Read my blog about POD publishing here.
The wave of the future is coming in little handheld devices that brings thousands of eBooks to your fingertips. So, how do you get a piece of the digital pie if you don't know where to format a manuscript into an eBook? I have it right here for you. Glad you stopped by.
I spoke on a different blog about getting a manuscript into the printed world, but here I will tell you about my journey into the digital realm of eBook publishing. I used three companies to accomplish this task - Smashwords, Pub-It, and KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). These eBook services are all free, except Smashwords. I'll explain why in a little bit.
Depending on your needs, any of these E-Publishers are fine routes to take. My post for publishing an eBook will be much shorter than the POD (Print on Demand) post, because publishing an eBook is pretty straight forward. All of them required that you edit, create a cover, and remove erroneous formatting on your own before submitting anything to them. I'll start with the biggest of them - Smashwords.
There is one thing Smashwords offers with eBook distribution that's different from the other two. Mass distribution. They send your book to every major eReader company ( except for Amazon) for readers to find. Smashwords gives you an ISBN for $10 and collects it as sales roll in. Nothing comes out of your pocket. The company will have you brand your book with their name in some way even if you want to use a personal branding. Not a big deal. You own the rights to the book regardless who you end up choosing out of these three companies I've listed.
KDP is formatted for the Kindle only and Pub-It does it for the Nook. Both of them issue an ISBN for their own personal tracking. Uploading a manuscript is fairly easy and either company will take a few days to finish publishing it.
I told you, very short.
I want to finish out with a small bit of advice. Readers will devour your work so long as they can read it. Edit for clarity, for continuity, and most of all edit for plot. Give them something good to read and they'll keep coming back for more.
About the Author
Adam Santo is a SciFi/Fantasy writer who enjoys the quiet moments to write stories. His debut novel, Temperature: Dead and Rising, took the world for a ride they would soon not forget. Santo began plotting out the second paperback novel, Temperature: Bitter Cold, before the ink dried on his first book. Santo continues to write nonstop because he knows there is always a story waiting to get out.