How to publish your book using the Xpress Publishing platform
What if publishing a book was as easy as posting a tweet? With Xpress publishing, you can create, design and publish a book directly to leading eCommerce sites in India in 3 simple steps. And what’s more? It’s free!
The Xpress publishing platform is a Do-It-Yourself publishing tool built by Notion Press and is being used by thousands of authors who want to self-publish their book. The platform provides you with professional tools to publish any type of book you want, design your book’s cover and interior and also choose where you want to sell your books. Let me show you how you can publish your book in just 30 minutes.
STEP 1: LOGGING IN
Log into your Notion Press account and select “Publish New Book”
STEP 2: THE PUBLISHING FORM
You will now see a form where you will need to fill in your book’s details. Enter your book’s details and select the Xpress Publishing option.
STEP 3: TITLE INFORMATION
Tell us what kind of book you’re publishing-
- What book do you want to publish?
- Select the language you want to publish in
- Type in your book’s Title and Subtitle
- Enter your name as you want it on the book
- Enter the names of the editor/illustrator/photographer who helped with the content in your book (Optional)
- Select the genre you want to publish your book under and click “Save and continue”
- In case you are unsure of the details in this stage click “Save as draft”.
Simple questions that you can answer by choosing from our wide variety of options in two minutes.
STEP 4: BOOK CONTENT DESIGN
This step is where you select the type of book you want to publish. Here you can select
- Your book’s size
- Choose the binding for your book
- The color of the interior pages
- The type of paper you want for the book
- The type of finishes you want for your book
Most importantly, in this stage, you can also create your book’s interior and cover design.
Book Interior Design: Option 1- Create Online
We recommend creating your book’s interior online for a professional quality output rather than uploading a file designed on MS Word. Not only is this option easy, you also produce a better quality book without any printing errors. If you don’t have access to a professional book designer, but want to create a professional book at no cost, this would be the best option for you.
The create online tool allows you to easily break your book into chapters and your preliminary pages like the Acknowledgement, Dedication page. You can also add images easily directly to the tool. Another great feature is that the tool is able to auto-generate the table of contents page for your book, instead of you doing it manually. You can choose from a range of beautiful layout styles based on your book’s genre. This tool is applicable for multiple genres like fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and academic books.
For a step-by-step guide on how you can use the tool to design your book, CLICK HERE.
Book Interior Design: Option 2- Upload Print Ready file
If you already have a professionally designed book layout, this option is for you. If you don’t have one, we recommend using the “Create Online” option instead. The upload option is great if you have multiple images/ tables and /or equations. All you have to do is check against the book creation guidelines provided in the tool and upload your file as a PDF. It’s that simple.
Book Cover Design: Option 1- Create Online
We recommend creating your book’s cover online for a professional quality output rather than uploading a file designed on MS Word. Not only does this option produce a beautiful cover page for your book, it also enables a smoother and an error-free printing process. If you want to create a professional book cover at no cost, this would be the best option for you.
The tool has a lot of design features including, backgrounds, filters, font options and an image search option- everything you need to bring your cover ideas to life. You can select a layout that you like and easily create your book’s cover in minutes.
For a step-by-step guide on how you can use the tool to design your cover, CLICK HERE.
Book Cover Design: Option 2- Upload Print Ready file
If you already have a professionally designed book cover, this option is for you. If you don’t have one, we recommend using the “Create Online” option instead. The upload option is great if you have designed your book’s cover using Adobe Photoshop or Indesign. All you have to do is check against the book creation guidelines provided in the tool and upload your file as a PDF. It’s that simple.
Once you create the interior and the cover for your book, it automatically gets saved.
STEP 5: DISTRIBUTION & PRICING
At this step, you can select the type of distribution you want. You can choose between two distribution options.
- The Bootstrap option will allow you to distribute your book to Amazon.in and the Notion Press online store.
- The Private Publishing option is for when you want copies of your book for private use.
Once you select the distribution option that works for you, the next step is for you to decide if you want an ISBN for your book. Select “Give me an ISBN”
Once you select the ISBN, write the description and the author bio just like how you want seen on your book’s back cover.
Next, add keywords for your book. Keywords help readers find your book easily on eCommerce sites like Amazon. Use words that you think readers might use to search for your book specifically or a subject similar to yours. You can add up to 5 keywords.
Select a category your book will fall under. Categorizing the book correctly will make it easier for your readers to find your book on eCommerce sites. You can choose a category that best describes your book.
Verify the Print Summary. Check one more time if the book details you have chosen are correct.
Set the pricing for your book. The tool automatically calculates the printing cost of your book based on the book details you have chosen and the total number of pages to determine the base selling price for your book. You can either set the same Minimum Recommended MRP or choose a higher MRP. Doing this will also show you the profits you will earn for every copy you sell.
Next, accept the Terms & Conditions and click “Submit for Review”.
Once you Submit for Review, you will be asked to confirm again if you want to submit. If you’re sure, click “OK”. In case you’re unsure, click “Cancel”
Once you click on “Ok”, you will see the “Thank you” message acknowledging your submission. Congratulations! Your book will now be sent for a review.
The review process only takes a maximum of 2 business days post which your book will be made available based on the distribution option you have selected. Once your book is approved, you will have successfully published your book!