How to publish book on kindle - Since this article is mainly about self-publishing an old-fashioned print book, here's the skinny on what it takes to put together such a book: you choose a size for your book, format your word manuscript to fit that size, turn your word doc into a pdf, create some cover art in photoshop, turn that into a pdf, and upload it all to the self-publisher of your choice and get a book proof back within a couple of weeks (or sooner) if you succeeded in formatting everything correctly. I don't have a source for this statistic, but i've seen this stated on several blogs and as a publishers weekly article titled "turning bad books into big bucks" noted, while traditional publishers aim to publish hundreds of thousands of copies of a few books, self-publishing companies make money by publishing 100 copies of hundreds of thousands of books. Barrier to entry may be low, but creating a book that looks professional and is indistinguishable from a book published by a "real" publishing house is very difficult and requires a minimum investment of a few thousand dollars (when all was said and done, i'd put in around ,500, which included about ,500 in marketing costs). You may have always wanted to see your book in a bookstore but bookstores aren't keen on carrying self-published books and it's extremely difficult to get good placement in the store for your book so chances are no one will see the three copies the store has on hand anyway.
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