Authors have learned that pre-orders create excitement and greater sales for their books. But CreateSpace does not offer a pre-order function for selling print books on Amazon. What!? It doesn’t make sense, but that’s the way it is. There are two solutions. One of them is a ridiculous workaround, so this post is about how […]
The purpose of this post is to define the terms aggregation and distribution. I also want to introduce you to the tools and services I recommend most. Read carefully and get on the right publishing path that reaches a wide network of online ebook retailers and brick-and-mortar bookstores. Indie authors can upload ebooks to sell […]
Are you ready to upload your book for sale to the online retailers? Got all your front and back matter, images, fonts, and ISBNs? Use this checklist to make sure you’ve done everything you can to create a quality book that competes with books produced in the traditional publishing houses. But first, here’s a quick […]
I received an email this morning from Joel Friedlander of Book Design Templates and they’re having a sale on their 2WAY templates which format your book automagically for both print and ebook. With these Microsoft Word templates you can format your book once, then publish it in both print and ebook editions in just minutes. It’s […]
Though I love print books I’m so often on the road that it’s more efficient to use my Kindle Paperwhite as a personal portable library for work and for pleasure. Authors send me advance reader copies (ARCs) for blurbs or review and books for possible publication with Misadventures Media. I wish they’d send me a […]
My book formatting guide is free on IngramSpark. Whether you are publishing in print, digital, or both, everything you need to know to put out a book that retailers can sell–on shelves and online–can be found here. Just sign up for their email news and get it for free.
The first thing to know when entering the book world is the differences among your formatting options. There are three main formats used to create and design your book, each offering a different set of pros and cons. There are other options, but they have fallen to the wayside in a progressive, competitive digital publishing […]
If you’re on track to creating a text-heavy e-book, you’ll need to know the basic programs, options, and helpful tools available to you. Basic styles and formats The two major formats for simple, text-heavy e-books are EPUB and Amazon’s MOBI (for Kindle). In your book-creation tool of choice, (Microsoft Word, InDesign, PressBooks…) make sure to […]
My new book formatting guide is available now on IngramSpark. You can download it for free, and find out how to get your book into PDF for print and ebook formats EPUB and Kindle. Go to the IngramSpark website and you’ll see it in the header banners. Sign up to get IngramSpark news, then click […]
Since my first year-end report in 2010 (see also 2013, 2014), the world of self-publishing has stabilized significantly with vendors steadily improving their features and partnering with others to offer more robust services. The publishing industry has been in great upheaval since the mid-90s, sending published and unpublished authors into a panic when faced with unknown options […]
If you have a lot of content on your WordPress blog and you want to create a book from it, this is the tool I most often recommend to organize your work. You just download your blog posts to your desktop, then upload them to your free PressBooks account, rearrange, edit, add front and back […]
This morning Smashwords announced a new distribution agreement with Gardners Books. The arrangement includes a retail component and a library component. Key takeaways include: * Smashwords will deliver approximately 230,000 titles to 400 ebook stores powered by Gardners, operating in 32 countries and serving readers in 138 countries; 2,000 public libraries in the UK; and […]
I found this Pew report on e-book reader ownership for older adults – who are voracious readers and worthy of cultivating. This is a 2014 report gathering data from 2013, so the numbers are surely higher by now.
Microsoft Word “Styles” is the single most powerful tool in an author’s toolbox, yet most writers haven’t even heard of it. How about you? Do you make manual changes to paragraphs and fonts? Do you select each chapter title in your book to change the font size or to style it in bold or italics, […]
This is just a quick note to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of the awesome savings and bonuses on my friend and colleague Nina Amir’s amazingly fabulous new How to Blog a Book Template Kit, which she created with Joel Friedlander (Thebookdesigner.com). I recommend it highly! You won’t get this deal […]
If you’re writing a book, you know how hard it is to find your place sometimes, scrolling up and down through the document, squinting at text, trying to find a chapter head, a subtitle, or the phrase that your looking for. If you’ve applied Microsoft Word Styles to your chapter headings and subheadings, you can […]
Canva announced their ready-to-edit ebook cover designs this month. Take a look and you’ll find a bunch of templates pre-filled with images, fonts, and graphics. You can switch out the image with your own (or stock photo or royalty-free image), and change the font color and sizes.
An author I work with just told me his royalty check from Amazon was sliced to 1/3 the amount he expected and the culprit was Kindle Unlimited. This author doesn’t distribute anywhere else – and cannot – since he is enrolled in KDP Select, their exclusive program. I suggested he remove it from Select and continue […]
If you’re writing a fiction book, check out Joel Friedlander’s 3 day sale on all his fiction templates. 30% off. Ends midnight (Pacific) on Wednesday, July 1st. These are standard pre-designed, pre-formatted book designs that are really easy to use. I use them and highly recommend them. There’s no coupon code needed, they will automatically discount when you “add to […]
Why should you care how customers read your ebooks, what devices they use to read them on, what formats and apps, and what retailers they buy or borrow from? You might think these facts are more useful for book industry folks, but in fact there are many insights of use to authors themselves. In March 2015, […]