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You can write a Leanpub book using the Bring Your Own Book writing mode. In this article we'll show you how to upload and publish your book in just a few minutes!

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 book:

If this is the first Leanpub book you have created, you will see a page that is asking you to verify your email address:

If you check your email, you should see a message from Leanpub with the subject line:

[Leanpub] Thanks for trying Leanpub! Please verify your email address...

The contents of the email will say:

Click the link that says: "Click here to verify your email address."

Getting Started

You will now be taken to 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.

(To learn more about navigating around Leanpub as an author, please read this article when you have finished this Getting Started walkthrough. We'll link to the article again at the end of this walkthrough, but just wanted you to let you know about it now.)

Uploading Your Book In Bring Your Own Book

Next, click on the Versions link you’ll see in the horizontal menu at the top of the page, which will take you to the Publish page for your book:

Next, 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.

(If you're not on a desktop or laptop computer and you're using a device like an iPad, here's an article that might help you at this stage.)

On the "Upload" page for your Leanpub book, drag the file onto the top box that under "Upload Your Book Files", which you can see at the bottom of this image:

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!

For information on how to upload a book cover, please go here.

If you haven't done so already, we would also recommend you set up your author profile information here.

To learn more about navigating around Leanpub as an author, please read this article.

Publishing Your Book

To do this, click "Publish" in the menu at the top left, when you are in the "Versions" section. Since you have now uploaded a file, you will have the option to publish you book:

Scroll down until you see the blue "Publish Book" button.

Finally, click the "Publish Book" button to publish your book on the Leanpub bookstore. Congratulations!

Next Steps

Next, we recommend you explore the Overview page for your book, by clicking on the Overview link in the menu at the top of the page:

On the Overview page, you can see all the pages you need to get your book set up on Leanpub, like "Upload Book Cover" (here's a brief article with some details about this) and the "Book Details" page, where you can explain what your book is about to potential readers.

To learn more about navigating around Leanpub as an author, please read this article.

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

You can also search for answers and post questions yourself on our Authors Forum:


Happy writing!

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