Revised 2019 Edition
In Self-Publish Your Book: A Quick & Easy Step-by-Step Guide, writer, editor, and publisher, Jessica Bell, does not overwhelm your with all information available—she explains exactly what one needs to know, without the faff, by following a foolproof, cost-efficient, time-efficient, extremely easy-to-follow, step-by-step, self-publishing method. By following this method, a writer can have their book go from manuscript to published book within one week. They’ll learn how to: prepare their manuscript in Microsoft Word, design their paperback and eBook cover, prepare their front/back matter and blurb, format their paperback interior & eBook, proofread their designed pages, register with desired retailers/distributors, export their eBook to a retail-ready file, and upload their paperback and eBook to retailers/distributors.
In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott says a writer needs to focus on short assignments to avoid feeling overwhelmed. She refers to the one-inch picture frame on her desk and how it reminds her to focus on bite-sized pieces of the whole story. If you focus on one small thing at a time, the story will eventually come together to create a whole. The same applies to publishing a book. If writers focus on one aspect of the publishing process at a time, the task will seem less daunting, and piece by piece, it will come together to result in a quality product the author can sell with pride.
Not only is Self-Publish Your Book: A Quick & Easy Step-by-Step Guide an excellent addition to any self-publishing course, but it’s also a great primary learning tool for first-time self-publishers as it allows them to get their feet wet without committing too much time or money to the process, while simultaneously producing a quality product.
About the Author
In addition to having published a memoir, four novels, three poetry collections, and her bestselling Writing in a Nutshell series, she has been featured in a variety of publications and ABC Radio National shows such as Writer's Digest, Publisher's Weekly, The Guardian, Life Matters, and Poetica.
She is also the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, CEO of Independent Publishing Assistance, a voice-over actor, and the coordinator of the Writing Day Workshops.
In October 2016, she became the new lead singer of the well-known dream-pop group, Keep Shelly In Athens, and records and performs as a solo artist under the name BRUNO.
For more information about Jessica's projects, visit, iamjessicabell.com.
Table of Contents
ii COMPUTER SOFTWARE NEEDED
1 PREPARE YOUR MANUSCRIPT IN MICROSOFT WORD
2 DESIGN YOUR EBOOK COVER
3 PREPARE YOUR FRONT/BACK MATTER AND BLURB
4 FORMAT YOUR PAPERBACK INTERIOR
5 PROOFREAD YOUR FORMATTED PAGES
6 SAVE YOUR INTERIOR LAYOUT AS A PRINT-READY PDF
7 REGISTER WITH DESIRED RETAILERS/DISTRIBUTORS
8 RETRIEVE YOUR PAPERBACK COVER TEMPLATE
9 DESIGN YOUR PAPERBACK COVER
10 FORMAT YOUR EBOOK INTERIOR
11 EXPORT YOUR HTML (EBOOK) TO A RETAIL-READY FILE
12 UPLOAD YOUR PAPERBACK AND EBOOK TO RETAILERS/DISTRIBUTORS
13 NEED EXTRA SELF-PUBLISHING ADVICE?
14 RECOMMENDED NEXT STEPS