DIY e-Publishing

The purpose of DIY e-Publishing is to give strategic advice to those who are writing a book or have written a book and looking to have their book published in Amazon Kindle, BN Nook, or Apple iBook.

DIY e-Publishing will walk you through the steps need to prepare your book for e-Publishing as well as tips on what needs to happen to get it on different electronic platforms.

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#1-Amazon Kindle Short Reads/Business & Money + #1 Self Help!

Started by Gabriel Aviles. Last reply by Gabriel Aviles 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi Friends,I'm thrilled to share that during my first Kindle free day, over 1200 downloads took place of Money LifeHacks.  We're currently #1 in Kindle Short Reads/Business & Money as well as #1 in Kindle Short Reads/Self Help!  #104 in Free…Continue

Money LifeHack Available for FREE on Tax Day!

Started by Gabriel Aviles. Last reply by Gabriel Aviles yesterday. 2 Replies

Hi Friends,My new book, Money LifeHacks is available for free on Tax Day!  A shout out to Dan and the 48 Days Community for their support!http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UCK4V5SP.S.  Here's a short video…Continue

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Another 1st Book question :-)

Started by Myhriah Young. Last reply by Sam Burton on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I am at the place of being ready for an editor for my booklet, so:Does anyone have an editor from Fiverr that they like and use?  I have a small budget for getting this done, but I'm wondering if this is a bad place to look.  Is this going to be a…Continue

Kindle Book Review & Other Sites

Started by Gabriel Aviles Apr 3. 0 Replies

Has anyone used the Kindle Book Review and/or other sites to promote their Kindle Free Days? Were you happy with the results?Are there any paid options that you found  useful?My book comes out on the 15th with a free day, which is why I'm…Continue

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Comment by Hulda Bennett 18 hours ago

Hi Everyone, can anyone tell me where I can find potential freelance editor here in the 48 Days community?


Comment by Kingsley Grant yesterday

Mary ~ Thanks for sharing your process.

Comment by Marcus Kusi yesterday


I formatted two books using this video on Youtube. The link is also below.


Let me know if you have any questions. 


Comment by Julia Turgeon yesterday

Hi Michael!

I too have a MAC without Word and I format my Kindle books via Open Office Writer.  It's free to download on their .org site.  Here is the link to the site: http://www.openoffice.org.  The download link is the second one down where it says: "I want to download Apache OpenOffice."  

Now for the formatting...you'll need this ebook on Amazon: (not an affiliate link) : http://goo.gl/JVxDqP  (It's a shortened link because the Amazon link is too long to put here).  The ebook is $2.99 and you'll have a template to use everytime you want to format an ebook.  This is the book I used.  The instructions are easy to follow.  It took me about 30 minutes to read and create the ebook template.

I have this information on my blog post here in case you wanted to read more: http://www.imwithjulia.com/how-to-format-your-ebook/

Hope this helps!

Comment by Mary E Thompson yesterday

I publish on Kindle from my Mac without trouble, but maybe I'm doing something wrong! I write fiction so I don't need to worry about charts or any pictures, just text. I write the book in Pages and set everything up like I want it to be. When I'm done I create an epub file from Pages, upload that to Calibre, add my cover, and convert the file to mobi. I've uploaded 10 books and not had any trouble. Again, I could be doing something wrong and not realizing it, but when I view it on Kindle everything looks good. I've read Kindle likes mobi files instead of Word files uploaded and that they do better so that's what I do. I haven't heard from customers about any problems since I started doing this. 

Comment by Tim Bishop yesterday

Michael, sounds like you may need a fresh start on that Kindle formatting exercise. In the PC realm, you could dump that into notepad and bring it back into a cleaned up Word template. When I was faced with similar challenges, I purchased an ebook on how to format for Kindle and benefited from the third-party advice at minimal cost. Unfortunately, you may need to take a few steps backwards to right the ship, but you'll be sailing on the open waters before you know it. Good luck with it.

Comment by Michael Wade yesterday

Guys, I've written 2 eBooks and want to publish on Kindle but MAN! the formatting is getting me. I've noticed that Amazon's "textbook" on formatting is from 2012 and (from what I can tell) is out of date! I have tried to go from NeoOffice to Calibre but having lots of trouble. I'm thinking of restarting in Scrivener. Any thoughts on the formatting part to get a pristine ebook? Resources? PS: I'd rather learn myself than pay a formatter and I'm on a Mac without Word. Thanks!

Comment by Kingsley Grant on Thursday

Kevin ~ thanks for sharing a brief glimpse into your journey. God is weaving his divine thread through the fabric of you and your family's life. The finished product will be amazing. Lives to be touched awaits what you have.



Comment by Sam Burton on Wednesday

Congratulations, Kevin. It truly sounds like you've been on a journey. Thanks for your willingness to share it.  I agree with Tim about fiverr.  Keep us updated.

Comment by Tim Bishop on Wednesday

Congrats Kevin. Exciting times! You might check out fiverr.com for an ebook cover. Some talented people on that site sacrificing compensation to establish themselves if you look hard enough. Check their portfolios to screen the quality.


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