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Every week it seems there is another story of an indie author selling thousands of ebooks and receiving big royalty checks from ebook stores such as Amazon's Kindle Store and Barnes & Noble's Nook Books. Unsurprisingly many other writers are now looking at how to publish and sell their own ebooks. Particularly strong ebook sales in recent months are a direct result of a revolution in the way we read. Ebooks have been around for years of course but reading them on small electronic screens tended to be hard on the eyes and more hassle than it was worth. Now popular ebook readers like Amazon's Kindle have screens that offer almost the same reading experience as viewing print on paper. They are lighter than a paperback, hold thousands of books, and one battery charge can last for weeks. These innovations combined with lower pricing and a growing awareness of the need to care for our environment mean that ebooks are finally a viable alternative to print books. In fact ebook sales have now overtaken paperbacks. With e-publishing being easier than traditional print publishing, independent authors now have a very real opportunity to earn a decent living from writing books. How to Publish an Ebook The process of e-publishing is quite fast and straightforward once you understand what you need to do. What complicates the process for many newcomers is becoming familiar with the requirements of different ebook stores, ebook reading devices and ebook formats. Fortunately it is not as complicated as it seems at first glance. Here is a quick overview of ebook self-publishing. Where to Sell Your Ebook? If you want to sell thousands of ebooks as an independent author then you should make your ebooks available at the major ebook stores. These include Amazon's Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook Books, Apple iBookstore, and Sony Reader Store. Amazon sells ebooks in their own proprietary Kindle format while the other stores use the ePub format. Authors selling at these stores typically earn between 35% and 70% of the price of each ebook sold. There are some other good stores to consider but concentrate on these stores first. You should also consider selling your ebooks from your own web site or blog where you will be able to keep

100% of the profit. What is the Process to Publish an Ebook? First you need to make sure that your ebook is ready to be published. Without the traditional gatekeepers, the agents and publishers, there are many books entering the marketplace that are not ready to be there. As an independent author you need to make sure your book is a product worthy of putting your name on it. You'll need to wear several hats as an independent publisher. You must ensure your manuscript is edited properly and source suitable artwork for a "cover." Next you need to get it formatted appropriately for epublishing and oversee the distribution into each major ebook store. Each store has a special portal for publishers to submit and manage their books. You can choose to go to each store and publish your ebook directly or you can go through a distributor, also called an "aggregator," such as Smashwords or BookBaby. An aggregator will usually convert your manuscript into the appropriate ebook formats and distribute your ebook to one or more of the major stores on your behalf. Some aggregators charge upfront fees and annual fees for each book while others keep a small percentage of the revenue from every sale. Why Use an Ebook Aggregator? One of the main reasons to use an ebook aggregator is to have assistance converting your manuscript into an ebook format. Depending upon your layout and whether you have many images it can sometimes be a little complicated to get the formatting just right. Another reason to use an aggregator is if you don't meet the requirements to publish directly to a particular store. Some ebook stores require you to have a United States Tax ID or bank account if you want to publish directly. In Apple's case you are required to submit your ebook from a Mac computer. Many self-published authors use a combination of options, publishing directly to one or two stores while using an aggregator for others. Generally it makes sense, whenever you can, to deal directly with ebook stores because more of the profit from your ebooks will end up in your own pocket. Getting Ready To make the submission process go more smoothly gather together all the relevant information including your book title, description, cover image, price, an ISBN number if required, and the specific geographical territories where you hold the rights to your work. Do you have a polished manuscript and everything else prepared? Congratulations, you are ready to become a self-published indie author. Over on a blog at, Haydn Shaughnessy wrote "Kindle, Nook and the iBook are creating a revolution in expression, just as blogging did. However, this time round people are

getting paid." I think he is exactly right and this is very good news for writers.

Gary McLaren is the editor of He is also a self-published author and earned thousands from publishing his own ebooks even before the Kindle existed. He writes about the latest developments in ebook publishing at

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==== ==== Find out how you can become a published author on Amazon's Kindle: ==== ====

An Introduction to Ebook Publishing  

If you want to be a published author, you should be looking to Amazon to publish and promote your book.

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