How to Publish an eBook: 5 Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

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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.

You’ve got to put some real thought and effort into your self-publishing strategy if you want to be successful when you publish an eBook. 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.

To help you plan, BookBaby has put together a list of links and resources to check out while you’re planning your rise to eBook-publishing dominance.

Step 1: Write a great book

Before you can publish an eBook, well… you have to have written something! And not just something — but something that will provide value to your reader, emotionally, practically, or otherwise.

Here are a couple articles that will help you effectively manage your writing schedule and get the book finished!

10 Tips to help writers stay focused

A Proven Method For Starting – And Finishing – Your First Book
PR Daily’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers
How to Finish Writing a Book Without Losing Your Sanity

Step 2: Get your book edited

Even the most successful authors in the world have professional editors to help them shape and improve their books.

Before you publish your eBook, you want to make sure you’ve enlisted the assistance of a professional book editor. And even before you enlist a pro editor, you’ll want to have revised your book with the help of beta readers, a writing group, or a workshop.

Your Book Needs Editing, and Here’s Why…
Whatever Your Story, BookBaby’s Book Editing Service Is The Right Fit
How to Revise Your Novel through a Read Aloud and Critique Workshop

Check out BookBaby’s Editing servies – Fast, affordable, professional editing for self-published authors.

Step 3: Creating the eBook

Any idea how to design, format, and convert your book manuscript file (Word, PDF, etc.) into an eBook that will look great on all the popular eReaders and tablets? No? Don’t worry. BookBaby’s conversion and eBook services will take care of your eBook. Send us your finished manuscript file, and we’ll handle the rest. We’ll even design a cover for your book if you haven’t already created one.

Standard vs. fixed layout eBooks
10 Articles on eBook Formatting
3 Tough Questions Every Author Should Ask Themselves About Their Book Cover
Converting your eBook from PDF to ePUB
Formatting your work for eBook distribution

Step 4: Distributing your eBook worldwide

One of the crucial steps in publishing an eBook is setting up worldwide distribution so your book will be available in all the popular eBook stores (iBookstore, Amazon, Kobo, Nook, etc.), in libraries, and more. With BookBaby’s eBook distribution, you’ll have access to the widest distribution network available for independent authors. Your book will be available on iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more!

Here’s a handful of resources about the importance of broad eBook distribution.

Using BookBaby to Publish Your eBook Worldwide
eBook publishing strategies: 5 essential tips
Seven basic – but important – questions about eBooks
Why Publishing on Kindle is Not Enough
4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Publishing Your First Novel

Step 5: Promote your eBook

So — you’ve published your eBook. It’s available on Amazon and Apple’s iBookstore and Kobo and everywhere else. But now what? How are you going to let the world know your book exists — and how are you going to demonstrate that they need to buy your book?

Well, hopefully you’ve read through this entire list before beginning step 1 — because really, you should be thinking about your book promotion strategy from the very start. And you should be promoting your book before it’s even finished.

Check out these articles for some tips:

How Much Should You Charge for Your eBook?
A Checklist of Basic Promotion Materials for Indie Authors
Where to Get Reviews for Your Self-Published Book
11 Must-Haves for an Author Website
10 Things You’ll Learn in the First 6 Months of Self-Publishing
Building Your Author Platform in 10 Hours a Week (Including Writing Time!)
Social Media for Authors: 10 Musts for Social Book Marketing
Promote Your Book with Social Media
Promote you Book on a Budget

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Well, if you’re just starting to investigate your self-publishing options, we hope we’ve given you plenty to think about — and that you’ll continue to check out The BookBaby Blog for more advice on how to successfully publish an eBook. We also hope that when your book is finished, you’ll let BookBaby help you sell it to the world.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."


  1. Remarkable post Chris.

    After creating a splendid manuscript, there are many features to make it successful. Find out why you need a professional touch to your prepared manuscript.
    1. eBook cover design:

    2. eBook editor

    3. eBook formatting & conversion:

    4. eBook literary agents

    Hope these are useful resources to make your eBook to stand out from the crowd.

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