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E-Book Publishing ~ An Update from Jane Friedman


This is the 45th post on this blog dealing with the ideas and opinions of Jane Friedman; and, yes, it’s not my normal Thursday Re-blog :-)

Jane, on her About Page, says this:

“I earn my living as an entrepreneur and freelancer; my goal is to be truly independent of any obligation to an employer, business, or organization….My income is driven largely by my own writing and teaching, as well as consulting services for writers, and I consider my interests to be aligned with writers’ interests.”

So

Her blog post—How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors—is an unbiased yet informed set of guidelines and resources.

She begins the post with this:

“About the only thing that remains constant in ebook publishing is that it changes—everything from the services to marketing strategies. Here, I regularly update best resources I know of related to learning to publish an ebook, finding the right e-publishing distributors and services, and staying on top of changes in the industry.”

Here are her section titles (most are followed by copious links...):

Creating Basic Ebook Files
Creating Enhanced, Multimedia, or Full-Color Ebooks
Choosing Your Ebook Retailers and Distributors
Optimizing Your Product Page and Description
Sales, Marketing, and Promotion
Giveaways and Discounts
Getting Reviews
Facebook Strategies
Advertising and Other Monetary Investments in Book Marketing
Excellent Book-Length Guides on Self-Publishing
To Find Freelance Help
Great Sites That Cover Self-Publishing and Ebook Publishing
News & Trends About Ebook Publishing

I should add that many of the services she links to are beyond the reach of a pension-poor writer like me; though, folks in the “middle class” {do we still have one?} will find them moderately priced
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3 More Ways To Publish An E-book


I’ll save what I consider the best for last…

Ebook Publishing

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So, first is a new way to get published through Amazon—a mysterious, possibly breakthrough endeavor.

From TechCrunch‘s article—Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors:

“According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites.”

And, from The Digital Reader‘s article—Amazon to Launch New Crowd Source Platform, Now Recruiting KDP Authors:

“I’ve confirmed the new program with Amazon pr spokesperson Susan Stockman, who told me that this program will be neither KDP nor Amazon Publishing, but something new. Unfortunately the program is so new that she was unable to provide much additional information.”

However, you can subscribe to get more information from Amazon

The second way to publish an e-book is new to me but has been around awhile—NOOK Press.

From their website:

No-Cost Self Publishing
With no delivery fees or production costs, NOOK Press is free to use from start to finish.

We’re Here to Help
We offer live chat services so you can get all your online publishing questions answered in an instant.

Share with Your Community
Find fellow authors, marketing advice, and more with our NOOK Press blog and Facebook communities.

Easy-to-Use Content Tools
NOOK Press lets you write, edit, and format your manuscript in one place. Collaborate with friends and editors directly in NOOK Press.

And, here’s my pick for Most Innovative E-Book Publishing Option, because my Best Friend graciously sent me the link to the Poets & Writers’ article—0s&1s Reinvents E-book Publishing.

From the article:

“Officially, 0s&1s Novels (www.0s-1s.com) is a new independent publisher and distributor of digital literary fiction. But in the context of the ongoing e-book pricing war between some of bookselling’s biggest players…this new start-up offers an indication that maybe the so-called rules of e-book publishing, and the large corporations who are making them, need not shape the digital future.”

And, from 0s&1s’ website:

“We believe technological advances in any art’s medium should help the proliferation of independent, unconventional product.

“But we’re not quite sure this has happened. Despite the fact great novels are consistently being created, only a few make it through the requisite channels to a larger readership.

“The selling of digital books has become an oligopoly, with only a few important players—& a lot of power. The world of e-reading shouldn’t be proprietary to any one brand, reader, or (set of) publishers. Selling a digital book is as simple as transmitting a series of zeroes & ones, & there’s never been a better time to take advantage of that fact.

“Our concept is to distribute digital books that are truly independent, pro-author, green & above all, ambitious. Our writers get 80% of profits, retain full rights to the material & buck the trend, not follow it.”

So, there ya go, three more ways to publish e-books :-)
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