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Self-publish Your Book Now! (Episode 4)


If you’ve been following the thread so far, you should now have the following assets:

1.       PDF of your book

2.       .mobi file of your book

3.       .epub version

4.       PDF of the cover

5.       .jpeg of the cover.

Go to:


You are now able to create an account.

Click ‘add new title’

Name your book and select ‘paperback’ then click ‘get started’ on the ‘guided’ banner.

Input the data requested – all stuff you already know – be cool! Click ‘save and continue’.

The next screen asks if you want a free ISBN number or whether you want to use your own. I use the one they provide – it’s free.

The next screen asks if you want white paper or cream (cream is a little thicker).

You can then upload your text (MS Word) and cover files (.pdf).

Then follow all the steps and the Create Space software does it all.

You then submit the finished article and have it approved. You can order a proof to be certain what your book will look like.

At the end of the process they will take you to Kindle Direct. You need to upload the .mobi file for the Kindle version and also the .jpeg for the cover.

There are then various pricing options.

They will ask you to join Kindle select.

With the Amulet series I made the mistake of enrolling them all. It means people can borrow and lend your books for free as long as you’re enrolled. I think retrospectively that the idea is that you do Kindle Select with the first book. It then filters out all the people who don’t like your writing and the remainder buy the rest of the series at whatever price you’ve put the books. I guess one marketing ploy would be to escalate the price as you ascend the series. That way if people really like the series they pay a bit more every time. There again, I’m not in this for the money, it’s just a hobby so I’m not greedy. I just like the thought that people enjoy my books! Kindle select does have the advantage that your ranking will go up and more and more people see your writing even if you don’t make money at first. Well, I do have two day jobs you know!

The process is very simple: all you have to do is follow the clear instructions and you are then a published author.

That’s it! Best of luck to you, because the next bit is about marketing your book and publicising yourself.  If I had that info I wouldn’t be where I am now!

If you’ve found these posts of use, or you disagree and can show me a better, quicker way forward then please let me know: fred@neurosurg.co.uk


1 Comment to Self-publish Your Book Now! (Episode 4):

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Ellen Dean on 19 May 2016 09:05
Hi Fred, Again, great informative post. I use both Kindle and Smashwords for my eBooks. I didn't enrol in the Kindle Select programme because you are then limited to using Amazon. And because my main job is a writer of fiction and non-fiction I had to research and find the best marketing plan I could. Over time I found Smashwords came out tops for selling eBooks because they distribute to about eight or nine retailers. It's definitely worth thinking about. Best Ellen
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