eBook Publishing Easy Step by Step Guide Just Plain And Simple

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How Hard Can It Be?

You would think that publishing your eBook would be really difficult considering the amount of articles all over the Internet that make it sound virtually impossible unless you are a genius at using your pc.

I have been put off publishing my eBook over the last few weeks because of the high brow attitude of some of the info in these sites. Place your html here, put your URL there, and so on.

So does actually getting your eBook out there have to be so darn difficult?

Well, no. The reason why it was so hard to understand was because there are so many sites that try to pad out their articles by adding complicated ideas just to fill a page.

I must have taken in so much info about eBooks, publishing, royalty's, and how to get the eBook into the Kindle store on Amazon, that my brain has turned to mush.

The funny thing is, when I tried looking at it in a simple way, it was just that. Simple.

So here is my guide for How To Publish an eBook the easy way. And trust me when I say easy, I don't like things too complicated. Drives me insane.


Stating The Obvious

Let's not get all technical here. All we want to do is write an eBook. So that's what we will do. I am not going to insult your brains by telling you to 'Get the idea for your book and plan it out chapter by chapter'. I know you are not stupid, if you are going to write an eBook then you know how to write and have probably been doing it for years. So, here's the list on how to write your eBook, get it onto Amazon and not have a nervous breakdown doing it. This is it in really simple terms.

  • Write your eBook in Microsoft Office Word. No, you do not have to write it in complicated hmtl's or landscape this and that, just use Word. The reason being that Amazon Kindle loves it. All you do is write out your book. Get the chapters in order, and try to keep your layout in Roman 10. That way it fits onto the kindle screen nicely.
  • No, you do NOT need to PDF it. If you are writing for any other site, then maybe you do. But NOT if you are writing for Amazon Kindle. They do all the formatting, just write in Word docs and and download your file to Kindle from there.
  • In other words, write your eBook in Word, click Save As... Docs, pics, etc. Then when you get to the kindle download just click browse and wait for it to work. And it does. Every time.
  • Make sure that you read and re read all your work. Get somebody else to read it, or do it yourself. May sound simple but sometimes we miss things like Full Stops, Comma's and so on.

Just click on Start button on your pc, and write in the word 'Notepad' then copy and paste. public domain
Just click on Start button on your pc, and write in the word 'Notepad' then copy and paste. public domain

A Great Tip On Getting Rid of Annoying Bits And Pieces

The one thing that I noticed when I first published my eBook was that somehow, I had managed to take a link with me from Hubpages! Now I know that in my case I had copied and pasted it from Hubs, then deleted them on here. But I never realised that I would be carrying around a link with me! Call me stupid, I did!

I tried replacing the word. didn't work. I tried changing the link on my hubpage, then copy and pasting it again. Didn't work. What drove me insane was that I can't remember linking to the hub! It wasn't mine, I couldn't remember it and it wasn't even similar in context.

Then I remember a bit of info from another site that was actually helpful. Copy the whole article to your Notepad that you have on your PC. Then copy it back to a new blank page. And it worked! Got rid of the link perfectly. Mind you, by the time I downloaded it to Kindle eBooks I had forgotten to put it back to Roman 10 size writing.

So eventually my eBook looks slightly big text. And I think some of the chapters didn't fit into the 'Insert Page Break'! But I think it was fine, if not I am sure someone will let me know!



Upload your Ebook to Amazon

My eBook Cover

My eBook at Amazon.com

Book Covers

This was another area where I noticed all the 'experts' came out in full force. For example, you must choose a professional photographer. You must get someone else to edit your photo and add the writing to make it look professional. What a load of bunkum!

All these tips make it sound as though we are all stupid and can't take a photo, or add text or even choose a Public Domain photo to use. And yes you are allowed that. I checked. In fact I drove the Amazon staff to distraction with my continuing bombardment of questions. And yes they were lovely and helpful. Probably need a stiff drink and a holiday after, but still very nice.

Want to add Text?

  1. Choose the photo or picture that you want for you eBook.
  2. Public Domain is fine as well as your own personal photos.
  3. Save picture to your pc gallery.
  4. Click on picture in your gallery, and open it. Then Fix it by making the photo size look like a book cover. Then save.
  5. Open web browser and go to roflbot-add text and captions to your pictures. It is the simplest Write Text On eBook Cover that you can use. It is self explanatory and after a bit of fiddling around you will be able to write text all over your picture. When your finished, just save to pc gallery. Simple.

