The last week in March I’m launching a Self-publishing 101 online class for authors dealing specifically with eBook publishing for Amazon Kindle, or the Nook of Barnes and Noble, even Apple eBooks.
The lectures and videos have been assembled for this course. Do you want to be a beta student of the course? I can provide a coupon for a 66 percent discount off the course. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line containing Coupon.
Let me know your criticisms and good points of the course. It’s the second of a proposed three course online curriculum.
How to Write?
How to Create an Ebook?
How to Market an Ebook?
Just how do you create an eBook out of your written manuscript?
First, by styling your word processor’s manuscript into normal paragraphs, headings, and book content sections your eBook should have
Second, a good cover page for your book’s genre appealing to its readers.
Third, would be a methodology for publishing the Mobi or Epub eBook.
Fourth, its distribution to the marketplace through Kindle, Draft2Digital, or Reedsy.
The learning style is hands-on. You will create two fiction and two non-fiction eBooks during the course. The tools I selected will be explained and used by you in the course. You’ll get your hand dirty in the course, creating real eBooks.
The snow of biblical proportions didn’t occur last Sunday. Milk and bread were in short supply this weekend. Television and radio predicted snow would occur in Greensboro, NC., My birthday gift, an Alexa Dot, predicted in a female voice that the probability of snow for Sunday was 0.008 per cent.
It’s 4:34 pm. Bright, sunny, and warm as I look out my window. The supermarket certainly enjoyed a minor uptick in revenue last week.
My CreateSpace journey has been one of struggle because of my lack of printed book publication experience. Choosing the best trim size for my paperback books. Then selecting the appropriate margins, gutter and margins for the interior design of my books. Next up was the cover image front, back, and spine. My major struggle was with headers, footers, and page numbers in my books. The choice of heading and body text fonts seemed to never end until I found two I could live with on my cover and inside my book.
All the work and struggles occurred in Word for my CreateSpace books. Finally, a YouTube video showed me how to handle headers and footers for my paperback books.
Now the next major project is to convert all my eBooks into CreateSpace paperbacks. Holding a physical book, I wrote in my hands still delights me.
This course will be opening soon once the vouchers are set. I want some beta students to take the course and comment on its weaknesses, suggest an improvement, and tell me what worked.
The course will guide you in the tasks of turning a word processing fiction or non-fiction manuscript into an eBook.
WHAT KIND OF AN EBOOK?
An Amazon Kindle Mobi eBook
An Epub eBook for Apple, Nook, Kobo
You will use Open Office or Microsoft Word software to write the book manuscript. How to turn to manuscript into HTML code will be addressed. Styling of the HTML code by CSS will be shown to you.
Open Office or Word processor
Internet HTML conversion website
Notepad++ my favorite editor
Sigil software will create Kindle and non-Kindle eBooks at will.
Lectures, video screen captures of eBook production tasks. Coupled with a workbook in PDF, Epub, or Mobi format.
You will get your hands dirty creating four eBooks, two for fiction work and two for non-fiction. Writing templates for Word or OpenOffice are provided to you for download. Except for Microsoft Word the software I demonstrate to create eBooks are free. Note I said; you will create eBooks. I show you how and answer questions about the self-publishing tasks you perform. You may refer to my four eBooks as your behind the scenes reference.
This course will not teach you how to write, or produce paperback books. It’s all about making eBooks. You must do the exercises to get hands on learning. Otherwise, it’s just armchair learning not put in practice. Yes, I will mentor you to create eBooks.
If interested email me email@example.com for a course voucher for 66% off of the full price.
2016 brought with it successes and bad news from the Association of American Publisher regarding pubishing. Sales in the first half of 1016 were 5.37 billion dollars.
Adult books down by 2.8 %.
Children and YA books up by 0.9 %.
Religions books up by 10.4 %.
Ebooks were down by 20 %.
Paperback books grew by 8.8%
Audio downloads grew by 32.3 %.
Surprises to me were religious books gains over first six month of 2015. Need to investigate what genres are growing in religion book markets. Looks like I will definitely using CreateSpace to produce paperback book copies of my ebook. Ebook decline continues so authors should focus on finding niches that sells.
My second CreateSpace paperback book was published this week. I tracked the steps used to format a Word manuscript into a CreateSpace paperback. The third attempt went smoothly and is detailed in my upcoming paperback book titled, ”CreateSpace Quick & Easy Self-Publishing Guide.”
Launch date will be Friday, October 28. Amazon Kindle and Epub versions via Draft2Digital will be released together. CreateSpace version will be available the following week.
The glow of publishing another work of mine is fading; but the itch is growing for another non-fiction book. The hardest task facing me upon writing the last three manuscripts was delivering enough details to make these books worthwhile.
Need time to do some Fiverr gigs formatting Word manuscripts to ebooks. Check back later.
My son in Charlotte, NC loves astronomy. He takes pictures of the planets and star clusters at night. Now, courtesy of a Raspberry Pi-2 computer, his telescope is positioned to photograph the objects he wants from the comfort of his easy chair automatically. He doesn’t go outside anymore to position it or snap a picture. He consults his star map for time and where in the sky the celestial object will be. Then he instructs Pi-2 computer to do it for him.
He has introduced me to Kodi (a mass media center for movies, music, and pictures) software for a Raspberry Pi-2 computer. As a movie buff I’m enjoying Kodi.
Now I am hooked and working on my own Raspberry Pi-2 project to have motion activated video cameras watch my home and send snapshots or what triggered the motion detector to an email address. Pi-2 will also let me view in real time what it sees in my home. Two cameras watch over the interior of my home and the entrances. This is in addition to the ADT alarm system present.
The Raspberry Pi Zero is half the size of a Model A+, with twice the utility. A tiny Raspberry Pi that’s affordable enough for any project!
1Ghz, Single-core CPU
Mini HDMI and USB On-The-Go ports
Micro USB power
HAT-compatible 40-pin header
Composite video and reset headers
Did I mention Wi-Fi and blue tooth capability built in. A HDMI port, 4 USB ports, and an Ethernet port? Equipment and computer cost way less than $ 80 dollars.