Starting a Business in the New Year: How to Self-Publish Your Books with Draft2Digital

Draft2Digital gives you a fast, easy way to self-publish.

They’ll handle the formatting. You set the price of their books, get monthly payments, and see daily reports of their book sales. They make it all work with 24-htheir support and dedicated customer service. They keep 10% of the sales price, and their authors keep 100% of their rights.

If you’ve already published your book through another distributor, you can still use Draft2Digital to expand your reach and simplify your project maintenance for all other sales channels.

These are the steps you can follow to start your book publishing business through Draft2Digital

STEP 1: SET UP THEIR ACCOUNT

There’s no upfront cost and no risk to you. When you sign up for an account, they’ll need a couple of basic pieces of information about your book:

Title, Description, Sales categories, Search terms

Their interface is easy to use, so getting set up only takes a couple of minutes. Forget trying to learn the quirks of each sales outlet and duplicating their effort across multiple channels. They give you one simple place where you can get it all done and make changes at any time, free of charge.

STEP 2: UPLOAD YOUR BOOK MANUSCRIPT

All you need to get started is a Word document (.doc or .docx format), RTF, or any other file type Word can read. They don’t have a style guide or any special formatting requirements.

Unless you already have one you like, skip the title page and copyright page. Just give them the story, and they’ll make them for you.

Mark the chapter breaks of your book manuscript with something distinctive, and be consistent. Make it centered and bold, or larger font, or use a Heading style. Set apart the chapter titles, and they’ll do their best to recognize them.

If you have a cover art, upload that too. A 1600×2400 JPEG works best, but any tall rectangle will do. They’ll resize whatever you send to meet the requirements of their chosen sales channels.

That’s it! From there, they’ll make sure your book gets a working Table of Contents and page breaks between chapters. They also generate custom endmatter like About the Author and Teaser pages. They guarantee that anything they produce will pass Epubcheck, meaning it meets the technical standards for all of their digital stores.

Their conversion process creates a beautiful epub and you’ll be able to download a mobi file for Kindle reading too.

Their ebook may look a little different from the original document you uploaded. Their goal is to make their story look as good as possible on the devices readers use.

I hope you have learned one or two things from these two steps. I will be describing the remaining steps in my next post.

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