Kindle Publishing.

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Public Domain

Quick and Simple List of How To Publish an eBook

  • Write the darn thing. In Microsoft Word. Its the easiest and the best way.
  • Edit. Over and over if need be. Don't be like me and submit your eBook ten times just because you have thought of something! Try and get it right the first time.
  • Save your Word doc in your Gallery. Either pictures or docs.
  • Choose your photo or Public Domain Photo and Add Text. (see above)
  • Go to Amazon, sign in, or join. Then go to the bottom of the page and see the words 'write an ebook with Amazon'. Or 'Self publish with us'. Click on link and just follow the easy instructions. Simple as that.

If you have done all you need to do such as writing text on your cover, editing your eBook document and getting rid of anomalous links like I had, then that's it. Simple as A B C.

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Earth Angel 4 years ago

Dearest Nell ~ Sooooooooo glad you wrote this Hub! Yep, it is pretty darn easy! As a publisher myself, I encourage people every day to "do-it-yourself!" The Internet has radically leveled the playing field for new authors! You did it!! Congratulations! And blessings on your book sales as well! Earth Angel!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congrats on your ebook! Your story is amazing and I'm sure will be appreciated by many. Thank you for sharing these instruction. How to create an Ebook for Dummies! Awesome!!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Earth Angel, I just couldn't believe that after all that hassle it was that easy! lol! all those ebook articles and for what? it was easy! thanks so much, and now for the next ten books! lol!

Hi Linda, me being the biggest dummy where things like this are concerned! haha! seriously though, I am glad I have done it, the next will be so much easier! thanks as always for your support, nell


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Well, that looks easy! Now I just need to write one...

Thanks for a really straightforward and encouraging article - voted up etc.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Judi, that's really great! I hope you find the time to write one, once you get writing I have found its so easy! and for me to say that! haha! thanks!


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Great Hub! Just what I needed to give me that extra push into writing my eBook! Maybe I should look for a real Ebook writing for Dummies? Probably one exists, but your article looks like just the thing! Voted Up, etc.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Nell, Thanks for writing this step by step guide. I'm sure many people hesitate to write an Ebook thinking it's difficult to do. I'll be back again I hope when I'm ready to perhaps do this.

Congrats again on your book!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I haven't written a book and I haven't done anything with it for a while as I too thought it was a big deal. I am delighted to know it is actually a simple process. Thank you so much for sharing this information. Excellent hub!


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MarshFish 4 years ago

Excellent hub! Thanks for the information and step by step guide.

Marshall


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Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

Great hub - I've been toying with the idea of a book for some time now. Reading your article and hearing just how easy it is to self publish I may just get on with it now. thanks for writing and good luck with your own book. best wishes, Imogen.


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Nell Rose- Good article. I am going through the submission of my fourth book, and I use Creatspace (owned by Amazon) and I also use Amazon for distribution.

Your hub is right on, but you should probably tell people about the next stage which is marketing, because without marketing, you book will just be sitting there.

Loved the Hub. Voted UP!


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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Hi Nell, as I am editing my first book now that I have finished, your very informative hub is very opportune. One question, did you also get an ISBN number through Amazon?


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi CMHypno, Amazon gives it to you automatically when your book becomes published, you will see it on your amazon selling main page as will everybody that buys it too, okay? thanks for reading, and good luck with your book, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi joan, lol! thats sounds just right for me too! seriously though I can't abide too much information when its not necessary. I think we have enough trouble with confidence without having all the excess tech garble pushed down our throats! lol! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Susan, I think that when I finished and realised just how simple the whole process was, I got quite annoyed at myself and a lot of articles telling us how difficult it would be! lol! not hubbers, we go straight to the point but there are some out there that try to make it look difficult just because they think it makes them look clever! obviously there is the odd things that need tweaking as you do it, and it can be frustrating, but this is the basics and all you need, thanks so much again, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Pamela, thanks for reading, I am glad you found it helpful, hopefully we will all get some books out there, thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Marshall, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Imogen, reading articles about it, watching numerous videos and getting myself tied in a knot, just made me despair that I would never get it done. Looking back it was like wading through treacle! when really it was a simple process! phew! good luck with your books, thanks nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Don, I am just going to tackle the Creatspace thing, I will look into the marketing and then come back and write a hub, unless you have already done it for me? lol! then I will be over to bookmark your hub! lol! thanks so much and good luck with your next book, nell


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! Just what we needed...real simplicity!

