STARTING WITH SELF-PUBLISHING.
If self-publishing is your main focus I have a few Tips and inspiration that will probably be of interest to you.
From paper to bits
We have certainly moved along where it comes to book publishing, gone are the days when mass-producing books was necessary in order to be efficient and cost-effective through offset printing or letterpress.
Technology now allows us to produce a physical book as and when an order is made by a customer. You can imagine the relief or joy from would be best selling authors struggling to convince a publisher to risk covering the costs involved in the actual printing and finishing, of a book. Well, that was then.
From order to print!
I take it that you are aware of Print-on-demand or POD, and those fantastic printing machines that will automatically produce a given book based on data triggered by an online order. Now, as a self-publisher with access to all the shiny new gadgets and technology we have available today, that does not mean the journey to publishing your first book will be without its steep hills and learning curves. But rest assured, you have the benefit of competing on a ‘Sort of’ level playing field
Now, as a self-publisher with access to all the shiny new gadgets and technology we have available today, that does not mean the journey to publishing your first book will be without its steep hills and learning curves. But rest assured, you have the benefit of competing on a ‘Sort of’ level playing field.
From Hardback to Soft-back, PDF, or eBook for the Kindle…
Whether you are publishing a hardback, softback, PDF or eBook for the Kindle, there will still be some frustrating moments. Many authors without the budget for a designer or illustrator currently complain about not being able to get their completed book to look professional, in spite of all the automated plugins and software they have access to.
Most books start life in a word processor such as Microsoft Word, before being exported as a PDF; this is the simplest, and some may even describe as the crudest, execution of the process of self-publishing a book. However, it does work fine for most situations.
The more discerning author, however, will have concerns regarding presentation, user experience, and accessibility and is likely to produce a book that accommodates both digital and hard copy formats…
Both Apple and Amazon have online solutions of their own…
Although, in the past, some self-publishers often complained about the restrictiveness and licensing clauses involved with going this route. Things may have changed since writing. So check out Apple’s iBook Author, it’s a fine example of an ebook creator with intuitive and easy to use features. Create interactive ebooks without thinking too hard!
Now, Amazon, on the other hand, provides a very similar service called CreateSpace. You’ve probably heard of it.
Well, I say it’s similar, but by the time you’ve read this the difference between the two will probably be more clearly defined. With Apple providing both hardware and apps which together manifest as a sort of all-in-one package for users of its computer devices.
Join an authors Community
Fast Pencil is a good place to connect with; authors, editors, illustrators, friends and industry experts. Use FastPencil to write and publish books with total privacy and revision control. Also, there’s a pretty cool group on Facebook, not sure when you’ll be reading this, but they’re pretty active right now.
Now here’s another quick tip; Make printable PDFs and eBooks from existing web content and distribute to individuals that want to consume your content offline or as print-outs.
Casting An Audiobook – Your First AudioBook.
How to produce an audiobook: So your book is now published and in physical as well as in digital eBook format. Now to complete your offering you have decided to also publish it in digital audio format. But where do you start?
Well, you could simply record yourself or someone else reading it out aloud…
Do you have suitable equipment and know-how for producing a quality recording? And is your voice really suitable?
The easiest way to create a professional sounding audiobook, like the ones you’ll find at Audible is through using a service such as ACX.
ACX is a service offered through Audible.com, an Amazon subsidiary – so you know you’ll be in good hands.