If you want to get into Smashwords Premium Catalogue get someone to design a professional-looking cover. I am fortunate in that my daughter Natalie Pereira, is a designer and she did a beautiful cover for me. Smashwords can recommend designers if you need to find one.
The other point I’d like to make is: Unless you are a real e-fundi, do not attempt to format your own manuscript! I realised I know so little about the process, so I took Smashwords advice and looked for a formatter from the lengthy recommended list Smashwords has put together. I picked one at random which happened to be firstname.lastname@example.org. And I was delighted with the service I received from them and also for the quality of work they did. It pays to do this because having had the manuscript professionally formatted and having a well-designed cover, when I finally got it all together and listed my book, the process went so smoothly and quickly; and it went through like magic. Now for better or worse I am a published author!
It took eight years to complete my novel and then another half a year to get my act together and publish! But I am also a terrible procrastinator! E-publishing is a growing industry and it has made publishing accessible to everyone. If you think you’ve written something others would like to read, go through the steps of getting an editor, write and re-write, correct and edit your own work too, be prepared to throw out your best writing because it doesn’t fit and re-write and then when it is ready, get your book properly formatted and get a good cover designed and then nothing is stopping you!
Smashwords lists on all the major e-book retailers book lists so you don’t have to worry about getting it out there. Don’t forget though that the advertising and networking to bring your book to readers’ notice is your job.
I hope these posts have helped a little bit to de-mystify e-publishing and to encourage you to get your best-seller out there!
My son-in-law Steven is in the media industry and he made a lovely YouTube book trailer for it. See http://youtu.be/bvaFqQoA4cc if you’d like to see it. The link to my FB page is Facebook: Facebook profile: Every Hidden Thing by Elaine Young
link to the book page: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343491