A lot to learn from Mark Coker, Smashwords founder as he is hosting a free crash course in eBook self-publishing.
Mediabistro shared Coker's tips for self-published writers. This will be very useful and encouraging to those self-published authors who have undergone difficulties in selling their published ebook and are about to give up on their journey to self-publishing.
Ebook never gets out of print. It may not sell in the first week after you published your work. It just needs to be nurtured just like planting a tree from a seedling until it grows bigger and bigger.
To learn more about the three-week online interactive event, visit mediabistro.com.
CreateSpace is one of the leading self-publishing firms that facilitate production of print-on-demand paperbacks. Recently, the self-publishing platform made its expanded distribution channels accessible to all authors for free. Before, expanded distribution was only available to authors who could afford it.
With free expanded distribution open to all self-publishing authors, you can have your title available for distribution through bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace Direct, academic institutions, libraries and even your local shop. Thus, whatever you budget is, you now have no excuses for not exposing your book to a wider audience.
Taking advantage of free CreateSpace expanded distribution brings with it more perks. For starters, this is an opportunity to reach an audience you couldn’t before, just because accomplishing that was expensive. However, now your budget won’t restrain you from reaching potential buyers.
Similarly, there are times when certain titles may not reach a desired audience for not coming from certain distributors, or the mere fact that these might have been self-published. But if you can afford to offer your title through the expanded distribution options, you get to expand your target audience. Plus, readers who are not used to e-readers or don’t have their way with online eBooks can now get to purchase your title from a convenient store.
To find out about what you need to do to use CreateSpace’s expanded distribution, visit the platforms homepage. You may then click on “Free Expanded Distribution Options” right under “Explore paid services”. Here, you’ll learn about eligibility requirements, royalties and how exactly the new options can work out for you.
Yet, CreateSpace didn’t stop there. On top of free expanded distribution, CreateSpace introduced the Matte Lamination Finish for book covers. Previously, you only had the glossy book cover finish option. However, you can now explore the matte finish at no extra cost.
Plus, you can choose the matte finish while setting up your book or when it’s already up for sale. This means that you can implement a matte finish to books you’ve already offered for distribution. CreateSpace says it can take up to 6 weeks for change of cover finish to take place for books offered at expanded distribution stores, shops or libraries. However, you can change from gloss to matte finish within 4 hours for any title available through Amazon stores.
If you don’t know how to change to matte finish, you can visit CreateSpace homepage and click “What’s new” under the log in button. The page describes how to go about with the change in book cover finish as well as advantages of gloss and matte finishes. There is also an elaborate process for changing cover finishes for completed titles as well as titles being set up.
Well, CreateSpace continues to make processes easier as it opens up more opportunities for self-publishing authors. Expanded distribution is one of the many features you can use to enhance your title’s prospects in the market. Remember to let The Fast Fingers book formatting service to help you with the design of your title in line with CreateSpace’s submission requirements.
Adobe's InDesign is a great book formatting software and has served many over the time. You will not only love the experience but you will be grateful for the unmatched high quality and professional output you get with InDesign. Get started and experience the ease and effectiveness of using Adobe InDesign today.
It's time for you to take the bold step and start using InDesign. It's nothing anywhere near your rate as you thought. It’s a great experience and brings along tremendous satisfaction making unmatched impact. Here are some of the good reasons why InDesign is one of the best book formatting software;
Add pictures with ease.
Adobe InDesign is most ideal for you as it comes with freedom to place your graphics professionally as well as help you align your objects/elements perfectly.
Shape text anyhow you want.
Comes with text boxes onto which you can decide to type text into or simply import from elsewhere by copying and pasting. Its not only effect impacting but fun too, customizing text into desired effects.
Get distinct images.
InDesign doesn’t decide its own images but it’s up to you as an individual to decide what images to include. It offers you the ability to customize existing images through Photoshop, to get desired effects to suit your personal needs and preferences.
Create distinctive and consistent branding that is easy to load and convenient to enforce on both internal and external documents. It’s easy to create on a template that comes with a wizard to guide you through the easy to follow steps. Create a standard template, paragraph style sheet and swatches for your brand and you’re ready to go. Anybody can load them in and it makes it a lot easier to enforce branding across internal and external documents.
Compatible version output.
Your output will do well on printers, eReaders and your content will be simply amazing on the web. InDesign will have you covered and you will love it.
The Fast Fingers book formatting service has been using Adobe InDesign since the day it started and work is a lot more easier using the software.
