Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pilcrow-the life-saving tool for your e-version manuscript

When preparing your manuscript for publication, begin by locating the pilcrow on your tool bar. It looks like a backwards P. This allows you to see the extra spacing you didn't mean to add by way of extra dots. By removing these extra spaces, your document will upload more successfully into the formats offered by e-publishers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Publishing on Amazon

Don't use Mobi Pocket. That's the first lesson you need to learn. Although your ms looks nice, it doesn't convert your double spaces correctly, at least, not that I've found. I joined Smashwords and took their advice on how to clean up my ms, then saved it in html, and published it on Amazon without Mobi. It turns out fine. Once it's uploaded, check it out, then add or delete any spaces you may need to. It's really fairly simple.

Also, you might want to remember to add the beginning pages like you would see in a printed book. Such as the acknowledgements page, copyright, etc. I didn't the first time I uploaded my book but am correctlng everything now.

Stop by again and I'll go through step by step how to ready your ms for print using available templates. I went through Create Space. Great place to work with, they have an awesome, responsive team!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Understanding Your Smashword Sales

For those who are confused with their sales at Smashwords, here is what I've figured out. When I have a sale from B&N that has gone through Smashwords with my ebook priced at .99:

.29 goes to the retailer (B&N)

.09 goes to Smashwords

.61 goes to me

If I sell a book directly from Smashwords, here's the breakdown for my .99 ebook:

.10 goes to Smashwords

.33 goes  to Smashwords for transaction fee

.56 goes to me

At Smashwords, you need to have accumulated at least $10 in order to be paid and they pay quarterly into a paypal account. You can have them pay you with a check, but you must accumulate a much higher amount in sales before they pay. Something like $75 I think.

I hadn't thought I was selling much through them, and I'm not at Smashwords themselves, but through their affiliate program I am. Most of my sales from Barnes and Noble have been made through Smashwords. You can find this on the left side of your dashboard, click, Sales & Payment History and scroll down.

Monday, October 3, 2011

First Results of Updated Press Release

I just sent out my revised press release today and already had an editor interested in running a story. This is very good considering my next book signing is the 15th. I need the publicity to bring in those interested in buying my book. I'll also print coupons to send to those that haven't been able to come to the earlier signings. I'll encourage (through the post card) them to tell their coworkers, etc.

Also, because of my interviews and notice in at least three different papers, I sold over 40 ebooks this month through Amazon alone! I've sold five paper versions from online as well.

As always, I hope this encourages someone out there and would love to hear how you're doing as well.