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How to self-publish an ebook

How to self-publish an ebook
A while back I wrote a column titled "Self-publishing: 25 things you need to know," which was mostly about how to create and sell your own paper book. After folks asked me to do something similar for e-books, I created this article, which has now been updated a few times. I begin with one caveat: The whole e-book market is rapidly evolving, and a lot of self-publishing companies are offering e-book deals bundled into their print book publishing packages, which makes them harder to break out and evaluate. It's all quite complicated, and in an effort to sort through the confusion, I've decided to offer a few basic tips and present what I think are some of the best options out there for creating an e-book quickly and easily. As things change -- and they will -- I'll do my best to keep this column up to date. Tips: It's gotta be good: The same rule applies to self-published e-books as it does to print books. E-book publishing options: Coker has chided me a bit for disparaging the middleman.

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Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know Note to readers: I originally published the article back in 2008 and have updated it a few times, most recently on June 13, 2012. This article primarily addresses self-publishing a print book, though many of the tips apply to e-books as well. For specific information about publishing an e-book, see my companion article, "How to self-publish an ebook." I know, I know.

Self-Publishing Resources In March 2011, I finally decided to self publish (some) of my future novels. Eager and laughably ignorant, I journeyed through the great internet to research and snoop around for information to aid me down this rather daunting road. These are the resources I came up with, my gems. Links with an asterisk (*) are the ones I highly recommend. If there are any broken links, please comment or email me at elisamwriter (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll fix or remove them. If you have any suggestions, anyone or anything you feel is a great and valuable resource to add to the lists, comment or email me the link and I’ll consider putting them up. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing: Get help with self-publishing your book to Amazon's Kindle Store Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) helps you publish your book directly to Kindle devices and apps. With KDP, you can convert your book to an eBook and sell it on the Amazon Kindle Store. Step 1: Prepare

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How (& Where) to Get a Short Story Published Maybe you’re an avid short-story writer. Or you write novels but are trying your hand at something briefer. Or a chapter from your novel-in-progress works as a self-contained story. Or you’re in a writing group or workshop that’s focusing on short fiction. However you did it, you did it—you wrote and revised (and further revised) a short story. Now’s the time to send it off into the real world.

Making Money From Writing, Part 1: Short Story Markets People write for all sorts of reasons, but today we are going to talk about how to make money out of your stories. Whether you write short stories or novels, or anything in between, there are a number of different markets out there. If you are aiming to make a living from your stories, or at least supplement your income, you should be aware of all of them. Short Story Magazines You can sell a short story to magazines, both online and offline, and receive a fee in return.

Projecting Space Battle Physics When I wrote my original article on the physics of space battles, and the accompanying short story, I made the creative decision to speculate on how space battle technologies and tactics would play out if we built from the present day – or, at least, the very near future. The obvious thing to look at next is what a more distant future might hold – so, I’ll embrace my status as That Space Battle Physics Guy! A possible near-future space fighter radiating excess heat between battles I think that extrapolating or projecting space battle technologies forward in time is a difficult thing to do, even for the cleverest science fiction geeks. I say this for two reasons: first, aside from some general trends, it’s hard to predict exactly where technology will go in the next ten or twenty or fifty years; second, nobody gets to play this game against a live opponent – and that’s really how combat tactics and technology develop.

List - Create Digital Magazines and Newspapers Nowadays, the digital version of print magazines and newspapers are becoming increasingly popular among publishers as they can save printing and postage costs as well as they are able to reach a whole new audience in the online world. The continuing interest of digital in the adaptation of digital replica editions of newspapers and magazines encourages web developers to create websites that are offering service to allow anyone to create their own digital magazine and newspaper. Some of these websites are very easy to use, simple and provide you with unlimited access to their resources for free. Take a look at these Websites That Will Let You Create Digital Magazines and Newspapers with easiness. Check this out and enjoy reading!

Crowdfunding For Authors By now, you’re probably familiar with the concept of crowdfunding. Seeking pre-orders and offering the community you’ve already built – or are endeavoring to build – the opportunity to get in on the ground level to help fund your project-in-the-making is not exactly a new idea, but the tools to make it happen are now accessible to everyone via the Internet. Platforms dedicated to connecting artists and writers with an audience inclined to be a patron of the arts abound, but there’s more to the process than simply extending a virtual hand. For any writer seeking a solution to crowdfunding for authors, a little research and planning will go a long way. To that end, we spoke with Guy Vincent, founder and CEO of Publishizer, a crowd publishing platform that helps authors fund their books with pre-orders.

Top 5 Online Resources for Short Story Markets It is received wisdom that in order to get a book published you should start by placing short stories in literary magazines. Like most received wisdom, this is hogwash. It is easier to get a book published than it is to get a short story placed in any kind of reputable literary magazine. (That being said, there are literary magazines of ill repute, and your stories may wind up sliding down the slippery slope into a few of them.) Not only is it hard to break into the literary magazine scene, it takes forever. Literary magazines are often staffed by underpaid, overworked grad students, who will take a minimum of three months to respond to your submission – if at all.

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