You can write a Leanpub book using the Bring Your Own Book writing mode. In this section we'll show you how to create a book and generate your first preview.

Once you have successfully generated your first preview, you'll know everything you know to get started writing in the Bring Your Own Book writing mode.

You'll find more information and detailed instructions on the "Getting Started" page for your book, which you'll go to automatically when you create your book.

Creating a Book in Bring Your Own Book Writing Mode

Go to to create a book in Bring Your Own Book.

Next, type a title for your book into the "TITLE" box. You can change your title later.

Click in the "BOOK URL" box. Leanpub will automatically suggest a URL for your book's web page on Leanpub. You can change this URL at any time.

Scroll down and you will see "MAIN LANGUAGE USED IN YOUR BOOK." You can select a language from the drop-down. Like the other settings, you can change this at any time.

Scroll down and you will see the "BOOK THEME" options. "Business" will be selected by default. The Book Theme is just a set of standard formatting options conventional for books on these subjects. You are not required to choose any particular option. You can change your Book Theme at any time.

For this tutorial, we selected the "Fiction" Book Theme.

In the section below, you will be presented with various Writing Mode options. For this tutorial, select "Bring your own book."

When you scroll down, you will see the subscription plan options. By default, "Free" will be selected. If you have a paid Leanpub account already, you will see that plan selected automatically.

Select a plan.

Scroll down and, if you are not signed in to a Leanpub account, you will see an option to enter information to create a new account. You will also see an option to sign in, if you already have a Leanpub account.

To create a new account, fill in the relevant information.

Finally, click the blue button to finish creating your new Bring Your Own Book book.

You will now see that you are on the Getting Started page for your book.

If you use bookmarks in your web browser, we recommend you bookmark this page in your web browser in a bookmark folder for your book, but this is not required.

Look at the Book Tools "breadcrumb" menu at the top of the screen. This is how you will navigate to the web pages you will be using in Leanpub to work on your book and see all the features we provide, like uploading a book cover, or setting a price for your book.

When you are finished this tutorial, we recommend you explore the various Book Tools options.

Uploading Your Book In Bring Your Own Book

Click on "Getting Started" at the top, and you will see your the Book Tools menu. It will look something like this:

Click on "Preview or Publish" in the menu, and you will see something like this:

Select "Upload" in the column to the right:

On your computer, find the book file or files you would like to upload. (The file does not have to named "book.pdf"; you can use any file name you prefer.)

Drag the file onto the top box that under "Upload Your Book Files." You will see a progress bar as the file uploads:

When the file is uploaded, you will see a check mark:

That's it, you're done uploading your file! After you have added information about your book to Leanpub, then all you have to do is click the Publish button.

Publishing Your Book

To do this, click on "Upload" in the menu at the top:

Select "Publish Your Book" at the top right, to go to the Publish page for your book.

Scroll down and you will see the blue "Publish Book" button.

Next Steps

Next, we recommend you read the Getting Started page for your book. You've already done all the setting up - all that's left is for you to learn how to write in your book, which should only take a few more minutes!

In the menu on Leanpub, you can find the Getting Started page for your in your Book Tools menu at:

Author > Books > [Your Book Title] > Book Info > Getting Started 

If you have any questions or can't find anything, please search our Help Center for authors here:

Happy writing!

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