There is a slight delay in getting the post for Self-Publishing to CreateSpace, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to check in and hear if there’s something that you need with the formatting of your book in Word.
Something I’ve done in between publishing these posts is the updating of my site to be mobile-friendly (www.ColinDunbar.com). If you haven’t heard, as from 21 April Google implemented their new algorithm to check mobile-friendliness of sites. According to Google they will rank mobile-friendly sites better than those not mobile-friendly. Is your site mobile-friendly?
Let me know in the comments if there’s something you need that hasn’t been covered in this blog.
Thank you for following, and reading these posts.
By Colin Dunbar
Self-publishing a Kindle ebook is really easy. It takes a few minutes to fill in your details and upload your files. Then within 12 hours (English language books) your Kindle ebook is live in the Amazon Kindle Store. Easy-peasy.
Before you open the Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) site, you should have the following readily available:
- Your formatted Word file (see Kindle Formatting)
- Book title and sub-title (if you have one)
- Your cover image
- Your book description (400 characters or less, including spaces)
- Know the category for your book (or have a good idea)
- Keywords (choose up to seven); two words count as one keyword, e.g. self publishing is considered one keyword.
- Your financial information (for your royalty payments)
By Colin Dunbar
The first question an aspiring author asks: Should I go the traditional or self-publishing route?
This is a brief overview of the traditional publishing industry. In this area the world has changed drastically over the past 10 years or so. The Big 5 publishers are cautious to take a risk on an unknown author (as the saying goes, “it’s nothing personal, it’s just business” ☺). And publishing is big business. Going the traditional route means you need time (mostly a lot of time) to find an agent who is interested enough in your book, and then it’s time to find a publisher who is prepared take a risk on you and publish your book. This can take years.