I self-published my first Kindle e-book back in 2014 for less than $20. I was a beginner and I didn’t really know how to go about it. But I did it!
In this post, I want to show you how to publish your e-book and sell it online for free. I’ll take you through the full process I followed minus any mistakes I made along the way.
First let’s briefly list why you should consider publishing an e-book.
Why You Should Self-Publish An E-book
If you have a business of any kind, publishing a book will help you gain more authority.
You can use your book to market and promote your business as well as a way to show your skills and what you have to offer through your book.
People can read your book and have a sense or a feel of your expertise through your writing. People in general always associate authors with more authority. They give it more weight.
If you don’t have a business, publishing an e-book is definitely something that’ll standout in your resume.
You’ll Get An Author Page
When you publish your e-book you can upload it to Amazon Kindle Publishing service for free, giving you the amazing opportunity to have a formal author page,
When I’m interested in someone’s service or product, and I discover they have a book, I immediately buy it to see what they have to offer in their book first.
It’s a great way for prospecting clients to ‘test’ your products. If they buy your book, they’re more likely to buy your product or service next.
Business Will Rank Better In The Search Engines
When you first publish an ebook, no one is going to know about it. However, publishing your e-book and listing it on Amazon and Goodreads, which are authoritative websites, will help you rank your business better, and here’s how…
Let’s just say someone who’s interested in doing business with you searches your name.
The first links that’ll show up are gonna be your author pages from Goodreads and Amazon kindle (if you publish your e-books in those platforms…and you should because they’re free)
When I first started my online fitness business, I actually started by publishing an e-book on fat loss. And guess when, when you search my full name, I still show up as the author of an e-book on both Goodreads and Amazon.
Even though I don’t sell this e-book anymore because I don’t talk about fat loss on my first blog anymore.
So even if your website isn’t ranking on page 1 and your e-book isn’t ranking on page 1 either, well guess what…your name will be! And that alone is a big reason to work on publishing an e-book under your name.
Make Extra Income
Publishing an e-book is a great way to make extra passive income. Every month you can make between $50-$200 per e-book if you promote it well.
I’ve already talked about how to make extra income from home and this is another amazing way to do it. $50 may not look like a lot of money. But think about it…that’s $50 in your pocket and you only worked once to publish the e-book.
In addition, you can write more than 1 e-book!
What if you wrote one e-book per month and you find yourself with 12 e-books at the end of the year! You can be making up to $1000 per month from kindle e-books…all passive!
How To Self- Publish Your E-book For Free
Let me be clear, publishing an e-book has some expenses. Yes, I’ll show you how to do it for free, but if you really find yourself struggling, I highly recommend you outsource a few tasks which won’t exceed $20-$50.
You’ll only pay for them once remember. But again, I’ll show you how to do it all for free. I just wanted to get that out of the way because there are a few things that’ll require some basic skills not everyone is willing to spend time learning.
Write The Outline
The first step is to sit down and write the outline of the e-book. Don’t stress about this too much as you’ll keep refining this process.
Just think of all the subtopics you’d like to cover in your e-book.
Whether it’s a DIY e-book, a fiction, or non-fiction e-book. Just create the outline first.
Write Your Shitty First Draft
Start writing your e-book and don’t ever think of stopping to fix any typos or change anything. Let your mind flow and just keep writing. You want to get all of your ideas out without stopping.
Get in the zone and just write.
I used to get up at 5 am each morning to write a portion of my e-book before work. I was able to get it done within a week.
Copywriters call the first version of a copy the shitty first draft. It’ll be shitty and full of typos. But now you’ve got your whole book content. It’s a huge milestone.
The rest is smooth sailing. People often get stuck fixing typos and try to make things perfect on the first draft and that’s how they freeze and stay stuck in their first chapter.
Edit Your Draft
Now that you’re done the first draft of your manuscript, you can go back and check each chapter for any mistakes, anywhere you need to add references, and any sections you forgot to add.
The first review should be a way to check if you forgot to add anything. The great thing about e-books is that you can always go back to them, add or remove content, and just republish again!
Take A Break
By now you’re probably burned out by writing. Take a break and step out of the process completely.
Believe me, when you’re looking at something for so long, you’ll start to overlook things as your eyes get tired from looking at the manuscript. Take at last a day-break from your e-book writing.
Professionally Edit Your E-book
Now is the time to edit your e-book and get it ready for publishing. If you’re not a detailed person, I highly recommend you outsource an editor to go through your ebook and edit it. You can do that on Fiverr for cheap.
You can also get help from a friend or a family member who’s willing to do it. Just make sure to do it multiple times because you’ll always miss something.
If you want to do it all for free you can do this on your own and after your e-book starts to generate revenue, you can re-invest that money into professional editing.
The last thing you want is an e-book full of typos triggering negative reviews. It’s also unprofessional.
Design Your Cover
Your cover is extremely important. People do judge books by their cover. Make sure your cover has a captivating headline, branded colors, and is designed well.
If you want to do this for free, I highly recommend canva.com. They have amazing premade e-book cover designs!
If you have design skills you can certainly create your own in Photoshop.
Just look for e-book cover examples so you have an idea of how the best selling e-books in your category are designed.
You can also search for a best selling kindle e-book and just click on ‘preview’ to get the first pages and see how they even designed the interior of the e-books. This is an amazing way to see what you can work from.
Convert Your E-Book Into Kindle Format
Before you publish your e-book into Amazon Kindle, you need to convert it into a format that Kindle can read.
I personally hired someone to do this for me for less than $15. But I recently found a free software called Caliber-E-book that does this for you for free.
It’s a complete e-book management software allowing you to convert between any format! So you can even convert from PDF to MOBI for Kindle reader or Epub for other readers.
You upload the e-book and you choose which format you want to convert it too and you’re done!
Self-Publish Your E-book On Amazon Kindle Publishing
Now you can upload your e-book into Kindle.
The great thing about kindle publishing is that their system will help you with every step. You’ll upload the cover and the e-book separately.
They’ll even tell you if they detected any typos and you can always upload a newer version. You’ll set your pricing, book details, and other author information and you’ll be able to publish your e-book right away.
Self-Publish Your E-book On Your Website
You can also publish and sell your e-book on your website. You can convert your e-book into PDF format, and sell it on your website using tools such as Gumroad or SendOwl to sell and deliver your e-book.
Promote Your E-book On GoodReads
Goodreads is an authoritative website. Creating an author name and promoting your e-book there will help your name gain more authority as a result. This is an important step to help you gain more exposure for your business and e-book.
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