DIY e-Publishing

The purpose of DIY e-Publishing is to give strategic advice to those who are writing a book or have written a book and looking to have their book published in Amazon Kindle, BN Nook, or Apple iBook.

DIY e-Publishing will walk you through the steps need to prepare your book for e-Publishing as well as tips on what needs to happen to get it on different electronic platforms.

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Hello again

Started by Eric W. Uphouse. Last reply by Sam Burton on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Hi, all you fellow aspiring artists, authors, bloggers, movers and world shakers! I have been inactive on this forum for some time, but have been lurking and following posts via email. I have been sporadically been working on my novel, due to some…Continue

Another 1st Book question :-)

Started by Myhriah Young. Last reply by Myhriah Young on Tuesday. 2 Replies

I am at the place of being ready for an editor for my booklet, so:Does anyone have an editor from Fiverr that they like and use?  I have a small budget for getting this done, but I'm wondering if this is a bad place to look.  Is this going to be a…Continue

Free book download Question

Started by Kevin Troupe. Last reply by Sam Burton Apr 20. 3 Replies

I am about to publish by first book (currently at the copy/content editor) with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. I understand I can offer the book for free for five days on KDP but was interested in allowing people to download it for free…Continue

#1-Amazon Kindle Short Reads/Business & Money + #1 Self Help!

Started by Gabriel Aviles. Last reply by Gabriel Aviles Apr 19. 4 Replies

Hi Friends,I'm thrilled to share that during my first Kindle free day, over 1200 downloads took place of Money LifeHacks.  We're currently #1 in Kindle Short Reads/Business & Money as well as #1 in Kindle Short Reads/Self Help!  #104 in Free…Continue

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Comment by Jason V 13 hours ago

Cover looks good Sam!

Comment by Sam Burton on Wednesday

Got the cover back for Vol 1. of a new series. More info to follow. I'm pretty happy with it and am getting good feedback on Facebook.

Comment by Hulda Bennett on April 17, 2015 at 4:20am

Hi Everyone, can anyone tell me where I can find potential freelance editor here in the 48 Days community?


Comment by Kingsley Grant on April 16, 2015 at 8:09pm

Mary ~ Thanks for sharing your process.

Comment by Marcus Kusi on April 16, 2015 at 8:07pm


I formatted two books using this video on Youtube. The link is also below.


Let me know if you have any questions. 


Comment by Julia Turgeon on April 16, 2015 at 8:01am

Hi Michael!

I too have a MAC without Word and I format my Kindle books via Open Office Writer.  It's free to download on their .org site.  Here is the link to the site: http://www.openoffice.org.  The download link is the second one down where it says: "I want to download Apache OpenOffice."  

Now for the formatting...you'll need this ebook on Amazon: (not an affiliate link) : http://goo.gl/JVxDqP  (It's a shortened link because the Amazon link is too long to put here).  The ebook is $2.99 and you'll have a template to use everytime you want to format an ebook.  This is the book I used.  The instructions are easy to follow.  It took me about 30 minutes to read and create the ebook template.

I have this information on my blog post here in case you wanted to read more: http://www.imwithjulia.com/how-to-format-your-ebook/

Hope this helps!

Comment by Mary E Thompson on April 16, 2015 at 7:36am

I publish on Kindle from my Mac without trouble, but maybe I'm doing something wrong! I write fiction so I don't need to worry about charts or any pictures, just text. I write the book in Pages and set everything up like I want it to be. When I'm done I create an epub file from Pages, upload that to Calibre, add my cover, and convert the file to mobi. I've uploaded 10 books and not had any trouble. Again, I could be doing something wrong and not realizing it, but when I view it on Kindle everything looks good. I've read Kindle likes mobi files instead of Word files uploaded and that they do better so that's what I do. I haven't heard from customers about any problems since I started doing this. 

Comment by Tim Bishop on April 16, 2015 at 6:01am

Michael, sounds like you may need a fresh start on that Kindle formatting exercise. In the PC realm, you could dump that into notepad and bring it back into a cleaned up Word template. When I was faced with similar challenges, I purchased an ebook on how to format for Kindle and benefited from the third-party advice at minimal cost. Unfortunately, you may need to take a few steps backwards to right the ship, but you'll be sailing on the open waters before you know it. Good luck with it.

Comment by Michael Wade on April 16, 2015 at 4:37am

Guys, I've written 2 eBooks and want to publish on Kindle but MAN! the formatting is getting me. I've noticed that Amazon's "textbook" on formatting is from 2012 and (from what I can tell) is out of date! I have tried to go from NeoOffice to Calibre but having lots of trouble. I'm thinking of restarting in Scrivener. Any thoughts on the formatting part to get a pristine ebook? Resources? PS: I'd rather learn myself than pay a formatter and I'm on a Mac without Word. Thanks!

Comment by Kingsley Grant on April 15, 2015 at 8:02pm

Kevin ~ thanks for sharing a brief glimpse into your journey. God is weaving his divine thread through the fabric of you and your family's life. The finished product will be amazing. Lives to be touched awaits what you have.




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