8-step process to publish in Kindle, Nook, iPad, Lulu, CreateSpace…


What you must do to prep and publish your book through the “ancillary” (or open) publishers (Kindle, Nook, Smashwords [iPad and Kobo], CreateSpace, Lulu, Blurb, and Scribd is fairly straightfoward, though each has a different submission system (and selling success).

It doesn’t matter much what kind of book it is (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cookbook, photo, wedding, reunion, family history, and so on). Or if you want to submit your book to one or all of the publishers simultaneously. You can even have POD copies (or digital downloads) made of your book and compete against them!

I use the following eight steps to explain the details in How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days. All of the steps can be done by any author with even rudimentary grasp of a computer! Or their kid can help.

1. Write your book.

2. Put it in final, proofed, ready-to-roll Word (or Mac-equivalent) format.

3. Slightly transform the final Word bound book manuscript into a Word digital book format—and save both.

4. Also write two descriptions of the book (one 500-1000 words, the other about 150 characters), plus a biography of the author(s), 300-1000 words.

5. Either create a front and back cover for the bound (paperback) edition at the publisher‘s Web site (free) or have a cover of the book made by your own designer and saved in pdf and .jpg. Also create, or have created, a front cover for your ebook.

6. Convert each of the two final Word manuscripts (#3 above) into PDF format. You now have four master files.

7. Submit your Word digital contents and cover files to Lulu, CreateSpace, and/or Blurb to get your book produced and sold in bound form.

8. Submit your ebook digital contents and cover files to Lulu, Kindle, Smashwords, and/or Scribd to get your book produced and sold in digital form.

In other words, you will write your book, get it in five ready-to-go files (really one text file slightly modified and two cover files), and submit the files to as many as seven different book publishers who will have your digital book ready to sell in hours and the bound, printed copy in days. There’s no middle-person either, though you may want help with the cover(s) and proofing.

The cost to you, minus any outside help you may want (or need): nothing at all for the ebook, $25 or less for the bound books (for mailing you the final printed copy and cover for your approval.)

It’s all kind of a miracle to any author who has tried to publish through the big publishing houses or tried to learn the self-publishing system. Computers simplified, a new business plan appeared a few years back, new doors flew open, and anybody can now be a published author. Contrary to some predictions, that will not end civilization as we know it. It might be a godsend.

Best wishes,

Gordon Burgett

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13 Comments to “8-step process to publish in Kindle, Nook, iPad, Lulu, CreateSpace…”

  1. By Jack Jones, April 30, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Thank you for the great web site, will be back for more!

    • By Admin, May 18, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

      Thank you, Jack. Much appreciated.

      Gordon Burgett

    • By Admin, May 18, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

      Thanks, Jack. Welcome back.

  2. By PetZeWlerly, July 21, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Good article.

    • By Admin, August 9, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      Many thanks. Good luck, Gordon Burgett

    • By Admin, January 24, 2013 @ 7:40 am

      Many thanks for your comments. Best wishes, Gordon Burgett

  3. By PetZeWlerly, July 19, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    Awesome post, once again.

    • By Admin, July 19, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

      They are both fine and work well. Blurb is for art work mostly, and photos. Smashwords is the best about responding to emails and have always paid my royalties. Also consider Kindle (they are awful about correspondence) and Nook (PubIt.com).

      Best wishes,

      Gordon Burgett

    • By Admin, July 19, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

      What a pleasant comment. Much appreciated.

      Gordon Burgett

    • By Admin, November 13, 2012 @ 8:26 am

      Thanks. Much appreciated.

      Gordon Burgett

  4. By Jak, July 13, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Hi Gordon

    Very good article. Would you recommend submitting a book (as ebook) to blurb &/smashwords? I’ve heard about numerous problems with smashwords – have you had any experience of these e.g. not replying to emails, royalties not being paid correctly.


    • By Admin, August 9, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      Smashwords is quirky and demanding but they pay and they do transmit mss to other sellers, like iPad. Kindle is the best seller, Nook, the easiest to submit to.

      Best wishes,

      Gordon Burgett

    • By Admin, November 13, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      Don’t know much about Blurb but Smashwords is quirky but honest. Hard to get the book just right to make their premium catalog.

      Best wishes,

      Gordon Burgett