How to Publish an Ebook – Top 5 Epic Tips

How to Publish a Book With ePress Online

How to Publish an Ebook

Online publishing companies are flourishing as more readers are purchasing ebooks that can be read on ebook readers and on computer screens.

Online Publishing

Publishing books online is often done by fiction publishers who specialize in romance novels or erotic novels. There are few Internet publishing companies that publish non-fiction, and ePress Online is one of them. The non-fiction genres accepted by the online publisher include the craft of writing, self-help, resource books for writers, and creative non-fiction.

ePress Online is also a fiction publisher. Like most fiction publishers, it has strict guidelines in place concerning the type of fiction is will accept and what is expected from each fiction genre.

1. Publishing Your Ebook

This fiction publisher requires all fiction works to have been completed before submission. Violent and explicit material is not accepted. All manuscripts submitted to the online publisher must be in rich text format (.rtf).

Print books are available through Lulu.

2. Internet Publishing Requirements

The minimum word count for an ePress Online ebook is 40,000 words. The maximum is 120,000. Like most fiction publishers online, romance novels are accepted. These novels must be within the specific sub-genres of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and suspense. The romance storyline should work within that sub-genre and not contain explicit scenes. A first and third person are permitted with no three or fewer viewpoint characters allowed.

3. Publishing Books With a Fiction Publisher

Other fiction genres accepted include mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and U.S. historical fiction. While all fiction manuscripts must fall into one of the main categories, there are sub-categories that can also be used to classify a fiction submission. These include crime, thriller, suspense, alternate history ad young adult novels.

Mystery, U.S. historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy manuscripts must be between 50,000 and 120,000 words. Romance manuscripts must be between 40,000 and 80,000 words. All non-fiction manuscripts must be between 40,000 and 80,000 words.

4. Getting Published and Getting Paid

In online publishing, writers are usually paid a royalty percentage for all copies of the book that are sold and are not paid in advance. Print books sold by ePress Online pay writers a 7.5 to 10 percent royalty on book sales. For the ebook versions of the books, there are several tiers of online publishing payments.

For the first 1,000 copies of the book sold, the Internet publisher will pay a royalty of 30 percent of the purchase price. For the next 2,500 copies, the royalty is 35 percent. For any additional copies sold, the royalty paid is 40 percent of the purchase price.

If the Internet publisher enters into an agreement with a distributor or affiliate, the royalty paid to the writer is 50 percent of that sales. If the book is reprinted by another publisher under a licensing agreement or the book is published by a book club, the writer is paid 75 percent of the price paid by those publishing channels.

5. Online Publishing and Author Rights

The rights granted to the online publisher are worldwide rights in both ebook and print format for two years. Books that are made available through Fictionwise will be sold through the site for five years.

How to Stay Safe Online, 3 tips in Plain English

How to stay safe online

In order to stay safe online, we are all told to watch out for Internet scams, to make sure we have up to date antivirus and keep our personal details secret. Yet many websites we visit asks for personal details of some sort whether it be an email address and name to keep up to date with the latest news from them or full credit card details if we are purchasing something. So how do we know which sites we can trust to keep ourselves safe on the Internet?

Social Networking Sites

Social networking sites are extremely popular and because of that, are full of scams. If you use Facebook, you will know that there are lots of surprising and unbelievable offers popping up which often appear to be endorsed by your friends.

The first thing to remember about an unbelievable offer, whether it be on the Internet or through any other media, is that an unbelievable off is just that – unbelievable.

In order to enjoy Facebook or any other social networking site, in safety, visit the privacy controls and set them so that only your trusted friends can see your details. On Facebook, the Privacy Settings are listed under the heading ‘Account’ at the top right-hand side of the page.

Beware of applications like quizzes and competitions that ask for any personal details, to retrieve the results. No genuine, so-called fun quiz, will ask for your mobile number before showing you your results. However, your privacy is only secure so long as you don’t invite a scammer in, so to speak. For example, A regular scam that keeps popping up on Facebook is the application that claims to allow you to see who has been looking at your profile.

It often comes as a link from one of your friends and when you install it, a small discrete message, which you are liable to pass over asks for access to your profile information. Do not allow any application that you don’t trust have access to your profile.

If you have already fallen victim to one like this, you need to remove it from your Facebook by going through your Privacy Settings and selecting Edit Your Settings under Applications and Websites at the bottom left-hand side of the screen as in this screenshot.

If you can’t see all the applications you use, click on Edit Settings at the right-hand side and it will expand to show you all the applications you have ever installed. Once you have removed the application it will not be able to access your profile anymore.

If you are unsure whether an application is safe, type the application name into Google and see if other people are talking about it. Often, forums can give you some more information about a scam.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams, so-called because they fish for information, are still very common on the internet and email circuit. Emails that appear to be from genuine suppliers like banks and credit card companies ask you to follow a link because your details need to be updated/verified or whatever other scams they can come up

If there is a link in the email, hover your mouse over it and you will see in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, the address to which the link takes you. However, the fraudsters have a knack of using addresses that seem convincing, so this in itself is not a good enough check.

Your bank/credit card company will never ask you to enter your personal details by clicking on a link. If you do have online banking, type the address in yourself through your web browser, do not follow a link in an email.

If you think you have already entered your information into a fraudulent website, contact your bank or financial institution immediately and change your passwords and security details straight away.

Online Shopping


Online shopping has taken the pain out of that Christmas shopping nightmare which inevitably involves standing in long queues on a wet, dark evening while jostling with other shoppers for the last Nintendo Wii on the shelf. However, online shopping has not come without its scammers.

So how do you know that you are using a site that is safe to buy from? There are a few things to look out for apart from going to well-known sites like Amazon. There are other retailers out there, just as reputable and trustworthy as the big names so here’s what to look for.

First of all, don’t be taken in by a flashy website. No pun intended. Make sure you look for a contact address and phone number, a physical address somewhere. View their returns policy and if you can’t see one, email them and ask for details.

If you are entering personal details like a credit card number make sure there is a gold padlock symbol on the screen. It will either be at the top at the end of the address bar or at the bottom right-hand side of the screen.

You can click on this padlock and view the website’s certificate which will verify that the site you are on is the correct one. Most online businesses use another company to process their transactions. They will use a company like Worldpay or Paypal. This is good for the customer because their credit card details are not revealed to the website they are buying from, only to the company/bank processing the transaction.

How to stay safe online – Conclusion


I’ve covered a few of the most popular activities online and hopefully have made you aware of the dangers as well as the pleasures of shopping and networking online. Remember though, it is important that you take responsibility for your security too. Make sure you have antivirus software installed and that it is up to date. It needn’t cost you anything except a little bit of time to install it.