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If you have already written a complete book in Word, the best thing to do is to create a book on Leanpub (you can do that here https://leanpub.com/create/book) and select our "Bring Your Own Book" writing mode.
Here are the instructions for setting up a new book in Bring Your Own Book writing mode:
Once you've created the book on Leanpub, open your Word document and save it as a PDF file on your computer. To save a file as a PDF, click on
File in the Word menu and select
(Note: What you see on your computer might not match the screenshots in this article, because what you see depends on the computer you're using, but the basic idea should be the same for everyone!)
Next, click on the
File Format, and you'll see a dropdown with some options:
...and save the file on your computer.
Congratulations! You've got a PDF file you can now upload to our bookstore and start selling, and earn 80% royalties on every sale. Please see the article we linked to above for instructions on how to upload the file.
Please note that after you publish your book on Leanpub using this process, you can upload a new file any time, if you have made changes to your manuscript, for example to update some links or fix some typos, or to add an entirely new chapter. That new file is immediately available to all your existing readers, and is the one that any future readers will get, if they buy your book after you do the update.
Here are some helpful tips for success publishing your book Leanpub: http://help.leanpub.com/en/articles/1587118-tips-for-self-publishing-and-selling-books-using-leanpub. We have a lot of cool features for you to explore!