How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon.com: Writing, Editing, Designing, Publishing, and Marketing

2014 Update: Expanded and updated in March, 2014 to include 35% more content. An additional 66 pages cover e-book design, page numbering and header issues for paperbacks, a revamped chapter on marketing, and more.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Learn how to self-publish your book on Amazon.com using print-on-demand and e-book publishing services. This handy reference will guide you through all of the stages of the self-publishing process, from the conception of your book to writing the manuscript to editing and formatting to PDF conversion to publishing to promotional strategies. With this handy reference as a guide, you can self-publish a quality manuscript with ease!

AUTHOR: Chris McMullen has written and self-published over a dozen paperback books and e-books. This book also was self-published using the same techniques that are described here. Chris McMullen, who has drawn thousands of professional illustrations from scratch using Word’s drawing tools, shares several useful drawing and formatting tips.

DESCRIPTION: This book begins with the decision to self-publish or traditionally publish, moves onto important information on developing the concept and researching the book’s potential, provides a thorough discussion of formatting and designing the book interior and cover in both Word 2003 and 2010, describes how to convert the Word document to PDF, shows how to publish both paperback and e-book editions, and concludes with a detailed introduction to marketing that both novices and experienced authors will find informative and helpful. Formatting includes tricky features like how to use both Arabic numbers and Roman numerals in page numbering, how to have different odd- and even-page headers, and how to use Word’s Styles and the paragraph dialog box for proper e-book formatting.

EDITIONS: This book is available in paperback and e-book formats.

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3 Comments

  1. Outstanding Information I ordered this book while I was researching the self publishing maze of confusion and found it so simple, easy to follow and extremely refreshing. As a result or reading this my first book is now being published by Amazon on their extremely efficient print and ship system. If you follow this book’s advice you WILL be successful. I cannot thank this author enough for clearing away the cobwebs and simplifying the system. A definite help for any aspiring author who has had he fortitude to…

  2. Time-Saver If you ask the author he will probably give you an humble opinion about his own book. At least that is how it seems in his introduction. However, I was surprised to find more informations than I could expect from a less than $10, self-published book about self-publishing. Especially for me it was a balanced between general and technical. So this was an welcomed buffer in between yet truly helpful in many ways. 

  3. How To Self Publish A Book on Amazon. How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon.com: Writing, Editing, Designing, Publishing, and Marketing The title of this book is How To Self Publish A Book ON AMAZON.COM. This book is more about how to write a book, not how to guide it through Amazon after it is written. I would not have bought it if I knew this is what it was about. Therefore, the two stars only.

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