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.
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.