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Self-Oublishing Q & A
8/7/2012 12:07:50 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

I was told that in order for me to get the best out of my book, I should consider converting my manuscript to an E -book. How does an E-book work?


We have this question from an author who has published in paper:

This is true. Most authors will benefit greatly from having their books in both paper and digital format. E-books are a digital file that folks can read on their Kindle, Nook, iPad, computer, or any computer device or droid. If you are technically proficient on the computer, then jump in and check out the web sites that will show you how to create and upload an ebook. If not, use a service like the ones I described above, particularly www.bookbaby.com or www.outskirtspress.com . For a fee (usually under a hundred dollars) you send them your manuscript as a Word .doc or .rtf file. They will convert it to a file that can be viewed on the various types of e-readers (Kindle, Nook, and the like). They’ll also create a cover and set up an account to collect royalties. The fee is worth its weight in gold, because your book will be done right, and won’t create problems for the e-reading devices. It will also free you up to be writing that next book while they’re producing your ebook. It can be done in as little as a week or two, and is much faster than the long learning curve you’ll encounter if your computer skills are elementary. Nothing will turn away readers faster than a badly prepared ebook, so read about it at places like BookBaby and Outskirts. If it seems to you that you can do what they’re offering, then go for it. If not, be prepared to spend some dollars to get it done right. Then write, write, write that next book!

It’s all new and different, I know. So I’ll leave you with a quote that has been on my fridge for years: “May you have the vision and the voice to find new songs to sing.” Every aspect of publishing is a “new song” these days. So be brave. Make a plan. Do the parts you can do well yourself and “farm out” the rest. And by all means, enjoy the journey!

Mary Schwaner
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More Blogs by Simone Da Costa
• Self-Publishing Advice - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
• 50 Redundant Phases to Avoid - Wednesday, August 08, 2012
• Self-Publishing Advice - Tuesday, August 07, 2012
•  Self-Oublishing Q & A - Tuesday, August 07, 2012  
• Simone's Blog: Depicting The Writer In You - Tuesday, August 07, 2012
• Simone's Blog: Depicting The Writer In You - Tuesday, August 07, 2012


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