Finding a major publisher that’s willing to get your novel out there isn’t so easy. But why leave your writing career in the hands of others when you can get your own eBook out there yourself? Basically, you produce it the same way you would a printed book, but without the paper and the printing (and the major cuts publishers take off each book sold).

Here to save you the trouble, we’ve rounded up a collection of websites to start you out in your career as a published eBook author. The following are places where you can sign up to sell your books in. Most of these sites have zero signup fees, and a majority of the sale will go to you. What’s more, if you’re not sure how to convert your ‘masterpiece’ into an eBook format, some of these services will even handle the work for you.

 

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

 

If you know eBooks, you should also be familiar with the Kindle eReader. Publishing your works here would mean your eBooks are on the Amazon Kindle Store, and at the fingertips of many eBook readers.

 

Blurb

 

This website has an online eBook creator to get you started. You can edit and design your eBook on a simulated Apple iPad display. Once you’ve finished editing the content and design, your eBook is ready to be sold on Blurb or the Apple iBookstore.

 

Lulu

 

Lulu has a vast network of retail partners through which your eBook can reach readers, including Apple’s iBookstore, and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. You’re even given the flexibility to set your own price. You can begin your eBook journey with their free eBook Creator Guide.

 

Scribd

 

This website can help you manage and promote your eBook, while keeping track of your sales and earnings. However, in order to be able to sell on the Scribd Store, you need to have a seller account which is only available for users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

 

Smashwords

 

Getting your eBook published on Smashwords means it’ll be able to reach the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Diesel eBook Store, Baker & Taylor’s Blio, Axis360, and more. By signing up, you’ll be entitled to free ISBNs and eBook conversion to 9 formats.

 

Booktango

 

This free eBook service helps you design a cover for your eBook, then helps you publish and market it. You can sell your eBook through their connection of major retailers, such as Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony, Amazon, Google, and Scribd.

 

Payhip

 

Payhip helps you by handling most of the hard work, which is hosting your eBooks and securely delivering them to your customers. It also handles payments through well-known and trusted payment methods like PayPal. All you need to do is to upload your eBook and start selling. Once your eBook is on the site, you can promote it anywhere, such as in Facebook and Twitter, with a link for your eBook page.

 

E-Junkie

 

E-Junkie offers a great alternative to selling eBooks: selling them in PDF format. They also offer eBook security through PDF Stamping where the buyer’s name, email address, and transaction ID will be ‘stamped’ on the top right corner of each page to discourage unauthorized sharing of your materials.

 

EBookMall

 

Once your eBook is ready, you can list them at EBookMall and earn a huge percentage off every sale. This site accepts both PDF and ePub formats. Take note, however, that if you submit your eBooks to EBookMall directly through this program, your eBooks will not have DRM.

 

Kobo Writing Life

 

Kobo Writing Life is your portal to reaching out millions of eBook readers in more than 170 countries. It’s a do-it-yourself eBook publishing hub which makes your eBook available within their main catalog, on any device. Just start out by bringing your own materials to them in a simple MS Word document format and the folks at Kobo Writing Life will convert it into a complete eBook for you.