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 […]
It can be tough to choose how to distribute your books and, to make it even more complicated, you can use combinations of services to maximize your marketing and profits. Lots of self-publishers sell their book directly to Amazon using CreateSpace and distribute elsewhere with IngramSpark because they think that they make more money on […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
IngramSpark can now print color pages on both sides of your book cover with duplex printing. Imagine the kind of information you can provide on the inside cover: art, images, testimonials, book description, contact information! I like IngramSpark for distributing trade paperbacks, hardbacks, and ebooks via the wide Ingram distribution network. (More info on book […]
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 […]
It used to be very difficult for self-publishers to get their books into libraries. But today, the library system is increasingly accepting of self-published titles. Here’s how you can get your book onto the bookshelves and into their ebook catalogs.
Publishing small prevents author overwhelm and also avoids what I call “the embarrassment of premature distribution” because any mistakes you make – typos, keywords, design adjustments – can be corrected and re-uploaded quickly and easily. So before you distribute your book with BookBaby, IngramSpark, or Smashwords, think about going direct with just one online retailer […]
PressBooks’ Hugh McGuire just sent out a handy guide to preparing and selling a book with this cloud publishing system. I’ve used the tool three times now and love it. Have distributed using my own site, BookBaby and CreateSpace. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Here’s what he had to say in his newsletter. PressBooks was invented to help writers and […]
You’ve got your manuscript, so now what? Before committing to big distribution, try these quick and easy ways to publish while you finesse your book with great editing and design. You won’t even need to buy an ISBN number. If you’re not quite ready for prime time, beta publishing is a great way to get […]
I wanted to pass this news from Pressbooks on to you. Pressbooks is an online (in the cloud) publishing system that I’ve used twice to create books. It also has a great blog-to-book capability and they allow you to import from Word. They have awesome templates that export to PDF for print and MOBI and […]
[Update 9/18/2014: One of my self-pub boot camp authors tried this product and said it is still very basic but she could see where it was trying to go. So don’t expect much yet, but look forward to more features unfolding.] Today, Amazon announced Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Kids to help indie authors publish and […]
A glance inside a construction worker’s toolbox will reveal an assortment of screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers in varying configurations to suit a particular job. Yet professional writers continue to use Word, Word and more Word. That’s like a construction worker showing up to work with just an adjustable wrench. There are more effective options available, […]
If you are self-publishing a text-heavy book, you no longer have to worry about hiring a book designer. Just use one of these beautiful, professional-looking Microsoft Word templates for as little as $57. Wait a minute, Carla. Do you mean to say that instead of paying upwards of a thousand bucks for professional book design […]
I’ve created audio version of some sections of my books and articles that I think are of particular interest. I hope these audio files help you learn on the go!
Tony MacAllister of MacAllisterDesign talked with the San Diego Self-Publishing Meetup Group last night about branding and marketing for authors. It’s an important topic and task that most authors skip. Tony specializes in brand building, from small to large, new brands or dressing up an old one. With more than 20 years in the industry, […]