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I would strongly advice against offering a "pre-release sample". Offering a first chapter or two for free to get your readers hooked before they have to pay is a nice touch in my opinion, but providing a portion of your novel before it is all finished sounds risky. What if you realize by the 80% mark that something is horribly broken in the beginning and you ...


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IANAL, and you should ask a lawyer (and in the future, please, never ever again sign a contract you do not understand), but for me it reads like this: You will retain all rights to the content of the Work. We do not own rights to your Work ... You haven't sold any rights. You still hold every right of your work. Which includes publishing it elsewhere. ...


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There are a few potential disadvantages that I can see: It isn't necessarily a solution to the biggest issue for new/unknown authors: getting eyes on the page (or screen, in this case). Putting something on the internet alone isn't enough to get people to read, you still need to have produced something of quality (or something so bad it's funny!), have ...


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I assume your students are interested in self-publishing. Traditional publishing is a whole different ball game. Key Factors To Consider Rights. One of the main draws of self-publishing is that you keep all your rights over your work. However, plenty of sub-par services exist which'll be happy to take 'em off your hands. Before posting work anywhere, and ...


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I'm answering this as a technician, not as a writer: it's not wise to share your email anywhere in Internet, and I believe it's valid for ebooks also. I say that because your email will become public and a lot of people - and scripts - you don't know will use it. That will make sure you will receive in your email SPAM, STRANGE MESSAGES, UNDESIRABLE ...


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If you publish the initial chapter, there's one thing you should make damn sure: That the readers are guaranteed to know up front that they are reading only a part of the story. Nothing puts you down more than if you expect to get the full story, and then detect that it's only a part, and you have to pay for the rest. This is true even if the author didn't ...


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They are all distributors for your book. So for traditionally published authors, the publisher handles distribution- sending your book to stores, Amazon etc. For self publishing, you have to do this yourself. Lulu and Createspace originally distributed only print books, though they also do ebooks now. Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon's ebook programme. ...


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(picture can be found here: dLSoft) 978-3-16-148410-0 is the ISBN (number). The vertical strokes below that number are the barcode (which represents the number above).


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Why are you using CSS anyway? I use Scrivener, and I use the inbuilt features to convert to ebook formats. In practice, there are only two ebook formats. Pdf is a terrible formats for eReaders, and I've never heard anyone using it as such. The two used by the biggest sellers (Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo etc): Mobi for Kindle. I don't know about Kf8, but ...


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Buying guides, including reviews and prices, are not uncommon, with the quintessential example (at least in the US) being Consumer Reports, a monthly product-review magazine (with web site). Local laws may vary, of course. Since this is a "small localised list", perhaps there is a matter of etiquette involved. If you live in a smaller town where people ...


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If you are providing character diversity in part to make it easier for a diverse readership to identify with at least one character, then you probably do not want one character as the narrator of the entire book. A reader naturally feels a greater emotional connection to such a narrator. Furthermore, such makes it more difficult to express the less ...


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When I was publishing my first book, I found that the best pricing I could find to self-publish a hard-cover book was from Lulu. I wasn't doing a picture book, but if they were good on other types of books, they're probably good on other types of books, too. So here's their pricing page for picture books: http://picture.com/pricing You might also look at ...


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There are a few organizations that focus on getting new authors introduced to more readers, the one I am mainly associated with is http://bookhubinc.wordpress.com/ . Basically contact them and say that you're a writer having writen a new free book and would like help getting it known. They normally respond quickly. You don't have to use them or feel ...


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http://www.deviantart.com/ is a great site were people can post images. It works also as a social network and there you will find amazing photos: some you can use for free, some you can use if you pay a fee. Try to check there. You will find also people who have stock accounts. The trick pay attention because some pictures are free to use, by CC license, ...


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There are many different defenitions of this, and many major awards like the Hugo have their own, but using averages: Generally a story longer than the 500-1000 word range of a flash fiction, and shorter than the 7,500 minimum length of a novelette, would count as a short story. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction ...


