How To Self-Publish On Amazon, Kindle and iBookStore – the eBook

Almost a year ago, I wrote an article about self-publishing. It was roughly a personal story about my own struggles with the process, a few detailed descriptions of some of the most intricate stages and a bit of an evaluation. Fast forward a year: today, the article has more than 350 comments. It was mentioned on mashable and it gets the first page on Google for the keyword “how to self publish” (out of 250.000.000 related results).

Well, that must be something, I said to myself, a few months ago. If people are reading it, if they are asking questions, if the almighty Google thinks it’s worthy, then I may be up to something. So I decided to take it even further. I decided to write an ebook based on it.

Surprisingly enough, the ebook took way longer than I thought. But if you really look at the numbers, you’ll understand: the article has around 4000 words (which is already a giant size for a blog post) while the ebook has 16.000. That’s quite a difference. That was the surprising part. But the good part was that the book came out way better than I thought. Not only it refines pretty much all the points touched in the article, but it also adds a few chapters like: “How To Write An Ebook” or “How To Promote And Monetize An Ebook”, the last one being also one of the most popular topics in the article’s comments.

To make a long story short, I finished the ebook a couple of weeks ago and I decided to silently slip it to the daylight, using Kindle. In other words, the ebook is available only on Kindle so far. There’s a reason for that. And the reason is that I wanted to test Kindle Select. If you don’t know what Kindle Select is, then I strongly suggest to buy the ebook (it’s only $4.99).

One very nice part of this Kindle Select program is that you, as an author, can implement a few promotions. You basically have 5 available days in which you can make your ebook available for free (like in free beer) to anyone owning a Kindle. So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do now.

Get It Free This Weekend

So, “How To Self-Publish On Amazon, Kindle and iBookStore” is gonna be free for the following weekend, which is between May 5th and 6th. If you click on the link, you will get it at absolutely no cost. Is there a catch to this? Nope. It isn’t. But if you’d be so nice to actually leave a review on Amazon, that will be cool. Only if you want, of course. 🙂

Now, let’s get down to some practical stuff. What you see in the picture below is the cover and by clicking that cover you will get the table of contents, the foreword and the first chapter. Just to have a glimpse of what you’re going to get, of course. Don’t worry, there’s a link to the Kindle store inside the PDF, so you won’t have to come back here to order it.

As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or criticism, I’m here. Shoot! 🙂


Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner

The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”

And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.

Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.

If you want to know how I got out of this space, eventually, check out my latest book on Amazon and Kindle.

Running For My Life -from zero to ultramarathoner

Dragos Roua

The guy who started all this. Entrepreneur, ultra-marathoner, tanguero, father and risk taker. I'm blogging here, but I also spend a lot of time in this marvelous space.. You're invited, by the way.

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  1. Dragos, just downloaded the book, and I also put a notice on pinterest. If you’re not on pinterest yet (if it’s in the book, I’m sorry as I’ve not read it yet), you should be. You were absolutely the best help in my own self-publishing and my books are doing well.

  2. You are welcome. I’m so appreciative of what you have done for all of us. I’m now ready to do my 4th ebook and still have not resolved the ISBN issue. Your book addressed this, but not this part I think. Do you need a separate ISBN for each platform, e.g., Apple, Amazon, and nook. So far I’ve been using a separate ISBN for each platform for each ebook. That is, one book, for example, Growing Up on Rt. 66: Farm Life Outside Ocoya, Illinois, has 3 ISBN numbers. Is it needed? Any thoughts would be helpful.

      1. Thanks, I’ll continue that way as well. Bowker will be happy, and this time I might buy 100 instead of 10. If you find out differently, I’d be pleased to be a part of that loop.

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