To Write a Book and PublishWriting and publishing a book
Is it possible to print a non-identifying text?
Of course you can select to post under a pseudonym. J.K. Rowlings has no second name, but she picked letters and an invented medium name because it was better and she was said that a woman's name was not the best way to sell a magician and a magician novel. Dr. Suess picked his name because he was forbidden to write in his collegiate journal.... so he made an assumed name.
If you want to release your work, simply type in any name as name. Don't be afraid Amazon or any other merchant won't release the name of the owner of the game. You will only see the name of the writer of the work and any other name of the participant.
This will occupy premium properties on your jacket and will be the make you use as you type more of these. Make sure your name is related to your destination area. So if your targeted markets are middle-aged girls, then maybe you don't want a name from Ron or something.
The name can have connotations and indicate the authors ages. To find out more hints like these in the self-publishing environment and how you can better promote your e-books, visit my website: Childlepreneur - book marketing for self-publishing Authors?.
Writing and publishing a non-fiction textbook
I' ve recently released my 4th volume, and I thought it would be interesting to let my reader know what it would take to make a volume myself. Below is a detailled explanation of the publication process: First you have to have something to tell about. The majority of writers create a textbook with a specific theme in their minds - a parachute teacher writes a textbook about parachuting, a cardio specialist writes a textbook about the prevention of cardiac diseases, and so on.
Anytime I think of something interesting that would be interesting to post about, I do a fast Google quest and try to find them. Then when I have an interesting suggestion, find a good information resource or just want to work on the work, I open the file and add extra comments, try to format it, try to find interesting covers, and so on.
They can never predict which of your titles will be a smash or a loss, so I think it's simply best to post about the subject you're working on the most right now. That' when I begin to work on the text of the text myself. That is the most labor-intensive part; it took me about three month to read the contents of my raven text.
Though this is my 4th one, it was the first without a "Oh shit, I wish I had done something different" second. It' important to know how to use heel, drawing and page style really well, as well as things like manually wrapping pages, header and footing style, indexing and so on, but I'll tell you more about it in a seperate articl.
Usually there are tonnes of worthless boxes, iconic panels, locks and partitions that only serve to make the books appear bigger than they really are. It is better for a self-published writer to keep the text as brief as possible (we will talk about this later). One has to keep reading the documents (and again and again and again and again.....) to find all sorts of spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, mistyped words, phrases and various typographic problems - it took me over a whole weeks of work just to correct my latest work.
Although it is possible to engage a proof-reader, proof-reading a particular textbook (which is based on the assumption that the reader is acquainted with the subject) can costs over a thousand bucks, which is quite realistic for an incipient self-published writer. There may be a phrase lacking, for example, but you know that it should be so good that your mind adds it every reading.
One thing that can help to get over this kind of blind is to view the text in different ways - but more on this later. There''s no way to paint an image that would be worth a good covert. If I hired someone to make the artwork for me, it would again fetch over $500, and I just don't have enough to spend that kind of cash just on their artwork.
I' m starting to search them month before the book's completion, and I usually have to go through ten thousand images before I find one I'd like to have on the frontpage. I have to make the real front page which still needs some play around in Photoshop.
Once the text and artwork are done, I put the artwork on the first page of the page and exported it as a PDF which is very straightforward in LibreOffice. There is a disadvantage to this apparently straightforward way of selling a work. So if someone from Denmark purchases my books for 5 euros, I have to pay 1.25 euros back to the Swedish authorities via my value added tax declaration (it is actually a little less, because the 25% is calculated from the net cost, but the gap is not big).
I also have to spend about 50 cents in transactional charges for every 5 euros I get through PayPal, so if a Dane send me 5 euros for a copy of my books, I only get about 3.25 euros, before personal tax, medical expenses and other compulsory charges.
Once I have finished preparation of the PDF I need to translate the text into Childle for you. Conversion. odt (the LibreOffice format) to . mbi (the childle format). Kindles is essentially just a precompiled eBub doc, which in turn is just a single zipped folder containing HTMLs.
