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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.

In addition to this walkthrough, we've also got a video, for people who prefer to learn that way! You can watch it here:


(Also, if you ever run into an issue or have any questions, here is a short article with guidelines for authors to answers and solutions as quickly as possible!)

Creating a Book in Bring Your Own Book Writing Mode

Go to https://leanpub.com/create/book 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.

Scroll down and 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.

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, "Standard" will be selected, if you are setting up your first book in Leanpub.

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.

If you selected a monthly account, you'll see a form for entering your payment information:

Finally, tick the box if you wish to accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and 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  "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 options in the menu.

Uploading Your Book In Bring Your Own Book

Click on "Getting Started" in the 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.

Adding Your Profile and Your Book Information

Here is an article on what to do next:


If you have all your materials ready, like your profile picture and your book cover, this should only take a few minutes, and you'll be ready to publish your book!

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 explore the Overview page for your book:

Author > Books > [Your Book Title] > Book Info > Overview

On the Overview page, you can see all the pages you need to get your book set up on Leanpub, like "Upload Book Cover" and the "Book Details" page, where you can explain what your book is about to potential readers.

Leanpub has some features that are pretty unique in the world of self-publishing platforms. We recommend you read the following article if you're interested in learning more:


If you have any questions or can't find anything, please search our Help Center for authors here: http://help.leanpub.com/author-help.

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