When I wrote How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days I focused on the “ancillary” (open) publishers that were then functioning and accessible, like CreateSpace, Kindle, Lulu, Smashwords, Blurb, Scribd, and (related) Lightning Source.
Barnes & Noble was just releasing the Nook reader and its publishing component, Pubit!, was still plunk in the middle of growing pains. The most disturbing thing was that once one had uploaded their book’s contents, the contents couldn’t be read on the preview screen. The process was painfully slow and about half way through it just stopped, so you had no idea how the rest of the book would look
A big, pleasant surprise! I’m posting a new book, How to Create a High School Graduation Book, and after placing it at four of the other houses, I did the same, with trepidation, at PubIt! What a breeze. In and out in about 20 minutes, and it’s as straightforward as it could be.
Here’s the process, all on one page after you go to pubit.com and set up an account (email address and a password).
Hit ADD A TITLE, then enter the book title, the list price (they will tell you your royalty, publication date (or it will enter that day’s date), and the publisher (you, with your publishing company name). You will probably list yourself as the author (with city and state), with a total of five contributors possible.
Then you browse to find your interior (book content) file and upload it so it can be converted to ePub from Word (.doc or .docx), HTML, RTP, or TXT. It took less than a minute to convert, and was easy to read from start to finish. (I had already converted the bound version to digital and massaged it to work in Kindle and Smashwords, where I read the latter’s ePub rendition. It was about 98% ready-to-go.)
Next, the JPG cover file can be uploaded. (You only need a front cover but PubIt! requires it to be 750-2000 pixels long. Or it will go out coverless until you can get your cover large enough.)
The rest is predictable. An ISBN number if you have one for your e-book, but it’s not required. They ask if your book is part of a series, available in print, in public domain, the language it’s written in, if the rights are yours, and if you want DRM encryption. (It also explains what each means.)
Finally, it lets you pick five categories for selling, 100 characters of keywords, a 5000-character box for a book description, and 2,000 characters more for an author bio. If you have any editorial reviews, you can post as many as five. Then you tell them to put it on sale!
It simply couldn’t be easier, better presented and explained, or faster. It was worth the wait if the mother company, Barnes & Noble, sells some books! If we can NOOK some buying readers.
(What I didn’t mention is that I had already written the description and bio and cut-and-dropped them in, and I had the interior file, the ISBN, and the cover file ready to go.) That’s the trick. Then you can give all of these new free publisher/marketers a chance to find buyers in Butte, Borneo, and/or sunny Bermuda until your end-of-the month bank deposits start adding up—well before you start running down!
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