Authors are still acclimating to this new world of eBook publishing, which has some asking, "Why doesn't my eBook look like my printed book?" There are practical reasons why.

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So you want to publish an eBook? Well, here's the good news: it's easy to do. However, you can't just push the "publish" button and call it a day. That may be what other self-published authors are doing, but you've got to put some real thought and effort into your self-publishing strategy if you want your book to be successful. If you're truly going to act as your own publisher, then you need to step into the shoes of all the various publishing team members: author, editor, marketer, publicist, etc.

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Because Amazon is the dominant player in the eBook marketplace, many authors wrongly assume that they should be publishing for Kindle exclusively.

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When I speak at conferences, and we’re delving into the topic of finding a publisher, a question invariably arises: “Should I just go and publish an eBook?”

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The smart way to plan for your publishing future

Publishing Credits are perfect for every author! Whether you have just one book, a 7-part series, or an entire backlist, Publishing Credits from BookBaby are the way to go. You can buy 25…10….even 1 credit. Save up to 24% if you plan ahead! Choose between Basic, Standard or Premium Publishing credits – whatever suits your needs...

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[This article is excerpted from BookBaby's free PDF "eBook Publishing: The How-To Guide for Writers" by Steven Spatz. Download the whole guide HERE at no cost.] The digital book — or eBook — is now the preferred choice for millions of readers. Walk through any airport waiting area or Starbucks and you’ll see a growing number of readers enjoying new levels of convenience, portability, access, and affordability with their Kindles, iPads, Nooks and more. Today you can publish your eBook for a fraction of the cost and time it once took to bring a book “to market.”

4 Ways that eBooks empower independent author

Beyond the exploding sales numbers, the electronic publishing age offers opportunities for new and prospective authors that have previously been open to a relative few. 1. Authors are in control Creative types — artists, musicians, sculptors, authors — have almost always been at the mercy of others controlling and profiting from their art. It’s been that way since Michelangelo was painting ceilings in Rome.

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