So your book is finished and ready to go... what's the next step?
Publish your book via the Smashwords web site. Distribute to international sites including Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and others. Do it now, do it all for free.
Learn how to quickly and easily turn your book into an electronic book (ebook) and market it to the world. This course is a step by step guide showing exactly what you need to do to get your book published, for free, and then get it onto international markets and start collecting royalties. All at zero cost to you.
This course is just one of the Zero Cost Self Publishing Program, a series of courses which show you the entire A to Z of self publishing at zero cost. Publish today for free. Collect royalties tomorrow.
Your book is finished but you need to format it to professional levels? Take the companion course 'Format your book manuscript using Word 2003'. Other courses coming soon include using Word 2013 and the free word processor Libre Office.
Want to publish your book as a paperback? Check out the course 'Publishing with CreateSpace.'
Introduction to the Zero Cost Self Publishing Program.
Introduction to this specific course - Self Publishing your book using the tools provided at the Smashwords web site. Do it now, for free.
The basic pre-requisites for publishing your book on Smashwords.
Walk through the process of setting up your account on Smashwords.
Learn how to create a simple book cover using one of your own pictures or images and an easy to use 'free' tool.
Begin the publishing process.
Set up your account profile and other pertinent information.
Select the various distribution channels and re-sellers you wish to send your book to.
Learn how to set up and manage coupons so you can offer discount pricing on your book, as and when desired.
Learn how to work with coupons and Smashwords site-wide promotions.
Manage receiving royalty payments. Learn how to legally avoid US with-holding taxes if you're not a US citizen.
Learn about assigning an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), either your own or get one from Smashwords.
Learn how to assign a price to your book. Learn how to judge what's reasonable and what's not.
What to do about VAT taxes if you're selling into the European markets.
Do you have a series of books to sell? Use the Series Manager to link them together to promote sales.
Monitor your sales.
Getting onto the Premium Catalogue so you can distribute to Apple.
Correcting errors in your manuscript and uploading a corrected version.
Modify your book settings to promote sales.
Modify coupons to control sale pricing.
Maximize your presence on the main search engines (Google, Bing, etc.)
Making the most of Smashwords book sales page and Authors page.
Congratulations, you're published!
As CEO of Northwind Ink, a small publishing house, Stephen is a full time author, publisher and artist. He lives on the West Coast of Canada where he spends his time writing, publishing, carving soapstone sculptures and teaching.
He self published his first book in 2010, wrote Zero Cost Self Publishing in 2012 and has been teaching a two day self publishing course based on the book at the Royal Roads University Continuing Education department, located in Victoria, BC, Canada for several years.
He has written more than sixteen books, all of which are available in Paperback, and both Kindle and Epub eBook formats. These include novels, short stories, poetry, and 'how-to' books on self publishing, soapstone carving and stained glass art. His books can be purchased from CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other international resellers.