Thank you so much, Nell!

Voted way up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Will, glad you liked it, I just tried to keep out all the stuff that wasn't that important, I know there is more to it than this, but this is the main basic stuff, thanks for coming over, cheers nell


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You have given me some great pointers! Now, I just need to figure out what kind of ebook to publish and create one! Thanks for writing this! So cool! Voted up for sure!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Audra, thanks so much, I am glad you found it helpful, it can be so daunting reading all those other articles out there, nearly put me off! lol!


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Congratulations! Beautiful cover, too. I will certainly be back and hopefully before long.


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Arren123 4 years ago from UK

Thank you Nell for this, I looked at kindle and thought no way, I just couldn't get my head round it and what they was saying you needed to do. Voted up, thanks once again :)


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point2make 4 years ago

Finally someone who can actually share the experience of publishing on Kindle and give us all hope. I am certainly encouraged after reading your hub. Sometimes the task of publishing an eBook can seem overwhelming....thank-you Nell for helping us see the real possibilities. "Easy" sure sounds good for a change.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This hub is very useful, Nell, and a great reference source. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with eBooks. Your information is very encouraging for anyone who is thinking about publishing in this way.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello Nell. Awesome read, and will return to see again. I will print so I can highlight and use it in the future. A valuable article dispelling myths - Thank you. I didn't know of your publication until reading your post at MartieC about extroverts. I am glad I got that email. Not only a great comment by you but a wonderful gift discovered of you and maybe a read in the near future. Personally I am proud of your adventure with words of recent. And, I believe you will do very well too. I'll help all I can.

I'm on a break and got'sta run back, I'll check back for a peek again when I get home

AFC

Tim


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Nell. You are a lifesaver. I have a book finished and sitting on my computer for the last couple of months, because the instructions for how to make an e-book are just so dammed complicated. I had almost given up on my intention to publish it but your excellent hub is likely to be a great help. I may revisit the project now and it will be all thanks to you.


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

I am in awe of you, many congrats my friend. Voted up, marked useful, bookmarked and printed.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK, Nell Rose....I see you do mind-reading on the side? I had every intention of researching e-books the next available minute I had....(with my schedule, that could be 2 years from now!)....and Lo and behold, my friend from England wrote this hub JUST FOR ME!! I love you! Thanks! and BTW....you are one fabulous author who should just keep on writing....forever! UP++


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Wonderful information Nell and as usual, your style is as clear as the whole e-book process seems to be. I'm in the process of writing an e-book too, but it includes lots of photos so I may need to seek out additional advice. Also, I'm trying not to use Word since my version of the program is so old it messes up my newer Mac computer. I've got to find out whether I can use Pages or Open office and save all as a .doc.

Best of luck with your e-book! xxxx


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Great info -- published my ebook on www.blurb.com and found it pretty straightforward and simple -- except for the times I tried to make it harder than it was. Will definitely look at Kindle -- got another ebook ready to go and just looking for the time to put it together. Thanks so much for great info and insight. Best/Sis


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Polly, always appreciate your support, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Arren, after doing all the research and just giving myself a headache I realise that all you have to do is literally write it and press publish! lol! not a lot different from here actually, it was all the articles saying this and that and confusing the heck out of me! glad you found it helpful, thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi point2make, I think its all the clutter around it that makes it seem impossible, but when you get down to the bones of it, it literally is pretty simple its just everybody out there makes such a song and dance about it that it drives us mad! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Alicia, I just try to say it as simple as possible because we are all alike in our trying to get these things done, and too much info just drives us nuts! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thank you so much Tim, sorry it took so long to answer, still decorating the house! lol! I am glad you found it helpful and thank you for your kind words, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi christopher, I went around the houses on the internet trying to find info, and so many of them give you too much info, for example telling you how to add html for another site apart from amazon, and pdf files etc and so on. but all thats not needed if you just want kindle, its as simple as publishing on here! unbelievable! the trouble is so many articles try to tell you to publish on kindle, and other sites, and get all muddled up with their info, but its not necessary, good luck and get that book published! lol!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Nell, well done on this hub which has probably taken out a lot of the fear for those interested in e-publishing. And well done you on publishing your book. I hope you sell loads of copies!

