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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Source: How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors | Jane Friedman

 

 

 

PressThis: 10 Questions Writers Must Ask Before Quitting Their Day Job | WritersDigest.com


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I had came across this article on none other than Writer’s Digest- an excellent tool for writers.
Below, in the link, are 10 most important questions you may want to ask yourself before making a decision to end up quitting your job. It’s very informative.

Is it something you believe you can handle? Have anyone been through this before, considering or not? Any advice? Comment below.

Ask yourself these 10 crucial questions before you quit your day job.

Source: 10 Questions Writers Must Ask Before Quitting Their Day Job | WritersDigest.com

Write On, Someone Wants To Read It


The Writers Circle

I haven’t had the chance to interviewed a fellow writer, blogger, or author to get their take on this quote. A lot of us, I’m sure, may have been through this before, including me.

I do would like to know from anyone who went through this, how were you able to overcome it? What advice can you give to the ones who may be suffering and fighting their way through?

I believe, if you can, ignore that nasty, mean voice that taunt you daily that you cannot write your story. Or, that poem, memoir, and even that post in your blog. Oftentimes, we hold ourselves back because we are afraid that whatever we are writing aren’t good enough. We would tell ourselves, “Who would read this?” Someone out there wants to read your story. May it be fiction or nonfiction, they can relate to your appealing story in some way.

So I say to you, write to your heart content. Birth that wonderful story of yours and introduce it to the world.

Unveiling a Secret


Unveiling a secret can be a good thing, but what if it costs you a friend, your significant other, or a family member. Can you keep a secret?

I have been busy writing a novel called; Secrets Unveil, that I’ve recently mentioned in my about page. Lately, I have rewritten and edited, trying to get it so perfect that I nearly frustrated myself. Lol.

What made me want to write this novel because one, I have an extreme passion for writing. Nothing drives me more than to pick up a pen and paper and start writing or going to my Word document and start typing. Next, the characters in my novel is a part of me and my experiences, and experiences from others who went through a great ordeal in our lifetime. Although, I will never say what character(s) made up my persona, and of others. Third, what the characters go through in my novel is something we all may go through and how we will overcome it.

Have you ever want to be with someone but couldn’t, because that person belongs to someone else? And/or you’re with someone and not truly happy? You are going through the emotions with your current, praying that one day this other person will be yours.

Or, how about, the love of your life have been brutally attack and you risk everything to avenge your beloved’s attackers? Those are the unfortunate circumstances my two main characters go through, but in the end, they fight and conquer the battles that defeat them.

When you love someone, you don’t think about the what ifs. The main thing you’re worrying about is making sure your love won’t have to suffer anymore. That’s why the male character goes out of his way to get justice on his girlfriend’s behalf in his own way.  No law enforcement. Just him and his “army”.

But, what about when it’s a secret from others, like family and friends? How long can you keep a secret before it takes over your life, and you can’t help but tell someone?

We all go through different types of problem in our lifetimes.  The thing is, you have to vanquish all iniquities.  If we don’t, we could find ourselves in a worse predicament than before. Never put the law in your hands.

 

Secrets Unveil


I have been busy writing a novel called; Secrets Unveil, that I’ve recently mentioned in my about page. Lately, I have rewritten and edited, trying to get it so perfect that I nearly frustrated myself. Lol.

What made me want to write this novel because one, I have an extreme passion for writing. Nothing drives me more than to pick up a pen and paper and start writing or going to my Word document and start typing. Next, the characters in my novel is a part of me and my experiences, and experiences from others who went through a great ordeal in our lifetime. Although, I will never say what character(s) made up my persona, and of others. Third, what the characters go through in my novel is something we all may go through and how we will overcome it.

Have you ever want to be with someone but couldn’t, because that person belongs to someone else? And/or you’re with someone and not truly happy? You are going through the emotions with your current, praying that one day this other person will be yours.

Or, how about, the love of your life have been brutally attack and you risk everything to avenge your beloved’s attackers? Those are the unfortunate circumstances my two main characters go through, but in the end, they fight and conquer the battles that defeat them.

When you love someone, you don’t think about the what ifs. The main thing you’re worrying about is making sure your love won’t have to suffer anymore. That’s why the male character goes out of his way to get justice on his girlfriend’s behalf in his own way.  No law enforcement. Just him and his “army”.

But, what about when it’s a secret from others, like family and friends? How long can you keep a secret before it takes over your life, and you can’t help but tell someone?

We all go through different types of problem in our lifetimes.  The thing is, you have to vanquish all iniquities.  If we don’t, we could find ourselves in a worse predicament than before. Never put the law in your hands.

***Whew! I have now completed my novel. What a satisfying accomplishment. I’m looking toward getting it look at by an editor, or perhaps a critique service. Either way, wish me luck!

Along the way to  getting it publish and beyond, I will keep you all updated.