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How To Publish An Ebook On A Budget: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Ebook Publishing [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Zia , Mark Binner
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book has absolutely everything you need to know about self publishing. Includes copy editing; proofreading; libel; copyright; how to format Word for Kindle, ePub, iBooks, Kobo, PDF etc; how to insert photos; how to make a cover; how to hyperlink chapter headings; how to make a clickable TOC (Table of Contents) for Kindle; how authors outside the US can get a US tax no. and so make 30% more on each sale; the mistakes to avoid if offered a print publishing deal; a complete beginner's ABC of getting your work from from Word to Kindle; how to avoid common self publishing formatting problems, esp with spacings and indents; how to grow your sales; how to grow your sales through the roof; ebook marketing, social media and PR advice, plus more.

“Stephanie Zia has specifically targeted the writer wanting to publish ebooks on KDP, iBooks, etc., with a well constructed layout of short chapters taking the writer throughout all the essentials, from preparing the manuscript to uploading and promoting the final book. An excellent introduction for the beginner wary of the many pitfalls of self publishing.” UK Az

“Great, great book.I can’t understand how I could ever have managed my way through the ebook publishing process without it.” iBooks

“I have read quite a few books on ebook formatting and this one is the best yet, really it is quite outstanding and I would recommend it as Must Do (reading) for any eBook author (or newbee).” UK Az

“A fantastically brisk, snappy and practical guide to publishing ebooks. I love the step-by-step and hand holding nature of the instructions for the techie aspects!” Louise Voss, topselling Kindle #1 Ranking Author, now signed to Amazon's publishing house Thomas & Mercer.

“The Bible of Ebook Publishing.” US Az

“Good Grief, This Book Has Absolutely EVERYTHING!” US Az

“Excellent and comprehensive. This is the best book I’ve read on ebook publishing to date.” US Az

“I have read quite a few books on ebook formatting and this one is the best yet, really it is quite outstanding and I would recommend it as Must Do (reading) for any eBook author (or newbee).” UK Az

“I'm 83 years old, technically naive as far as computers are concerned. I bought a Kindle reader and half a dozen books which I hoped would help me to do it ... some chance; the first five were totally incomprehensible and it was only when I read Stephanie's words that the clouds began to part. Fantastic. I strongly advise anyone wanting to 'Kindle' their writings to buy Stephanie's book. I did and it saved my sanity.” US Az

Self publishing books isn't difficult, but it certainly isn't easy either if you don't know where the pitfalls lie. When it comes to publishing ebooks, professional presentation is everything. Stephanie Zia has been there and made all the mistakes so you don't have to.

For those who wish to delve deeper into the technical, code, side of self publishing ebooks, IT expert Mark Binner's chapter on top techie tips gives you all the information you need for further study.

Latest sales and marketing strategies. Completely revised and updated Sept 2014.

Editorial Reviews


"So good I used it in a workshop. I trawled through so many websites and blogs on self-publishing. Stephanie's book was easily the best. So simple. So straightforward." Amazon US 5* review

"Informative, clearly written and does not use computerese. It is focused and, unlike other publications, does not feel it necessary to give you the whole story of mankind before getting to the point." Amazon US 5*

From the Inside Flap

How to Publish An Ebook on a Budget is a straightforward, quick guide on how to self publish your writing and your pictures. Everything to do with ebook publishing is covered from copy editing and copyright to kindle formatting and self publishing on Amazon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books; 20 edition (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful! April 23, 2011
By L. Voss
Format:Kindle Edition
A fantastically brisk, snappy and practical guide to publishing an e-book - all the salient points are covered, and I love the step-by-step hand-holding nature of the instructions for the techie aspects! It's a quick, easy read, and will be undeniably useful for anyone embarking on the great adventure that is e-publishing. It certainly was for me.

Louise Voss
Author of Killing Cupid
Killing Cupid: A Psychological Crime Novel
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vital Information May 24, 2011
By lkm8
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I already have my books out in ebook format, this had some valuable information I didn't know. I would recommend reading this if you want to create your own ebook. Download this book, read it, and glean the information you need.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coulda. Been. Great. March 24, 2012
By clickz4
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok so I went back and forth between 2 stars and 3. Ultimately I landed on two which I admit is kinda harsh.... but if you're going to publish an ebook about, well, publishing an ebook, you're going to be held to a higher standard.

Case in point. Like most self-publishing folks, she stresses the need for a strong editor. She names her editor as being one she can really trust... (you know where this is going, don't you) YUP, this book REALLY needed an editor. That's one star. She's from the UK and to her credit she tells people to assume that the majority of your readers will be from the U.S. and to write accordingly. She EXPLICITLY says to never use only metric units but to give both for the folks in the new world... Yeah, you know where this is going too. She gives units in cm only. That cost her a star.

However the biggest problem is this. What she knows she knows.... but what she doesn't know she just sorta wings and it gets ugly fast. For example: She does not 100% understand how to zip files and says to zip the files, put the zip file in a folder and zip it again just to be sure. HUH?

