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Make an educated choice on eBook submissions. Pros and Cons. Pitfalls to avoid.

Make an educated choice on eBook submissions. Pros and Cons. Pitfalls to avoid.

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  • 1. eBook Distribution
    You wrote a book – now what?
    How to get your book out to over 3500 distribution points and get listed everywhere!
    It is not as hard as it appears.
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 2. The format of your book.
    This is the biggest obstacle for most authors.
    FACT – there are a gazillion different programs that people write their book with. (ok a gazillion is an over statement) However a standard does exist in the ebook industry.
    The basic file format you need to have your book in is a word doc, pdf and an epub.
    If you can get your book into a word doc your battle is almost over.
    If you can get your book into a clean pdf your half way there.
    If you have a properly formatted epub – that is awesome! (this does not mean clicking the convert button in InDesign to epub, this is not a proper file)
    First Things First
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 3. Why does my eBook have to look different from my print book?
    An ebook is a totally different animal. It is a different type of media. It is like comparing your print book to an audio book. Surely no one is going to see a pretty little graphic while listening to your book – and surely your print book isn’t going to omit any sound other than the flipping of pages.
    With that said – you have to accept that a ebook is not going to be like a print book.
    Print vs eBook
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 4. Your eBook is designed for the reader – not the author.
    You want the reader to have a great, smooth experience with your book. To make that possible, some things need to be left out.
    Do not insert page numbers
    Take out all headers and footers
    Take out all footnotes and notations
    Do not include an order form
    Do not include any charts or columns
    Do not include any extra line spacing
    Pick one style only – block or indent first word per paragraph
    ** for more explanation visit the faq’s at firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
    What to Take Out of Your Book
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 5. Now that you have your ebook in the proper file formats you are ready –
    whoa …………. What if I can’t get my book in the format I need?
    Let’s take a look at some options for getting you the correct formats.
    Talk to your software manufacture and see if they offer a conversion patch for you to download.
    If you can’t convert – cut and paste. Download Open Office – it is a free program. Copy your file into their word processing program, edit and save.
    Lots of free programs will let you take your file and convert to PDF. Here is one that is used a lot - http://www.freepdfconvert.com/ Adobe also offers a service for a very nominal charge.
    OK – Now that you have your ebook in the proper file formats you are ready – see next slide
    Second Things Second
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 6. Your now thinking that a gazillion places exist for me to distribute my book. (not so much an understatement this time)
    Where to start –
    Again you have a few choices –
    You can do it yourself – the downside of doing this yourself is that it is very time consuming. You will need to open up an account with each distribution point after you locate them and you will need to send them your files as they would like it; to include format, style and file extension. This is not an impossible task – just time intensive. Beware – unless you have a MAC you cannot submit to Apple. The pros – it cost you nothing and 100% of net royalties are yours to keep.
    Continued next slide
    Ready, Set, Let’s Distribute
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 7. 2. You can send your files to one service or multiple services (not many do it all) - and let them do it for you.
    Things to look for when hiring a service
    Hidden Fees
    How much are they taking in royalties
    Reputation
    Who are they distributing to
    Added extra services - fee based or free
    Timeline
    Will they actually look at your file
    Any contractual issues
    Continued next slide
    Ready, Set, Let’s Distribute
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 8. Check out First Edition Design eBook Publishing
    What we have to offer –
    1. One low fee – no hidden fees
    2. First Edition Design Publishing will format, convert and distribute to over 3500 venues to include all the major distribution points – Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Scrollmotion, Diesel, Sony, Google and many more. Distribution is worldwide and also includes – schools, colleges, universities and libraries in over 64 countries (and growing).
    3. We have been around since the mid 80’s and have a stellar reputation; from fortune 500 companies, government agencies, small business and individuals.
    4. We do not take any royalties – we do however charge a 4.25% service fee on the net sales to cover maintenance and administrative costs.
    Continued next slide
    Now For the Plug …
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 9. Check out First Edition Design eBook Publishing
    5. Timeline – we are quick. We can have you distributed in about a week. Keep in mind some venues, although we sent them your ebook may take a little longer as everyone’s process varies.
    6. We do offer other services at competitive rates such as bookmarks, sell sheets, book cover art work and much more.
    7. Contractual Issues – As long as you hold the rights to your book – we have no contractual issues. Our terms and conditions and our faq’s should answer all of your questions. We are easy to work with and we respect your work.
    8. We actually have human eyes look at your file, work with your file and manually prepare your file for distribution.
    9. Most importantly – you can actually even talk to a human! How cool is that?
    Now For the Plug …
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
  • 10. Check us out
    www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com
    Give us a call
    For sales questions call our New York Office
    631-369-0063
    For technical questions call our Sarasota Office
    941-921-2607
    Email – support@firsteditiondesign.com
    Sales – tgahan@firsteditiondesign.com
    Questions
    © 2011 First Edition Design eBook Publishing www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com

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