PressThis: How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors | Jane Friedman #MondayBlogs


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For today’s post, I am sharing an article about #selfpublishing that has resources for writers and authors I’ve found to be useful. It has plenty of resources from ebook files, distributors, marketing, and more.


A round-up of the best resources and tools for how to publish an ebook.

About the only thing that remains constant in ebook publishing is that it changes—everything from the services to marketing strategies. Here, I regularly update best resources I know of related to learning to publish an ebook, finding the right e-publishing distributors and services, and staying on top of changes in the industry.

Creating Basic Ebook Files

Assuming you have a finished and polished manuscript ready to be published, your first task is to create an ebook file; EPUB is the industry standard ebook format accepted by nearly all retailers. Unfortunately, this cannot be done through a simple Word export, but many tools and services will help you prep an EPUB file. (While most retailers and distributors try to offer good Word-to-ebook conversion, results and quality vary tremendously. Use them with caution.)

  • Vellum: easy-to-use software for Mac users only to produce EPUB files
  • PressBooks: a WordPress-based system for producing both EPUB and print files
  • Scrivener: this writing software is not free, but it can export EPUB files
  • Apple Pages (can export EPUB files)
  • Sigil: an open-source software for producing EPUB files, requires some tech savvy
  • Reedsy: you can copy/paste your work into its free online editor, then export EPUB files
  • Draft2Digital: you can upload your Word doc for EPUB conversion even if you don’t use them as your distributor
  • Calibre: free software that’s useful for file conversion to/from EPUB, but some find it difficult to use

If you don’t want the headache of creating your own ebook files, check out the services at eBookPartnership.

Creating Enhanced, Multimedia, or Full-Color Ebooks

If you’re publishing a highly illustrated work, such as a children’s picture book, an enhanced ebook, or need to have a fixed layout book—where text doesn’t reflow from page to page—you’ll either need to hire someone or use a special portal for publishing and distributing your work.

  • KDP Kids’ Book Creator: for creating children’s picture books
  • Blurb: produces print + digital full-color books, with distribution to major retailers
  • Book Creator: iPad app for illustrated books, great for children’s authors
  • Again, if you need assistance preparing your ebook files, try eBookPartnership.

Choosing Your Ebook Retailers and Distributors

Ebook distribution to major retail outlets is free and fairly straightforward, at least once you have ebook files ready to go. (Your upfront costs are almost always connected to the effort of designing, formatting, and producing those files, whether the cover and the interior—not distribution.)

Assuming you have ebook files ready to go, you have a choice to make: Would you rather deal with each online retailer directly, or would you rather reach them through an ebook distribution service?

  • Working directly with online retailers usually means better profits, more control, and more access to marketing/promotion tools (but not always).
  • Working with ebook distribution services usually means giving up a percentage of your profits to the distributor, in exchange for the centralized administration and management of all your titles. Some ebook distributors can also reach outlets you can’t on your own, such as the library market, and may offer you helpful tools to optimize book sales and marketing.

The good news is that you don’t have to choose between working directly with online retailers and using ebook distributors, since it’s rare for any distributor to demand exclusivity. For example, you could choose to work directly with Amazon KDP to sell your ebooks on Amazon, then use an ebook distributor such as Draft2Digital or Smashwords to reach other retailers. Or you could choose to distribute directly to Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and Nook (by using their do-it-yourself portals), then use Smashwords to capture the rest of the market (such as Scribd and libraries).

Bottom line: There’s no one right way to go about it, since it depends on your time and resources, your books, and your marketing strategy. You can also change your mind at any time (although not without some administration hassle and sales downtime).

Most important ebook retailers in the English-language markets

  • Amazon. Probably sells 60-80% of all ebooks, more for some authors and titles.
  • Apple Books. Widely considered the No. 2 ebook retailer in U.S.
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Press. Sales have been dropping significantly over the last couple years.
  • Kobo. Gaining ground, international presence. Important for the Canadian market.

Key ebook distributors

  • Smashwords. The largest ebook distributor of self-published titles that’s been around the longest and has the widest reach, particularly to the library market. No upfront cost; they take a cut of your sales.
  • Draft2Digital. Similar to Smashwords, but smaller and more customer-service focused. They take a cut of your sales.

Optimizing Your Product Page and Description

When you upload your ebook to retailers, you need to craft strong book descriptions, research your best categories and keywords, and do whatever you can to increase the likelihood that someone who sees your book page on Amazon will make a purchase.

Sales, Marketing, and Promotion

By far the hardest part of ebook publishing is making readers aware your book exists—then convincing them to buy it.

 

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#MusicMonday- Here I Stand #love


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There are songs that will make a person think and feel like you have never felt before. And there are some that will make you feel the true essence of what love is deep into your soul.

