A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers: How to Print-on-Demand with CreateSpace & Make eBooks for Kindle & Other eReaders

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Press: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2012)
Author Name:McMullen, Chris


BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The book is both highly informative (like describing how to set the margins with bleed, including the gutter, and listing the pixel sizes of different brands of eReaders), yet also focused on useful formatting and publishing skills.The paperback edition includes a comprehensive, 18-page index to help you quickly find information.This is a highly detailed guide with several step-by-step instructions for how to format and publish your book both as a paperback  book with Amazon (and other major online booksellers) and as an eBook with Kindle (and a variety of other eReaders).With this reference as a guide, you can self-publish a quality manuscript with ease.AUTHOR: Chris McMullen has written and self-published over a dozen paperback books and eBooks. 
This book also was self-published using the same techniques that are described here.
Chris McMullen shares numerous useful formatting tips in clear language with precise, detailed instructions.NOTES: The formatting instructions of Volume 1 are geared specifically toward using Microsoft Word 2010 (which is similar to Word 2007 and 2013) for Windows.
In contrast, Volume 2--sold separately--on marketing and marketability has very little to do with Microsoft Word.
The paperback instructions are largely geared toward CreateSpace, while the eBook instructions accommodate Kindle and other eReaders.DESCRIPTION: Find highly detailed try-it-yourself, walk-you-through-it tutorials for how to use Microsoft Word 2010 (which is similar to Word 2007 and 2013) specifically with Windows to publish your book both as a paperback book and as an eBook.
This includes:How to use numerous formatting features (like page borders and bookmark hyperlinks).
(A couple of more subtle formatting tips, like using different page headers or page numbering styles or how to avoid widows and orphans, are described in Volume 2--sold separately.)How to convert the content file for your paperback book into an eBook.
(A couple of subtle formatting tips, like applying Word's Styles to achieve more reliable formatting or using very basic HTML to perfect the eBook, are described in Volume 2--sold separately.)How to format pictures and equations in an eBook with a variety of eReaders in mind.How to minimize the eBook's file size.How to draw your own pictures from scratchHow to create your own cover.
(Volume 1 discusses how to make the cover, while Volume 2--sold separately--discusses the art of cover design and its impact on marketability at length.
Volume 2 also discusses the pros and cons of hiring a cover designer, including tips for doing so.)How to insert and format equations.VOLUME 1 CONTENTS:Choosing a Publishing ServiceFormatting Your Book InteriorCreating a Book CoverSelf-Publishing Your Book.Volume 2 (sold separately) covers editing your proof, marketability tips, cover design, creating author pages, useful tips about Amazon and other booksellers, and marketing strategies.Updated May 12, 2014.

About the Author

Chris McMullen has self-published over a dozen paperback books on Amazon through CreateSpace, which is part of the Amazon group of companies, plus over a dozen eBooks through Kindle and other eReader publishers. 
He has also drawn thousands of professional illustrations using Microsoft Word.
Here the author shares his experience and expertise.


