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eBook Marketing: Include Live Contact Information in Your eBook


One of the most important things you can do in this ebook world is to provide your reader with your current contact information. I monitor over 50 authors and ebook experts blogs on a regular basis and finding their contact links is quite a challenge. Surprisingly, I find the same problem in the current ebooks that are being published. If ... Read More »

Creating a DIY Book Cover with GIMP

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Doing your own artwork Although I signed with a great publisher for my e-book, I opted out of print, deciding to self-publish a paperback edition of my novel. Doing my interior and cover design would allow me artistic control, for better or worse, of the product. Having more time than cash, I wanted to see how much I could accomplish without spending any money. That ... Read More »

Formatting your book with OpenOffice – Part 1


Although I’ve got a great publisher for the e-book edition of Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite, I decided to self-publish the paperback. Since I was already familiar with OpenOffice and unable to afford Adobe InDesign, I decided to invest some time to see if using OpenOffice was feasible. The first step, always, is make a backup and put it somewhere you can’t mess it up. Preliminary ... Read More »

Real eBooks: Are We Still in the Stone Age?


So when will we start to see REAL ebooks appear on the market? You know the ebooks that take advantage of their digital environment. Ebooks that have been rendered to improve the reader’s ebook experience. As the number of ebook devices explodes into the book reader’s world, the readers are going to expect more. This statement is especially true with ... Read More »

eBook Authors: Errors and the Dreaded Stigma of Self-Publishing


Self-publishing and ebooks have carried a stigma from day one by naysayers and the traditional publishing world. They forecast the book publishing pipe filled with poor and unreadable digital content because of the self-publishing ebook author. There has been an increase in errors and poor formatting introduced by the new digital books compared to their pbook counterparts to be sure. ... Read More »

eBook Authors: Self-Publishing is Like Playing Baseball


Recently I read a great article by Patricia Fry called ‘50 Reasons Why You Should Write That Book’. It is a FREE 24-page Booklet filled with great ideas and information for self-publishing authors. I was struck by the similarity between the problems eBook authors have when they get started and baseball players starting off on their journey to the big ... Read More »