Today’s song, Here I Stand is about a man (Usher) who is proving his love to the woman he is love with. And, to tell her that distance will not keep them apart. I supposed that having a love like that and someone showing you with their actions just how much is wonderful and what most people would love to have.

I was pregnant with my daughter when I first heard this song which was the same year it came out. I was already a huge Usher fan and hearing such a beautiful song sung by him had me feeling chills. I wanted to hear the song ALL the time.

I hope you enjoy the lyrics and vocals because it is indeed beautiful.

“Distance means so little, when someone means so much.”

–Tom McNeal

“Distance is not for the fearful, it’s for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those who know a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough.”

–Meghan Daum

LYRICS:

[Verse 1]
I’m hoping that this ain’t too hard to believe
‘Cause baby, you’re the only one for me
I know it get hard when I’m moving in and out of state
But I promise my heart for you, I would save
Just remember that…

[Chorus]
No matter how far I go
And no matter how long it takes
No one or nothing can change
Forever yours, here I stand
Here I stand, baby

[Verse 2]
You’re like a mirror to my soul, but a queen, my queen
And finally now I know just what that means, oh yeah
You’re the blessing I never thought I would get
And to the Lord, I humbly bow my head

[Chorus]
Just remember that no matter how far I go
And no matter how long it takes
No one or nothing can change
Forever yours, here I stand

[Bridge]
Ever since you came (since you came along)
It seems like (couldn’t get it right)
Yeah, I felt I sunk so low
That there’s was no way I could be found (never thought love would find me)
And when we make love (everytime you give, give to me your love)
Give, you make me feel a way I never felt with no one else
And I can’t help myself

[Chorus]
I’m telling you that no matter how far I go
And no matter how long it takes
No one or nothing, nothing, baby
Never change the way I feel, I’m your man
Listen, see, forever yours
Yours, all yours, here I stand, yeah
No matter how far I go
And no matter how long it takes
No one or nothing can change
Forever yours, I’ll remain, here I stand

Lyrics Source: Genius.com

Lyrics © JELLYBEAN MUSIC GROUP, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Release date: May 13, 2008
Label: LaFace

#MusicMonday- Truly, Madly, Deeply #SavageGarden #love


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Edited by: Pamela Hester

 

Today’s post for Music Monday is one from a song that I have enjoyed for many years since the late 90s when I first heard it. There isn’t anything I can say on this that I wanted to share in a post, except how much I love the beautiful lyrics of the song. 

The song, Truly, Madly, Deeply is a song that makes me cry everytime I would hear it. It’s pure, lovely, and romantic in its right. Though I have heard this song many times and it still makes me feel the same every time, I’ll leave it for you all to enjoy.

 

 

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LYRICS:

[Verse 1]
I’ll be your dream, I’ll be your wish
I’ll be your fantasy
I’ll be your hope, I’ll be your love
Be everything that you need
I’ll love you more with every breath
Truly, madly, deeply do
I will be strong, I will be faithful
‘Cause I’m counting on

[Pre-Chorus]
A new beginning, a reason for living
A deeper meaning, yeah

[Chorus]
I wanna stand with you on a mountain
I wanna bathe with you in the sea
I wanna lay like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me

[Verse 2]
And when the stars are shining brightly in the velvet sky
I’ll make a wish send it to heaven then make you want to cry
The tears of joy for all the pleasure and the certainty
That we’re surrounded by the comfort and protection of

[Pre-Chorus]
The highest powers, in lonely hours
The tears devour you

[Chorus]
I wanna stand with you on a mountain
I wanna bathe with you in the sea
I wanna lay like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me

[Bridge]
Oh, can you see it, baby?
You don’t have to close your eyes
‘Cause it’s standing right before you
All that you need will surely come
Ooh-ooh, yeah

[Verse 1 (Variation)]
I’ll be your dream, I’ll be your wish
I’ll be your fantasy
I’ll be your hope, I’ll be your love
Be everything that you need
I’ll love you more with every breath
Truly, madly, deeply do
Mmm, mmm

[Chorus]
I wanna stand with you on a mountain
I wanna bathe with you in the sea
I wanna lay like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me
I wanna stand with you on a mountain
I wanna bathe with you in the sea
I want to live like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me

[Outro]
Ooh-ooh
Ooh, yeah
Oh, oh
La-da-da-da-dada, la-la-la-la
La-da-da-da-dada, la-la-la

Lyrics Source: Genius.com

Songwriters: Daniel Jones / Darren Hayes
Truly Madly Deeply lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Label: Columbia (international)
            Roadshow Music (Australia)
            Sony Records (Japan)