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e-Publishing 101

For those of you interested in getting into e-Publishing, Lindsay Buroker, self-proclaimed “indie ebook author” of a number of fantasy ebooks, has compiled together a fantastic primer to get you pointed in the right direction.

E-Publishing 101: How to Get Started

Lindsay covers everything from editing your work, creating cover art, formatting your book, getting it online, and then promoting it. She has links to a lot more detail on most of these topics and other useful links to get your ebook out there and into the hands of your audience!

  1. 2 November 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Great post, Jason—thank you!

    This is also a good place to mention that some of the Melbourne Writers’ Group has ebooks out now.

    Joanna George has Forty Scrubs on Smashwords (http://j.mp/vEZteN). Her YA novel is about a teenager with an obsessive thought disorder.

    There’s also my book Kiss Me, Genius Boy, “a story of sex, ambition, and teen romance,” as the ad copy goes. People have told me it reminds them of Salinger, Bukowski, and Osamu Dazai. It’s on Kindle (http://j.mp/q1dUzv) and also iBooks and Smashwords.

    Benjamin Grant Mitchell, who I heard about at the last Write Club, also has his novel The Last Great Day on Kindle. See his webpage for details: http://j.mp/sbxQ8w

    Any others? I’d love to collect a full list of all the serious indie authors active in Melbourne.

    • 3 November 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Ben. James Hutchings was another I was going to mention, but he has already commented. As I hear more, I’ll pass them along.

  2. 2 November 2011 at 11:32 pm


    I have an ebook out, called ‘The New Death and others’. It’s at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92126 as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc.

  3. 2 November 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Good article. However, I think her information about preparing the file is wrong or out of date. I didn’t make a .mobi file for Amazon. I just used a Word file. Also, if you get on to Smashwords they’ll put it on to Barnes & Noble and other places. So you don’t need to make any special file formats. You just need to get your Word file formatted properly. Smashwords has a free guide to doing this.

    • 3 November 2011 at 12:34 pm

      That’s good to know you can use a Word file for Amazon–that’s one less step. I’ve seen that sometimes ebooks will have odd font, pagination, or paragraph issues. I’m guessing this is what happens when the word file is not formatted properly.

  4. 11 November 2011 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for mentioning my article, Jason! I just did an interview with an indie author from Perth (http://www.savvyselfpublishing.com/interviews/self-publishing-in-australia-with-simon-haynes), and I’ve come across quite a few Aussies doing well in e-publishing.

    James, if you make a mobi file for Amazon, you can control how the ebook turns out more easily. I’ve seen a lot of formatting errors from folks who just uploaded a .doc file and had Amazon convert it. But if it works for you, then no biggie. 🙂

    Also, if you upload through B&N’s PubIt instead of through Smashwords, you get hourly updates to your sales stats, and you have more control over the categories and keywords. You get paid every month too, instead of having to wait for Smashwords’ quarterly payouts. However, interestingly, if you go the Smashwords route with books priced below $2.99 (USD), you’ll get a better royalty from B&N.

    • 18 November 2011 at 11:00 am

      My pleasure, Lindsay. Thanks for sharing such great information! The e-publishing market is quite exciting and has so many possibilities.

  1. 2 November 2011 at 2:35 pm

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