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  •     Excellent! Worth every penny! This book goes into every single detail that a self-publishing author needs to know before they ever publish.
  •     This manual by self-published author Chris McMullen has made it possible for me to do what I thought I'd need a pro designer to do--create a book cover! The instructions are lengthy, but clear, and I was able to follow them step by step. Now I'm gloating over my beautiful cover. McMullen has also helped me turn a Word manuscript into a print-ready PDF. That step is still in progress, because--as he advises--checking my PDF I see things that need work, and I can fix them before I submit the book. McMullen is so experienced with self-publishing and so good at explaining the nuts and bolts of the process that I'm eternally grateful to him for sharing his knowledge with us.Like another reviewer here, I do miss an index in this book (the print version). Instruction manuals need indexes because we need them the way we need a search engine to find information online. An index would make this chatty, reader-friendly manual a perfect self-publisher's companion. Instead it's more like attending a good professor's lectures and hoping you remember all you need to know. Nevertheless, McMullen's manual is truly helpful and I eagerly await volume 2.
  •     An outstanding book. I highly recommend it.
  •     I love this book as it really gives valuable information on self-publishing my books.
  •     I purchased this book when I decided I wanted to self-publish. I used it as a step-by-step guide and found its detailed instructions comprehensive and easy to use and follow.
  •     This book had everything I was looking for and up-to-date information on how to put my book Stirring Power onto Amazon.
  •     Great information for anyone wanting to self- publish
  •     What a wonderful way to publish a book! I did not know this existed until a friend told me. I am waiting for my copyright to return and as I wait I will read this book and be...
  •     A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers Vol. 1 by Chris McMullen is an accurately titled guide that provides in-depth instructions on the self-publication process. When I bought this guide, I was looking for tips on two issues: pricing of my books, and marketing strategies. This guide provides a ton of useful information on the former, but leaves the latter topic to volume two of the series.The author is a professor at a university who self-publishes his works via Amazon Createspace for print, and also publishes electronically via Amazon Kindle Publishing and other major ebook formats. What strikes me, when I started reading, is the author's ability to impart information in a very casual, conversational manner. As an educator by trade, his mind is automatically trained to impart information in digestible portions to his readers. This is an important point to note, because a first time publishing author can read this guide, and use it to publish his work. This book is broad in the range of topics covered, but the author is able to discuss the material in a way that readers can easily follow.The author uses Microsoft Word, and he provides an in-depth discussion of the differences between versions 2003, 2007, and 2010, and how to use the tools and formats to create a variety of books. He also discusses the use of illustrations, and the differences that each online publisher has regarding image sizes.For me personally, the most important topic is pricing, and the author does not disappoint me in this subject. He discusses your expected royalty from each publisher, and goes through the numbers in great depth. He also stresses the important of qualifying for Amazon's 4-for-3 pricing for paperbacks, and also qualifying for Amazon's free shipping for orders over $25.A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing wiht Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Volume 1 by Chris McMullen truly lives up to its name. I only have two disappointments with this book. First is the fact that the author left marketing out for a second volume. Second is the lack of online contact information for the author, in case readers have questions regarding his book. Despite these misgivings, this book is VERY detailed, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to novice self-publishing authors, and experienced authors alike.
  •     Was a great example of a self published book, however this was geared for other instructor or educator type authors I felt, but still did the job.
  •     Being a complete novice to the self-publishing field, Chris Mullen's book on Self-Publishing with Amazon answered many questions and gave me a heads-up in several areas.
  •     Very good but not easy to follow unless you are well acquainted with Microsoft Office Word.
  •     I used this book to get my Dad's book published and it met most of my needs but I feel it could be made better. For instance I was preparing a Kindle version of his book just now and I had remembered reading something about ISBN numbers for electronically published books but because there was no index, it took a while to find it and the chapter titles were not that much help. This book is clearly designed as a book that will be referred to from time to time, yet there is no index and only four chapters (each chapter is split into two subchapters). It seems like it could be organized better to provide faster access to the information that the reader is looking for. Also I found my self wishing for more simple lists and checklists instead of requiring the reader to pick thru the fairly dense text. Careful addition of some white space would help the reader get the most out of the book. I have no real quarrel with the MS Word tutorials but found like other readers that is was a little too specific for MS Word 2010. It would have been nice if the author would have taken the extra step and mentioned the alternate steps for MS Word 2007 when they differed from 2010. I was also caught a little short when I found, buried on page 163, the following warning:"It's important to note that you can't add a LCCN (i.e., Library of Congress Control Number)after your book is published. After you click Approve Proof, your book is published and it is too late to add an LCCN." If this had been important to me, I would have been unlikely to have seen this until it was too late....
  •     I'm self-publishing my first book and I didn't know where to start. Since I get everything from the library I picked up 5 books about self-publishing and read them all. This book is by far the absolute best. It's clear, concise, and the directions are very explicit. While other books overwhelmed me with too much information, this book got at the heart of editing and formatting your book.In fact, I loved this book so much I did the unthinkable - I BOUGHT IT. You don't understand; I read about 4 books a month and they're all from the library. I NEVER buy books but this book is so good and so detailed I had to do it. I've since bought my copy and marked almost every page with valuable information.The author recommends using Microsoft Word and Amazon's CreateSpace to format and publish the book respectively. I loved his tips so much that I bought the Office suite and will follow his directions to a T on CreateSpace.I really appreciate the author self-published this book so we can feel the paper and see the quality CreateSpace offers. He clearly knows his stuff and has the patience to explain it to the rest of us befuddled folks. Well done Chris McMullen!

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