Amazon Kindle publishing account?
How do I write a Kindle e-book?
What are the essential elements of a Kindle book?
How do I format my Kindle book so that I can guarantee a good user experience?
How do you publish your book to the Kindle store to maximize sales?
How do I set up my Author Central account?
How do I plan a Kindle book launch?
How do I maintain sales after launch?
Are there any other platforms that I can publish to? If so, which ones?
You will learn all this and more. Start with an idea and the book will walk you through the writing process, teach you fast writing techniques and help you write your book in a weekend.
Then we will move on to the formatting and publishing process for the Kindle and go through that in great detail.
2. Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing
From Amazon: (Released 2/1/12)
A free guide to publishing your book on Kindle with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). KDP is a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets anyone upload and format their titles for sale in the Kindle Store.
It’s Your Thing.
Have a book you want to sell? Sign up with Kindle Direct Publishing and publish your content in the Amazon Kindle Store.
If you have an Amazon.com account, you’re already signed up with Kindle Direct Publishing. Start publishing now!
Kindle Direct Publishing gives you everything you need to become your own publisher today. See for yourself.
3. What is EPUB 3?
From Amazon: (Released 10/29/11)
This book discusses the exciting new format that is set to unleash a content revolution in the publishing world. Laden with features the printed page could never offer–such as embedded multimedia and scripted interactivity–EPUB 3 will forever change what a book can be. This article walks you through the format and puts it in its place in the digital landscape, explaining why EPUB 3 is set to become the new global standard for ebooks as it also becomes the new accessible standard for ebooks.
4. Get Published
From Amazon: (Released 10/01/10)
It has never been easy for new authors to find a publisher but in the last few years it has become significantly harder. In 2008, the average author earned less than £7000 per annum. According to The Times approximately 200,000 books were available for sale in the UK in 2007. Of that total, 190,000 titles sold fewer than 3,500 copies. The top 5% of titles by sales volume accounted for over 60% of total book sales. No wonder publishers are careful about signing new writers.
But there is good news in amongst all the doom and gloom. Right now, it has never been easier to be published. Everyone who posts something on Facebook is in effect a published author. And some blogs are read by tens of thousands of people daily, many more than might pick up a physical book by the same author. Then there’s self-publishing, vanity publishing, print on demand and so on. But how do you find your way round this minefield? Get published has been written by publishing insiders to help new authors understand the way publishers think and set about publishing if they can’t get a commercial publisher interested.
5. Building Your Book for Kindle
From Amazon: (Released 4/15/12)
This free guide will walk you through the necessary steps in creating a professional digital file of your book using Microsoft Word 2010 for quick upload to Kindle Direct Publishing.
These are the topics we’ll discuss:
• Before You Write
• Building the Front Matter of Your Book
• Building Your Table of Contents
• Preparing a Cover
• Finishing Your Book
• Uploading and Checking the Quality of Your Book
• Just Before Publishing Your Book
• Making Changes After Publishing Your Book
We’ve written this guide with you in mind. We’ll walk you through the key steps for every part of the process, and while it may seem repetitive at times, we want to make sure you have exactly the information you need, when you need it.
And don’t forget — this is a process! Publishing on Kindle is easy and takes only 5 minutes of your time — but correctly preparing your book for success on Kindle takes time and effort. Don’t worry; if you follow the steps we outline here, you should feel confident you’ll end up with a successfully designed and formatted book and one you will be proud to see for sale on Amazon.