Voted up and shared.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi pmccray, thanks so much, really nice to see you and I am glad you liked it, thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi fpherj, yep mind read all the time! lol! thanks so much, I just made such a hoo ha about it, and there it was in front of me, simple! after the event I might add! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Hilary, thanks so much. I totally understand about the Word doc, mine is on the blink too, so hopefully I will be able to use Open office as I have that one. My advice is to totally just read the info on Amazon kindle help pages, it is so useful and explains it all really easily, thanks as always, nell


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Congrats on your ebook. As you know, Bev and I are kicking out an ebook about once a week and it really is quite easy to do. This is a great hub that needs to be read by anyone thinking about doing this.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Angela, not heard of blurb, I will have to take a look, yes we do tend to try and make it as difficult as possible for ourselves! lol! good luck with your next ebook, and thanks!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Nell you've done it again. A great hub with great information and useful for all writers. What more could we ask for? Step by step you walk us through the process and your writing and directions are easy to understand. Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting! SHARED with followers too.


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craftdrawer 4 years ago

Great information on publishing an eBook on Amazon. I checked out your book on Amazon and would suggest that you add tags to your book page (just scroll down if you are logged in) and tag your book with keywords so it can be discovered when searching. Also, don't forgot to create an author page so that when someone clicks on your name on Amazon they can read about your accomplishments. Just google "amazon author central" to create your author page. Good luck and all the best with your books!


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Just wanted to ask your opinion; you mentioned using photos in the public domain. My query is, is it the same with creative commons material, like attribution, for commercial use, etc. There is a lot of information on HP about using this kind of photographic material. As I understand it you just have to stick with the rules. But why do you mention only personal and public domain stuff? Is there some detail here that maybe we need to consider? I would be very interested in your take on this. Still congratulating you! Wonderful work!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Jools, it took me long enough! lol! but now I am on a roll so hopefully this will be just the first of many, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi billy, that sounds great! hopefully I will one of these days too, hope its going well? thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi tills, I am so glad you found it helpful, all the other stuff around the articles drives me mad, just gets me confused! haha! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi craft, thanks so much! that was great info, I never realised about the tags! duh! lol! just done it now, and yes I have done my author page thanks, just need to add a few things to it, thanks for your help, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi joan, to be quite honest I am not sure. When I went to Amazon to check they mentioned that Public Domain was fine to use their photos but I never noticed anything else mentioned. I know a lot of people get photographers to do it, but using your own photo is fine, all you need to do is take a photo, save to your gallery on the pc, then go to the gallery click on the photo and Fix it with crop. Then just go to the site above to add the text, I am sure lots of people use it that way, maybe Amazon does mention it? go to the amazon help pages for kindle ebooks, it should say there okay? thanks again for reading, nell


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Congratulations on the e-book, Nell. That is a great achievement. I love this easy to follow guide and it is great you have used your own personal experience in the narrative. This is always much more valuable than when someone who hasn't done it writes a 'help hub'. Voted up and across!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Docmo, thanks so much, now I have started I know how to do another one! lol! took me long enough, but it is quite daunting to start with, thanks nell


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Thanks for these easy steps, Nell. But how have you done, income-wise, with ebook publishing? Are you earning more or as much as with HubPages? Voting this Up and Useful.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi alocsin, not started earning yet, I only published a couple of days ago, but I have had a couple buy it, so yeah! lol! mind you one of them is the lovely Rolly, so I don't think it counts, he has been so helpful with it, thanks for reading, and the votes, thanks as always, nell


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Wow - what a great Hub - you couldn't be more helpful. Thank you so much!!


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Nell. Congratulations on publishing your first ( of many) books. What an achievement. Now I´m going to have to buy a Kindle so I can read it lol. Thanks for really straight forward advice. Well done you !


