Well, one of the main reasons I’m able to travel – and still make money – is that I have four income streams and one of them is self-publishing (writing and selling ebooks online). I receive a lot – a lot! – of questions from aspiring self-publishers about how to write an ebook, how to market an ebook, what’s involved in the self-publishing process, etc.
In just a bit, I’ll answer some questions I received recently from an aspiring self-publisher.
But, back to the title of this post. Because I blog so much about how to write, publish and sell ebooks online, I was recently approached by e-Junkie (a site I recently started blogging for) to be a part of their ebook project – which was an ebook entitled, Publishing Your First Ebook.
Self-Publishing Success: FREE Info on Everything from Ebook Marketing to Ebook Publishing Tools
The ebook is a compilation of some great advice by 11 self-publishers (myself included). It covers everything from ebook marketing, to what to write about, to important ebook publishing tools – and a whole bunch more.
And, it’s free! Download it here. Note: If you have problems accessing the link, see info in the P.P.S. section at the end of this post.
FYI, you can find my contributions on pages 50-60: (Article — How to Write an eBook: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Publishing) and pages 74-81 (Article – 5 Things New Self-Publishers Should Know that Will Help Sell More Ebooks).
Now, to the recent email I received from a new ebook author.
Question from an Aspiring Self-Publisher about Copyright, Formatting, Ebook Covers, ISBNs, Etc.
I am an artist who recently completed several books. I am interested in self publishing them as ebooks only at this time. Not sure if I will ever want them to be hard copy versions.
This will be my first time publishing an ebook or even a book at all. I have done some research on the Internet, but am getting confused. Looking for someone who has some kind of experience in just publishing a book as an ebook only and dose not have a hard copy published of it yet before the ebook.
Have some questions too ask. not really looking for anyone to publish it for me.
My questions are:
Do you need a logo for ebook?
Is it a good idea to have a logo for the ebook or it doesn’t make a difference?
Do i need an ISBN# right away for just publishing an ebook or can I get it latter when I decide that I want to publish the book in traditional form.
How should you or do you design/ create a copyright pg for an ebook that was not in a printed form?
Even if i do currently want the book to remain an ebook only should I cover the copyrights of a printed book as well in my copyright page?
I wish to publish my ebook on several different ebook sites. Do I need to ad each ebook site as if it was an actual publishing printing company?
I want to publish my ebook in many different digital ways (kindle, nook, web, iphone, ibook, ipad …. and so on. What would the ideal format and file detentions/ resolution be to cover all digital ways?
Is there a way to save your digital book file as one file for all digital devices etc?
My Answers to Your Self-Publishing Questions About Copyrighting Your Ebook
First, you don’t really need a copyright page. Most of my ebooks don’t have one. What they DO have is a copyright line (footer). Mine are really simple. They usually say something like this (this is from Inkwell Editorial’s latest ebook, How to Find Ebook Writing Jobs):
How to Find Ebook Writing and Editing Jobs: 10 Free and Low-Cost Marketing Methods
©2012. Yuwanda Black. An http://InkwellEditorial.com publication.
A line similar to this appears on every page of all pdf versions of Inkwell Editorial’s ebooks. When you format them in other formats (eg, Amazon), there is no footer. But, the ebook is still copyright protected. Why/how?
Learn more about ebook theft and copyright protection (see section near end of post entitled, Why Isn’t Copyrighting on This List?)
What to Include on Your Ebook’s Copyright Page (If You Decide to Create One)
The bottom line is, your copyright page can be as simple or complicated as you want. At the very least, include the title, the year it was published, the author (and where applicable), the publishing company. That’s really all that’s necessary.
About Creating a Print Version of Your Ebook
If you go the do it yourself route (eg, CreateSpace), you have the same freedom as when you e-publish. So the same info (eg, copyright info) you put in your digital version will be what you’d create for your printed version. Again, that’s what’s so amazing about self-publishing – you don’t need to adhere to anyone’s guidelines.
And again, protecting your work (eg, copyrighting it) is done as soon as you create it as an original work.
About Adding Your Ebook to Different Sites (ie, Do You Need to Act as a “Publishing Company”)
No, you can publish as an individual.
Again, that’s what’s amazing about self-publishing in this day and age – it’s soooo simple.
About Needing an ISBN Number for Your Self-Published Ebook
You don’t need one. I’ve self-published over 50 ebooks, and publish on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu and Clickbank. I’ve never used an ISBN number. It’s not necessary. These sites will assign you a publishing number (for free).
About Publishing Your Ebook Across Different Platforms (Eg, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Etc.)
I’ve never done a printed ebook, so can’t tell you about using, for example, CreateSpace. But for ebooks, each site tends to have its own proprietary software. But with Barnes & Noble, for example, you can upload a pdf file.
Most of the software (eg, Amazon) is easy to use — if a bit tedious when it comes to formatting. But, that’s all part of the process.
Does Your Ebook Need a Logo?
Not sure what you mean by this, but if you’re talking about an ebook cover, yep, it should have one. It’s not NECESSARY though.
I published ebooks for years without covers. However, the trade has progressed to the point where potential buyers expect you to have one and it could hurt sales if you don’t.
I hope this info on self-publishing helps you on your ebook writing journey.
On a personal note . . .
I’m on the road here in Jamaica – going to my normal haunt – the mineral springs in the Blue Mountains. I’m also visiting the charming little parish known as Port Antonio for a few days.
Whenever I go to the springs with my friend and we pass through Port Antonio, I’m always amazed at how pretty it is. So finally, this time we decided to stay over for a few days so I could explore. I’ll be uploading some photos/video next week as I pick up the Girl a Go Go series again.
P.S.: Want to start your own “ebook publishing empire?” Think ebook publishing is hard? Have no idea how or where to start? Want to write an ebook but can never seem to make time to finish (or start)? You can! By next week this time, you could be finished writing your first ebook and be well on your way to getting your first sale. Really!
I know, I’ve published over 50 ebooks and since 2010, over half my annual income has come from e-products I write and promote. You can do the same thing.
P.P.S.: Problems Accessing the Free Ebook? A couple of people emailed me saying that the link to the free ebook doesn’t work. Following is my response on how to access it if you’ve had problems.
FYI, the link works. When you click thru to this page http://www.e-junkie.info/2012/11/publishing-your-first-ebook-free-ebook.html from my site, go to the bottom of the article where it says:
Once you click on that link, you’ll get a click out to an e-Junkie “payment” page. The ebook is free, hence you’ll see 0.00 in the “Amount” column. Just follow the procedures there as if you were paying, then you’ll be sent a download link once you finish the process.
Good luck accessing it; there’s some great info in there that’s really helpful if you’re looking to self-publish your first ebook.