In early April, Barnes & Noble announced the launch of NOOK Press, a self-publishing platform created to replace PubIt! This new channel promises enhanced functionality with content and collaboration tools designed to improve the eBook creation and publishing process.
If you’re a new Indie author who wants to distribute eBooks through B&N, this easy-to-follow post will show you how to self-publish on NOOK Press in five simple steps.
Before you get started, it’s important to note:
- NOOK Press is not available to publishers based outside of the U.S. You’ll need a U.S. Tax ID and bank account connected to a U.S. address if you plan to sell through B&N.
- There is no exclusivity clause, which means you can publish your titles elsewhere.
- You should follow the NOOK Press formatting guidelines when preparing your eBook document. Right now, they accept Microsoft Word, TXT, HTML, and ePub files.
Step 1: Create a NOOK Press Account
Before you can start your self-publishing journey with Barnes & Noble, you’ll need to sign up for a NOOK Press account.
Navigate your way to the NOOK Press home page, click the “Get Started Now” button, and then fill in the relevant fields. If you’re a B&N member already, you can sign in using the email address and password of your existing account. Make sure you read and agree to their Terms and Conditions for self-publishers before you click the “Create an Account” button.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll notice you have two options under the “Projects” tab: upload a file or start writing. Click the “Upload Manuscript File” link, choose the correct document on your computer, and then click “Create Project.” Depending on the size of your file, it may take a while to upload.
Step 3: Fill in Your eBook’s Details
After completing step 2, you’ll gain access to a panel of tabs on the left-hand side of your screen. You can use these tabs to perform a variety of tasks including editing your manuscript, uploading a cover image, and adding your eBook’s details.
Here’s an overview:
Manuscript Tab: In this tab, you can preview your eBook, invite collaborators to work with you on your project, replace your manuscript with another version, and access the Manuscript Editor. The editing tool is a fantastic option for authors and publishers who want to use NOOK Press’s features to format an eBook correctly. Besides basic formatting functions, the tool allows you to create a clickable table of contents, include comments for collaborators, add front matter to your eBook, and arrange or change your chapters.
Cover Image Tab: Here, you have the opportunity to add a striking cover image that entices buyers. While this image will display on the product page of your eBook, you’ll also have the option to include it in the front of your manuscript. Once you upload the file, you can crop it for a better fit, if necessary.
NOOK Book Details Tab: This tab has several subcategories, including:
- Title & Description – Add your eBook’s title, publisher, contributor, description, and author information. You can also add an ISBN if you have one.
- Categories – In this section, you’ll select your book’s primary and secondary categories, add relevant keywords to help potential readers find your book, include details about the audience your content suits, and choose the book’s language.
- Rights & Pricing – Here, you’ll state whether you hold worldwide sales rights or can only sell in the U.S. You’ll also include pricing information and opt into DRM if you so choose. When you add the price of your eBook, the system will automatically calculate your estimated royalty payout for the book.
- Other Information – Under this tab, you can state whether your book is public domain, part of a series, or available in print.
- Editorial Reviews – Many buyers base their purchasing decisions on the information they find in reviews, so you’ll want to add them here if you have any.
As you work through each of these subcategories, you’ll need to click the “Save” or “Save & Next” button at the top of the page. A green circle with a white check will display next to each tab as you complete the relevant forms.
Step 4: Set Up a Vendor Account
NOOK Press won’t publish your eBook until you create an approved vendor account. At the top of your page, you’ll see a notice to this effect along with a link. You can click the relevant link, or you can click the down arrow next to your name and select “Vendor Account” from the menu.
Again, you’ll need to use the relevant tabs on the left-hand side of your page to fill in your contact, publisher, payment, and tax information. NOOK Press will then send you a welcome message via email. Once B&N approves your account, your Vendor Account page will show as being active and you’ll receive a confirmation email to the same effect. This may take a day or two, so you’ll need to be patient as you wait.
Step 5: Publish Your Book
If you’re not logged in to your NOOK Press account, log in and navigate your way to the “Projects” tab where you can see a list of your projects. Under the “Publish Actions” column, click the “Publish” link next to your eBook. There will then be a 24–72 hour waiting period before your book is available via B&N’s online store.
Congratulations! You’re now a NOOK Press self-published author!
Use your NOOK Press account to manage your projects, update your profile, and view your sales numbers. If you’d prefer to send your book to multiple distributors, then consider self-publishing your eBook through Smashwords. You’ll only need to sign up once, and they’ll automatically send your book to B&N if it qualifies for the Smashwords Premium Catalog.
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