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Hi Nell: Congratulations on publishing! This is a great hub and so informative and easy to follow your directions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in this area. I have a Kindle so I will be able to read your book. Voted up and interesting!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi suzie, that's great! I am glad you found it useful, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi bac, thanks as always, its amazing just how easy it was after all my confusion! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, I am so glad you found it helpful, I think I read too much, tried too much and just got myself in a pickle! lol! thanks as always, nell


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Good day, borrowing from a great big island, and how are you. I revamped my bio/profile, which has the highest traffic of anything I have writ or wrote. I inserted a recommendation there, you shall surely smile. Oh, a quick note is I listen to VLF signals at work at night. Helps with calmness at the desk. I usually listen to Sheffield England's WIFI transmission. I think of the friends here at hubpages then. Odd, on Mon night I heard singing. Yup, I surely did. I wondered a few things, were they angels, was I tired, or did I need to call the people in the white coats - LOL. Then I remembered ET and just listened. When time arrives take a peek at that hub or is it a bio/profile. I ask forgiveness for the log post.

tim


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi tim, on my way! lol!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

This Hub of yours Nell, is definitely one for me to Bookmark. Thank you so much for all the Useful as well as timely Information. Hey, Girlfriend, Congratulations on Publishing. I too have a Novel that I've often thought I'd like to Publish, now I'm tempted! Thanks so much for Sharing this info.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi b. Malin, go for it! lol! it was relatively easy when I managed to plow through all the confusing stuff! now I am trying to do the book, as in hard copy, phew! now that is confusing! lol! thanks again, nell


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I just bookmarked this page! Congratulations on e-publishing your book! What a feat! I'm planning on selfpublishing myself, by the end of this year. These tips will definitely be useful! Now, I do have a question: How large should the pages of the book be before you upload it for the kindle?

-KD


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi KD, Roman 10 is the best, but my stupid computer kept getting it to 12! lol! but its okay, just, I may download it again. its not a very long book but thats just for starters. the good thing about it is that if you download your book and decide to edit it, just edit it in usual place like word or open office, then just download it again. the old version will stay up for a few hours until the new ones replaces it, so don't worry too much about it being wrong, its fine, okay? good luck and thanks!


Gulf Coast Sun 4 years ago

Hi Nell,

Thank you and thank you again. You took all the confusion and fear out of publishing on ebook. The large hoity toity publishing houses do a number on your self esteem so I'm going to take your wonderful advise. I love your sense of humor and your easy-going writing. I'm your new following and I bow down to you. Oh, did I thank you for your advise?


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Gulf Coast Sun, lol! thanks so much, I am glad you found it helpful, good luck with the book!


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Granny's House 4 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Hi Nell! It has been a long time. Had to come back and check up on you. Seems you are doing great!. I have question. You have that story on hub pages. It is ok with them and Amazon?

How do you get paid when someone picks you ebook?

Tina


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Granny's House 4 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Nell, I found it. But if you are not published they do not accept you in that program that makes %75. It also says you need to be copy righted. You did not mention that or how to do it. Maybe I am not doing it right, but I am not finding it easy at all. LOL


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Granny's House 4 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I have tried it. It is just a practice run to see the feedback I get. I am one of those who have to be shown step by step. So sorry


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Tina, just sent you an email. I took my hubs off of here and made them into an ebook. Obviously I added thousands more words to it, but left the first one as a taster. you are copyrighted if its your own work. Just write copyright on the inside page, or first page of your book. don't worry about downloading it and realising that its wrong, just download it again when you have changed your book to the way you want it. I must have downloaded it about a dozen times! lol! just don't panic, what happens is that if you download it, and it goes live, then you realise that there is something wrong, just download it again and after a few hours they will show the second version. I changed my price as I realised that it was too high for a first book, and it only has approx 50 pages, so its now 99 cents/pence, good luck and let me know how you get on, nell


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uzma shaheen 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

thank you Nell Rose for writing this. prior to read this Hub, I used to think that writing and publishing an e-book must be hard thing to do.you made it easy.thank you for shring this info and giving some useful tips.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi uzma, thanks for reading, there are a few things that make you sit back and think while doing it, but once its done it is not so bad, thanks!


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Granny's House 4 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Nell, I did it. Thank you soooo much for the extra help.

Love ya, Tina


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woothie 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I'm going to do that too!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Very awesome! Congratulations on finishing your ebook. It promises to be a very interesting read. Thanks for letting us know we can all publish an ebook. You took away the intimidation and fear of the unknown. Best of luck to you with this book. Great hub!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Tina, Yeah!!!! Brilliant! be over in a minute, thanks!

