The assumption is that you have written a book and you’re ready to self-publish it. Did you act on the following considerations?
- Miss-spelled words
- Faulty sentence construction
- Grammar mistakes
- Faulty logic
- Clarity in writing style missing
- Book styling mistakes
Your book’s manuscript is free of typos, extra spaces, and symbols that won’t translate well into an eBook. You now have three choices from which to choose one.
Item 1, gives you total control over the styling of your manuscript into an eBook. A knowledge of the ePub standard, HTML, and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) will be required.
Item 2, Microsoft Word can style a nice looking manuscript as you think it should look. Strange styling errors happen when you attempt to submit it to a publisher to produce an eBook. Your manuscript needs to be squeaky clean and follow the publisher’s guidelines.
Item 3, is my favorite software and method of producing an eBook, PDF, or Word output. Write once and compile the manuscript into various outputs. For my purposes, eBooks will be either Kindle Mobi, ePub, or PDF for publishing.
Now a eye grabbing book cover has been designed for your eBook. This you may do yourself or outsource it. You really do want a good cover design! A book description that hooks the reader into buying your eBook. What rights, royalty, do you want and can get from the publisher? What categories will your eBook be placed in along with what keywords should be used to find it. The last step is to promote this sucker!
You will make mistakes. With a methodology you will catch the mistakes instead of your reader. I current outsource the proofreading and cover design. Even though, I do proofreading; I need another set of eyes to look at and correct my manuscript. It is a necessary expense to a quality eBook.
There you have it. A brief synopsis of eBook production.