Category Archives: Self-publishing

Why Your eBook Design Doesn’t Look Like Your Print Book

I often hear or read this request from authors: I want my ebook design to look exactly like the print version. I understand, as print books are beautifully designed, and often the author has gone to a great deal of time working with a typesetter and book designer to achieve a specific layout and design.… Read More »

eBook Formatting: 4 Publishing Tools

eBook formatting isn’t just for newbies to publishing; sometimes even we old-timers can learn a new way of doing things. Take software, for example. There are many great software tools for writers, editors, and publishers to use for ebook formatting. Today I want to focus on three, not because they are the three best or the three… Read More »

Is Reading Books on the Web the Next Trend?

Reading books on the Web is not new. But is online reading to become the latest trend in digital book publishing? Online books have been around since the Gutenberg Project started digitizing books and made reading books on the Web possible. Nothing new here. But the advent of e-readers and e-reading apps quickly squashed the short-lived… Read More »

Publishing A Book: 5 Tips to Safeguard Your Future

Authors are becoming creative when it comes to marketing and publishing a book. For those who forego the agent and traditional publishing house, a host of options make reaching readers more possible and affordable than ever. But going it on your own is hard work. It’s time-consuming. It can be expensive. And let’s not mention… Read More »

e-Publishing: KISS Method for Formatting eBooks

Formatting books for e-publishing requires a very different approach. In this post, I share my method for formatting ebooks that look great on all devices. When I teach courses on e-publishing, one of the topics that creates the most discussion is the use of fonts and styles in formatting ebooks, especially among those accustomed to… Read More »

Publishing EPUB eBooks

If you’re relatively new to self-publishing, perhaps you’ve only used Amazon to sell your ebooks. After all, it’s relatively simple. You create a Word doc, format it, and upload it to Amazon’s publishing platform, KDP. But if you want to publish your ebooks elsewhere, you need an EPUB. In case you’re not familiar with an… Read More »

How To Get A Free Book Barcode

When I first started publishing, I used CreateSpace for the printed versions. It was simple. Upload a file and it gets published on Amazon. But when I wanted the printed versions of my clients’ books to be available elsewhere and for sale in bookstores, CreateSpace didn’t cut it. I had always purchased ISBNs in bulk… Read More »

3 Reasons Why You Should Publish on iBooks

It’s a good question: Why should you publish on iBooks? After all, we often read that Amazon has the corner on the book selling market. But that’s not entirely true. I admit, when I first started publishing ebooks, I didn’t publish to iBooks. I was intimidated by the process. I had read numerous discouraging articles that… Read More »