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Are you intending to write a book? Have you considered how you are going to promote your new publication? Well, promotion is another important aspect that you must consider carefully if your book is going to become a success. Apart from having a great book, you ought to have effective tactics up your sleeve in order to get your book sales rolling. Book writing and publishing are sure great steps, yet they are not complete without promotion. Book marketing is the last nail on your project that’s going to get your book to your audience and viable buyers. Without marketing your book, then it’s not likely to have any impact on the intended audience. However, proper and strategic book marketing can make your book such a great success.
Make your book sales flow with consistent marketing.
You can break out of the daunting cycle that many book authors and publishers go through and make good sales continuously with your book, if you put these practical ideas into use and act on them without slacking.
Marketing plan - Like all other tasks, book marketing can only become successful with prior planning to determine what need to be done, when and how to go about it. Failure to plan will always exhibit failure and it’s the last thing you want for your book in which you have already invested so much. Your plan will spell out the map of your marketing course and will not only help you save time on what is important but will also compel you certain short-term goals you have laid down to reach the ultimate long-term goal.
Create a website/blog for your book - You will draw the attention of your readers and get an opportunity to get to know you and have some insights concern you as an individual and what you got to offer in your book. You can give your readers here a glimpse of your book thus they will be interested in finding out more about it. You have to provide your readers with quality content that reflects the quality of your book and appealing enough to move your readers to take an action such as making a purchase of your book.
Sales letter - Optimize your sales webpage for your book so that your prospective readers can easily locate you on the search engines. Nothing works like an optimized sales page as your clients locate you easily and are able to find all they need to find about your book sales.
Utilize Social Medias - Promote your book on social Medias without spamming your friends. Share useful quality information that will get your audience engaged. Links to resource lists, short repots, how to tips/tutorials and online assessments will serve you well.
Book review - Writing a book review can get your book selling since the buyer wants to know exactly what to expect in the package they are carting away. You can opt for author point-of-view review or a clients-point-of view. Whichever way, just ensure that you are not biased but rather be honest, with your readers.
People like to laugh or smile once in a while and comic books can deliver this perfectly. Thanks to self-publishing, today you can have your funny story published and delivered to the market within no time. But who takes care of critical aspects of comic book-making such as design, book formatting, cover design and drawings and do you really need to be an artist to make a comic book?
The Prerequisites for Comic Book Making
Fundamentally, you must start with a funny story to tell. It’s important you be funny in a sensible way. This means that your story must tell your audience something, which could be a political message, moral lesson or adage. People tend to value satire than just plain humor, and this can be a good way to popularize your work. However, it’ll all depend on the audience you’re targeting, as kids may not catch anything amusing in satire.
Secondly, you’ll need an artist to help with the drawing of the characters of your comic book. There are many humorous persons out there who don’t know how to draw or paint and this doesn’t mean they can’t make comic books under their own names. Thus, an artist will help give life to your characters in a more amusing way to your intended audience. However, if you can draw yourself, then you don’t have to engage another artist. Still, if you can draw but can’t come up with a funny story, it’s possible to publish a comic book under your name, provided you enlist the services of a writer.
The third person in the picture is the book designer. You need to have your book formatted both in the interior and cover by a professional book formatter. This will help you present an acceptable manuscript to self-publishing firms such as CreateSpace.
Finally, you should identify an appropriate self-publishing firm to help get your book to the market. The firm will help you acquire an ISBN and publish your comic book under your name. Self-publishing platforms such as CreateSpace will also help you offer your comic book on paper back formats through Print-on-Demand.
Liaising with an Artist
If you’re new to comic book-making and wish to enlist the services of an artist, it’s important you understand how to format your scripts so that the artist can easily understand and interpret it into visual components. The script should contain your story, locations for every single scene, and dialogue or conversations for the characters. If needed, add any sound effects, captions or unvoiced thoughts for certain characters in your story.
You should attempt to visualize the story yourself so that you can put its every single detail in writing. This is very important and is the only way for an artist to have a clear picture of your intentions for the story. Also, break the story into pages and panels, while describing vividly what is to be seen, expressions, shades/colors and also camera angles. Remember to use a legible font for the text such as Times New Roman.
Tip: Ask your book formatter about graphic design services and if they’re good with drawing too. Some do have great software for fine art.
Self-publishing has made it possible for all possible forms of writing to reach their intended audience faster and cheaper. This wave has not spared cookbook authors, who are also engaging professional book formatters and graphic designers to help with the book making process and deliver a world class “cooking manual”. However, the tips below can help you offer a meaningful cookbook that many professional or home-based chefs would not hesitate to read.
