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“Forget what you heard about book writing, publishing and promoting; the model just changed–for the better! Now you may print shorter runs at prices that make sense, publish your “books” in other (electronic) ways, sell them automatically and promote them for practically nothing. You will discover how to wring maximum value out of your work. This is an exciting time to be a writer.”

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Dan is the authority on self-publishing and author of 130 books.

Always keeping up with changing technology, Dan admits that he is testing Kindle Direct Publishing Select Freebie Day. He says,

You can help me gain experience, figures, and even some money, by downloading this free book on writing books.
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He begins his book stressing the importance of researching your topic for comparable books, readers’ reviews to ensure that there is a market for your book. From there, he goes on to tell you how to

  • Build your book using the world’s largest library that’s on your desk, the Web.
  • Get your book professionally edited and reviewed
  • Register your copyright
  • Properly use quotations and other information from others
  • Create and publish ebooks as well as print books
  • Convert and post your ebook
  • Collaborate with a colleague, editor or ghostwriter
  • Package, publish and promoting your book

The greatest benefit of Dan’s book is learning that you don’t have to choose between self-publishing and traditional publishing or ebooks v.s. print books. You can do all of these if you wish. He tells you how to do so profitably.

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Your Ebook Does Not Have to Suck

Unless you’ve been living in a very remote cave for the last few years, you know that ebooks are extremely popular.
So much so, that in any conversation about books folks seem to line up on the “print-is-dead-pass-my-Kindle” side or
“there’s-n0-book-like-a-print-book” camp.

As a writer you can’t afford to take sides since both versions of books are ideal for you, for different reasons.

The Print Benefits

Beside the obvious more appealing feel of curling up with a paper book, here are some other reasons for writing a print book:

  • Easier to sell after a speech or meeting.
  • Preferred format for those hold-outs from the 20th century
  • Still has more credibility in the mind of meeting organizers

The great thing about being a modern writer is that you don’t have to choose one format over the other. You want to
create  print as well as an ebook version, not to mention audio and other formats.

Ebooks have their share of benefits as well.

The Ebook Benefits

  • Production costs are zero, unless you hire someone to write or edit for you.
  • Greater profits since there are no dead trees or publishers involved
  • Greater profits since you can break a longer book into several ebooks
  • Ebook costs are very affordable giving more readers motivation and access to your ebook
  • E-readers are free as downloads making your book even more appealing since folks don’t have to buy the device in order to enjoy your book.
  • You can make changes to your book even after you’ve published it on e-platforms.

The coolest thing about an ebook is that you can use one as an ethical bribe to get folks to sign up for your list, if you choose.

Before you get started on that ebook, however, I urge you to write one that we would pay for if it were not for the fact that you’re giving it away in exchange for email addresses.

Before I wrote the ebook that I give away on this blog, I was fortunate to discover Michael Martine’s book, “How to Write an Ebook that Doesn’t Suck (and Sell it on Your Blog.” Even though I had written a number of ebooks before, I gained many number of valuable tips that enabled me to turn out an ebook that does not suck. I learned how to turn out an ebook that my readers want and in a short period of time, not to mention create a cool cover.

I know that my ebook doesn’t suck because Michael invites anyone who buys his ebook to send him a copy. I sent him a copy and he assured me that it didn’t suck. After benefitting from his ebook so much I decided to become an affiliate. That means that I’ll get a few coins if you invest in his book.

Michael has blogging since the old days (1990’s) and owns Remarkablogger, a blog devoted to helping you market your business through blogging. Before you write your first or next ebook, download Michael’s book. You’ll get an audio version as well so you can access it whichever way you prefer.

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Brave New Word: Ebook–What is it and how does it fit into our lives?

According to Wikipedia the first ebook (electronic book) was created by Michael S. Hart in 1971 when he typed the United States Declaration of Independence into a computer.  Hart, an author, had been given unlimited computer time by the operators of the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois and wanted to do something worthy of his time. While computers were being used mainly for data processing then, Hart decided to use it for information distribution.

It wasn’t until 1992 when Sony created the Discman that there was a reader for the ebook. Now the ebook has grown in such popularity that not only have many new devices sprung up for reading it, but it is an alternative format for print books, with its own category on Amazon.

Ebooks have many benefits for authors and readers.

  • Ebooks enable authors to get their books disseminated widely and more quickly. Some authors test the market with an ebook version of the first few chapters of their book and finish their work according to reader responses.
  • Ebooks incur no production costs  and  are much more affordable to purchase. With no startup or setup costs involved, an ebook is almost all profit for the author or publisher. Then with an average cost range of 99 cents to $7.99, the ebook is much more appealing to readers.
  • Ebooks are so much more accessible and portable. One frequent traveler and avid reader shared how he was slow to embrace the Kindle when it first appeared on the market, until he discovered the joy of being able to carry up to 1500 books in a device he could slip into his briefcase.
  • As eReaders have become more and more sophisticated, one of the biggest benefits of an ebook is its hyperlink capability. Now when an author mentions a source or website in the text, you can visit the source with one click. You can take notes, save your spot, look up terms and interact with a text in a way not possible with print books.

