Punctuation Blunder: Don’t Scream at Your Readers!!!

The exclamation point. Get attention! It’s urgent! Show excitement! Scream! Shout! The exclamation point or mark serves a useful purpose in writing. It helps us express emotion or raise the volume on the written word. But too much excitement or shouting could leave your readers plugging their ears, or worse, setting aside your story in… Read More »

Book Sales: Strategy Change for 2016…or Not

Book sales for print rise in 2015 compared to flat ebook sales. That’s the headline that’s made the rounds in Q4 of 2015. As we near 2016, it’s time to start thinking about your publishing strategy. What do you need to do to be successful in 2016? Should you focus book sales more on print… 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 »

iTunes Producer Easy Tutorial for iBooks

iTunes Producer is Apple’s online tool for publishing books to Apple’s iBooks store. The iBooks app comes loaded on all new iPhones and is available as an e-reader for all IOS devices. With more than 243 million iOS devices worldwide, why wouldn’t you publish your next book to the iBooks Store? For more reasons why YOU… 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 »