Remember that not everyone (if any) reads recipes for fun and from the comfort of their couches. For instance, a cook in a home-kitchen scenario may want to read your recipes on a kitchen counter, several feet from “the point of action” and this means that your text should be big enough for the eyes to see and read. Thus, it’s appropriate to produce a cookbook with bigger font sizes.
Units of Measurements
It helps to know your readers well so that you can use units of measurements they’re familiar with. For instance, British or Australian audiences would understand pretty well measurements put in grams, cubic meters and litres. However, American cooks would find such measurements tricky to interpret as they are used to term such as cups, tablespoons and ounces. It’s important you incorporate the right measurements for your cookbook to be of good use to your intended readers.
It goes without saying that your title has to offer creative cooking tips and recipes for readers to get something new out of it. That’s why you should not focus on usual recipes such as those for meatloaf or roast chicken, unless you’re introducing a better way to go about it or new ingredients. To offer unique content, it may help to go for classical ideas (such as long forgotten ingredients). In the same vein, writing on foreign cuisine or gourmet cooking can offer opportunities for creation of recipes not previously known to your traditional audience.
Try your Suggestions First
The good thing with recipe writing is that you always have an opportunity to test your “theories”. This is the only way to confirm whether or not your recipes produce desired results. Failure to do this exposes your work to potential reader-backlash.
Offer Energy-Saving Tips
Don’t just focus on the recipe part and forget to address other concerns many cooks may have. That’s why it can help to research extensively and experiment on both energy-saving and green methods of preparing your dishes. Thus, your readers will benefit immensely from tips that relate to timings or microwave’s temperature settings and so on. Also, offer practical tips on when to use different types of cookers such as microwaves, gas cookers, electric cookers and grills.
Remember to use extremely appealing images and art work on your cookbook, including its cover. However, ensure your choice of art is relevant and invites readers to peek inside and find out more.
You can take advantage of self-publishing platforms to produce a nice cookbook in the market. Just focus on your audience and engage a professional book designer to help with nitty-gritty of book formatting, cover design and interior design.
Susan Cain is an American writer, born 1968, and a lecturer; the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which became a bestseller non-fiction book, 2012. In her book, Quiet, Susan bares the modern Western cultures’ attitude towards introverted people; as one which misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of the latter group.
Cain, a graduate from Princeton University, who practiced law before resigning to become a committed writer, graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English, 1989 and earned her Juris Doctor degree in the year 1993 from Harvard Law School. She kicked off her career in law as an attorney and later established her own company, The Negotiation Company, where she practiced as a negotiations consultant in the capacity of the principal.
Cain has been a faculty member of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, a non-profit educational organization. However, in spite of her huge successes in the world of law, Cain left her careers in corporate law and consulting to enjoy a quieter life with her family where she took to writing. She describes her Wall Street Layer years, “as time spent in a foreign country” in one of her write-ups.
Cain expresses her insatiable curiosity for human nature by stating categorically that if she wasn’t a writer she probably would have been a research psychologist. She reveals that her inspiration for writing about introversion was stemmed up by her own incapacity to speak in public which prompted her to venture into of Harvard law school as a “trial”. She was in a position to personally relate with people who exhibited both traits of introversion and extroversion with her colleagues at her law farm and eventually learnt that she wasn’t the only one putting her weaknesses into productivity.
In her book, Quiet, Cain says that she was fuelled by passion and indignation with a sole purpose to reach out to people who spend their entire lives doing what they wouldn’t prefer to yet oblivious of it. These people sit on untapped talents and deny themselves the best that life could offer although unintentionally.
To Cain, Quiet, wasn’t just a book but a mission accomplished; it was her quest and dream to work with parents and teachers of introverted kids to re-shape their life-perspective and redesign workplace culture to create a more conducive environment for individual fulfillment and maximal utilization of ones potential regardless of personality traits.
Ordinarily, a reader will go for either version of a given book title and seldom to find a reader buying both a print and eBook for the same title. Basically, there hasn’t been a substantially compelling reason for purchasing both editions of the same title.
However, in a bid to test the readers’ quest for a combination, Amazon has come up with an offer that cuts prices of Kindle books to appeal to buyers to cart both versions of their choice tittles. This program allows customers buy electronic versions of books they have already bought in print form for as low as $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or for free. That’s far too low compared to the standalone prices, for the same books, typically charged by Amazon of the latest Kindle books.
