Ebooks – resources, tips and tools for self-publishing

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Welcome ebooks writer!  Below are links to information, tools, tips and services to help you self-publish your empire of ebooks (or your first ebook if you are just getting started). This is not a full list and is provided for research purposes only. However, this list of resources will give you an idea of the various steps needed to create, publish, distribute and sell your ebooks. There are also some handy tips and tools for tasks such making sure your ebooks have good covers (and don’t end up on an “examples of bad ebook covers” list).  Check under the Self-Publishing Resources tab for more helpful general information not specific to ebooks, but relevant to writers who are self-publishing in any form.

Self-Publishing an Ebook – General Information
Self-Publishing Basics (David Gaughran)
How do I get started (Sarah Woodbury)
How to Publish Your Ebook (BookMark)
Ebook Conversion: DIY or Outsource (Book Designer)
How to create an ebook – list of common mistakes (Wiki)
How to format your own ebook (Molly Greene)
How to make a Kindle table of contents (Dark Neon)  
MobileRead Discussion Forum 
Anne R. Allen Writers’ Resources
TeleRead.org – self-publishing resources galore

Online Ebook Services 
EbookLaunch (formatting, covers & more)
Aer.io – sales platform
Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon)
– D2D vs Smashwords
– D2D offers a universal book link
Calibre (free open source)

Ebook Formatting – Information & Services
Ebook conversion tools (big wiki list)
Ebook conversion questions
Ebook Partnership Conversion Services
GP Shure Writing Services (for Kindle & Createspace)
Flightdeck – Format checking service

Ebook Covers
Cover design tips (Humble Nation)
Fresh Design, BC-based graphic designer (recommended)
4 promotional tools an ebook cover designer should create for you 
Pulp-O-Miser covers (fun pulp cover-making tool)

3D-Effect Digital Book Covers (for online use)
DIY video tutorial on how to make a 3D cover with Photoshop
DIY video tutorial how t make a 3D cover with GIMP software
Free online 3D book cover generator

Photoshop scripts to make 3D book covers:
CoverAction Pro ($97, good reviews, youtube tutorial)
ECover Suite Elite ($37)

3D Bookcover Software:
Review of eCover Software ($27, Windows only)
BoxShot 3D packaging software ($79 home use, $199 pro)
True Boxshot Software for virtual cover images ($80)

Hire a Graphic Designer:
If you only need to make a few book covers, it may save you time and frustration to hire a designer. There are many good graphic designers, but one talented book cover and graphic designer is Michelle Fairbanks of Fresh Design (recommended).

Did you find any of the resources listed especially helpful? Do you have an idea for a resource that should be listed? Please send an email!

Note: Links and information are for research purposes and do not replace professional advice. Accuracy of third-party websites cannot be verified and links do not indicate endorsement.