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I am doing exactly that. I created my own publishing company, which to date has published exactly one book. (My first book was published before I created this company, and I'm working on my third now.) The main reason I did this was so I could create my own imprint, i.e. publisher name and logo. It is also helpful -- I'm not sure if it's absolutely necessary ...


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I think that a company "that acts like a publishing house" but has no other corporate activity is a (small) publishing house. The one obvious benefit will be if you are successful promoting and selling your own books, then you could take on other authors using the same systems and become a larger publishing house. Since this question is almost exclusively ...


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With those terms, you can publish it with another publisher SIMULTANEOUSLY. You just can't take Partridge's formatted version, after they've done the work of formatting your text, and let someone else publish the exact same thing. The .txt or .doc (or whatever) file that YOU made, that you originally brought to Partridge, is YOURS, and you can take THAT to ...


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With CreateSpace, you can buy print copies of the book and send them to anyone you want. If you can make an epub file, you can send that to anyone you like, and they can read it with their favorite reader app. I use Jutoh to make epub files. There are other apps, but I don't know enough about them to offer a recommendation. Jutoh is awkward, but produces ...


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It's a sign of a poor writer if they have to use color and weird visual hints and the likes to express nuances of the scene on regular basis. There are writers who can use that skillfully and for real impact (bows to sir Pratchett with his full-page "YES") but even they use it sparingly - or all the impact will be lost. Thing is, if you go into too ...


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CSS is CSS: if an ebook format uses HTML/CSS, then that part should be the same regardless of the ebook format itself. Of course, not every ebook format will necessarily use HTML or CSS. Yes, a WYSIWYG editor which is actively maintained (in order to support any new formats that come out) will make your life very easy, if it supports everything you need. ...


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I'd recommend going to PODW and walking through their instant quote wizard. It will give you an excellent appreciation of the sorts of decisions that you have to make, and an idea of the costs. If you went for some traditional book printer you'd probably get a better price, but the effort of dealing with them would make you wish for an early and painless ...


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Money talks. When I see that a novel has the imprint of a professional publishing house, I know that some editor actually convinced his or her boss that this book was worth paying the author money up front, in the expectation that other people would buy the book once it was published. That’s certainly no guarantee of quality, but it does narrow down the ...


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ISBN or International Standard Book Number is a unique number assigned to a book. It is issued by a central ISBN agency in your country. In USA, you can obtain your ISBN numbers from the Bowker Agency. So the basic difference between 2 is just of the form. As ISBN is just a Number and ISBN Barcode is a Barcode. ISBN Barcode is a unique commercial book ...


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Read your comments: Lauren is right, CLockeWork is wrong. (Ok, ok, I'm oversimplifying) There is a trend in publishing that suggests, that one of the best methods nowadays to get traditionally published, is by showing that your book has a (paying) audience. If you self-publish your book and it sells, you have a very compelling reason for publishers to take ...


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The 1st part basically says that Partridge are not responsible for your book, they're literally just providing a publication service. It's completely yours, and you can do with it what you like in-terms of the actual content/words/ideas of the book. The 2nd part is a standard exclusivity clause. You can only publish this work with them and nobody else. ...


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I think one of the greatest disadvantages is, that the web is not considered to be a media for professional publishing. There are some great books published on the web (for example Butterbrick’s Practical Typography) but most content cannot compete with printed books. So no matter how much you know about your topic, if your website doesn’t look ...


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1) Do book signings outside your home town. How well-known are you?! 2) Unless your pseudonym is the opposite sex from you, just sign with your pseudonym. I'm sure Mark Twain didn't sign books as "Samuel Clemens." 3) You REALLY need to put in the work to figure out how to make digital editions. You will find that it's worth the effort.


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The trick is probably to get yourself an agent first of all, as any decent operation will have contacts in other markets. However there are large international agencies for which this would be a more natural fit: http://www.andrewnurnberg.com/ spring to mind.


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Dean Smith, whom Shantnu Tiwari mentions in his/her answer, is an established writer with many books on the market published by established publishers. As a new writer, being published by a publishing house means that there was some selection process that filtered out the worst writers. As a reader, blindly grabbing a book from any of the big publishing ...



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