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Some time ago I was writing a section entitled "Self-publishing: 25 things you need to know", which was mainly about how to make and distribute your own printed work. I' ll start with one reservation: The entire e-book industry is developing fast, and many self-publishers offer e-book deal bundles in their printing publisher-packs. This makes it more difficult to escape and assess.
It' all quite complex, and in an attempt to size the mess, I've chosen to provide some fundamental hints and figure out what I think are some of the best choices out there for making an e-book fast and easy. Make a locking cover: If it'?s about e-books, it all begins with the front page.
Making a flashy, professional-looking small-looking artwork (it needs to look like a miniature as it's on sale online) is simpler said than done, but it can really make a big impact in revenue out there. In an ideal case, you should employ a graphics artist with some background in the creation of books.
In terms of output, an e-book artwork is simpler to produce than a printed one ( "you only need a high-resolution JPEG"), but it should not be out of place among traditional e-books. Pricing your e-book cheap: They should be selling your e-book for $5. 99 or less.
Corresponding to the research done by Smashwords, an on-line e-book publication and allocation deck for writers, editors, agents ans readers, $2. 99 to $5. 99 proceeds the most gain for self-published writers, and although 99 cents get you more downloads, it is a bad prize point for acquiring revenue (see Smashwords' write-up on Pricing here).
Lulu, on the other side, one of the larger self-publishers on the Internet, says that writers who offer their e-books in the 99-cent to $2 dollar category "sell more copies and make more money than in any other category. "It is important to remember that Amazon's 70 per cent author license only covers Kindle titles that cost between $2.99 and $9.99; otherwise the fee will drop to 35 per cent).
That is one of the most important regulations for the self-publication of an e-book. Be able to monitor the price of your e-book. So if you want to be able to buy it for 99 cent, you should be able to buy it for 99 cent. eBook publication options: First, what is the simplest and most cost-effective way to create an e-book?
It is Amazon' e-book sharing and if you think you will be selling many e-books, you should find a way to directly post your eBook to KDP and prevent any kind of intermediary or e-book "aggregator" from taking some of the profit. For the real handyman, you can make your own artwork (but if you're not a freelance artist, it's better to employ a professional) and reformat your e-book from a Word document using free application utilities such as Mobipocket eBook Creator or Calibre.
Using Mobipocket Creator you can make an e-book with a directory and turn it into Amazon's own e-book standard AZW (MOBI, the application's own ebook is the same as AZW). When you don't want to go the entire way, you can give someone a few hundred bucks (or less) to get your e-book formatted for you, but you still have to come up with a sleeve.
J.A. Konrath, who had a great deal of popularity in the self-published e-book sector and wrote an outstanding primeer entitled "How to Make Money on eBooks ", advised Rob Siders at www.52novels.com. Smashwords founders Mark Coker keeps Mark's list, a selection of inexpensive e-book formatter and covers designer with prices as low as $50.
Amazons license fee is 70% for writers, but there are some ground rules to follow (see full listing of terms). That' s the same license fee Apple provides to iPhone/iPad Apple iPhone and iPad applications designers and writers who are selling e-books through its iBookstore stores. While you can post your e-book directly to the iBookstore, you need to fill out an online form and it's a small one.
That' s why writers are inclined to use an aggregate like Smashwords or Lulu to get into the iBookstore (see full listing of Apple-approved aggregates here). Although iPad will support most of the major e-book shops (Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, Kobo), entry into the iBookstore is becoming increasingly important as Apple will continue to be selling billions of iPads, iPhones and iPod touches.
The KDP Select is a new $6 million per year investment for freelance writers and publishing houses. When you decide to create a Kindle Store exclusivity for at least 90 nights, the product is entitled to be added to the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and you can make a portion of the funds depending on how often the product is lent (click here to see how the payment is calculated).
Writers and publishing houses can enter a singular publication, their entire catalogue or everything in between in KDP Select. Kindle Owners' Lending Library allows Amazon Prime members to "borrow" their e-book for free (members can only borrow one qualifying song per month). Obviously, the ability to provide your product to tens - or potentially millions of clients - for free will increase the chances that you "sell" more products.
