How to Publish Your Books on Smashwords

publishingSmashwords makes publishing eBooks fast, free, and easy!

  1. You create an account or you log in at http://www.smashwords.com.
  2. You click “Publish” button, to publish your ebook.
  3. It takes you to “Publish Your Book” Page.
  4. The page asks for the following:
  • Title and Synopsis: Title, Release date, synopsis, and language of the book would be required. Synopsis covers the long description and the short description.
  • Pricing and sampling: You can either make your book free, or you let the readers determine the price or charge a minimum of $0.99 dollar. You have to enable sampling by making at least minimum of 20% of your book free; readers can download and read that specific percentage as sample for free.
  • Categorization: You choose a category for your book whether Fiction, Non-fiction, Essays, Plays or Screeplays under Primary category. There is also an optional Secondary category. You also have to indicate whether there is an adult content in your book or not, in order to protect minors from viewing inappropriate material; you have to make the platform know whether the book contains language, situations or images inappropriate for children under 18 years of age. You also have to indicate whether the book is a Box Set. Box Sets are multiple complete books bundled into one.
  • Tags: You have to enter maximum of ten Keywords with which to tag your book. You enter each tag one at a time, into the designated field, and click the “Add tag” button to add it. You may also remove tags by clicking the “Remove” link that appears next to them.
  • Ebook Formats: There are seven formats you can choose from, but it is advisable to tick the box for all the formats: epub, kindle (.mobi), PDF, Sony Reader (LRF), Palm Doc (PDB), Plain Text, and Online Reader.
  • Cover Image: You have to upload your cover image. A cover is required to receive Smashwords Homepage exposure, and to be eligible for Premium Catalog distribution to our retail partners. Professionally-designed cover images work best. The cover must be a JPEG or PNG Image should be at least 1400 pixels wide with a height greater than width; and maximum file size of 20MB.
  • Interior File: Now it is time to upload your interior file. You can either upload a Microsoft Word .doc file formatted according to the guide. This allows Smashwords to generate multiple file formats, plus enable browser-based sampling which will make your book more accessible to more e-reading devices. The second option is to upload an epub file. Maximum file size for the interior file is 15MB for Word documents or 20MB for epub files.
  • Publishing agreement: You click “Yes, I agree” to the Terms of Service. Then, you publish your book.

Smashwords is like a blanket in the Indie Publishing Platforms, when it comes to eBooks. It covers a large area when it comes to distribution of your eBooks. Publishing on this platform has many advantages. Feel free to ask me any question on this matter; I will try all my best to clear your doubts by the little experience I have gathered from publishing on the platform. Thanks.

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The Blogger has authored three books:

 (1)     The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

(2)     Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

(3) Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

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Platforms to Publish and Sell Your Books

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  1. Amazon: It is one of the major retail outlets. The largest retailer on the surface of the earth. Amazon’s reading App, Kindle is also the most used eReader in the market. Amazon.com is an Online Shopping from the earth’s biggest selection of books, magazines, music, DVDs, videos, electronics, computers, etc. Some of the companies under the umbrella of Amazon are CreateSpace, KDP, and ACX. CreateSpace produces Print on Demand (POD) Books; KDP which means Kindle Direct Publishing produces eBooks that are read by Amazon App, Kindle or through any other means; while ACX which means Audio Creation ‘Xchange’ (Exchange) produces AudioBooks that can be sold on Amazon Stores, Audibles, and iTunes (owned by Apple).
  2. Kobo: Kobo is only second to Amazon. It has more than 5 million ebooks in stock. Kobo eReaders are countless using its free Kobo App.
  3. Apple iBooks: Apple’s iBooks is the premier eBook destination for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch owners in over 50 countries around the world. Apple leads the world in innovation with iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. iBook store is an App store. Apple tablet, iPAD, is the best tablet you can think of. Besides United States of America, it is the leading eBook retailer in many countries including Canada and Japan.
  4. Barnes & Noble: It is also one of the major retail outlets. It is the manufacturer of Nook, one of the best reading apps for eBooks. It is one of the biggest eBook retailers in Unites States. There are millions of Nook owners around the world. Hence, it is not bad if you have your books on Barnes & Noble. It also handles your print books.
  5. Google Play: Who does not know Google as the best search engine all around the world? You can sell your books on its digital distribution service, Google Play, which is an App Store.
  6. Bookbaby: This is a company for eBook publishing and distribution. It can be a channel to have your books sold on Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, and many more. It is based in Oregon, USA. It dealt with only eBooks formerly, but from 2015, you can add POD and global distribution to any printed book order.
  7. Smashwords: It publishes eBooks from independent authors and publishers. It is a very good platforms that distributes to the major retailers and libraries worldwide.
  8. Draft2Digital: It is an eBook aggregator. It publishes and distributes to your desire platforms.
  9. Scribd: This is a reading subscription that is available anytime and on any device. There are eBooks and Audiobooks subscription service. If you publish on some platforms, it’s going to be automatically available on Scribd.
  10. Lulu.com: You can self-publish your print book on this platform. It publishes and also distributes.
  11. Baker & Taylor: It distributes books to more than 36,000 libraries, institutions, and retailers in more than 120 countries. It can help sell your printed books.
  12. Ingram: As the world’s largest distributor of books, Ingram can get your book into practically any store, making your book available for sale in over 39,000 online retailers. It can help sell your printed books.
  13. Books A Million: This is the second largest book retailer in the nation, and also sells on the internet at bam.com. the company presently operates in over 250 stores in 31 states and the districts of Columbia. It can help sell your printed books.
  14. Powell’s: It is based in Oregon, Portland. Powell’s Books is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. It does not publish but sell books. It can help sell your printed books.

