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Self-Publishing Ebooks: The Absolute Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide To Ebook Publishing [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Zia , Mark Binner
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“The Bible of Ebook Publishing,” US Amazon Reviewer*****

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

A guide to self publishing on a budget which takes the beginner through every stage of the process. From copy editing and proofing to the simplest, most robust, free ebook formatting method and on to sales, social media/publicity tips. Written by an author of mainstream-published fiction & non-fiction who has been there and made many mistakes so that the reader doesn't have to. All the ebook formatting processes are explained in step-by-step detail aimed at the beginner.

“Excellent and comprehensive. This is the best book I’ve read on ebook publishing to date.” joerr2002 US Az *****

“A fantastically brisk, snappy and practical guide to self publishing. I love the step-by-step and hand holding nature of the instructions for the techie aspects!” *****Thriller author Louise Voss, Bestselling Kindle #1 Ranking Author

“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. Fantastic. I strongly advise anyone wanting to 'Kindle' their writings to buy Stephanie's book. I did and it saved my sanity.” US Az *****

“Stephanie Zia has specifically targeted the writer wanting to publish 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

Copy Editing
Copyright and Copyleft
Why There’s No Need to Get Confused by all the Different Ebook Formats
Titles, ISBNs, Legal Notices and Disclaimers
Self publishing on Smashwords, Apple iBooks, & More
Self publishing on Amazon Kindle, Draft2Digital & Kobo
Why PDF is Still Useful With Print On Demand Paperback Tips
Why You Don’t Need Page Numbering
A Beginner’s Guide to Hyperlinking
How To Hyperlink Chapter Headings & Make A Clickable Kindle Table of Contents
Check Your Links
Using Photos Online And Inserting Them Into Your Document
How to Make Or Commission an Ebook Cover
How To Find Affordable Artwork & Free Royalty-Free Photos/Images
How To Make An Ebook Cover
Different Photo Sizing For Covers, Documents & Publicity
Final Touches
Publishing to Adobe PDF
Final Proofread
How To Set Up Security on Adobe PDF
Converting to Kindle Mobi & ePub on Calibre & Loading Your Ebooks To Amazon KDP, Draft2Digital, Kobo
How To Fill Out US Tax Forms For Non-US Authors (And stop 30% deductions from sales)
Selling Ebooks From Your Own Website The Arguments For And Against
The Best Free Web Builder sites, incl the difference between and friendly/easiest to use
Turning Pro – The Mistakes to Avoid If You’re Offered a Print Book Deal
How to Grow Your Sales - Twitter, Facebook & PR Tips
How To Grow Your Sales Through The Roof
Mark Binner’s Top Techie Tips & Tools For Advanced Formatting
Appendix For Alan (Age 83) – The Complete Beginner’s Step by Step ABC of Word Doc to Kindle Ebook

“I have read quite a few books on 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 *****

‘Great, great book. I can’t understand how I could ever have managed my way through the ebook process without it..'***** iBooks reviewer

Self publishing has never been more accessible to all.

Updated Feb 2015

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*

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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: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books; 24 edition (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,633 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
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
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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Did not help much Very disappointed
Published 12 days ago by Werner Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
This is a very complete book on the subject. It is thorough and well organized.Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by John Beale
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent do-it-yourself book on how to write for e-books
This is an excellent do-it-yourself book on how to write for e-books. Follow the instructions and you will succeed, It gives you the incentive to write. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David H. Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
Excellent book! Found the book very informative. All links in the book was helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed. Would recommend this book!
Published 4 months ago by Michelle
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 11 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 16 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 20 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 22 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 on December 28, 2012 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 on October 31, 2012 by Wendy Scott
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Stephanie Zia is a writer and journalist who originally trained and worked as a researcher and documentary producer for the BBC. Author of several novels and non-fiction books, she has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, Which? and Woman's Own. For many years she was a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper's popular Space Solves column. Stephanie also runs Blackbird Digital Books, an ebook and POD publisher of quality fiction and non-fiction. Her latest novel The Widow's To Do List, is about a 50 year old widow back on the dating scene.


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