While we\u2019re still fond of the old-fashioned papery versions, no one can deny that digital self-publishing has made it much easier for authors to find an audience for their writing. But how does self-publishing an ebook work? And what do you need to do? We have a few tips to share.\n\n[caption id="attachment_4722" align="aligncenter" width="348"] A library in tablet form![\/caption]\n1. Edit, Edit, and Edit Some More!\nIf you want to impress readers, typos and bad formatting have to be avoided. But many ebooks fall into this trap due to a lack of editing and proofreading.\n\nMake sure your manuscript is ready before you even think about publishing. This means seeking feedback and redrafting until it is perfect, as well as formatting it correctly. Getting the final draft proofread is essential, too, so get in touch with us when you\u2019re ready!\n2. Cover Art\nWe\u2019re told not to judge a book by its cover, but not everyone listens to this advice. As such, you\u2019ll want to think about how you present your ebook. Your cover art should look professional and work as a thumbnail. And remember to write a short, catchy blurb to use on the back cover.\n3. Picking a Platform\nThere are plenty of services self-published authors can use, including major industry players such as Kobo, Amazon KDP, and Smashwords.\n\nAmazon KDP also has a \u201cSelect\u201d service, which offers extra benefits in return for publishing exclusively on Kindle. This can be great for new authors, but once you are more established, you may want to publish on multiple platforms to reach as wide an audience as possible.\n4. Creating an Ebook File\nSome self-publishing services automatically create an ebook file when you upload a Microsoft Word document. However, for extra control over the process, you may want to do this yourself!\n\nThe biggest decision here is which file format to use. A PDF is fine if your ebook will be read on computers, but for mobile devices you\u2019ll need a dedicated ebook format. Your options here are ePub and MOBI (Amazon KDP only accepts MOBI files, so keep this in mind if using this service).\n\nYou cannot create ePub or MOBI files in MS Word, but there is software available to do this.\n5. Selling Your Ebook\nOnce your ebook file is ready, you need to find an audience and promote your book! Part of this will be done on the publishing platform (e.g., writing a blurb, picking keywords, setting a price).\n\nThe rest will come once your book is available for purchase. Think about setting up a blog and social media accounts, sending a free copy to reviewers, or limited giveaway and discount promotions.\n\nThe point of all this is to get people talking, as word of mouth and positive reviews will help more than anything else!