Note: CreateSpace categorizes: CreateSpace Direct, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram under Expanded Distribution.

Self publishing cannot replace traditional publishing, but it is climbing higher in the publishing industry day-by-day.

Reference: Google, Bookbaby, Joanna Penn, Nick Stephenson, and Tim Grahl.

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

The Blogger has authored three books:

 (1)     The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

(2)     Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

(3) Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)

Photo Credit: Pixabay


 

How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace

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There are many platforms that can be used to publish your work, especially books, online. CreateSpace is not just one of them, but one of the best. CreateSpace is an Amazon Company along with kdp (Kindle Direct Publishing) and acx (Audio Creation Exchange).

These are the major steps to take to publish your work on CreateSpace:

(1) Create an account: If you are a new member, sign up for a member account.

(2) You can now publish your work (whether book, music or film).

(3) You can publish your work either by choosing to:

  1. Start your free online setup or,
  2. Explore paid services with CreateSpace Publishing Experts.
    (There are buttons to click for either of these options).

(4) After logging in, you can start whatever you want to do from Member Dashboard.

(5) From Member Dashboard, click “Add New Title” button to start.

(6) Clicking the “Add New Title” button takes you to another page: https://tsw.createspace.com/getstarted/productselection. It is a page where you WILL START YOUR NEW PROJECT:

  1. It will ask you for the name of your project.
  2. It will ask you to choose which type of project you want to start: A book, Audio CD, or DVD (Book, Music, or Film).
  • It will ask you to choose a setup process either;
  1. Guided: A step-by-step process with help along the way, and
  2. Expert: A streamlined single-page experience for those familiar with the process.

(7) In any of the two options; either Guided or Expert. You will be asked for:

  1. Setup
  • Title Information
  • ISBN – If you don’t have your ISBN ready, your book will be assigned a free CreateSpace ISBN
  • Physical Properties
  • Interior File, which will be uploaded by you
  • Cover , which will be uploaded by you, or you design it impromptu using a Cover Creator launched on CreateSpace
  • Complete setup, you then finalize the setup.
  1. Distribute
  • Choose your sales channels
  • Pricing
  • Cover Finish
  • Description
  • You can also publish on Kindle (ebook) right from CreateSpace, and that is the best decision you can make.
  1. Review: Before your product can be on sales on Amazon, and all other Sales Channels; you have to proof-read your book, and submit for publishing.

Note: If you want to publish your book, many processes are required, among which is EDITING, you have to be timely in this step, and don’t waste time just because you want to make your work very perfect. If you want to achieve that, maybe you will be the only one that would continue to read your book.

I am looking forward to reading your book. I would be very happy to answer your questions and clarify your doubts, if I can. Thanks for your anticipated questions.

I have published these 3 books using CreateSpace and kdp:

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

Virtues for Riches (POD and eBook).

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi