How to Publish with PubIt

(this is an overdue companion to How to Publish on Create Space and How to Use Create Space Cover creator and How to Publish on Smashwords) Go to http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/, log in and then choose Go to My Titles in the upper right corner Choose “Add a Title” This opens a new page where you need…

KDP Select?

On the back of Amazon’s announcement about Amazon.it (Italy) and Amazon.es (Spain) comes a new Kindle program; the new KDP Select program. Each month, Amazon will make a “pool” of money – $500,000 in December. To get a cut of the money you have to enroll your book. Each time it is borrowed, you get…

How to Publish on Smashwords

(this is a companion to How to Publish on Create Space and How to Use Create Space Cover creator) Go to smashwords.com, log in and click the Publish option in the overhead menu: (You’ll notice I have a “requires attention warning – this is because I have a “test” book that is archived and unpublished…

Smashwords to Distribute to Mobile Apps

Raise your hands if you have a smart phone loaded with apps. Now raise your hands if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Smart phones, tablets and other devices are taking the world by storm, but I know a lot of people who don’t have one. My mother, for example. So I thought…

Transferring the Rights from One Smashword’s Author to Another

For the last year or so I’ve offer Smashwords formatting services. Many authors ask me about pictures in Smashwords books, and it was a pain to try to find one they could look at for free so I dusted off an old children’s book I’d written back in 2001 (complete with those pesky images) and…

Short Stories?

I’ve noticed that a lot of authors fill in the time between their novels with short stories – or in some cases only publish short stories – and I’m curious about other people’s viewpoints on this. I’ve been a “novelist” since I can remember and I’ve always sort of looked at short stories as the…

The Mystifying Press Release

When you publish a new book, do you “bother with” a press release? I looked into it for my last book, via links from Smashwords, but even after reading the one example post, I didn’t know what to write, so I kept putting it off until it was no longer relevant. Has that happened to…

Question on Digital Rights Management or DRM

Question: Hi, my name is Arthur Mills. I’m the author of the part-fiction / part-memoir book, The Empty Lot Next Door. The book is available on hardback and softback but after talking to Maureen, I’ve become interested in selling my book as an ebook on Smashwords. My concern is that Smashwords’ ebooks are DRM-free. To my understanding,…

Color E-books

While many of the current ebook publishers shy away from images in the body of your manuscript, or even discourage them, ala smashwords, Barnes & Noble has obviously decided that colored pictures are the way to go. By abandoning the e-ink and going to LCD screens, the new color Nook makes image rich ebooks user…