Hi, woothie, good luck and I hope this was helpful, cheers nell

Hi tammy, thanks so much, its the createspace hard copy that I am plowing through now! lol! that is a real pain, formatting over and over, I even ended up calling my pdf file please God! haha! done it now though, just got to sort out the tax bit, thanks as always, nell


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

This is great. Voted up, useful, and there are not enough buttons. Thanks a million for sharing.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thank you so much MsDora, I am glad you found it helpful, nell


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Nell, awesome article. Will keep this for future reference for sure. I have been wanting to do this myself so it is a breath of fresh air to know it is this simple, well everything but writing it. I shall keep this page for certain. Congrats on your Ebook also Nell. I am so happy for you. Reach for the stars!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi lyric, thanks so much, I missed this comment so sorry it took so long, I am so glad you found it helpful, I am going to start my second ebook soon, so wish me luck! lol! thanks!


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onlinecashdigest 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Very informative hub. Your mistakes at first is a learning experience for you. Sharing them here helps other aspiring ebook writers avoid committing same mistakes themselves.

You have done all of us a great service just for sharing.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much online, I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell


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carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

What a very helpful hub. I like your writing, very natural and interesting. Wish you the best with your ebook! Voted up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks carozy, I am glad you found it helpful, thanks so much nell


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I've been dreaming of publishing ebooks since forever, but my firstborn still hasn't seen the light of the day. Thank you for sharing all the useful information regarding ebook publishing. I'll definitely use the tips once I'm ready to work on my dream more seriously. And, when I finally get my hands on an ebook reader, I'll read "Transition," too.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi vox, thanks so much. It really isn't so hard as its made out to be, even I managed it! lol! and I get really annoyed with myself if I don't understand something, so good luck, and thanks!


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

It is a very useful Hub for every writer who want publish his ebook. Thank you for sharing this valuable information. Re-shared with followers.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks jainismus, it really was trial and error but after writing it I realised that its not that difficult! lol! thanks so much again, nell


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

This is very helpful thanks! Voted up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks nanderson, sorry it took so long to answer, I missed this one! lol! glad you liked it and thanks!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

This is great Nell and have pinned this to use, because I seriously have been wanting to try writing an e-book, but don't seem to have enough time in the day. So I will be referring to this when I do get that free moment! Have also voted up, shared and tweeted too!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine , thanks so much! good luck with the ebook, I am going to take some of my short stories off of here that are zzzs and make them into an ebook! I think thats why they are zz because they are short stories and only relevant to someone who wants to read those sort of hubs, thanks nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine , thanks so much! good luck with the ebook, I am going to take some of my short stories off of here that are zzzs and make them into an ebook! I think thats why they are zz because they are short stories and only relevant to someone who wants to read those sort of hubs, thanks nell


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Nell,

Thanks for sharing this great information. After you used your hubs for the ebook---did you delete them or just left them on HP?

Thanks--you have great ideas--I am lucky to know you as an HP friend.

Bobbi Purvis


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Bobbi, no I deleted it, well there was only one story over two or three hubs, so I deleted them, but kept a bit of the first one to advertise my ebook, thanks Bobbi, glad to know you too, nell


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I wish I had read this earlier this week! I just published my first eBook tonight. I found it to be ever so difficult because I fully read the Amazon guide book and followed every tiny little detail. Perhaps I did not need to obsess quite so much. Thanks for the information... I will use your simple guide next time instead of pulling my hair out.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Did you read my question to Lizzie in the forums??? You little Princess you! This IS priceless and exactly what I wanted. I feel like you just gave me a special gift.........Awwwww, you DID, didn't you Nell Rose.......Thank you a million times! This is being printed and saved on my desk!! I love you. Perfect Timing!! A Happy Effer


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Thank you for sharing the help. I would really like to create a book, that makes it sound much easier. Congrats on publishing your personal story. I always enjoy your hubs.


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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Thanks Nell Rose! I am very lucky to follow you and you are very generous to share this information. I do hope I can write a book and publish it. Voted up and more! :-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK....I commented twice......time to make that Dr. appointment

Here! Nell Rose......THIS MAKES THREE!! I'm stalking you!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Nell,

So is it true...you can write your ebook in Microsoft Word? I heard that once...

