5 Things To Know About Publishing EBooks

Date Mon, June 23 2014

Tired of rejections from literary agents? Or maybe you just aren’t interested in going the traditional route when it comes to publishing your work. Whatever your reasons for considering ebooks, here are five things you need to know.
1: You own your content.

Unlike traditional publishing, where big-name companies can claim rights to your characters and copywrites, ebook publishing allows you to retain total control over your work. You can post, edit or delete your content at any time.
2: Not all publishers are equal.

Ebook publishers run the gambit from single-platform companies to widespread distributors. For example, Amazon only lists your ebooks on Kindle, while BookBay will share your works across several sites. You’ll need to do your research and carefully choose the publisher that’s right for you.
3: You won’t make millions.

Most ebooks are sold for less than $3. You can go higher than that, but you risk alienating potential customers. You’ll need to establish a loyal fanbase before you can expect to make serious money.
4: You’re in charge of advertising.

When you self-publish, you don’t have a PR team behind you to promote your book and set up signings. You’ll need to market it yourself through social media, ebook forums and other means.
5: You must understand ebook software.

Ebooks require more than just putting words to a page. You’ll also need to design a cover, format your book and successfully convert your document into an acceptable ebook extension. You might need a technical guide to get started.

3 Responses

  1. Ronald G June 24 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    I wrote a book on an old computer (about 400+ pages) and printed it out when I was in university (1981). It has sat since, though my family and many friends have pushed me to get it published. Thank you for all the information, now I will rethink my decision.

  2. Cole June 25 2014 @ 6:28 pm

    Yes, do it! Good luck!

  3. Anne June 25 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    Thanks for this information. My cousin self-published an ebook that’s available on Amazon, and I’ve been wondering if I should follow his lead. Good to know about other options. Now all I have to do is write the darn thing! LOL

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