In an average year, there are more than 225 overcast days in Olympia. And we're coming into the darkest, rainiest part of the year. What's a body to do? Winter is a great time to write that book you've always wanted. In the past, getting published was as difficult - or more so - than writing the text in the first place. Nowadays, with the tools available online, it is easy to publish and sell your work.
Here are some steps you can use to publish and sell your paperback, ebook, and audio book.
What accounts do I need to set up?
kdp.amazon.com Kindle Direct Publishing is your route to publish online to customers in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, India, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and more.
www.createspace.com CreateSpace provides easy tools to create your paperback edition.
www.acx.com ACX provides the tools to turn your book into an audio book, for sale on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. "ACX Puts You in the Director's Chair."
Amazon will produce and sell your work, and pay you up to 70% royalties. People buy your book worldwide and the royalty is sent directly to your bank account. Amazon, CreateSpace and ACX will mail tax documents to you.
How do I publish my works?
Upload your Microsoft Word document (minimum of 24 pages for paperback) to the above sites. You select the book cover and artwork from the site or provide your own. Amazon will then publish your work in 160 countries with 13 on-line book stores.
Amazon has several promotional programs. They will guide you through the process. These may result in increased sales. You select your book price and royalty amount given the promotion program.
You retain the copyright for all of your published work through Amazon.com.
Are made by direct deposit or mail. You may want to consider creating a separate bank account, for tax reporting purposes, to receive your royalty payments.
James Nugent is a local author who has 96 e-books, 90 paperbacks, and 53 audio books available at Amazon.com
Mr. Nugent's books include E-Book Writing and Beating Writer's Block, Writing Interesting E-Books, and Writing My First Books. These are available from Amazon.com as a paperback, audio book, and for the Kindle.
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Thanks James for getting me started. I now have about a dozen published books. Hope to get at least one more published before Christmas, but it will be tight.