How do I publish my ebook? Should I go through Amazon or do it on my own?”
The answer is “both.” You want to have your content available in as many formats as you can because you want to provide as many readers as you can with the format they prefer.
You can create a PDF version of your MS Word document and either sell it from your website or give it to members of one of your programs. A PDF version of your book is also a great tool to give as an advanced review copy to people who would like to give your book a review or endorsement.
There are many places where you can publish your book online, including Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo. You’ll also want to have your eBook formatted for Kindle and publish it to Amazon. Amazon has the highest traffic flow and sells more books of all online book stores. In today’s market, that’s where the action is happening for authors.
As an author on Amazon, you receive a page on Amazon called Author’s Central. There you’ll find about 12 or so different ways that you can promote your message, share about yourself and your book, and connect with you audience in written, and video formats. Your Amazon Author’s Central page gives you a lot of exposure.
Having your eBook published in multiple formats is most beneficial.
Today the most effective way to market our Kindle books – is video promotion. People love watching short videos.
Imagine being able to record, edit, optimize (automatically for any device), add clickable links in the video to your books, (links to share them with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest, among others), publish and market your videos.. all from one piece of software?
That has never been possible before, but it is now. Josh Bartlett releases Easy Video Suite (yes, a whole suite of video tools) on January 15.
WordPress.org came out with a new update to their software: WordPress 3.5. Each time a major release comes out, they dedicate it to a Jazz musician. This one is dedicated to the drummer Elvin Jones. Here is a short video from WordPress.org with highlights of the new version:
Some of the new features in WordPress 3.5 are:
New Media Manager
New Theme – Twenty Twelve
Accessibility for devices
Here are the steps I go through to Update WordPress:
Before I do ANYTHING, I wait a few days for the dust to settle and see if a newer version has come out. i.e. 3.5.1
1) First, I backup my WordPress Website with a Backup Plugin
2) Second, I update my plugins before I update to the latest WordPress
3) Third, I update the WordPress Software from inside the admin dashboard.
4) Fourth, I check to see if any plugins can be updated if they are compatible with the latest version of WordPress. If so I update those.
Generally this can take a few days while the plugin programmers update their plugins.
5) Fifth, I click around my site in the admin to check out the new features, and then I click around on the outside of my site to make sure everything looks ok.
It’s also very important to have a hosting company that understands how to handle WordPress.
I have found that HostGator (my affiliate link) to be the best at this! They know a lot about WordPress, and can explain things to you in simple English on the phone. All my sites are hosted by Hostgator and the help is exceptional especially at 3:00 am when things go wrong.