Firstly, get this clear. There are companies that ask money upfront (25k to 3lacs) to publish your book and call themselves the “Self Publishing Company” – it is actually, vanity publishing! They layer the company with this fancy term to save themselves from getting burnt and use the naive nature of first time writers to make money! Vanity is different from self-publishing, self-publishing is when you do every little thing for your book by yourself or pay someone to do the same (Time=Money), period!
Any consultant (?) that fancily calls you and says “we offer 20% discount on publishing packages” – DUDE RUN AWAY! Anything on web that reads “Select your package” – CLOSE THAT TAB ON YOUR FIREFOX, those “guided publishing plans” are sheet CRAP! – “We publish your books in any size and format,” they would claim – say NO THANKS!
You had an idea and spent months on it, made it to a decent 25k to a lakh word book
You employed a beta reader or an editor, proof read – and it is all set to go to print
Title, other details of the book necessary, book category, cover (Design it by self or ask a designer, it must cost less than 5000 INR) – ensure you already have the ePub version (get it done at smashwords.com)
The tax information might be confusing; it is actually nothing in India. Just punch in your PAN number when it asks for an ID and your bank details where you get royalty ( you get 23 INR for every book sold if it is priced less than a dollar)
In a few hours or maximum one day, your book will be up on amazon kindle
Find a printing company – 1000 copies must cost you around 36,000 INR to 45,000 INR or if you think you know how many copies you are most likely to sell, the cost would increase. More you print – lesser the price
Amazon and Flipkart – you can distribute following the guidelines on their website
Find distributors and aggregators who will place your book in book stores for a cost
If you don’t know a printer or find it costly, www.pothi.com has options to print on demand – I STRONGLY PERSONALLY RECOMMEND
With the advent of the internet, every frigging thing changed digital and how about books? Yes! It did advance to fit in your desktop screens and hand held devices. This post will get you through the details of Ebook publishing.
One my friend said she spent XXXXX to get her book published on Kindle by a company and I said that I did it for free! If you don’t have time to do the below, yes, you can do it. Because, Time = Money. But, it will just take about 15 to 30 minutes to do this.
Why Ebook publishing?
Free of cost
Reaches all over the world
Ebook readers are increasing every other day
Books are priced cheaper – hence, many would opt to purchase the book
You can offer FREE downloads to market the book, and hence reach a number of readers if you’re looking for readership
You can update versions without having to spend more
https://www.smashwords.com/ – For Indie authors, this site is a paradise. You can upload your manuscript file (formatted as per the rules at Smashwords) and download all other formats (MOBI, EPUB, PDF)
iBooks – for iOS devices
Barnes and Noble
Google Play – for Android hand held devices
Kobo – Ereaders and mobile apps for all devices
Scribd, rockstand and many new bidsare other Ebook publishers as well
What do you need to publish?
Your ready manuscript
ISBN (Not Necessary)
TAX information (PAN CARD)
Bank details (To get your royalty – *minion dance*)
Login to www.kdp.amazon.com and create a profile – Just key in all frigging information it ever asks, and upload your Manuscript.
Note: It is better to upload to ePub version than PDF, it formats better. So, first push the manuscript on www.smashwords.com get the formats, and upload the ePub at Kindle. Tadaaaa! In 24 hours or 48, your book will be available!
The cost of your book – you will have to choose between the standard costs. It is either 0.99$ or more, and accordingly, the royalty and share (either 70% or 35%) based on your choice will be fixed. And every
Amazon gives you 5 days free promotions, you can schedule any date to let free download. This helps in better ranking!
All your sales details will be available right there in your personalized login, and you can check the ranking and reviews on a daily basis.
As an Author, already, you get paid only peanuts. Don’t spend on companies that make use of your naive nature. Please research properly before you go ahead with vanity publishing or other types that asks money upfront.