How To Publish Your Print Book or Ebook Step by Step

Self Publishing:

A Comprehensive and Illustrated How-To WorkBook Based On First-Hand Experience

A HOW-TO book by writer/publisher a. William (Bill) benitez

Writing and publishing a quality book can be a complex, costly, and difficult job if you don’t even know how to start. The idea is just the beginning followed by a long list of tasks including planning, outlining, and then actually writing every chapter, making certain it is well organized and easy to read.

After all that, the manuscript has to be edited carefully and then you have to create a print-ready file for the POD printer.

Part of the process includes creating a great title that will draw potential book buyers and be easy to read on an interesting cover that is easy to read even as a small image on a web site. You also need a good web site to tell everyone about your new book and how they can get a copy.

This is a long list of steps and handling each one professionally is critical to writing, publishing, and selling a quality book. Self Publishing: How To Publish Your Print Book or eBook Step by Step carefully details a step-by-step proven method for creating quality books on a consistent basis and will definitely help you publish your book successfully.

If you’ve written a book and plan to publish it yourself, I know my how-to self publishing workbook will ensure you produce a quality book that is available worldwide. The next few lines explain in detail everything you will find in my book but I welcome your questions and will answer them fully. Send questions and comments to . Thanks.

Preface and Introduction - Here’s where I tell you why I wrote the book and introduce you to each of twenty two chapters so you’ll know exactly what to expect from every part of this book. This will help you determine if you want to read it cover to cover or dwell on specific chapters.

Why Write A Book? - Do you know why you want to write a book? Have you given it much thought? This chapter helps to understand the many reasons some write a book and why they are often confused about their reasons.

Why Self Publish? The important thing is to be comfortable with your choice. This chapter describes the various kinds of publishing companies that want to take your money and how to avoid them. It helps you understand and avoid Vanity and Subsidy publishers and guides you on how to deal with POD Printers to get your own book published. It also includes information about traditional publishers.

Planning Your Book - After the initial plan you create a concise outline to make certain all the information you wish to convey is part of your book project. This chapter helps you to set your objective, know your market, and decide on the final format of your book.

BackUp - This chapter is unusual for a book on self publishing because it’s all about backing up your writing. You may think that backing up data is a topic for computer books but the importance of backing up your writing can’t be overemphasized and the thought of losing days, weeks, months, and perhaps even years of work because of a failure to backup your writing each and every day is frightening.

Choosing The Best Title - Choosing the best possible title for your book is a critical step and doing it right can cement the success of your book and doing it wrong may well cause weak sales for your book. This can be a make or break decision if you want your book to sell well.

Creating The First Draft. This draft, based on your plan and outline, sets the stage for moving to a final manuscript. You definitely want your first draft to be as complete as possible lacking only editing to make it ready for creation of the final manuscript for the print-ready files to be used by your POD printer. The next chapter carries this further by describing the writing tools you can use to create your first draft and final manuscript.

The Discipline of Writing - This chapter helps you develop the behaviors so important to completing your book in a reasonable time and describes how to stick with it and make time to write everyday. The next chapter covers editing your first draft and describes a great and absolutely free editing program that you can use to improve your writing significantly.

Layout and formatting (Typesetting) - Once you have a final manuscript and all the writing and editing is completed, it’s time to start typesetting the book for the POD printer. The better job you do with this the better and more professional your book will look. This chapter introduces PagePlus X4, an all-in-one desktop publishing studio that your can buy for under $20.00 and it will ensure that you create an excellent print-ready file every time.

PagePlusX4 - Chapter eleven is a lengthy chapter filled with clear and concise screen shots and detailed instructions on how to make use of PagePlus X4 to create your print-ready file. You can also use this application to import and edit your pdf files. It is an excellent yet inexpensive desktop publishing software that I have used for years.

Free Software - Chapter twelve is all about the excellent and free applications you can download and use for your publishing. A half dozen of the best free programs are described in detail and exactly how to find them. It also covers how to get free software from safe web sites to avoid viruses and trojans.

ISBN - If you plan to sell your book an ISBN is critical to have. Chapter thirteen explains the importance of the ISBN and why you need to get your own and pay for it even though you can get one at no cost. The perils of free ISBNs are explained in detail.

