These would apply whether I do it or you do it yourself, or with someone other than Amazon, print or digital.
. The ready-to-go, no-more-changes text in a Word file (.docx). Just the text, stripped of most formatting, and without graphics.
. Book size, font types and sizes, margins, etc. These are different for print and ebook of course.
At the end of the process you will upload a PDF for the printed version and a Word doc for the ebook.
These are central control panels on Amazon: CreateSpace for print-on-demand and Kindle for ebooks. This is where you store your account info, upload your books, keywords, and descriptions, manage distribution, track royalties, etc. You can have multiple books at each. They have it very well organized.
site, where you publish and distribute your ebooks. Uses your regular Amazon account username and password.
site, where you publish and distribute your print-on-demand books. Different username and password from your regular Amazon account.
They do not ask for any payment up front. They only charge royalties on your sales. However, they will ask for tax info. You must decide whether you are publishing under your own name or under a publishing imprint, the ages of your readers, and a number of other details. They have a lot of promotional and international distribution possibilities.
(I will need access to these accounts if you want me to do this for you.)
. Purchase in packages of 10 for $250
, you need one for each format, ebook or print. They also have barcodes and self-publishing tools
U.S. Copyright and Library of Congress registration
. Library of Congress
and U.S. Copyright office
. Electronic copyright registration (eCO)
. PDF of eCO tutorial
. You will need a legal release for any copyrighted material you incorporate and for graphics as well.
. Different for print and ebook. Print needs a graphic with front and back covers, as well as a spine. You won't know the final width of the spine until you submit the final copy since it depends on the paper size and count. Amazon will tell you. For ebooks you just need the cover image, and maybe an author photo. These should be 300 dpi or better. Remember for ebooks it will be in the portrait format on smartphones but landscape format on pads and tablets.
Images and tables
. Collect all of your graphics together. If there are just a few put into a single Word doc. Otherwise, gather them together into one folder, and make sure they are all are in the required formats, and look good in both print and digital versions. When you do print-on-demand you'll be able to get a sample copy and see how they will really look. Best not to insert these until you're ready to publish.
Descriptions, blurbs and keywords
. Several descriptions of different lengths, 10, 25, 100 words, for Amazon and other places. These should contain the terms you want people to search for.
. Who are you and from whence did you come?
A web site
. A home base on the web from which you can sit like a spider and draw readers to you. Also likely a Facebook page, an Amazon author page, and other places. You must have a home, telling about yourself, your books, and offering reading samples. Publishing without a web site is like getting all dressed up and not going anywhere. It is your presence in this invisible world we all live in now. Essential.