A decade ago, a writer aiming for publication probably looked forward to writing a great copy of their book for the first time. These days, however, the book trade has changed quite bit and publishing dreams have changed with it. Instead of fantasizing about glossy hardcovers, writers might well picture themselves setting their eBooks live and watching because the sales come rolling in.
In January of 2020 alone, US readers spent a collective of 75 million dollars on eBook and that was for traditionally published titles alone, and you’re likely to see that figure double in the upcoming years. Then, the social distancing to rocket up demand even further. In short, ebook publishing shows no signs of slowing down. Want to take advantage of the boom?
Do you want to write down an eBook, but feel intimidated by the entire process?
Learning the way to publish an eBook are often pretty painful without the proper process.
Since we specialize in publishing eBooks of top academic publishers we can easily teach you how to publish an eBook without all the fuss and fluff that can bog you down along the way. We will help you to position our eBook to the right audience and promote it in all our social media platforms.
Why Write an eBook?
The ever-rising trend of eBooks should be quite enough of a reason to write down and publish your own eBook but if you’re almost sold, we’ll break it down a bit further. Here are the advantages of an eBook:
- In 2018, eBook sales are projected to account for about one quarter of global book sales.
- eBooks sell easier online
- eBooks often helps to grow your business more so than physical books
- You make a bigger profit from eBooks
- You can grow your network and increase brand awareness
- Passive income
- You can embed links on to your site and products you sell
- They’re cost efficient
Many authors choose to sell both physical copies and eBooks when they write a book but you can easily sell only eBooks and reap all the benefits above
Now that you know why , let’s talk about how to publish an eBook.
How to publish a book with uLektz?
An award-winning eBook publishing solution uLektz aims to create interactive multimedia-rich & mobile-friendly digital content and an easy to use, digital-first eBook Reader for your readers to consume this content. Our cloud-based technology Solution provides secure ways to publish and distribute eBooks on all mobile platforms and devices with powerful features like
- Exclusive White-labelled platforms for eBook Publishing and Distribution
- Safe DRM features for piracy protection
- Secured Accounts for you and your readers with safe Login/Logout features
- Provides an immersive reading experience through the latest ePub formats. PDF support is also available
- Easy to use Search features for your Digital Library
- Offline Reading Capabilities
- Bookmarks features with Notes and Highlighting features
- Interactive Page scroll features with Page turn Animations
Here are the seven steps on how to write and publish your eBooks with uLektz and increase your sales and promotion with us.
1. Choose the right publishing platforms
Now that you’re set on diversifying your ebook publishing, you can choose from any number of publishing platforms.To choose an effective eBook distribution system you first need to consider factors revolving around three major areas
- Factors concerning your book and its author
- Factors concerning your publishing company
- Factors concerning your audience
An ideal distributor for an academic publisher is the one that provides benefits for all the above-mentioned concerns.
An eBook distributing service that’s best for your eBook and its author
Usually, academic authors have established professionals within the industry with an entire lot of experience in their field. If you’ll build an honest relationship with such authors by providing the simplest class services which benefit the author also because of the book, then you’ll have loyal authors who are going to be interested to publish their upcoming books with you at the end of the day . Hence you need an eBook distributing service that keeps the best interests of your author at the forefront.
One of the main concerns within the publishing industry is piracy protection. When it involves eBook publishing piracy protection is one among the main concerns authors are worried about. However many technological advancements are made in recent years to guard the eContent from illegal distribution. You need to settle on an eBook distributor that uses the newest digital rights management tools to guard and distribute your eBooks safely and securely.
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES 128-bit CBC encryption with no padding)
uLektz DRM uses AES 128-bit CBC encryption. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS), is an approved cryptographic algorithm that protects your digital data. The AES algorithm is a block cypher that can encrypt and decrypt digital information using cryptographic keys of 128, 192, and 256 bits
A Scalable and Resilient DRM solution trusted by Digital Content Owners and Distributors across the globe
Unlike other DRM solutions out in the market, uLektz DRM solutions are trusted by numerous small-scale and Corporate level Content Owners and Distributors due to their reliable and customer-centric features like
- Strong encryption and decryption mechanism.
- Digital Content uploaded into the portal will be encrypted using 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standards DRM.
- Purchased / Subscribed Digital Content can be accessed from Laptops, Desktops, Tablets and Android Smartphones.
