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Self-Publishing a virtual guide to creating your book using the KDP and Lulu platforms


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Welcome to a virtual self-paced workshop on publishing your own book. The information below will help you become familiar with internet based self-service publishers. In just a few steps you will learn how to upload a completed manuscript and make it available for sale in a variety of online marketplaces. You can also follow these steps if you just want to create your own book even if you do not plan on selling it (photobooks for your family and friends, magazines for your business, etc.).

This workshop assumes you already have completed your manuscript and focuses on the technical aspects of getting your work set for physical and digital distribution. If you need help writing your book, check out the Newport Beach Public Library's other resources like the Chris Epting Memoir Writing series or our vast collection of books on the subject. 

Both of the slideshows below work as stand-alone lectures about their respective topic, and each platform provides a variety of options. For example, one printer may charge more for color pages, while the other might charge more for black and white - so take a look at both if you'd like and experiment to find which platform best suits your needs. 

You can also supplement this workshop with the Great Courses series How to Publish Your Book available through Kanopy - a streaming service free to use with your NBPL library card.

Feel free to ask our reference staff for help or contact the creator of this guide, Librarian Alex Jenkins, directly via email at

Create an eBook using Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing allows you to easily upload and sell your book through major online retailers. As the self-service publishing platform owned by Amazon, KDP offers many different options to market your book on that are unique to its platform.

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This tutorial covers the basics of self-publishing and includes a step-by-step walkthrough of the ebook publication process using KDP. It also includes information about publishing print books using KDP and marketing books and ebooks through the Kindle store (


Begin the video workshop with voiceover


View a PDF of the slideshow at your own pace

Create a physical book using

Lulu is a self-service publishing platform that streamlines the process of self-publishing your book in a variety of formats. Lulu offers many different size dimensions for your book, paper options, ink colors, and binding types that can be selected at the click of a mouse. It has robust pricing and distribution choices so that you can find the options that best fit your specific needs.

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This tutorial discusses general self-publishing information and includes a step-by-step walkthrough of the book publication process using Lulu covering basic formatting, rights management, cover creation, pricing, and distribution.


Begin the video workshop with voiceover


View a PDF of the slideshow at your own pace