I am loving the E-book because I can control most of my sell. I believe this less stress than finding and agent and getting your book out there. I was just wondering how many authors favor the e-books vs the stand book?
Is your book in MS Word 2007 or later? I've been through the process both with Amazon and Smashwords. Smashwords gets your book on Itunes, B&N, Diesel, and others. I've tried to use OpenOffice to publish and it is definitely worth the money to purchase MS Word.
I'm always willing to help out someone starting out. And this offer applies to others as well.
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If you go to creatspace, They make is so easy to format your manuscript into a book and an e-book. right now I am doing the book so later on I will have it on e-book because this is what a lot of people are doing now. creatspace is also part of amazon so it is automatic uploaded there.
I agree with you. I have found that it is easier to get people to read my book if they aren't an agent! I have done better with my e-books than I have with paperback, but some people still prefer books. I have learned, though, that if I am going to do book giveaways, I need to do it through my Kindle account rather than sending paperbacks out. So much cheaper and faster, and I can offer more giveaways to promote my blog and my brand that way. I'm looking at my first book, Dreaming Dangerously, as more of a way to get my name out there and introduce myself as an author so I can really sell what is to come. I have two more books written and three more planned, so I'm not running out of ideas anytime soon. E-books are the way to go, I think.
Welcome to book blogs Melissa. I like putting my books on kindle and then on amazon thru createspace. I couldnt find an agent or book company interested in even reading my books (2 so far with 29 more on the way-just need to type them in). I think both will do well for you.
I agree because my first book was very hard by trying to find an agent and most of them weren't interested. Now I can skip out the middle person and publish my own book! Thank you. I am so glad to find a site like this on the web.
Hi Melissa -
Glad to hear you are having success with your e-book. Can I ask how you market it?
Thanks in advance.
As a hardcore reader with over two thousand books digested in my life time I was hesitant about e-readers at first. Lately I've come to enjoy them, but nothing will compare to actually holding a book in my hands. That's why as an author my title is available in both formats. Like many have stated here I like the e-book because of its portability and the ease by which I can provide copies to readers.
As a book blogger and "hardcore reader," I prefer when authors publish in both print and e-book format. I have a Kindle (at long last), but a lot of the people who read my blog don't, so I only review books that have a print version.
I love the ebook way as I can do my own cover art and have all the control!
I have 5 picture books, written and illustrated by myself, they are all doing well on Amazon.
Would you take a look at the free 'look inside' my newest teenage trilogy, book one.
The trilogy is called 'The Seventh Son'
Book one is called 'Discernment' and the ebook is a fantasy/Sci-fi for young teenagers.
It's not full of magic or vampires, this is a bit different. There's a bit more of a feel of realism about the story, but it is set on another world, in another time and has plenty of mystery and action!
I've had great fun doing the artwork for the cover.
The story takes place on a hot, dry planet with a giant red sun, so I wanted to give the effect of deserts and parched land.
Also inside there are extra pieces of artwork, with a map, a prophecy and character profiles. So its taken some time to put it all together.
You can see a free sample of it on Amazon, under Kindle. It brings up all the artwork at the beginning, the prologue and most of the first chapter.
Let me know what you think of the cover art and the rest of the sample please, I'd really appreciate it.
Thank you in advance.
I've been working with Createspace as well and will have a POD as well as e-book on Amazon (Kindle) I think their service's are great! A friend of mine worked with another company to do an e-book and she had to do all the formatting and has had a lot of problems...
Hey all, I'm fairy new here.
I published The Devil's Fire last year as an ebook, after being rejected by dozens of literary agents. Sales were sluggish but suddenly it picked up around the holiday and I made a good chunk of cash (and I haven't done much to promote it yet, honestly). I may use some of that money to create a paperback version, but I'm wondering if I should hold out for professional publication?
Also, with createspace, are you allowed to use your own cover? I designed mine in high resolution for that very purpose, just in case.
You can design your own cover at create space.