Somehow I am not getting a straightforward answer to a very important question: I decided to publish what could be a "draft" version of a book with the intention of modification as I re-write it. So can I just re-upload book a few months later? Or do I have to go to all the trouble of "un-publish" and "re-publish. I know you can re-do the description and book cover, but how about book itself? At this stage, I don't have enough "hits" to be concerned about some "final" edition. Can a book be a work-in-progress?
It's not a good idea to publish a book that isn't completed. People don't like buying your practice.
There's no need to do it from a working standpoint, either. Write the book in whatever program you chose, have it proofread and edited, then get it formatted and upload it for sale.
If you have the final version ready, go to your Bookshelf, tick the box beside the book's title. Above that, in the Actions drop down menu, choose the edit the book's details option, and upload the final version.
Do not start a new process, simply upload over the old version.
Make sure you complete all boxes on the two pages, and remember to save and publish. The new, correct version should be available within a couple of days, if not sooner.
First of all, you should never publish an ebook for the public to purchase in a draft stage. It is not fair for the readers and you will most likely get many "1- star" reviews and ruin your chance of getting good reader recommendations. So, my advice is this: Work on your book until it is completely finished and proof read it and correct any typos at least four times. If you can afford the cost, having a professional editor go over it would be great. Then, you simply go into "Edit Book Details" on the Bookshelf and download the newly completed version to replace the old drafted version. You never need to unpublish or republish.
Publishing a work in progress is not a good idea at all. It will be a bad experience for anyone who buys it and it will turn into a bad experience for the author when those sales turn into returns and when disappointed buyers don't bother to look at other books by the author.
At this stage, I am not particularly worried about audience reaction - since I don't have an audience yet. Actually, this might be a bit like FaceBook where people can see my work - probably after I die. The books I am uploading now are for posterity. I am one of those writers/thinkers who will not be discovered until after death. My physical incarnation on this planet is limited, so I don't have time to make it "perfect" if there is such a thing. If someone even looks at a few pages and feels inspired - my work is done! John-Forrest
Edited by: John F. Bamberger on May 8, 2013 11:09 AM
Sure, you can do that, and the world will not end. It used to be the Done Thing to publish a Work in Progress, sometimes called just that. I have a book in progress, with several chapters that more or less stood by themselves, so I published them at 99 cents each. I decided not to add the fourth chapter to the set, so instead bundled the three together for $2.99 together with a fairly long explanation of the book and how it came to be. As a separate $2.99 offering I published a free-standing piece of research that won't be in the book but that was essential to my writing it.
(Sorry! I had to run off for a bit.)
I did get a one-star review from a bewildered woman who couldn't figure out what was going on, but I also got a five-star review to balance that, plus I have a list of twenty or twenty-five people who want to be informed when the finished book is available.I also struck up a correspondence with a knowledgable person who has led me to much additional information.
Altogether, I thought it was a worthwhile and rewarding experiment, and one that could only have been conducted in the e-book format.