What is city is that though group may not pay to download your product, you photograph get compensable -- and beautiful advantage, reported to Amazon. "Whenever a client lent an independent publication in March, the writer made $2.18," Russ Grandinetti, Kindle Content VP, said in a recent news article.
" While I can't tell you how long Amazon will offer this offer - and what payouts it will be in the near term - I know many independent writers who choose the KDP Select options and don't publish on other sites because they think it makes the most business case in both the number of sells (or downloads) and revenue.
Kinderle still has the biggest part of the ebook cake segment with about 60 per cent (Nook is about 25 per cent, Apple 15 per cent, and others have to keep the crumbs). Swashwords' Coker, who is also the creator of the free e-book "Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success" (it's a good idea to check it out), thinks that writers should back off from KDP Select and has posted an essay about this.
He is also highly respected in the independent literature scene. One of the pioneering e-book publishers and one of the biggest self-released e-book publishers with more than 125,000 publications by over 40,000 writers, SmartWords is a home improvement business. Just take your Word files and your artwork with you, load it into the company's "Meatgrinder" and in just a few moments you will be creating your e-book in almost any desired formats.
Then you can browse the e-book on Smashwords.com or have it shared with most large e-book vendors, such as Barnes & Noble's eBookstore, Apple's iBooks, Sony, Kobo and Baker & Taylor's Blio and others. Smshwords also offers to share its authors' e-books with local library owners.
For the Kindle, Swashwords says it is still awaiting Amazon to upgrade its KDP recording system so that it can record smash words tracks as other merchants do (the approximately 200 tracks that smash words uploaded to KDP were downloaded manually). SmartWords provides a free stylesheet to format your e-book.
While Smashwords encouraged writers to keep things easy, Smashwords allows you to still produce a professional-quality e-book that contains a linkable directory, NCX browsing, and user-defined sales paragraphs. Some years ago I produced an acceptable-looking e-book in about 30 min after making some optimizations (usually the intervals between chapters ) and reworking my files three time.
By following Smashwords' policies, you can end up with a professional-quality "reflowable" e-book that looks as good as what many major publishing houses publish and read well on any monitor display. Smshwords is proud to charge you no fees for the creation of your e-book and only a small part of the authoring fees (see Smashwords' overview).
Although the average is small, it's still a slice, but that's the cost you pay for the ease of distributing your books on a variety of different web sites and having smash words keep a close eye on your sell. It quickly points out that a good reseller (distributor) will save you a lot of valuable resources, help you get to resellers you can't get to, and help you maintain centralized and efficient management of your deployment and meta data update (change your pricing or your covers and the changes will be passed on to all retailers).
Finally, it is noteworthy that SmartWords provides free SSBNs. I am not going to get into a full on dispute of ISBN being a "unique identifier" associated with your e-book, but most firms are providing a free ISBN for your e-book or rolling the prize up into a packet. Smshwords has a good short manual for e-book ESBNs, which you should have a look at.
Smashords thinks it is particularly clear. Once you have uploaded your books, you will receive a vibrant cake graph that will estimate how the cake is distributed across the various distribution chains at each pricing point. Smshwords has its own e-book shop in which the writers make 85 per cent of the net turnover (which remains after deduction of payment cards).
This is between 60 and 80 per cent of the listed prices, according to the cost of the work ("Author Revenue" and "Payment Plans" can be found in the Smashwords FAQ). Smashwords distributes Smashwords to Apple's iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel and Baker & Taylor's Blio distribution networks. The writer receives 60 per cent of the listed prize, the merchant 30 per cent and Smashwords 10 per cent.
As Coker says, 45 per cent of Apple's eBookstore revenue comes from outside the U.S. "Authors should think global from the very first day," says Coker. Books are growing slower in the US, he says, but young global e-book stores are on the threshold of their expansion. In addition, it also provides printed publication support as well.
