Have you written a book and thought about turning it into an ebook but had no clue how to get started? Do you think it’s going to cost hundreds of dollars and feel like it’s just easier to leave it to the professional publishing houses? Maybe you have a family history that you have created or a book of devotionals that you just want to share with your family and friends but don’t want to print it out or send it through email? A few weeks ago, I was able to get my daughter’s book, Adventures at Stone Creek High: HACKED turned into an ebook and list it on Amazon.com for absolutely $0 out of pocket. Here are a few tips if you are interested in publishing an ebook on Amazon.
How to Self Publish an Ebook on Amazon
Disclosure: I am not an expert and have only done this process one time. I am just sharing my experience in the hopes that it may help you in your journey toward publishing your first ebook. This is only one of many options to getting your book publishe; but this process worked for us.
There are many steps to creating your first ebook, but if you haven’t written your book yet, you need to stop here and go start writing. Once you have your book written, you are ready to begin!
Get your Book Ready
The thing that worked the best for us is using Word. My daughter wrote her book out by hand, then I typed it into a Word document. There are a few tips I learned that will make your upload process easier.
- Go for a consistent format. Use the heading options to keep your chapter titles all the same.
- If you decide to indent your paragraphs, do them all the same.
- Make sure your spacing is consistent.
- Use the page break options for your chapters. Don’t rely on spacing things out with the space bar and the enter button.
- Do multiple spell checks. Then check again for good measure.
- Send the document to a trusted friend for editing.
- Add any acknowledgements, content pages, author page or closing thoughts into your document before you save for the final time.
I used BookWright to create our ebook. The process was pretty straightforward. You create a free account and then upload your Word document.
You can choose the reflowable book format option for a free ebook. It says it is in beta, so I don’t know how long this option will remain free.
If you have text or images outside the printable area, it will alert you and give you the option to change it.
Bookwright also offers the option of ordering hard copies. For Christmas, we ordered a hard back version so she could put it on her shelf and share with her friends.
Upload to Kindle Publishing
In order to share Natalie’s ebook with friends and family, we opted to upload her book to Amazon. This is also a free step. You create or sign in with your Amazon.com account at KDP Amazon. You simply upload your file, your image cover and give it some information about your book.
You will have to set the sale price when you do the setup. We chose to make the book available for .99 which allows her to make 30-35% off each sale. If you make your purchase price higher, you can opt for a higher percentage.
Amazon Kindle will automatically assign an ISBN number to your ebook.
One great thing that we love is the ability to upload edited copies of your manuscript at any time. This gives you the option of finding mistakes and making edits without having to go through the whole process again.
Order Natalie’s EBook
If you are interested in reading Natalie’s first book, you can go to Amazon.com and download it today. She is already working on the sequel. I love seeing her interested in writing and am happy to be able to encourage her in her dreams.
What process do you use to create an ebook? I’d love to hear your tips and share your encouraging words with my 11 year old daughter! Do you have an idea for a book? What are you waiting for? Get started today!