Self-publishing requires an immense amount of work. That’s not to say that pursuing traditional publishing doesn’t; it’s just a different kind of an immense amount of work.
In 2013, I was both fascinated and alarmed by the sheer amount of information I felt I needed to digest before fully committing to self-publishing. Once I figured out enough to go all-in, I kept learning as much as I could on-the-go.
These are the seven resources that helped me the most—and continue to do so—in self-publishing:
more here - 7 Self-Publishing Resources That Have Helped Me the Most | BlakeAtwood.com.
Make sure you have your manuscript formatted in Scrivener. I suggest using very simple formatting.
more here - Susan Russo Anderson – How to Create a Dazzling mobi Using Scrivener.
I’ve had some people asking about creating eBooks using Scrivener. Personally, I find Scrivener’s eBook and ePub Compile to be quite useful, but you have to dig into the settings to truly pull out a quality eBook. Can you use the defaults? Yes. But if you spend a little time playing with the settings, your eBook will benefit and your readers will appreciate the effort as they receive something on par with what publishers are producing.
Since this is something more in-depth than what I normally cover, I’m going to do so in multiple parts over the next few weeks. This will also keep me from overwhelming you (hopefully) with a massive infodump. For this series of Quick Tips, I’m going to focus on Fiction. If you have a Non-Fiction Project, much of this will still apply.
more here - Scrivener Quick Tip: Building an eBook Part 1 | All Things From My Brain.
Many tools exist to help create, publish, and sell an ebook — from producing the text to managing the sale.
Here is a list of tools to publish an ebook. There are tools to create and format ebooks, platforms to publish and distribute ebooks, and online retailers to sell ebooks. There are a variety of do-it-yourself tools, as well as customized services to develop your ebook quickly and professionally.
via 25 Tools to Publish an eBook » Practical Ecommerce.
So far in our Kindle Publishing Series we have looked at offline writing tools, different niches to explore, and in our last post, a few popular computer based eBook creation tools.
For the rest of our series, we’ll use a popular writing tool called Scrivener, to create, edit and publish our eBook. This one program allows us to complete the whole project with one tool, to make it easier to follow along. Let’s get started.
via Kindle Publishing: Scrivener Install – Personal Success Today.
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.