When most people think about creating a traditional e-book, they assume it’s a complicated endeavor and get stressed about it. But it’s really not.
Don’t believe me?
Well, read on because creating an e-book only involves a few simple steps when you really break it down.
Overall Steps to Create an e-Book
- Create your content.
- Create your back page material.
- Format your e-book.
- Create your cover.
Create Your Content
If you’ve already created the main content of your e-book, then congratulations, you have the hard part done. All that’s left is the fiddly bits.
Seriously, you have step one already done and it’s the long part. Yay! Check this off your to-do list.
Create Back Page Material
I’ve devoted a whole post to back page material, but here is a short version of what you need:
- optional thank you note
- author bio with social media links
- any samples or lists of other titles you wish to include
Of these items, the author bio is the most important. If you’re a blogger, you probably already have a great bio on your blog’s About page. It may require minor tweaking, but this is an easy way to tie your book branding to your blog branding.
Format Your Book
This is the fiddly bit that is easy to outsource to someone like me who enjoys doing it. E-book retailers have specific formatting criteria and guidelines that must be followed in order to have your e-book look and function correctly on e-readers. The good news is that most sites all have the same guidelines, so once you format the file for one, it’s easy to upload to all the sites.
I won’t go through all the details here, but the basics of e-book formatting involving putting front page material, back page material, and actual content in order in a Word document, formatting the text and headings using template styles, and creating a linked table of contents.
Pro tip: All e-books need a table of contents, even fiction books. This is part of the basic structure of an e-book.
Create an e-Book Cover
Again, I’ve devoted a whole post to e-book covers already, but just know that covers often give writers the most stress of everything related to e-book creation. Nonfiction writers have a distinct advantage here, and bloggers even more so since your existing Pinterest optimized graphic is 90% of an e-book cover.
Upload Your e-Book to Retailers
Once you have your formatted document and e-book cover, it’s time to upload and sell. Most e-book retailers make it easy to upload your file, and if you really don’t want to do this, it’s easy to outsource.
Now that you know how easy it is to actually create an e-book, are you thinking about doing it? What’s the one step that concerns you the most?