- Our solution supports various formats of Digital Content.
- Easy to use interface giving the Content Owners and Distributors full control of content and customer’s content consumption.
- Real-time access to sales report and customers profiles
- Provide complete analytics (user preferences and book purchased with sales report) of the consumer.
2. Get your metadata together
Once you know where you’ll be publishing your eBook, it’s time to go to your chosen platforms and create your accounts. It’s best to have all your book information prepared beforehand.
Your title, your book description, the categories that delineate your genre and niche: all of this counts as metadata, the information that makes your eBook discoverable on retail platforms. All publishing platforms and aggregators will ask you to fill in these three fields, and some may ask for additional forms of metadata, such as keywords that describe your eBook or an age range for your target audience.
Getting your metadata right means more traffic to your product page — and more sales for your book. To make the process a little smoother, we’ve gathered some resources to help you craft your book description and pick your categories.
3. Format your eBook
We’re getting close to the finish line! Your job now is getting your eBook into its final form, so you can finally hit that “publish” button.
You made your manuscript “word-perfect” way back in step 1. Now it’s time to take that flawless text and convert it into an EPUB, the file format mostly preferred by eBook publishers. To be clear, uLektz allows you to upload a file in a different format, such as .docx,PDF, YouTube or ePub.
The publishing industry is not about publishing PDF formatted eBooks anymore. We have come a long way from that. In today’s technocentric space, your readers prefer eBooks created with the latest technologies ePub3, HTML etc which offers them better readability, connectivity, media support and other exciting features. uLektz helps you to choose and upload your eBooks on your preferred platform.
4. Set your price
Once your eBook is uploaded, it’s time to decide how much it will sell for! Keep in mind that your royalty rates will change on some platforms depending on your eBook price.
Royalty is the first factor that any author would look for while choosing their publisher. In academic publishing, royalty is usually calculated based on
- Cost of Book production,
- print and distribution charges
- Marketing and Advertising charges
And other miscellaneous charges incurred while publishing an eBook. As a result, an author gets only 20 or 30 royalty. But if you can use an eBook distributing service that is cost-effective, provides better packages and offers you better royalty, then your author will be happy with you, and you will have a successful eBook publishing company.
Pricing is one of the book details you can always change. This flexibility allows you to offer discounts (and even free giveaways) to entice more readers into clicking “Buy.” Price promotions are especially powerful during a book’s launch try to take advantage of them if you can! uLektz also allows you to generate coupon codes and increase your sales. With uLektz news, your books will be promoted via news articles and also in all our social media platforms
5. Publish your eBook
It’s time to kick off your eBook and launch! If you’ve followed the steps above, then you’re ready to get your book published and start reaping the rewards.
The best part about publishing an eBook is that you don’t have to worry about ordering prints and going through the proofs and the entire process of adjusting how they look.
Once the eBook format is complete, that’s all you need to concern yourself with in terms of delivery!
Your launch day is very important and exciting.
Make sure your launch team is ready for a day of sharing and even some activities.
It’s best to host activities that your audience can actually engage in. Some fun launch day activities include things like hosting a live webinar with uLektz Events, doing a Q&A on Twitter or Facebook or your preferred platform, sending out an email to your entire email list, and any other fun pursuit your readers will benefit from.
Get together with your launch team beforehand and have everyone brainstorm some launch day events.
6. Create emphasis of your book on your website, social, or email list
Now is the time to leverage that book!
Writing the eBook itself isn’t the hardest part of this process; making continuous sales is. And the best way to ensure you keep pushing buyers to your book is to make it the focus of your website.
Plus, if you have those great reviews from your launch team, you can actually leverage those to make more sales.
Place reviews on your website on the same page your book is linked to. They’re kind of like testimonials for a service. Except, in this case, your service is a book.
You can feature them on your website wherever you want.
7. Hit “publish” and show off your eBook to the world
From the final proof to the debut price, you’ve shepherded your eBook through quite the journey. There’s only one step left: finally hitting that “publish” button. Congratulations — your eBook is live and ready to turn curious readers into die hard fans!
Thinking about publishing an eBook? We hope this guide was helpful. Of course, setting your eBook live is only one part of the publishing process. Now you have to make sure it sells! To help your eBook get the hype and the buyers it deserves, check out our blog on how to increase your eBook sales