How-to

Learn how to do common tasks in Pressbooks, and how to use Pressbooks as a tool to advance your publishing efforts.

The Pressbooks Illustrated Guide to Self-Publishing

Self-publishing doesn’t have to be complicated or cost a fortune. Here’s a quick, visual overview of the six steps you’d need to take to self-publish your book on a shoestring.   Want to print this guide for reference? Download a PDF version of the Pressbooks Illustrated Guide to Self-Publishing. To learn more about how to make

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Book Publishing and Marketing: 5 Questions for Author Justin Swapp

It’s not everyday you meet an accomplished indie book author who is also an M.B.A. Justin Swapp, author of The Shadow Magic Series, produced the ebook version of his novel The Magic Shop using Pressbooks.com. He took time out from writing the sequel to share his insights on book publishing, marketing and the power to self-publish. 

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4 Innovative Ways Authors Are Using Social Media to Market Their Books

Every author knows they need to be marketing their book on social media. But how do you think beyond the status update? These authors had some creative ideas for how to market their books on Facebook, Twitter and beyond. Leverage Twitter for Book Marketing Davar Ardalan adapted a multimedia book, “The Persian Square: 101 Things to

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How I Write: Tips on the Craft from Biographer Marshall Terrill

Biographer Marshall Terrill has written 20 books chronicling the lives of famous people, from a definitive biography on Steve McQueen to his most recent book, Zora Folley: The Distinguished Life and Mysterious Death of a Gentleman Boxer. Terrill pulled away from his busy writing schedule to share how he approaches the process of writing a book.

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How to Self-Publish a Book, Without Going Broke

Remember when you didn’t hold the power to publish in your pocket? It was barely eight years ago when the debut of the smartphone transformed ordinary people into media creators. Suddenly, anyone could instantly create and broadcast content to the world through social media. Even before that, blogging platforms like WordPress had given us the power to create our own blogs

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4 Helpful Resources for Self-Publishing Writers

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite websites and resources for indie authors planning to self-publish a book. 1. Inspiration for Authors Sure, you should be writing, but if you’re going to procrastinate, you might as well do it productively. These TED talks on writing are just the thing to kickstart your creativity…and get you back at

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3 Writing Tips that will Motivate You

Writing a book is hard work. We rounded up some quick tips and inspiration from some of our favorite indie authors. On organizing your writing From Michele Kimbrough, romance author of novels Dangerously in Love, Prudence and Wildflower More tips here.  I don’t have a problem deleting entire chapters (sometimes two or three at a time) if they

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Pressbooks Self-Publishing Guide Available in Print

Would you prefer to read our guide to self-publishing your book in print? Now you can! The Pressbooks Guide to Self-Publishing is now available to order in print from Amazon. You can still download the ereader versions for free or read the book on the Web at selfpublishing.pressbooks.com. The Pressbooks Guide to Self-Publishing is designed

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Get Help Using Pressbooks

Whether you’re not sure where to start using Pressbooks or you’re getting stuck on one of the advanced aspects of book production, we can help you get over the hump. Join us today, Saturday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. EST for a live support webinar in which we’ll answer any questions you may have or issues you

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Catch Pressbooks #indiechat with Bibliocrunch tonight!

Pressbooks founder Hugh McGuire is the featured guest on the popular Bibliocrunch #indiechat tonight. He’ll talk about best practices for converting your blog to an ebook and answer questions from attendees. You can join the chat by logging in to Twitter at 9 p.m. EST, then following the hashtag #indiechat and using the hashtag to interact. Find more information

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