How to make an e-book
Scribendi.com outlines the steps to making an e-book
Electronic publishing offers an excellent means for quickly sharing books with the largest possible audience, and making an e-book is now easier ever; multiple platforms are available, and you don’t need extensive coding knowledge to put your e-book together.
Various services currently exist to help you create, edit, and publish your e-book. Scribendi.com has created this step-by-step guide for making an e-book.
Decide what platforms you would like to have your e-book available on
Currently, over 90% of all e-books are read on Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s IOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod), and the Barnes and Noble Nook, so any service that you choose should assist you in creating an e-book from your original text that will work on one of these platforms.
Have your e-book professionally edited
Professional editing services help authors make sure that every word and sentence of their e-book is perfectly written. It is always wise to have your work edited during the writing process, and proofread at the end, to eliminate any confusing or distracting errors.
Scribendi.com, the leading online editing and proofreading company, offers both e-book editing and proofreading services. The e-book editing service is designed for early drafts that have not yet been formatted to e-book publication standards. Our professional e-book editors will identify weak points or structural issues, critique the body of your work, and provide a short summary of the critique. We will also check style, tone, word choice, and sentence structure, making lots of helpful suggestions along the way and tidying up errors so you can concentrate on the creative process.
Once you have a final draft and are ready to publish, you can also opt for Scribendi.com’s e-book proofreading service. Our professional proofreaders will eliminate all the spelling mistakes and grammatical, typographical, and other linguistic errors you’ve seen so many times that you don’t even notice them anymore. We’ll clean and polish your e-book into an Amazon or Smashwords bestseller!
With more than a decade of experience, Scribendi’s e-book proofreaders have worked with a wide range of genres and formats in both fiction and nonfiction. We can accept most major word processing file types, including PDFs. We can also provide a final proofread on already-formatted e-books, including Kindle and ePub files. You can upload and download your files securely, and your material and personal information will remain confidential.
Format your e-book
The process of formatting it into an e-book is best left to people who do it professionally! As mentioned, companies like Amazon require that e-books be submitted in particular formats that are compatible with their platform(s). Consequently, the number of companies that format e-books is continuing to grow.
Here are some common e-book formats:
- epub (open standard format for e-books created by the International Digital Publishing Forum)
- Mobibook (based on the open e-book standard using XHTML)
- Kindle (Amazon’s proprietary format)
Scribendi.com can format e-books, ensuring that they have consistent fonts and copy sizes (for chapter titles, pagination, etc.) and that they meet the requirements of the companies with which you want to publish your work. Writing an e-book is hard enough; you shouldn’t also have to worry about formatting and converting your e-book so that it meets the requirements of Amazon or Smashwords. Let the experts handle your e-book formatting!
As an author, you want your e-book to look professional, and Scribendi.com takes this job very seriously. Your e-book will have a dedicated formatter who will review your content line by line, ensuring that you have consistent spacing, font sizes, and headers. Just submit your Word document as is, and our expert, human e-book formatters will do the rest. We will turn your Word document into a beautiful, professional-looking e-book while sparing you the frustration.
Submit your book to the platforms you would like to have it available on
There are many options for publishing your e-book.
- With Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service, you can self-publish your book at the “Publishing and Review.”
- Barnes and Noble Nook: Barnes and Noble adopted the open epub standard for e-books in 2013. You can go through BookBaby to publish your e-book for the Barnes and Noble Nook.
- Self-publishing is available through websites such as Lulu; Lulu will make your book available in formats that are compatible with both the Kindle and the Nook.
Market your e-book
Savvy marketing mixes the old and the new—a strong social media presence, good old-fashioned “boots on the ground,” and persistence.
Here’s how you can start to build a readership after you publish your e-book:
- Talk to everyone you know about your work.
- Mention your e-book on Facebook, Twitter, and so on.
- Ask people to review your book on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads.
- Contact local bookstores to set up readings from your e-book; you can also take your work out to “open mic” nights and read excerpts of it there.
- Libraries are always looking to hold cultural events and assist local authors; is there a spot for your work?
Keep on writing
It seems obvious to say that writing is the best way for a writer to build and maintain an audience; but it is! The more you write, the more your talent will grow—and the more work your fans will have to discuss, read, and support. Publishing e-books and building a readership is a way for authors to accumulate a large audience. Remember to check out Scribendi.com’s e-book publishing services. Maybe the next big success story will be yours!