Print On Demand Printers - After several years of publishing I found what I consider the best company to deal with for overall satisfaction, fair prices, and Chapter fourteen explains why this is the company I choose for all my books. With the popularity of self publishing there is a long list of companies waiting to take your money for various publishing related services. This company has consistently proven itself to me while publishing all my books.

Bill’s book, based entirely on first-hand experience with over two dozen books, contains in-depth, step-by-step, concise instructions and detailed screen shots that are a complete course on a proven method for writing, editing, typesetting, and publishing your own books and ebooks successfully.

Whether you want to handle every aspect of writing and publishing a book yourself or just do certain parts of the process while hiring others to help you, this book is the one tool you need to write and publish your book successfully.
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Kindle - These ebooks sparked the ebook revolution and Chapter fifteen contains complete instructions on exactly how to publish your book for the Kindle reader. Every step and all the tools needed plus where and how to get the tools is described in detail.

Smashwords - With over 400,000 ebooks in circulation it’s a good place to publish your ebooks and Chapter sixteen describes exactly how to make use of Smashwords to publish your ebooks.

Other eBook Selling Options - There are other options for creating and selling ebooks including Clickbank and selling ebooks directly from your own web site. Chapter seventeen contains instructions on how to make use of clickbooks and set up your own site to sell your books directly.

Creating a Book Cover - Even though most of your book sales will come from online, an attractive book cover is important to push sales. Chapter eighteen describes two methods for creating your own attractive and inviting book covers. This chapter contains detailed instructions and clear screen shots that will help you use the method that works best for you.

Your Own Web Site - Now you have a book with a great cover but you need to let everyone know about it. Chapter nineteen teaches you how to create a web site to expose your book to the buying public and to send buyers to your eStore where they can purchase your book with the highest profits for you.

Publishing Services Company - By the time you finish this book you will know exactly how to publish your own books and perhaps you would like to profit from that knowledge by helping others to get their books published. Chapter twenty shows you how make use of the skills that you developed.

Screen Shots - This book is filled with clear screen shots to help explain the various methods I use. To be of real value screen shots for paper books must be sharp and that takes a significant effort. Since you may need to create screen shots for your book, chapter twenty-one explains how I created the screen shots for this book and made certain they were all sharp.

Final Notes - Chapter twenty two contains many invaluable notes to help you write and publish your books successfully. These last minute ideas contribute to the value of this book.

Glossary - At the end of the book is a complete glossary to explain the many terms that you may encounter during writing and self publishing books.

The book ends with details about me and a list of other books I wrote and published.

I sincerely believe you can succeed in writing and publishing a book or ebook by following the detailed instructions in this book but no one can guarantee your success and anyone who does is not being honest. Success rests with your abilities, determination, and efforts.

Copyright  2018  A. William Benitez

Note From Bill: I had lots of questions when I was learning to self publish my books and ebooks so I welcome your questions at my email address and I will answer them as promptly as possible. Thanks.

Why would I write a book on self publishing when there are dozens of good ones already available, most of which I’ve read over the years. What I found in most of these was an avalanche of information instead of one proven method that would work every time. I wanted to handle every aspect of self publishing my books because my budget wouldn’t accommodate hiring others to handle tasks. Finally, I didn’t want to make a large investment and maintain a garage full of books that I had to mail out to customers. I wanted to write and publish books. Let someone else do the fulfillment of orders.

I developed a method to do all of that and used it on a over two dozen books. Every step of that method is what I share in Self Publishing: How To Publish Your Print Book or eBook Step by Step.

You can take the details of that method and create a quality book every time. Don’t listen to those anti self publishing malcontents who keep knocking self publishers. Of course there are bad self published books just like there are bad traditionally published books. But your book can be well formatted, well edited, well printed with an excellent cover that you’ll be proud to show anyone. That’s the only kind of book I’ve published and yours can be the same. All you need is someone to guide you through every step to ensure the quality of your very first book.

Frustration With Traditional Publishers Leads To Self Publishing

In 2007 my wife Barbara wrote a wonderful children’s chapter book called Lottie’s Adventure and begin sending it to traditional publishers. Despite some great preliminary reviews, all she got was rejections and lack of response. This was quite frustrating for her and I wanted to help.