In order to get the desired results, I extract the e-pub data and process the HTML documentation manually: Every time I make changes, I have to grab the HTML spreadsheets, modify the enhancement in . epoxy, compilate the e-pub spreadsheet with a dedicated Amazon utility, open the resulting.mobi spreadsheet in Kindle Previewer (a utility that will simulate Kindle device viewing of the document) and browse to the location where I made the changes to see how it looks:
Once the artwork is finished, I login to my Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) bankroll, add a new track, add all the necessary information, load the.mobi files and the artwork and preview the whole album. Usually I find some smaller problems, so I fix them and reload the files until the results look good.
The KDP staff will take about 12 hrs to verify that the product fulfils the requested requirements and that the product is available at Amazon. Obviously, I can't help but get the value added tax by releasing the KDP text. Luckily Amazon is taking over the payment of the value added tax so that the sale of the books there does not add to my workload.
Unfortunately, Amazon also wants something in return for their service, so I only about 2/3 of the cost after deduction of sales tax (and in some areas only 1/3), so if a Dane purchases the Kindle edition of my books for 5 , I only about 2.5 , and that is again before any other tax.
As I released my new volume in February, I will get my first license fee at the end of April. We' re living in the world of the electronic era, but many still like to read a hardcover and adhesive textbook, and there is no point in not making it available to them.
It' not an abstracted document somewhere on the web. I' m publishing the pocket issues of my textbooks on CreateSpace. Use CreateSpace to provide the POD (Print on Demand) feature, i.e. the eBook is only published when someone orders it. That' s pretty awesome when you think about it; when you order one of my titles from Amazon, it doesn't yet exists, but you just have it out within a few hour of ordering and send it right afterwards.
POD has the disadvantage that it is more costly than stack print, and the cost rises significantly with the number of pages (so it's better not to prolong the length of the product artifically; you just can't rival traditional print if it' s several hundred pages long).
But CreateSpace seems to be the only truly international answer - my readership is all over the globe, and a deal with a publisher in one jurisdiction is not enough. Use CreateSpace to make the book available on all of Amazon's regional editions. To make a pocket book, you need an internal PDF document and a sleeve PDF one.
It' s essentially the same PDF I' m selling on my website, but it does require some changes. Once the inside files have been uploaded, it is possible to view the work in a clear and concise inside reviewer, which is essentially a 3-D version of the entire work, with the possibility to browse pages in 3-D.
It really does help to see all the typographic problems in the work. In order to generate the PDF artwork, you should try downloading a artwork pattern depending on the number of pages in your book: Afterwards, place your sleeve and back text accordingly, save it as a PDF document and load the result:
You can see I didn't write any text on the back. I don't think they really take much notice of the back, because they usually buy my titles on-line, and I find a more aesthetic one. They' re checking if there are any problems that would not allow them to reprint the text (e.g. text that goes beyond the margins of a page or back text that spills over onto the cover), and if there are none, they ask you to authorize a copy of the work.
It' s possible to order a hard copy of the original copy, which would be the best choice, but it will only be sent from the US, so I'll just go with a 3-D version of the copy, which is a 3-D copy of the original copy and now includes Covermark. Once the hardcopy has been proofed, it may take several working nights for the volume to be published by Amazon.
Whether your work is good or not, if you don't have a way to inform them, you won't be selling much. This is the unfortunate realities of publishers; there are billions of good works that no one is reading because no one knows about them.
The best way to inform them about a good work is probably to create a blogs like this one. I' m writing blogs on subjects related to my textbooks (and some of my essays here even act as sketches for the textbooks or are inspired by the books). There is a good shot that if someone comes to see an item they like and finds out that it is actually built on a good one.
Although the overwhelming bulk of my readership has never purchased a work from me *waving begging*, they still help me a great deal when they divide my article and distribute the words - not to speak of the fact that their kind commentary really motivates me to keep going.