What should you write about?
- Make a list of things you are passionate about.
- Narrow down your list to 3 things that you are most knowledgeable about.
- Finally, choose the subject that you're most excited about. Passion is what sets apart a good book from an extraordinary one.
The most common formats are ePub, HTML, and Word.
What software can I use to convert my eBook?
Most of the epublishers listed below offer a free conversion tool which will convert most standard formats to ePub. If these aren't suitable for you, try the free software offered by Open Office.
What ePublishers are available?
Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing
Royalties: 35% (.99-$2.98)
35% ($10 or more)
Formats: Word, HTML, MOBI, ePub, Plain Text, Rich Text Format, Adobe PDF
ISBN: Optional, not required
Royalties are paid automatically by electronic funds transfer (once earnings reach $10) or by check (once earnings reach $100) approximately 60 days following sale.
Barnes & Noble's Pubit!
Royalties: 40% (.99-$2.98)
40% ($10 or more)
Formats: ePub, Word, RTF, HTML, TXT
ISBN: Not required
Royalties are paid approximately 60 days post sale.
Royalties: 70% ($1.99-$12.99)
45% (all other price points)
Formats: ePub, Word, HTML, OPF, MOBI
Royalties paid monthly via electronic transfer of funds once earnings reach $100; otherwise, payment will be at least once every 6 months.
Royalties 90% (all price points)
Formats: ePub, Word, RTF
ISBN: Required-you can provide your own or receive one thru Lulu for FREE
Royalties paid monthly by Paypal (if over $5) or quarterly by check (if over $20).
Royalties: 60% from major ebook retailers or
85% from Smashwords
ISBN: Required-you can provide you own or receive one thru Smashwords for FREE
Royalties paid quarterly by check (if over $75) or Paypal (if over $10).
Royalties: 70% for all price points
Formats: ePub, Multi-Touch
ISBN: Required unless book is only being offered for free.
Payment of royalties varies by region.
How much should I charge?
While each book is different, it seems the current sweet spot is right around $2.99.
Don't forget to include the following:
- Cover image - Be sure to catch your reader's attention!
- Title page
- Table of contents
- About the author
- Index (optional, but helpful)
- Glossary (may be helpful depending on the subject)
- Promotional page (include contact information such as email or website)