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How to write ebook and publish it. tips to write ebook and publish it.
How to write ebook and publish it. tips to write ebook and publish it.
thepublishingplace by�jennyholmes � note�from�jenny: how�to �write� This book is only 24 pages long and will take you 10 minutes to read. Feel free to print &��publish and write any notes. If you follow this process, you will have a book at the end of the day. I spent my day writing this � book and teaching you everything it took me an�eBook�in� �ONE�day years to learn. Good luck. Email me when you’re finished. I can’t wait to hear about your book. jenny@thePubPlace.com You Can Do It! how to write & publish an eBook in ONE day © Copyright 2010 by Jenny Holmes All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without written permission from the author. ISBN # 978-0-9845794-4-0 Printed in the United States of America The Publishing Place thepublishingplace Introduction This book offers easy to follow steps for writing a book, formatting it as an eBook, publishing to Amazon for sales AND instructions on how to market your book on facebook. Let’s face it. You’ve had an idea for a book for years and just need someone to push you to sit down, write it and publish it. This book will help you organize YOUR book in just one day so you can publish it electronically or for print. Yes, you could keep writing, revising, adding to, deleting, editing and re-editing, but you already know you want to say and it’s time to stop dragging this writing gig on for another 20 years. The longer you write on it, the more things you are going to change. So why not write it, publish it and start making money? Then, if you decide to change something, do the revision. This writing plan is geared toward non-fiction books, but could be a great tool for fiction writers who need help staying on task. www.thepublishingplace.com 1 day 5 sheets of plain printer paper a chair in front of a computer and a word program opened and ready to be typed on a good friend (second set of eyes) on standby to get an email copy of your book who will agree to drop everything and review/edit/proof Credit card with $125 availability to purchase your ISBN if you plan to make available for sell on Amazon. coffee . . . lots of coffee There is a suggested timeframe for each task. Some steps are on paper Some in your word document on your computer GO thepublishingplace 1 Book Title 5 minutes Write down your “Working Title.” If you have had an idea for a book you want to write, you probably have already spent some time trying to think of that perfect title. Maybe you haven’t thought of it yet, but it doesn’t matter, we’ll get to that later. Right now, write down your working title of the book. thepublishingplace 2 Phone a friend (or email): 5 minutes Email 2 or 3 of your creative friends and tell them about your book. Tell them you are writing a book today and need a clever title (that isn’t already being used) and maybe a tagline and ask them to email you all of their ideas by noon today. Post it on facebook if you want – generate some buzz early! Offer to buy a frappy latte whipped cap to the person who picks the best title. thepublishingplace 3 5 minutes Write down 10 Things you know about your topic Nothing fancy. Just off the top of your head - the first 10 things you think of. thepublishingplace 4 Now write down 10 more. 10 minutes thepublishingplace 5 Type your topic list. 10 minutes Now it’s time to open Word. Type your list of 10 – 20 topics If a few more topics come to mind, type those too. thepublishingplace 8 Edit your printed book 30 minutes Get your printed copy and a pen and sit down and read what you have written. Make corrections, additions. This is your first edit. thepublishingplace 7 Get your ISBN 10 minutes This is the number that identifies your book and is standard worldwide. This is how you make your book available for sales worldwide both online and in bookstores. If you order this from Bowker.com, you can get a single ISBN for $125. There are other sites that sell them at varying rates (publishers who purchased in bulk and selling to make a little profit). I suggest sticking with www.Bowker.com. And if you think you are going to publish more books, you might as well buy 10 at a time for a little over $300. Details on Bowker’s website. This number will go on your copyright page. (We’ll create that soon.) NOTE about ISBN number. If you want to write and publish this book and create a PDF for others to view, you don’t have to have an ISBN, but if you want to make it available for sale, you need to purchase this number. Now back to the book. It’s good to step away from your writing and then come back to it. You had coffee, took care of business by getting your ISBN, now you are ready to edit. thepublishingplace 6 1-2 hours Write at least one paragraph for each topic. Under each topic, start writing. Pretend you are telling a story. Write in your own style, your own voice. Don’t stop to correct anything, just write whatever comes to your mind. Your mind will create a flow that will result in your intended message. Make complete sentences. It’s called free writing. Just freely write what comes to your mind. Don’t go back and read what you wrote right now. Just write. When you are done with all the thoughts on one topic, move on to the next. Plan to write for 5 - 10 minutes on each topic. TIP: Stuck on one topic, move to another. Then go back. If you don’t have much to say about that topic, maybe it isn’t a chapter of its own. If you find you have more to say and you write more than 2 hours, that is fine, as long as you are still writing new things and not going back to read! Space down so each topic is on its own page (or 2). Save. Print your book. Set aside. COFFEE BREAK thepublishingplace 9 30 minutes Chapter Titles: Clever or NOT Still working on the printed copy, look at each ‘topic’ and give it a real title. Maybe you plan to use clever song lyrics or phrases or maybe your topics EXACTLY as you have written