I asked her what the benefits of BookBaby were over those of Smashwoords and she didn't beat her competitors. "She said, "Smashwords is great. "Smashwoords' Coker agrees and tells me he sent guys to BookBaby who wanted to hold more hands. There is a premium bundle that costs $199, as well as coverage designing utilities (which suggested that account managers work with the $279 luxury option).
BuchBaby provides marketing with all important e-book vendors (see here ) and provides an Author's Accounting Dashboard for tracking and analyzing selling information. At all, BookBaby seems like one of the better independent e-book surgeries out there. When you only are selling a few copies, it may be that $99 entrance fees (or $199 if you go with the premier package) do not seem like such a big business.
However, if you are selling a great deal, you will pay for your investments quickly. The Barnes & Noble's publIt self-publishing facility provides similar functions to Amazon's KDP, but the two plattforms have their different. Both Barnes & Noble has adjusted the publish fee rates for writers at 65 per cent of the selling rate for securities valued at $2. 99 and higher.
Rates will drop to 40 per cent if you decide to go lower than $2. 99 or higher than $9. 99, with B&N set 99 cents as the cheapest legal bid and $199. 99, you really make more by handing out your work to B&N through Smashwords, which will pay 60 per cent off all prizes at 99c and up.
B&N's 65 per cent are near Amazon's 70 per cent license fee, but not quite as high (Amazon also has price restrictions to get its highest rate). It contains a free converter that will convert your Microsoft Word, TXT, HTML or RTF documents into an EPUB document that you can easily post to the Barnes & Noble eBookstore (or, if your e-book is already an EPUB document, you can simply post it directly through PubIt).
According to Barnes & Noble, it will provide some unparalleled functionality in the future and is looking for ways to integrate Nook's Wi-Fi content in the shop and present locally released writers in shops that are different for each site . If you' re posting a printed copy on Lulu - and many do - you also have the opportunity to post an e-book.
Lulu is one of the proven gensets for Apple's eBookstore. Lulu doesn't seem to be charging you anything to make an e-book (it provides an EPUB andeBook Creator Guide converter ), but like some of our competition, it does offer paid subscription pricing for you.
The Lulu license agreement has significantly changed over the last 18 month. From what I can see from the Royalties calculator, Lulu will take 10 per cent of your net income from Apple's iBookstore and B&N's Nook Book Store. It' s difficult to tell what Lulu does over rivals like Smashwords, but at least the royalties seem to be the same.
I couldn't find out if Lulu sells your e-book to resellers outside of Lulu.com, Apple and Barnes & Noble. For Lulu's e-book authoring capabilities, click here. One of the biggest self-publishers in the USA, Autor Solutions has launched Booktango into the e-book industry. It' s difficult to say whether Booktango should be described as an e-book creating application or a self-publishing website, but it's a free and easy way to load up your script, format it for the correct format and then distribute it to various e-book shops, such as Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks.
There is a great way to format your covers using Wiiewyg (even on the iPad) and you can either choose to either send a picture of your choice or create one using one of the included masters. Overall, it looks like a perfect way to get your e-book in format and quickly delivered to all large e-book-shops.
Booktango, like its rivals, handles your e-book purchases - it scrolls them all into one bankroll - and you can have your bonuses sent directly to your current bankroll. While Booktango is free, the firm is working on a free software development and offers a range of paid extra features such as copy-modeling, customized covers as well as package deals.
The Booktango website promotes a "100 per cent licence fee", which is deceptive considering that you only get this payment from the e-books you are selling on the Booktango website, and Booktango will charge a commission for each eBook you are selling (30 per cent of the listed prices - just like Amazon). Booktango earns 10 per cent of your net gain for other points of sale, resulting in a "90 per cent royalty", which is also deceptive, as the net gain in the sampling license sets seems to be less than it should be.
To be honest, the license fees of Booktango don't look too good and can't keep up with the competition. In an attempt to recruit writers, Booktango offers a real 100 per cent license fee until July 4. Thankfully, the website says that if you are publishing an e-book with Booktango by July 4, you will keep this 100 per cent kinetic for the living of this volume.
