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All Self-Publishing Lessons

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

Follow these guidelines to accurately communicate your vision of your book’s appearance to your designer.

Formatting Guidelines for eBook Conversion

eBook creation is quite different than that of the print version. Special formatting must be put into place in order for eBook conversion to look as good as you intend it to.

eBook Vs pBook

eBooks and print books (pBooks) can offer different advantages. We discuss them here.

Calculating eBook Royalties

Book royalties refers to the percentage the author or illustrator receives out of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of the book. Make book royalties work for you.

How to Price an eBook

Pricing an eBook depends on various factors, including royalty rates, your eBook’s length, your eBook’s perceived quality, and the price of other books in the genre.

eBook Distribution

Once your book is finished, it’s ready to be sent out and sold. Distribution is to send your book out to retailers, who will sell your book.

What Are Book Royalties?

Book royalties refer to the percentage the author or illustrator receives out of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of the book.

How to Set the Retail Price

However concerned you are with profit, you’ll want your book to be competitively and reasonably priced. What is the price range of similar books of the same genre?

What is a Trade Discount, and How Does it Work?

A trade discount is the percentage of a book’s retail price that a retailer or wholesaler earns from the sale of an author’s book in exchange for distributing the book.

Calculating Print Book Royalties

Factors affecting your print book (pBook) royalties include print cost, retail price, and trade discount.

Wholesale Vs Retail

This section pertains to authors who are printing a stock of, warehousing, and selling their book themselves. With wholesale distribution, you sell your print book (pBook) to a wholesaler (e.g., Ingram).

When to Start Marketing

Now is the time! Seriously, it’s never too early to start marketing your book, even if your book isn’t finished. If you want your book to stand out, the sooner you begin marketing, the better.

How to Set Up Your Marketing Plan

However you prioritize your time, you want your efforts to be of high quality if not of high quantity. We discuss key ways to do that.

What is an Author Platform? How Do I Build it?

Having an author platform allows you to stand out to a large audience. Having an established platform means that you’re well known, you have followers, and you’re contributions are sought after.

Why You Need an Author Website

An author website is an essential aspect of your author platform. The Internet provides people all over the world a chance to connect with you.

Publish Like a Professional

You want your book to look as professional as possible. Having a professional publication is essential for successfully marketing your book.

What Size Book Should I Print?

Book size, also known as “trim size,” refers to the dimensions of your book. Inword Publishers offers industry-standard book size, using popular sizes of each genre.

The Difference Between Digital and Offset Printing

Offset printing offers some more options and a higher quality print, but POD printing allows you the convenience of printing a smaller quantity of books.

How Many Books to Print?

You don’t have to consider this if only sending your book to Amazon or Barnes & Noble for online retail, because they manage the print-on-demand (POD) service for you. But if you want to print books yourself, here are some tips to help you.

How Long Does it Take to Print?

You’ve put in such effort to prepare your book. You’re ready to feel that freshly printed book in your hands. How much longer will it take?

Trim Sizes for Print-On-Demand Books

Inword Publishers offers industry-standard book size, using popular sizes of each genre. Choosing the genre-appropriate print size will give you the professional look and feel that you seek.

Interior Layout

A professionally designed interior layout brings your vision one step closer toward your very own book. Your Word document is now being shaped into an aesthetic that will match and convey the essence of your literal creation.

Cover Design

You know the old adage—don’t judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to buying a book, most readers don’t follow that advice!

Sell Your Book Successfully

As a self-published author, what distribution options would you like for you book? Which ones are best for you?
Let’s look at the options.

General Terms Glossary for Self-Publishers

Self-publishing can be a bewildering process. Learn the lingo and you are halfway there. General Terms and Definitions.

The Production Process for Self-Publishers

Knowing the steps of book production will better equip you to make informed decisions and choices about the publishing of your book.

How Much Does Self-Publishing Cost?

Your project is different from any other project. What you spend will be based on many factors unique to your book.

Publishing Time Frames

How long is the self-publishing process? Important information if planning a book release.

eBook Glossary for Self-Publishers

Creating an eBook can be bewildering for a self-published author. Here you will find Terms and Definitions used regarding eBooks.

Marketing & Publicity, Sales, and Book Types Glossary

Below you will find Terms and Definitions related to book marketing and publicity.

Book Printing Glossary for Self-Publishers

Here you will find Terms and Definitions related to book printing

Book Production Glossary for Self-Publishers

Here you will find Terms and Definitions regarding the production of a book.

Book Design Glossary for Self-Publishers

Here you will find Terms and Definitions used during book design.

Book Composition Glossary for Self-Publishers

Here you will find Terms and Definitions regarding the composition of a book.

Book Parts Glossary for Self-Publishers

Here you will find Terms and Explanations of various parts of a book.