them are perfect titles. Write new titles at the top of each page or circle what you already have to confirm it’s a keeper. thepublishingplace 10 Sort your book 30 minutes Maybe when you listed the topics, you listed in order of importance in the book. But maybe when you did your free writing, you wrote something really clever that rose to the top as the best first chapter in the book – or the best final chapter. So spread your papers out on the floor, sort in order of the flow as you see it, then go through and number each topic in the order you would like to see them in the book. thepublishingplace 11 Make edits official 30 minutes With your printed, edited copy in front of you, go to your word document to make corrections, rewrites and additions on each topic. If you see something you now realize was just totally stupid, remove it or reword it. -Go page by page to edit -change topics to chapter TITLES and -cut and paste to rearrange the order of the chapters. Spell Check. Save. Print your book. Set aside. thepublishingplace 14 Make Final Changes 30 minutes Time to go through your newly edited pages or any changes from your editing buddy. This is you, round 3, cleaning up the copy and finalizing your book. Always go with your ‘gut’ when you view your buddy’s edits. If what they suggest makes something sound better, change it. If you like what you had better - don’t. It’s YOUR book. And by now, you should add your REAL book title. Whether suggested by friends or you dreamed up yourself, it’s time to choose. You can google or check Amazon. There are so many books out there, sometimes you will pick a similar one, but throw in a tagline, change a word or two and make it your own. Get more coffee! Crank up some Lady Gaga. You are about to become a published author. Woohoo! thepublishingplace 13 Reread your book: Edit #2 30 minutes Get your newly printed copy and a pen and go through the book again. You are reading for flow, content and titles. You might decide to expound or add a chapter. By now, it is really close to perfect. If you work on it for another year, you are are just going to rearrange some words and will probably not add anything profound or better. Right now, you know EVERYTHING you need to know and to say. Simultaneously: Phone Another Friend (Email them your book!) Email the book to that editing buddy that you lined up prior to today who is prepared to look over your book and make any suggestions or recommendations in your quick turnaround timeframe. Don’t let them edit you out or change your voice, but be receptive to their ‘first-time-I-read-it feedback’ and judiciously review their changes, suggestions or corrections. Need a pep talk? You are 2 steps away from becoming a published author. Your buddy is editing, you are doing a final edit and in just a few minutes, you will make your final changes, format and publish to Amazon. If you need some encouragement RIGHT now, text me. 606.923.3371 thepublishingplace 12 Create a Copyright Page The following copy goes on the copyright page: 5 minutes (Name of book) © Copyright 2010 by (Author’s name) All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without written permission from the author. ISBN # (the one you just purchased) Printed in (the United States of America) (My publishing company name) TIP: about filing a copyright – do or do not. Paying a fee to copyright a book is NOT required. The copyright Amendment Act of 1989 says that even unofficially copyrighted creative works have a built-in ‘copyright’ affect allowing the author to claim their originality without a form filing. However, if you choose to copyright your book, go to www.copyright.gov. It costs $35. thepublishingplace 15 Final formatting 20 minutes Go to Document Setup and add up to 7 blank pages prior to the first page of your book. Page 1: If you have some art or some cover design, it goes on the first page. (not required. or use typography as a quick design. Page 2: Title of the book, Author of the book (you can look at the inside of other books you own.) Page 3: Add your copyright page with your ISBN. (format on page 12 of this book) OPTIONAL pages: Page 4: Contents Page Page 5: Acknowledgment Page Page 6: Introduction to Book Page 7: About the Author thepublishingplace 17 How to Publish Your Book as an eBOOK on Amazon.com 15 minutes 1. Go to Amazon.com and click “Self Publish” at the bottom of the page. 2. Then scroll to “Kindle Books” and click “Get Started” 3. You will “Create a New Account” (Content Guidelines are available on the site) 4. Then you are ready to “Publish Your Content” The Site will walk you through everything to upload your book. thepublishingplace 16 Create a PDF 5 minutes Follow instructions in your word document to Print or Create a PDF. thepublishingplace 20 thepublishingplace 19 Want a Printed Copy? If you decide you would like a printed copy of your book, The Publishing Place is a full service publisher. Rates on the website are start-from-scratch rates. So if you have made it this far and have a PDF of your book, we can get you printed copies at a special rate. Please email your final page count and the number of books you would like and I’ll get you a quote. Jenny@thepubplace.com thepublishingplace 18 Facebook marketing for your book. FREE Create a page on your facebook to introduce your new book. Follow these steps. 1. From your home page, click on Ads and Pages on lefthand side of the screen. 2. Click Create Page and follow prompts to upload art and information. 3. Then announce it to your friends. OR use Facebook’s targeted marketing PAID advertising opportunities. 1. At the bottom of the home page, click on Advertising. 2. Then click on Create an Ad. You can follow the prompts to create your ad then decide how much you want to spend based on ‘clicks’ or ‘impressions.’ Facebook offers a tutorial that I recommend you watch. It not only shows you best practices for creating the ad, but also how to link to your own site and how to measure its effectiveness.
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