Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Electronic Publishing - No Panacea For Authors

Tonight I get to blather on about electronic publishing to mosly artists and movers/shakers in the unincorporated community of Melrose. It has one traffic-light, two gas stations, three art galleries and straddles four North-Central-Florida counties.

The vehicle of choice is a four-wheel-drive pick-up with trailer auxillery to haul the ATV/Jon-Boat/Mud-Bogger or showcase an antique Harley Davidson. Every mother has built into her DNA a family-heirloom recipe on how best to prepare grits, greens, catfish and hush-puppies. Folks wear their clothes snug and seriously train for All-You-Can-Eat BBQ-rib contests.

Should be an interesting night!

Here's an outline of some pointers for the next crop of creators.

Shake Rag Electronic Publishing Talk by Jack OwenBlog: http://jackowensdogwatchyarns.blogspot.com/
e-mail:owenobs@gate.net FB:http://www.facebook.com/

Look-up sites
PUBIT - http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/
Kindle - https://kdp.amazon.com/

Pros/Cons: PUBIT - Free. Set price, Large or Small manuscripts, easy upload direct from WORD files, direct deposit to bank account. Cons: - Limited Circulation to B&N

Smashwords - Free, CAN be distributed to ALL reader sites, can pay by direct deposit OR by check, Lengthy FREE Guide to Formatting book online. Cons: Limited mss size/price, difficult to FORMAT to Premium Distribution specifications, Royalty ONLY paid after $75 sales made.

KINDLE - international name recognition, affiliated with AMAZON.com, Free upload: Cons: LIMITED to Kindle users, Limited price setting, limited Size of manuscript. Payment – check policy daily!

Hot-Shot E-authors
Amanda Hocking:Vampires & Young Adult http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/

J.A. Konrath: Hardboild FEMALE Detective http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/

Newbie's Guide to Publishinghttp://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/03/ebooks-and-self-publishing-dialog.html

Speciality Publishing
http://www.mixbook.com/ photo albums into keepsakes
http://www.mypublisher.com/ pictures & prose to Book
http://www.lulu.com/ text,photos,whatever to Book

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