This means that if you make a purchase through Booktango's e-book shop, you will receive the full amount of the purchase (I'm not sure if there are any deductions for my payment or not). You also get the full 100 per cent net of the sales if you sell through other e-booksellers (Apple, Amazon and others take their 30 per cent cut, of course).
Because of the new nature of the services, I can't guarantee it, but the 100% license offering from Booktango, which is temporary, certainly has a certain allure. While I cannot say that I am an authority in this field, when you deal with graphs and pictures, the self-publication formula becomes more complicated and costly (the more pictures you include, the higher the cost of formatting).
Apple is trying to modify everything with iBooks Author that allows you to make multi-touch eBooks that you can post and resell in the iBookstore and display in the iBooks 2 iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch applications. Once you're done, you'll need to complete an activity to open an online bankroll before you can post your creation to iBookstore or Appleunes U (Apple has charged iBooks Author as a versatile utility for making tutorials, cooking and photo albums, and anything else you can think of).
As iBooks Author was started, some folks were angry about the fact that your projects can only exist in Apple's e-book eco-system and nowhere else. I' m fine with it and I think it's great that Apple is offering iBooks Author for free. The one thing that bothers me is Apple's lack of a free ISBN for your e-book.
If you buy a thousand ISBNs, as is the case with other self-publication styles, the cost will drop to single-digit numbers. Briefly, it is obviously ridiculous that Apple makes its writers have $125 paid for the ISBN number, and I think it prevents many folks from releasing an iBook directly with Apple. Apple is the sole editor here.
Well, if SmartWords can buy it, so can Apple. Much of the large print-on-demand self-publishing activities provide a kind of e-book translation and dissemination - and sometimes it is packaged into a printed publication pack (these businesses usually take a few hundred bucks to convert your e-book). This may be okay in some cases for writers who do not bother to extract as much cash as possible from each sales and do not want to work with a stand-alone organization to produce an e-book after they have loaded up their PDF files for their workbook.
Though Scribd is not a serious gambler yet as far as e-book purchases go, it can be a nice setup, but just be careful that in many cases you cannot adjust your own prize and more cash is taken out of your net winnings than should be. com is one of the quickest and simplest ways to get an e-book or even a brief history up on the web, even though it is not a serious gambler.
Once you have created an affiliate program, just generate a PDF of your eBook with the title picture on the first page of the PDF and load the PDF to Scribd. Most of the files that will be published in Scribd can be viewed or downloaded for free (it is a good way to publish examples of your work), but you can also publish your work on Scribd.
If you want to see an example, I sent a free extract of my own textbook to Scribd. Unfortunately I should have made my sleeve bigger so it doesn't have a blank edge, but that's how it works). For the avoidance of doubt, there are other ways to publish your e-book yourself.
I have not spoken about such things as Ingram Digital, Overdrive or LibreDigital, for example, because they are more aimed at large publishers or self-publishers than at people. But I should also say that everyone comes to the self-publishing cognition with a antithetic plan -- and a antithetic product -- and any e-book self-publishing decision making request you establish on the category of product you person (apart from the iBooks maker remark, this nonfiction is inclined to publicizing statesman matter-based e-books rather than product with lot of image or picture representation, much as juvenile's product).
If you publish an e-book as an experimental or "just to get it out" and are less intent on making cash and getting every cent out of a purchase, aggregate offers a handy way to get your eBook in a wide range of e-book shops and turn your purchases into a one-stop trackable data set (most businesses spend 60 to 90 business hours on e-books; Amazon is 60).
It is also noteworthy that you can merge directly with Amazon (KDP), upload your own files and manage your accounts, and then use an aggregate like Smashwords for extra sharing with other e-book-shops. There are no fixed regulations at this stage and, as I said at the beginning, the e-book industry is very fluent as it changes dramatically almost every single week.
Like always, please don't hesitate to write your opinions in the commentaries, especially if you already have experiences with the publication of your e-book and can exchange your view. Google is your best buddy for the fine parts of self-publishing, such as the conversion of a Word document to a pdf.
Editor's note: This history has been revised several on several occasions, last update was on June 1, 2012, since it was initially released on July 27, 2010.