Exploring Your Publishing Options Part Three: Digital Publishing

eBook Publishing

You might decide that you want to take advantage of the eBook boom and put your book in digital format. Many authors are making a good living from eBooks alone, and Amazon pays 70% royalties of eBooks priced at $2.99 or above. Ebooks are often priced lower than print editions, but the quantity of sales could be higher because of the lower price point, so you will have to decide if strictly going eBook without print is right for you. You can always add the print edition at a later date if you so decide.

You will also have to decide if you are going to publish the eBook yourself and learn the formatting guidelines specific to your desired platform such as KDP or Smashwords, or if you will enlist the help of an eBook format and design service. Learning to format eBooks can be a tedious process, so you will need to determine if you want to put the time and effort into getting it right. Nothing is worse than having your eBook not formatted properly, so if you do it yourself, be sure to study your platform’s publishing guidelines. Again, unless you are experienced in graphic design, hire a professional to do your cover.

You can see you have many publishing options available to you and now it’s time to get busy on your homework. Do your research on all three options before making a decision. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each. You and only you can decide which option is right for your book, so learn to navigate this process, and don’t forget to ask questions. Your manuscript is your baby, and you should not give birth to your project until you are 100% ready and confident in your choices.

Note: There is a difference between having your manuscript “converted” and having it “formatted” for digital publishing. If you decide to publish your manuscript as an eBook, be sure you either learn how to properly format for digital publishing or hire a formatting service to do it for you. Check out Transcendent Publishing for a quality digital design services.

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