So you want to write and publish an ebook? Good for you! With the writing tools and online publishing platforms available today, there’s never been a better time to write a book.
Whatever kind of freelancer you are, publishing an ebook can only be good for your business. It shows you’re a thought-leader in your field. You wrote the book, clients will reason, so you must know what you’re doing. It boosts the visibility of your business, making every reader a potential lead. Finally, it provides a source of passive income. Once it’s written, the work is done.
Knowing how to write a book can be intimidating. Of course, if you feel unsure about your writing skills, you can work with a ghostwriter or editor to make sure your book reflects the high quality of work you do for your clients.
That said, I highly recommend giving writing a go yourself. You’ll find it hard to go wrong if you give Scrivener a try.
What’s so great about Scrivener? Scrivener makes writing a breeze. As well as providing one of the best writing experiences, it helps with the heavy lifting of giving your ebook a solid structure, and it will format your ebook ready for self-publishing.
via Using Scrivener to Write and Publish an eBook.
There are many ways to get your content onto a Kindle. But it’s not so simple finding a way that produces satisfactory results. For Mythik Imagination #1, I used an .html template (shout out to Derek J. Canyon “Thanks for the template!”) and formatted by hand. It seemed to work pretty well, but is tedious if you have to do a lot of unusual formatting. For instance I needed a lot of italics, so it was a pain to add the many, many, many HTML tags by hand.
My goal was to find a program I could use to write all my drafts, then be able to export to send to the proofreader/editor, then paste in the final locked words, then export to a nicely formatted and professional looking Kindle file, ready for uploading. I think I’ve found a one-stop method of doing all that, using Scrivener.
via Mythik Imagination: Step by Step Scrivener to Kindle Tutorial.
I spent the day formatting a book on Scrivener. I have written a couple of other blogs about Scrivener, but this one is a little more technical. If you aren’t a Scrivener user, you need to check it out. At this point in my writing journey, I do all my book writing on Scrivener. I have forsaken Word, which was my word processor of choice for quite a few years. Scrivener is a powerful writing tool that is a turn key way to write and produce an e-book. Priced
via The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Publishing: Formatting an e-Book on Scrivener | Venture Galleries.
As many of you know, I absolutely love Scrivener, which is in many ways so much more than a word processor. If you are a do-it-yourself publisher and just want to publish a book through iTunes, you will need a couple of things first:
1. An iTunes sales account. Sign up here.
2. Scrivener for Mac or for PC – note, this tutorial is for the Mac version, but the PC version is not much different.
3. iBook Author and iTunes Producer. Both are free apps/programs, however, there are not currently PC versions of these programs, so as I type this post this tutorial will only be for Mac. My apologies to my PC friends. PC users will have to create a stripped down Word version that can then be uploaded to Smashwords and then people can buy your book or get it for free, your choice from Smashwords. For more information about uploading to Smashwords so that customers with iPads and iPhones can read your book, check this site.
4. An ISBN number. There are a couple of options here:
via Using Scrivener and iBooks Author to Create an iTunes iBook « Writing Is Hard Work.
As a writer, I’m always looking for ways to maximize my revenue streams. While doing contract technical writing is working out pretty well for me, I’d like to start work on writing some content that earns money over time. To that end, like millions of dreamers, I’m starting to look at creating ebooks and self-publishing them. I’ve tried a bunch of programs for the Mac to create ebooks and these three below are the ones that I liked best.
via Freelance Writing: Three Mac apps to help you self publish your book.
My writing coach told me about Scrivener. It is made by Literature and Latte. It is a great tool for writers of all types. I am using it to transform my book outline into a manuscript. Scrivener is a flexible tool and you can start with an outline, or just jump in and start writing. Without any instruction, I got going in less than five minutes. I am a long time user of Microsoft Word, InDesign and other document creation tools, so I am relatively fearless when it comes to software and putting it through its paces.
via A Cool App for Writers.
I recently mentioned how easy it was to use Scrivener to create the ebook files for The Demon You Know, and several folks asked me to go into more detail.
I am nothing if not cooperative
via Using Scrivener to make .mobi and ePub files (for Kindle and Nook etc.) – Julie Kenner/J.K. BeckJulie Kenner/J.K. Beck.
You all know how I feel about Scrivener, but it is truly the best program for novelists out there. For $49 it’s a steal and it is really not that complicated to use. Today I thought I would show you how to format a Kindle .mobi file and an .epub file that is used on most other digital readers.
via How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook | writingishardwork.