AgendaThe classes will focus on: The growing trends in publishing and themovement toward self-publishing Understanding formats and DRM issues Making it Pretty Frequent issues and the fixes Publishing Options
NookEPUB (Barnes & Noble, Sony, and mostly everyone else)
Formatting It is recommended you use a specialtyprogram If you use word, save a basic version in RTF forthe greatest flexibility.
Software for Writers Sigil (Open Source) Scrivener ($40) Word Processingthen direct withVendors Adobe InDesignOthers:http://literatureandlatte.com/links.php
5 Mistakes to Avoid when Writing Improper Indents (don’t use tabs orspaces to create paragraph indents) Don’t repeat Paragraph Returns Improper Paragraph Separation -Paragraphs require either first lineparagraph indents or the blockparagraph method. Font and Style Mistakes Copyright Page MistakesSource- Smashwords
Varies by vendor but “recommend a width of 1,500 to1,800 pixels to be safe” then customize for eachplatformMore about Image Size at:http://blog.smashwords.com/2012/06/new-ebook-cover-image-requirements.htmlhttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/145431 (images from this ebook)
CoverUpload PDF of your own or use their creator
Complete Set-up Set-Up Distribution Complete the Review ProcessTip: Its Well Worth the Price – Pay for a Print Proof
Cost of Doing Businesshttp://goo.gl/u152MAbout 26% of a saleis yours
Kindle Direct Publishinghttps://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin
Categorize Correctly Categorize in “Super Niche Categories”Feminist TheoryLifestyle & Event PhotographyScience Fiction – FantasyE-commerceBy Being inSmallerCategories – itis easier to“trend” and befound
Calculating Royalties35% Any price – over $.99 You pick countrydistribution Includes distributioncosts Lending/Text toSpeech Optional70% Sell Between $2.99 -$9.99 Author Pays delivery Give Amazon allDistribution Rights List Price is at least 20%below the list price inother sales channel Lending/Text to Speechand other AmazonFeatures requiredhttp://goo.gl/5fVglhttp://goo.gl/6icJ1
• Apple iBookstore(32 countries)• Barnes & Noble• Sony• Kobo• Diesel• Baker & Taylor (theBlio.com e-readingapp and theAxis360 platformfor public libraries)• and others.
The Basics(1) Read and follow the Smashwords StyleGuide(2) Create a Word document withsimple, clean formatting,(3) Upload that Word document toSmashwords and let them convert it foryou,(4) Enter your book’sinformation, description, price, etc. atSmashwords, and(5) Opt in to all the distribution channels youwant.http://goo.gl/ftx1T
Royalties Earn 60% of the list price for sales throughour major retailers, and earn 85% net forsales at the Smashwords Store (70.5% forsales originated by our network of affiliatemarketers).