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Learn To Use Your Tools

Posted by bill on August 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Short Link
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Word is an excellent tool for writing and creating the final files for self publishing, but many authors don’t take the time to learn even the basics of using this great software. I get manuscripts full of needless multiple formatting with tabs and single spaces that create problems for final formatting. On more than one […]

My Tools For Books and eBooks

Reading books, blogs, and websites about self publishing reveal a long list of excellent tools you can use to create the files needed to self publish a book or ebook. I use three tools for publishing my books and those of other authors. My main tool is Microsoft Word which I always use to create […]

Print or eBook?

Another step in publishing a book is to determine if it will be an ebook or a print book. I believe the best decision is to do both. Today most self published authors publish ebooks because it seems simpler and much less costly. If you know the steps involved it’s not really simpler and the […]

ISBN – International Standard Book Number

ISBN is a critical part of publishing a book. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric book identifier that is assigned to every book to be sold commercially. And, it’s assigned to every edition or variation of a book. For example, if you will be publishing an ebook and paperback version, each one […]

Step Three – Designing the Book

There are many ways to design a book and many opinions on what looks best and what’s right and wrong. I always try to keep things as simple as possible and work to make the interior of the book look good while still being easy to read. When I published my first book I had […]

Is Anything Really Free?

We’ve all heard, “There’s no free lunch!” To a large extent that true, but not always. For example, there’s some great software applications that are free with no catches. A great example of that is Open Office, an excellent office productivity software and GIMP, a great graphic software to name just two that don’t attempt […]

Print Books or Ebooks?

With the advent of Kindle and other digital books, there were many predicting the end of print books. As creating digital books (ebooks) became easier many authors opted out of print books to publish quickly and inexpensively. As it turns out the popularity of print books has rebounded; and it’s a mistake to ignore that […]

Publishing – Step Two – The Title

I like to determine the best possible title for the book as soon as possible. Often the author already has a title in mind. We need to spend time discussing the title to make certain that it peaks the interest of potential readers enough so they open the book or just look inside online. The […]

Publishing – Step One

As an independent publisher my first step when publishing a book for any other author is to conduct a consultation to learn about the book and the author. I especially want to know the author’s expectations for the book. If you are going to publish your book, the same step applies. It won’t be in […]

Publishing or Printing – Part Two

In the previous post I explained printing. In this post I will outline all the steps involved in publishing a print book and the future posts will explain each step in detail. Step One – This involves consultation with the author to determine his or her goals for the book and the readiness of the […]

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