Well gosh...you have completely removed all the mystery of this process...that is VERY nice. I've looked into the process once or twice and ended up retreating into a bottle (as I was in the fetal position...it was a bottle of milk).

I'm bookmarking the hell out of this piece and I'm going to publish myself an ebook! So...any advice on what program would be good to write this ebook in?

Thomas


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very useful info, Nell. will help me if and when I decide to write an ebook. Bookmarking and voted up, useful and interesting.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks so much for this useful and informative hub. I'm usually such a dumbhead when it comes to these kind of things. This is a great hub. Passing it on.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Gypsy, thanks so much for reading, sorry it took me so long to answer, been one of those days! lol! fell over, nearly broke my knee, got took into the shop and given water and a bandage! oh well nearly time for bed! haha! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Jeannie, yes too much info can blow your mind! lol! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi effer, lol! glad to be of service! good luck with your book, is it Daisy May? haha! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi bridal, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi ignugent, thank you so much, I am sure your book will be great!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

lol! effer the stalker!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Thomas, sorry for taking so long to answer, bad day! lol! yep microsoft word or open office to pdf file, if you use office then you can use the pdf converter or just write in micro in doc file, pdf is a bit of a pain because it tends to squeeze all the words up but if you use office you can use a pdf converter, okay? and good luck with the bottle, can I have one? haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi rajan, thanks so much, and glad you liked it, nell


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

I have been wanting to publish eBooks for some time now. You make the process sound so simple. Thanks for sharing!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Anamika, I am so glad you found it helpful, thank you!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent! Superb! Brilliant! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda, thank you! lol!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

This is, without a doubt, the most straight forward guide to publishing an ebook I've ever encountered! Thank you.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Natasha, I am glad you found it helpful. I am writing my second one now so I will probably need to read it again! lol!


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome, thanks voted up!!! A well advised Hub


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much DDE, glad you liked it, nell


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy

Just great information and thanks for taking the caffufle out it all. I feel like starting my ebook right now. By the way, did you know that if you click on the link Microsoft Office word in your text you get this hub

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Insert-Music-Sym...

Feel free to delete my comment after you have read it if it's a hinder. Wanted you to know in case it's not right.

Meanwhile shall vote and share. Thanks.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Goodlady, I have no idea how that got there! lol! took it out now, thanks so much. And I am glad you liked it and found it useful, nell


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Joan Calvin 3 years ago

Hello Nell, thank you so much for publishing this article. It will be of use to so many who want to do their own publishing. A really great article, keep up the great work! Joan Calvin


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lex123 3 years ago

Congrats on your first ebook. I too have a couple of ebooks, and it was so easy as you mentioned.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Joan, sorry your comment went to spam! lol! totally missed it, I will be over shortly, nell

Hi lex, thanks so much for reading, nell


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nuffsaidstan 3 years ago

This is all great info Nell, i have some ideas for an eBook of short horror stories that i have written that i don't think would work on hubpages, i have been put off publishing them because it all sounded so difficult, know i have read your article i am thinking of giving it a go, many thanks


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi nuff, go ahead it will be great! seriously, I messed about for ages in a state of panic thinking that it would be so difficult to do, but when it was done I said, well, how easy was that? lol! good luck! nell


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Thanks Nell for sharing your knowledge. You took a lot of the tension out of writing an ebook. I am curious about how your book has done and am also curious if you will be writing more ebooks. All the best to you and thanks again for putting this info together.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks toknow, sorry it took so long, been on holiday! my books not doing so good, I need to promote it more, but it is a specialised subject, so maybe I need to write fiction more! lol!


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TIMETRAVELER2 21 months ago

Great hub, Nell. I want to publish a print book I wrote years ago as an ebook, but have had to convert it to pdf files on adobe, first. I do not have word on my computer and buying it is expensive. I thought if I converted to rich text that would work, but I cannot see where Amazon will accept rich text. Any ideas?


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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi TimeTraveler, I just took a look in google, it should be accepted, not sure to be honest, I did write an ebook myself, I don't think you need to convert it to pdf, go to CreateSpace, that's where you should be able to change to a print book, I have nearly done it myself, then it said something about having to write out a form and sending it off to america! lost me totally, and I gave up! Go take a look at Createspace and see what that says? good luck, and have a wonderful Christmas!

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