What Software Is Needed to Create an Ebook?

When deciding what format to use to publish your ebook, keep in mind that everyone else doesn't have exactly the computer and software you do. Therefore, to make your book accessible to the largest group of people, you will want to choose a format they will be able to read with the computer and software they already have, or software which is easily available and free. … [Read more...]

Avoid Plagiarism and Create Original Works

There have been several stories over the last few years about authors who copied the work of others. In some cases, the authors claimed it was inadvertent. In the course of doing research, they got confused about what they had read and the words they themselves wrote. That is certainly possible when you consider all of the information that may be processed while writing a book. … [Read more...]

Book Marketing with Business Cards

Do you have a business card? How about your book? It needs one, too. Several years ago, I printed a business card with some basic information about one of my books. It included the title, a short description and ordering information. Although I sometimes handed a card to someone I met, often I used the card to be places I wasn't. For example, I would put a few up … [Read more...]

ISBN Numbers – How to Get an ISBN For Your Book

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a 10-digit number that uniquely identifies books and similar products, such as ebooks, audio books, videos, DVDs, etc. published internationally. (Starting in 2007, all books will be required to carry 13-digit ISBNs. See this article on converting to 13-digit ISBN numbers (PDF).) Each ISBN is unique to a … [Read more...]

Make Your Books More Marketable

As an independent publisher, you owe it to yourself to make your books as marketable as possible. One way to do this is to produce books that look professional in every way, books that are well edited and that follow standard publishing conventions. … [Read more...]

Put Your Best Foot Forward When Submitting Your Manuscript

Every week, editors and book agents, receive many first-time authors' manuscripts for review purposes. Some authors want them to read their manuscript and give them a complete written report while others simply want them to look at their manuscript and see if the possibility exists that they can help them to publish it as a book. … [Read more...]