The Amazon customers are allowed to purchase kindle editions they bought way back in 1995 when Amazon opened. On the other hand, the discounted Kindle edition prices will apply to future Amazon purchases too.
This offer has been welcomed and embraced by readers who are attached to sticking books on a shelf and will have the print copies as souvenirs. Although the Kindle Company hasn’t been able to establish a practical parallel print and digital book library, it’s a request by many Amazon customers, at full retail prices.
Although many readers are wistful for the sight of colorful book spines on their walls, it’s unfortunately that the print copies are no longer available.
The program success
The success of this program will partly be determined by the willingness of publishers to embrace the program. So far, only a couple of major publishers are willing to offer their titles through MatchBook.
Amazon hopes to sign more publishers and is looking at over 10,000 books to be available for purchase through MatchBook including “I Know This Much Is True” by Wally Lamb, “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irvin and “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough.
The fact that some of the Kindle editions are already going for as little as $2.99, Amazon might have to drop the prices to almost nothing although others are currently selling for over $10. The success of this programmed can’t be predetermined yet because it will all depend on whether a discounted combined price will be compelling enough to make readers buy through MatchBook.
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This new Ebook reader comes faceted with a light that displays uniformly across the high contrast Pearl e-ink touch screen. The integration of this feature makes Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch an outstanding gadget and makes it convenient for use at night since you won’t need extra light from another source.
The screen is user friendly because it’s extra responsive thus making it easy for the user to navigate through. It comes with a long life battery, an expansion slot for additional memory and a built-in Wi-Fi enabling the user direct access to Barnes & Noble online store.
In addition, the Nook gadget supports e-Book lending and EPUB loans from libraries and offers enhanced social networking features but has no ads.
The Glow light distinctive feature
This feature has generated a few concerns over its efficiency and there hasn’t been another of its kind. Although clip-on lights and cover integrated lights have been found to serve the purpose previously, no one is as convenient as the Nook Glowlight. The light illuminates the screen evenly and it’s more of a glow than an over head lighting although the source is a form of LED front-lighting and not a backlight.
The light is easy to control and is activated by holding down the Nook button on the front and can be shut off the same way. You can also adjust the brightness of the light either to full capacity or dim it to a desired brightness percentage.
Having used cover lights and clip-on lights, you may have realized that the text contrast is dimmed and reading is a bit strenuous especially at night when you must use these lights. You may have wondered if the same case applies to the Nook Glowlight. However, the Glowlight in no way interferes with the text contrast.
This gadget is also attributed to a preinstalled antiglare on the e-reader screen. This enables you to read with ease under the sun without getting a glare. The gadget also comes with a USB cable and an AC adapter for charging the device.
Although Nook Simple Touch doesn’t support audio nor has 3G option and no Web browser, this is one gadget that sets a standard for the e-ink e-readers going forward and what more; it’s worth the extra money especially for night readers.
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This event will take place January 13-15, 2014 in New York City. It is a world and leading event in digital publishing strategies. This event combines the largest conference and expo that is solely dedicated to digital publishing business worldwide. It is an F+W Media event that is produced in conjunction with Publishers Launch Conferences and basically attracts an international audience of 1,500 industry professionals, 50 exhibitors and over 100 speakers.
Digital Book World, http://conference.digitalbookworld.com, comprises of its 2-day multitrack, multi-faceted digital publishing program and an exhibition hall.
Other activities on the program include;
- Launch kids- Children’s publishing goes digital, a production of the Publishers Launch Conferences.
- Specialized Tracks- These will include Scholarly/Academic; Marketing and the Future of Discovery; chance management & Organizational Design, New Business Models; Children’s/K-12 Publishing; StarUps & Technology.
- Hands-on Technology- Will include; Practical Studies in ePub3 Coding, presented by Joshua Tallent, Chief eBook Architect, Firebrand Technoogies; UX Design, presented by Anne Kostick, Partner and Foxpath IND.
- Creative Management of Authors and Literary Properties workshop presented by Jason Allen Ashlock of Movable Type Management. An entrepreneur and a great aspirator of other authors who challenges agents to be radical advocates to other authors. The same is the cofounder and president of Movable Type Management.
Digital World Book 2014 comes with an exclusive opportunity to interact and network with senior-level publishing professionals ranging from editors and publicists to marketers, booksellers, librarians and developers.
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- Non-Fiction Paperback and eBook Conversion
- Children's Books Paperback and eBook Conversion
- Academic Books Paperback and eBook Conversion
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