I often get people asking how I publish my books. Publishing is a multi-layered process involving writing, marketing/promotion, editing, and networking. If you are interested in publishing your own book, I have provided this page to give you some of the tools and resources you will need to get started. I assume you already have a computer or access to one since you’re reading this. 🙂 As far as a word processor goes, I use Microsoft Word for all my book writing.
Disclosure: I always want to be as transparent as possible when it comes to helping others. Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. You should know that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Getting Your Book Published
Kindle Direct Publishing: I publish all my books through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon. It is easy to upload the manuscript (make sure your manuscript is saved as an html file), upload the cover, create a description, set pricing, and get your book out there quickly for Amazon readers. Kindle apps are available for nearly all smart phones and tablets, so almost no one can say they don’t have a Kindle anymore. 🙂 The best part is that it is free to use, and if you don’t have an ISBN #, they can provide one for you for free. For more information about publishing on Kindle and even designing your own covers, check out the webinar replay below.
Create Space: This is a subsidiary of Amazon and is where I go to create paperbacks for my titles. It can be a little difficult to format books for Paperback, but it is what I use and the quality of the product is decent. Until I find a better way to do it, Create Space will be my go-to for making paperbacks. The great news is that Create Space is totally free. So, no need to pay thousands of dollars for someone to publish your book.
Bowker: You can get a free ISBN# from Amazon, but if you are going to write multiple books, I recommend spending the money to get a bundle of them from Bowker’s My Identifier service. It’s expensive to buy just one, so I buy them in bulk. You can get ten for $250. That was the most expensive part of the publishing process for me. But by purchasing your own ISBN numbers, you can list yourself as the publisher or create your own publishing company and list it.
Author Marketing Club: AMC is a tremendous resource for anyone wanting to take publishing to the next level. They have a ton of free training videos and tools that you can use to help promote and market your book. They also have a premium service that offers some terrific upgrades, my favorite of which is the Description Generator. That little piece of software makes my Amazon book descriptions really stand out. When you sign up on their mailing list, you can also get a free ebook about how to sell more books. Get it HERE.
Promotion and Marketing Essentials
Host Gator: You need to set up a home base on the internet. Every website I’ve built runs on host gator. Their customer service is great, they’re reliable, and it’s inexpensive. Never set up your own blog or website before? No problem. Host Gator has a ton of tutorials to walk you through every step. And with their new system, you can be up and running in under five minutes. You can even purchase your domain through Host Gator. (If you don’t know what a domain is, it’s your .com, .net, .org). You can check it out HERE.
WordPress: All of my websites run through WordPress. There are a gazillion tutorials and videos out there to show you how to do pretty much everything you can imagine. It’s easy to use and navigate, and you don’t need to know any code…at all. Even better, it integrates easily with Host Gator, and like I mentioned before, you can literally have a blog site up and running in under five minutes. WordPress is free but if you want, you can pay for specific themes to give your site the look and feel. A word of advice on using WordPress: don’t go to the wordpress.org or .com to sign up. Go through your hosting company’s (in my case Host Gator) Control Panel and follow the directions in the tutorials to set up a WordPress page.
Aweber: If you’re going to write books, you need to build an audience and keep in touch with them. Aweber is what I use to check in with all my readers and keep their contact information in one, safe place. It allows me to reach thousands of people at once. With Aweber, I can send out newsletters, updates, and important information quickly and easily. They have lots of tutorials to show you how it all works, and their customer service is awesome. You can try it out for a month for only $1 dollar to see how it all works. Click here to check it out.
Social Media: It’s crucial to have a strong social media presence. I can keep in touch with additional fans and readers with Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. I can ask questions, share photos, and touch base quickly and easily. Plus, social media is fun to use. 🙂