Publish your book as a softcover, PDF eBook, Kindle Book and Audio book

Interested in self-publishing books? If you have a website, you can re-purpose your finest articles into a book. Ponder it. As soon as you write lots of quality articles and lots of traffic on your website, why not reuse it, all the same articles in a printed book, PDF eBook, audio books and Kindle book getting the most out of your time and work.

These are My 8 Painless Steps to Self Publishing Books:

1. Write down an blueprint for the book chapters with the finest articles from your website.
2. Write your book in a Microsoft Word template (or your favorite software) formatted for your needed book size.
3. Save your book to PDF.
4. Decide on a book designer for your book cover or choos a DIY design.
5. Choose between all the publishers who you want to use to publish your book.
6. Sign up for an account with self-publishing and upload your files, if relevant.
7. Now begin your book marketing by selling copies online at Amazon, using your own website and in person when you speak or at events.
8. Now it is the time to format the book into a PDF ebook, audio book and Kindle book.

This is what I did with my website www.Teen-Beauty-Tips.Com. That was the fall of 2008 when I stumbled upon the idea of self-publishing books. One of our contacts, also a speaker, showed us his self-published book.

Quality was great and we found out that he was able to buy his self-published books on his cost of only $2-3 for every book. Not only would there be supplementary revenue to promote books at speaking events, but it also gives immediate credibility of a "published author." "I thought," Wow .. . I can I do this."

And so, I put together an draft for my book based on the top articles on my website. Next, I came up with the title.

Then, I started to copy and paste my articles into a Word document template. I then converted my Word document using the free of charge edition of PDF995 (click on properties, then advanced option and select the "Statement [5.5 5 X 8.5 5]" from the dropdown menu for the paper format.)

Despite working full time as a physiotherapist and speaking, as well as traveling from time to time, I had a 190-page book ready to print in a month.

I had a low budget (or should I say no budget) so I took the DIY method. I researched styles of my template and did my own book cover in Photoshop. I researched self-publishing companies and decided to go with Createspace (http://www.self-publishing-coach.com/createspace), a division of Amazon, because there are no direct costs and they list you quickly on Amazon.com.

As an example, my 190 page black and white soft cover book only cost me $3.13 + shipping, with the help of the Pro Plan. The Pro Plan is a fee of $39 the first year and then an annual fee of $5, but is well worth the cost in an increase in royalties and decreased cost to buy books. I highly recommend the Pro Plan, by the way. There is really no reason to not go with the Pro Plan (that is, unless you don't plan to sell any books at all!).

Once my book was released on Createspace and Amazon, I also had it converted into the PDF eBook version. I give out the PDF version away to my newsletter subscribers, which once more has helped me to build my list in a very small niche (Christian teen girls) to around 2700 and expanding.

I therefore decided to make my book as an audio book using Audacity and a $30 microphone to record it. I am now selling MP3 downloads through Clickbank and also sell a CD of my audiobook on Kunaki.com. Through Kunaki I can buy CD's at cost for as low as $1 (+ shipping), and I also sell them at my events and online through my website.

As a final point, I took my Word document, took out the pictures embedded in my file and saved it as an HTML document. I then uploaded it to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), and I now offer the Kindle version from my website as well.

In such a small and specialized niche, I'm not getting rich by selling books from my website. But there is a consistent income from both online and offline sales, and as my traffic increases (now over 1000 visitors per day), so do my sales. You can catch a glimpse of my sales page here.

Of course, if you want to "Hit it Big" in publishing, you will want to hire a professional to design your interior book template and your book cover design. I finally decided to have a designer update my book cover for me.

If you want to go the TRUE self publishing route and do all the leg work yourself, then you can form your own book publishing company and use Lightning Source. In this case, a book like Dan Poynter's Self Publishing Manual is a great resource to guide you step by step.

Given that you've already put so much time and effort into writing your website, it could be worth taking some extra time and re-purposing the same articles into a hard good, as a paperback book, CD and digital products as a PDF eBook, Kindle book and MP3 downloads for your visitors.

If you do not want to be a national bestseller, but purely want to offer additional resources to your website visitors and add another income, then download my free templates, sign up for a free Createspace account and get started!

Oh, and have fun...soon you'll be a "Published author."

Author's Bio: 

Sign up for your free Createspace account http://www.Self-Publishing-Coach.com/Createspace and download your free book templates at http://www.Self-Publishing-Coach.com.

Shelley Hitz is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and consultant to organizations, individuals and businesses who want to multiply their impact through self publishing. She teaches from personal experience. Over a two year span, (More...)while working full-time, she self published five books, multiple audio CDs, authored two websites that attract thousands of visitors each month, and created multiple products that she sells through her website and at her speaking engagements.