|Posted by sylvanuskent on October 25, 2014 at 3:35 AM|
Step / Day 25 – It's time to enter the publishing phase.
Where to publish
There are many choices. Some I use are Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords. I like Kindle because it is so accessible and well known to all.
I like Smashwords because it helps you to format better and gives you a free ISBN number for your book and provides multitudinous different formats for your book.
I will generally publish on Smashwords first and once the manuscript is accepted and clean I will then produce a version for Kindle.
Do not forget the opportunity to publish your own work yourself. This has many benefits most of all is that you are the master of your own destiny. You also can maintain a list of readers who you will be able to circulate with news and new publications and maintain a much better grip on things. This does require a little more setting up so perhaps we should start with Smashwords and Kindle etc until you are a little more experienced.
Once you have decided where to publish make sure you have registered your accounts for each publisher. This is quite simple and many people already have Amazon accounts which is the basis of a Kindle submission.
You will also be able to enter your bank details so you can GET PAID FOR YOUR eBOOKS.
There are also many formats to publish in – the more formats your work is in the more devices can read and present it. Here are some popular formats.
Submission formats (favourite)
MS Word .doc file or .epub file
Word .doc or .HTML or .mobi
Your most important format. This is the format Smashwords distributes to the Apple iBookstore, Sony, Kobo, B&N, Aldiko, and others. Also very popular with Smashwords.com customers. EPUB is an open industry format.
This is one of the most popular formats for Smashwords.com customers. Mobipocket is an eBook format supported on the Kindle, as well as Windows PCs and many handheld devices. Do not disable this format.
Portable Document Format, or PDF, is a file format readable by most devices, including handheld e-readers, PDAs, and computers. A good format if your work contains fancy formatting, charts or images.
Rich Text Format, or RTF, is a cross-platform document format supported by many word processors and devices. Usually pretty good at preserving original formatting from Word documents.
Sony Reader (LRF)
.LRF is the format used on older Sony Reader ebook devices. The newer Sony Readers use EPUB.
Palm Doc (PDB)
PalmDoc is a format primarily used on Palm Pilot devices, but readers are available for PalmOS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile Pocket PC/Smartphone, desktop Windows, and Macintosh.
Plain Text .txt
Plain text is the most widely supported file format, working on nearly all readers and devices. It lacks formatting, but will work anywhere. For best results with plain text, your source document should not contain fancy formatting or images.
The HTML document
You should also be thinking of things like dust jacket blurb, cover illustration if you haven't done already. This will be the subject of tomorrows work.
Outcomes of this phase – Deciding where and how to publish