So I finally decided to write my first eBook, and I'm researching all the proper formats and most effective marketing strategies and whatnot, but I feel like this is going to be a lot more complicated than I think it is. Anyone have any advice for me?
Amazon Kindle is by far the easiest format plus their cover designs do make a difference. I use them plus Booktango which is also easy to use.
After doing a lot of research, I, too, came to the conclusion that Amazon Kindle is the place to publish. They are more forgiving than the other sites. I was even able to use a photo from Pinterest that I cropped and titled for my cover (with permission from the photographer, of course).
The worst part is that you have to use MS Word, but if you have Open Office, that will work as well. It is a great deal of work and after you finish, you then have to market your book. This is not so easy to do, and as far as I'm concerned, is the most difficult part. I have had very little luck with it and am not willing to spend the kind of money that is necessary to get the word out.
Another hubber helped me a great deal with my own book or I never would have gotten it online. Perhaps some kindhearted guru here will give you a hand with this.
Awesome, that's the straightforward answer I've been wanting! What makes you say Amazon Kindle's cover designs make a difference?
Kindles books are in a proprietary form of .MOBI format. The converter deals well with most word processing files or html for basic text. Or you can get it formatted into MOBI yourself for around 2-50 dollars a pop.
Xlibris have different packages at low prices.If they like your story. They will be nice to you. They have a great wavesite with the work they do. It is interesting how they do things.
I forgot to mention that for most eBooks you should create a word document which is then uploaded to the site. With Amazon Kindle, you can copy and paste your hubs, for example, complete with photos (no ads, polls or videos). In Booktango you have to add every photo manually and one at a time.
You should download Calibre for eBook conversion. It's a free tool and allows you to convert Word docs to MOBI and EPUB files.
In terms of marketing, make sure you choose the right category for your book which makes a lot of sales for its books every day. Pick a well searched for keyword on MerchantWords.com and target that in your title and description.
You NEED a good book cover. I would suggest getting a book cover done on 99designs, they're super professional designs. If your budget is a little low, I would recommend Fiverr for book covers.
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