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How to Publish your own book

Publishing a book with can be a very rewarding experience. is here to help you in every step of the way in publishing your own book. With great customer service and easy to follow templates and guides, self publishing has never been easier. Authors with wondering how to self publish a book with IP are encouraged to read through the following steps.

Recommended Steps to Publishing a Book:
    The steps we recommend taking to start your book publishing process are as follows. Note: This is meant to be a process for beginners to walk through the whole book publishing process. More experienced publishers can simply go straight to uploading and ordering.

    1) Register with so you can have access to your member page.

    2) Typeset your book into your favorite word processing software. It is best to know the size of book you would like to publish before starting, as it will save you some time in the long run. If you already have your book typeset, simply enter the new margins and page size into your existing document.


Margin Requirements and Templates

You can find margin requirements and [templates].

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Step 1 How to Self Publish a book, Pricing
Now it is time to price your book, as you should have a good understanding of how many pages you have and the book sizes. The [pricing calculator] is set up for both advanced and beginner publishers. If you do not understand one of the terms on the pricing calculator, click the folder open icon this will explain the option that is offered. The default settings on the pricing calculator are set to paperback binding with color cover sized 5.5" x8.5" which is one of the most common books produced. If this is the type of book you want to publish, simply enter your page and copy count and you will see pricing on the left hand screen. If you have not already sized your book now is the time to do so to prepare it for publishing. For templates and sizing instructions please visit the templates page.

Step 2 How to Self Publish a book, Cover Design—
The next step is cover design. It is time to make the decision of whether you will design the cover yourself, pick a stock design, or have one an InstantPublisher cover designer do the work for you. With IP standard and customer provided designs, the most popular option people pick is the color covers that only cost $.25 per book. We offer a selection of pre-designed covers to choose from where you can enter your book information located here. You may also choose to design your own cover, in which case you can find your [cover templates] here. Cover design is one of the hardest parts of self publishing, which is the reason offers standard covers and custom cover design services. A basic cover design package is offered for $65, which includes 1 hour of cover design time and 2 free online proofs. Most covers can be completed with this package. For more intricate covers, we offer the premium cover design service for $120 which includes 2 hours of cover design service and unlimited online proofs. [InstantPublisher has seasoned Graphic Designers on staff which helps us be one of the premiere book printers.]

Step 3 How to Self Publish a book, ISBN Number—
You only need to obtain an ISBN number if you plan on selling your book in bookstores. ISBN numbers can be added to your book at any time, even on an existing book, by using stickers. If you decide you need an ISBN number for a self publishing project, you need to order this a few days before you are ready to upload your manuscript. offers ISBN numbers for $95 that includes a barcode. To order your ISBN number, log into your account and click the order ISBN button. Once your ISBN is received, you will need to list the number on your copyright page and on your back cover if you are completing the cover design. If you already have an ISBN number and no barcode, can create the barcode for you for $15 during your ordering process.

Step 1 How to Publish a book with InstantPublisher? Upload Your Book—
   [FIRST]: you must save your file to a a PDF Format. Make sure you create a high resolution PDF with your fonts embedded. Making a PDF in many programs is as simple as saving the file and changing the file type to PDF. On the Mac platform the user will print to the pdf creation tool. If neither of these options are available we recommend downloading the free cutepdf print app located at and printing to the cute pdf printer to create your pdf.

   [SECOND]:Log into your Instantpublisher account and select the instantpublisher pdf file upload button. When the screen pops up click add file and select the pdf you would like to upload (only one file can be uploaded at a time) enter the number of pages and name the file.

Step 2 How to Publish a book with Instantpublisher, Cover Upload—
If you are designing your own cover you have several options to get your files to us. The preferred method is saving the file to a PDF then using the PDF upload to place the cover file into your library. An order is not required for the cover file only the manuscript. If you have a 300 dpi image file of your cover you can email the file with your order number. You can also FTP the file to us if the file is very large. Please email for FTP instructions. If you have set your cover up in a program like Word that does not have the ability to output high resolution image files and do not have the ability to create a PDF file, you will need to save the file to a pdf and upload the file to your library.

Step 3 How to Publish a book with Instantpublisher, Order Your Book—
To order your book, log into your account and select the manuscript document in your library you would like to order, you will then be giving an opportunity to proof the document online. Then, click the continue order process button and fill out the same information you did when pricing your book. You will be asked if you will be paying by check, credit card or Paypal. Check orders are held for down payment and credit card and Paypal orders are processed immediately. If you are not sure of your document layout or have questions, please contact us before placing your order as credit card and Paypal orders are processed very quickly. If you take the proof option during your order, then you will have the chance to change files and options when you approve the proof. There are no costs for corrections to proof copies.

Once your book printing order is placed you will receive a proof in 3-5 days. If you did not order the proof option your book should be ready to ship in 5-7 business days for black and white books, 7-10 business days for color books and 20 business days for hardback books. has been in the book publishing business for a decade with over 100,000 book titles produced in our warehouse, which is located right outside Memphis, Tennessee. We have helped thousands of new authors become self publishers.

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