We didn’t have a lot of money to invest but I had read a lot about print on demand publishing and made up my mind to learn all about it and then publish Lottie’s Adventure. It was a lengthy learning curve and I made lots of mistakes including the selection of a POD company that was more expensive than necessary. Nevertheless, we produced a high quality book and in spite of our lack of knowledge we sold quite a few copies of Lottie’s Adventure.

After this success I realized that self publishing had potential for some of my own writing and began developing effective, efficient, and lower cost methods to publish the books that I wrote. Since then I have written and published seven books, several ebooks, established a publishing company (Positive Imaging, LLC) that has published twenty print books plus several more ebooks.

After consistently producing and marketing quality books worldwide I decided to share these proven methods in a this book covering every step from idea through book creation to worldwide sales. Please read on to learn more about this complete and concise how-to book.

A few words about “Self Publishing” from a freelance writer

“There are so many "how-to" guides out there for publishing your own work, particularly since the advent of eBooks and the slow, sad decline of the print publishing industry in the world today. I work as a freelance writer that has done everything from formatting books for print, designing web pages for marketing new authors, editing and prepping eBooks for publication, and every other aspect of self-publishing you could imagine. I have always had to find my methods through searching through dozens of unreliable "experts" on various websites, but Benitez takes the best ideas and brings them together in one, easy-to-read book. He understands that it is no easy thing to publish your own work, and the invaluable advice from real authors who have struggled, failed, and eventually succeeded is reaffirming in a way that brings a bit of hope back into my career. I have relegated myself to being a freelance writer who will probably never get to the point of publishing my own work, but as this book pointed out, it is surprisingly easy if you know what pitfalls to avoid and what "must-do" things you simply cannot skip. I will be coming back to this book again and again, as it provided me with priceless wisdom on a subject that I specialize and work in every single week. I appreciate the direct, concise advice and am thrilled that I took a chance on this book!”

Another Self-Publishing Book?

“From the days of Guttenberg’s invention of movable type down to the present time it has never been easier to turn a manuscript into a book. Among the growing library of ‘how to’ books for the aspiring self-published author, one of the newest is also one of the best: “Self Publishing: Writing A Book and Publishing Books and eBooks For Yourself and Others” by entrepreneur and author A. William Benitez is a 200-page compendium of thoroughly ‘user friendly’ instructions that are based upon Benitez personal experience and expertise as a self-  publishing author with both print editions and ebook titles to his credit. Beginning with reasons for writing and self-publishing a book, Benitez’ “Self Publishing” manual offers step-by-step instructions and experience-based commentary on how to plan the book; the value of and tools for backing up your writing; the vital market-based importance of title selection; the reasons and tools for creating and editing drafts as you prepare your manuscript for publication; obtaining an ISBN; creating a competitive book cover; creating your own book marketing web site; and more. Of special note are the chapters on setting up a publishing services company; self publishing options such as CreateSpace; ebook options like    Kindle and other options for eBook publishing; and creating effective screen shots. Informed and informative from beginning to end, “Self Publishing” is an ideal and instructive introduction that is especially recommended for novice    authors seeking to publish print and/or ebook editions of their work writing books of all genres, topics and subjects in today’s highly competitive marketplace.”

The Midwest Book Review

“At last, a clear an comprehensive guide through the self-publishing process, using free and/or inexpensive software.”

Barbara Florio Graham, author and publishing consultant,

“This workbook is an amazing publishing guide for any author who wants to do it all him or herself.”

Patricia Fry, author, speaker, editor

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Whether you want to complete every step yourself or contract out parts of the publishing job, Self Publishing: How To Publish Your Print Book or eBook Step by Step by A. William Benitez is a great resource for you. It identifies every step to take to get your book published with specific guides for doing each step yourself or hiring help. Every step based on first hand experience publishing over 15 books and ebooks.

Self Publishing helps you to plan your book from an idea through a full-fledged book including choosing great cover art, editing the content, and choosing the right formatting. In this book Benitez also helps create a great searchable title as well as how to use both publishing software and productivity software. You’ll also get Benitez’s input on good point of delivery printers and ebook publishers.

This book is a great resource for all of your self-publishing needs.