Ebooks mean no amassing and storing inventory

  • Ebooks and magazine articles can now be available in digital libraries, enabling educators, researchers and students to access information instantly and conveniently without geography or limited copies being a barrier. At a meeting for online teachers recently, one of the university librarians shared the ease with which our students can now access books and articles from the library from within our online courses. We were also learned that the library will create  digital guides specific to our courses if we will identify the materials we want our students to access.
  • The popularity of the ebook has lead to it being accessible even if you don’t own an eReader.  While eReaders must still be purchased, the software for reading ebooks  is available for free for your computer, smartphone and other devices.

Books are no longer the only material that is digitized and available in electronic form.

Magazines, journals and newspapers are now easily accessible in e-versions, saving money, sparing trees, but unfortunately also leading to the demise of major companies that were built on print reading materials.

Ebooks have called many things into question

  • When aspiring authors ask how long is an ebook, there is no definitive answer. The number of words on a print page no longer applies since the page size of an ebook depends on the size of the device on which it’s being read. Then there are varying font styles and sizes which affect the number of words on a page.
  • The pricing of  ebooks has caused one of the biggest disruptions in the world of publishing.  The reading public who was quite willing to pay $19.99 for a 6″ x 9″ paperback, refuse  to pay the same price for the digital version.  This issue gained attention in the news when a lawsuit was filed against Apple and five major publishers charged with illegally fixing the prices of ebooks in an effort to fight back against Amazon.
  • While ebooks were at first the digital version of a print book, many authors are writing ebooks as the first and sometimes only version of a book.
  • Bestseller status no longer applies just to authors of print books. Bestseller is now based on number of sales whether they were print or digital books.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that book lovers are not ready or willing  to give up the touch and smell of  “real” books, much less the indescribable pleasure of browsing library or bookstore shelves and sharing copies with their friends.

While we have yet to settle on how we will spell ebooks (Ebooks? e-books? eBooks?) we can’t deny that they have changed writing, publishing and reading forever.

The ebook is indeed the Brave New Word.

Download the ebook version of my book, “Color Your Life Happy: Create the Success, Abundance and Inner Joy You Deserve”  here or the Kindle version here.

Are E-book Authors Just Losers Who Couldn’t Get Published Elsewhere?

With the rapid rise of self-published ebooks appearing on authors’ websites, Kindle, Nook and other platforms, some in the publishing industry question the quality of the huge numbers of these works.

Below are some great articles revealing how ebook publishing has given some great writers credibility and removed the barrier between them and their readers.

In addition, many successful authors who first went with traditional publishers are turning to ebooks where they can keep more of their profits.

SelfPublishing Enables Dual Career Paths | Good E-Reader ..

I can now say that writing and publishing a book is as detailed and as involved a journey as making a movie, and in this case, it took even longer than any movie I ever made. It took me four months to writethe

2011 – The Year Everything Changed for Writer

In December 2010, the first indie book hit the Amazon ebook top 100. By March 2011, there were 37, and the number of self published titles has dipped below that only a couple of weeks since (Sunshine Deals). As of July

SelfPublished Authors Find eSuccess | The Book Shelf

Gone are the days of if the manuscript was rejected, the author left it to collect dust in a hiddent drawer to avoid the now-outdated stigma of selfpublishing. Writers paid a “vanity publisher” to print their books, but drawbacks

Successful author shares her experiences in this interview

The Importance Of Indie Books With Indie Reader Amy Edelman

Amy Edelman is the author of 3 books and the founder of IndieReader.com, the essential guide to selfpublished books and the people who write them. She has also started the Indie Reader Discovery Awards.

The greatest change in the explosion of ebooks and self-publishing is that the reader gets to decide what he likes and vote with his dollars.

What is your take on the quality of ebooks you’ve read?

Ebooks Will Be Hot Holiday Gifts: Will Yours Be One of Them?

With the average cost of a hardcover book running $22, ebooks are an attractive and popular gift choice this year. In 2010, Amazon announced that digital ebooks were outselling their physical counterparts. Then according to the American Association of American Publishers, ebook sales in 2011 have jumped 160.1% over the previous year. Will your ebook be one of them?

Capitalizing on this trend, Paradise Publishers announced their “All You Can Read” Buffet of 4,000+ Ebooks, now through Cyber Monday, November 28th. Gift recipients choose exactly which digital books they want: whether it’s romance, business, self-help, weight loss and many more from over 48 categories in all.

For unlimited VIP access to over 4,000 ebooks for just $19.97, visit: http://www.free-ebooks.net/promo

With the sale of digital books expected to reach nearly one billion dollars in the United States for 2011 and triple by 2015, according to a research report by Forrester Research Inc., will your ebook be available on one or all of the popular ebook publishing websites? If not, what are you waiting for? Look for tips on creating your ebook in upcoming issues.

Tell me about your ebook.