And then there is the digital picture thing. Without sounding too much like a jerk... she has no clue what she is talking about. TO HER CREDIT she knows this is not her long suit and she says that and points you to better sources. But the physician's creed comes to mind; 'first do no harm.' Much of what she says is just wrong. Better to say less and be more accurate. AND (sadly) much of what she says is actually correct but then on another page she says the opposite. Talk about needing an editor! It's painful.

But let me say again the most important line in this review. *What she knows she knows.*

The first half of the book is great.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - UPDATE: Very Disappointing! June 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I write and publish e-books, and am always eager to learn from others. This book may have had useful information, but it was so disorganized in its presentation that it was hard to read.

If a subsequent edition requires updates, usually, they're integrated seamlessly, giving the reader an easy, up-to-date read. Not here: Every other paragraph is followed by one or more "UPDATE" tags. How irritating! Why not just edit the book, remove old info and replace it with new stuff? I felt like I was proofreading a manuscript with numerous notes attached.

This was like wading through a quagmire: Neither pleasant nor rewarding, and leaving me tired.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I Can Do This! June 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Quite honestly, I downloaded this book to my Kindle because it was either free or quite inexpensive, and I'm so glad that I did! It's filled with interesting, informative, and up-to-date material, and the author somehow conveys the feeling to the reader that "You can do it!" If this had been a hard copy book, I would have underlined passages and turned back pages to keep track of all of the helpful data. Since it's on the Kindle, however, I made some notes, and when I go through it again, I'll highlight the sections that were especially helpful. And yes, I do plan to go through it again and again. It's like a how-to reference book that you can't comprehend and remember in one reading.

That said, here are a few of the neat things I learned, the most important being the knowledge that I can publish an ebook too, especially since there are pioneers who have gone before and are sharing their lessons with the greenies like me. I also learned about (love that site), how to make the copyright symbol, the difference between copy editing and proofreading, how to format work for different mediums (?) like Kindle and iPad, the importance of getting permission to use quotes and photographs, and much, much more. For instance, I learned that photographs need to be low resolution for this type of publishing. They don't take as long to load, so consequently your reader won't get impatient and move on to another book.

If you're entertaining the idea of epublishing, this book is definitely worth reading. Stephanie Zia has done her homework, and she has the voice of experience to back her up. Whether you need information about formatting, pricing, or uploading, you'll find it in How to Publish an EBook on a Budget.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The sample alone was bad enough to give this a pass September 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
One of Amazon's most useful innovations is the "download sample" for Kindle. I've ended up buying a lot of books I wouldn't have otherwise without trying the sample. Looking for an ebook on ebook formatting, I downloaded several samples. Imagine my amazement at finding this book on formatting to be VERY badly formatted. Whole sections of text disappear when the white-on-black view is selected. There is no link to a working TOC from the menu, which should be easy to build. The menu link to the cover doesn't work. Instead, you're taken to the title page where you are informed that this is the 12th edition, updated in August 2012 from the original 2010 publication date. In all that time, wouldn't you think the author of a book on proper formatting would have corrected her own formatting errors? Since it only took me a few minutes to realize this was NOT an author I'd trust, I didn't hit the errors noted in another negative review about the use of metric only, even though the author evidently warns against it. I did spot a couple of "British English" items, such as "whilst" when US writers would use "while," but that wouldn't have bothered me if the same reviewer hand't also noted that the author strongly recommends avoiding such usages. Clearly, this author needs to study some basic books on editing and formatting herself. Definitely pass on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value.
Amazon is where I purchase a lot of books. You can't beat the value and how quickly you have the book in hand. Good tips for publishing an ebook yourself.
Published 5 months ago by Audiobook Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book!
I started out the year knowing absolutely nothing about publishing an e-book. Now I have 2 e-books under my belt, and I never could have done it without Stephanie's book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by AnnieD
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, easy to read.
I have read five or six books on publishing your own ebook, hers is one of the better ones. There are a few subjects she covers that I didn't find in other books like controlling... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Iconit
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, detailed intro' to the world of eBooks
I'm not sure if other reviewers had old versions but the formatting in my Kindle edition was fine using the free 'Kindle for the PC' software. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Evil Mr B
1.0 out of 5 stars Instructions
I couldn't get it to work. As with several others containing directions on "how to upload eBooks", I was unable to get my eBook to upload.
Published 21 months ago by Robert D. Pickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
Wendy Scott, fanatsy author, Ferrasium. (The Windflowers Trilogy)Loved this book and keep dipping back into it for advice. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wendy Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a pretty good book with a lot of information!I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated all of the good info that I didn't know about.
Published on September 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So good, I used it in a workshop
I'm a mainstream published author and just spent the last year researching the ever-changing world of e-books, from Kindle versions to the new enhanced books created by Stephen... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Miss Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars How to publish an ebook.
Trying to find the lastest venue to get my writing out to the public, I found this book to be of immense help. This is a must read if you are planning to publish on line.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Tom Sjoberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Questions Answered....
Do you have perplexing questions on your journey as a Kindle author and publisher? Do you have good literary ideas, but a limited budget? Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Freda Gates
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Author of 2 Piatkus commercial fiction novels and 2 Hamlyn non-fiction books, Stephanie has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. From 2005-11 she was a columnist for The Guardian newspaper's popular Space Solves column. She enjoys editing and publishing other authors at Blackbird Digital Books, the London digital publishing company run by authors for authors.


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