Self-publishing 101: Step 2: Format Your Book for Smashwords (Part 1)

To submit a book for publication at Smashwords, your book needs to be a well formatted Microsoft Word document. The Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker is an excellent, and free, guide to formatting your book for Smashwords publication. Read it. This post presents the specific settings that I use in Microsoft Word 2010 when … More Self-publishing 101: Step 2: Format Your Book for Smashwords (Part 1)

Create a Professional Looking Book Cover on Windows 7 for $18.50

This post explains how you can create a professional looking cover for your self-published book using the Paint program, a free tool that comes bundled with Windows 7, and at the cost of only $18.50 for cover art. Keep reading for detailed instructions. Addendum: iStockPhoto now sells 6 photo credits for $9.75.  Even cheeper!!! 1 … More Create a Professional Looking Book Cover on Windows 7 for $18.50

Self-publishing 101: Step 1: Where to Publish

In previous posts I’ve addressed when to self-publish. The answer to that question would be an emphatic “Now!” What to publish is equally obvious. Publish anything (e.g. short story or novel) that you think will sell. In this post I’m going to address where to publish since there are several options available. Publish at the … More Self-publishing 101: Step 1: Where to Publish

eBook Pricing

Ever wonder why eBooks are sold at certain prices?  The following is a short explanation of eBook pricing. Free This price is only available to self-publishers on Smashwords.  Amazon and Barnes & Nobel set a minimum price of $0.99 on self-published books.  Free books are offered by true publishers to lure customers into reading the … More eBook Pricing