Behind The Scenes of My E-Book Launch

My first book is out! I’m over the moon excited, if you haven’t been able to tell.

Here’s something you might not know. I never set out to publish Thirty Days, Thirty Ideas. I only ever intended it to be an event that we held here at PBW. I had just finished all of my stories of Days, though, and I was so afraid of self publishing it. I had so many questions I needed answers to. I needed to know I wasn’t going to screw it up royally.

I needed practice.

I learned so much through self publishing Thirty Days. Now, I want to share what I’ve learned with you, so that you know that you can do it, too.

Now, I don’t want to rehash the whole step by step guide to self publishing that I blogged about in July. If you’re interested, here’s the whole twelve step process to self publishing an e-book. Today is about the exact tools I used to create my book.

To create the book itself, I used Book Creator. Cost, nothing. I got it from the Play Store. I loved it because it took me about three minutes to figure out how to use. I was able to chose the text, leave pages blank if I needed to, type right onto pages when I wanted to and I could have added pictures if I’d needed to. I understand why my fellow blogger, Delia Writes, uses it. I loved it.  

I did not like that when I uploaded pages they did not fit, and I could not resize the font to flow better. I also wasn’t in love with the fact that I couldn’t change the font on the whole thing, and had to do it page by page. Totally slowed me down.

But the result! It looks so professional! I love it!

For the cover, I used Canva.

That’s right, the same site I use to create my blog images now has book covers. They are kind of limited in graphics, but I think I put together something pretty boss. I did intend it to look similar to my blog images, because that was a Paper Beats World book. But I also put together the cover for Days there. I like it a lot, and I hope you all like it too, when I reveal it next week.

To Publish, I used Gumroad.

I cannot say enough about this site. I was able to set up an offer code, make my own price, set my release date to the minute and provided code to put links to my store everywhere! I bought a copy myself, and the whole sales flow was super easy. Now, Thirty Days is in their store. I honestly have every intention of using them for every single self published book I produce.

With those three programs, I produced a professional book that I am really proud of. Now, for the almighty detail. How much did it all cost?

Book Creator- $0

Canva- $0

Gumroad- $0 (but they get a percentage of my sales.)

That’s right, the book cost me nothing to produce. Not a dime. I cannot recommend these programs enough.

So, that’s how I created this awesome book.

Thirty Days, Thirty Ideas

What do you think? Have you had any experiences with these programs, or any like them? Let us know in the comments below.





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