Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Whatever Tuesday: e-publishing

Yesterday L’Aussie asked me about e-publishing and if I had any post. The answer is yes I do. So here are the links.

I have 3 previous post on publishing with some great links. Especially in the Oct. 3, 2010 post. Go read Randy Ingermanson’s post and then come back and click the link on Joe Konrath’s post. This will blow you away.

The August 16, 2010 post is about e-publishing with information on Essential 10 publishers. There is a link. Essential 10 is a Colorado, U.S.A. based company that will take your word document and format it for kindle. I am going to use Essential 10 when I have the manuscript ready.

There are additional e-publishers available for you to browse on my side bar e-publisher blog roll. However, Essential 10 is for self publishing.

Finally, The Blood Red Pencil blog is having post all week about e-publishing. Head over there to read their post.

A final thought. The New York Times recently announced that they would list Amazon’s Kindle’s best seller list.

Any thoughts?


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I just recently got a Kindle, myself...I love books, but I'm pretty sure that publishing is moving in the direction of eBooks.

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for posting my Web Splash badge, and for signing up! :) Much appreciated!

I'm really excited about the potential for ebooks, especially for smaller publishers who face distribution issues with hard copies.

Joanne said...

Authors often blog about their journey to publication, but I haven't read posts about the journey to e-pubbing. So I'm enjoying your posts about the process.

N. R. Williams said...

I want a kindle or an iPad, not sure which I'd prefer Elizabeth. But I just got a DroidX, which means that I will be able to buy e-books. So cool. Can't wait for payday.

Talli your welcome about the Web Splash. I love to help all my blogger friends. Sometimes I miss something.

Joanne, I'm glad that you're finding these post helpful. I've read many articles about the decline of publishing and felt that it was my only option based on experience and what I read.

Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts.

Summer Ross said...

E-publishing, I think is a great marketable way to get short stories out there. I also think kindles have a wide range of use due to how much one can store on them. kindle is on my wish list. lol

N. R. Williams said...

Good thoughts Summer. I've heard that you can save your spot on kindle and also other e-readers and you can highlight. I do a lot of highlighting when I'm studying a book on writing.

Mohamed Mughal said...

Thank you for sharing useful information with your fellow writers.

N. R. Williams said...

You're welcome Mohamed.

Matthew Rush said...

Thanks for visiting my blog NR. I'm now following yours.

Nice ta meet ya!

N. R. Williams said...

Ditto Matthew and back at you.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Nancy -- I'm getting my Kindle for Christmas. The changes are happening so fast it's hard to keep up, but I'm loving the new opportunities that have opened up for us. We do live in interesting times...

N. R. Williams said...

I'm jealous now Patricia. A Kindle for Christmas.

j. a. kazimer said...


While many authors can and do use others to format their books for Kindle/Nook/etc, you don't have to. It is fairly easy to do yourself. Just Google formatting word for epub and you'll find many guides on how to do it. Basically, you clear all formatting, then set your paragraphs to hang the first line, and then you use the Heading format to break your chapters. That doesn't sound that hard, right?

Good luck,

j.a. kazimer

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks for adding this information J. A. Kazimer. I just want to get to work on more writing ideas and essential 10 will keep on top of the books and update for free. I guess formatting is scary for me, but it is also time consuming. I don't mind sharing 10% of 70% with essential 10.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love ebooks and I love reading on my Kindle. It's a huge priority for me.


N. R. Williams said...

Thanks for sharing Clarissa.

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you for linking to all of these! :)

Joanna St. James said...

Hi Nancy *waves wildly* thanx for coming to my blog i got my blog eyes on you now.

N. R. Williams said...

Hey Golden you're welcome.

Joanne, nice to have you along for the ride.

Thank you both for your comments.

Lynda Young said...

great links. Joe's number's do look amazing. As time goes by self publishing is becoming more and more accepted.

N. R. Williams said...

It's an interesting phenomenon. But there have been others who self published because they were tired of rejection. L. Frank Baum for one. The Wizard of Oz. Thanks for leaving a comment Lynda.

L'Aussie said...

Hi NR. Thank you so much for answering my questions and more! You rock! With all the info available you need time to check it all out and digest. But I definitely want to move in the e direction.

BRW, latest figures from Amazon show that they are selling more e-books than paper. I still buy paper but I guess I'll give in to the inevitable but up til now I didn't know what to buy - Kindle, Nook, I've heard they're both great. Maybe an i-pad is all you need???

Once again, thanks, thanks, thanks...hope I didn't interrupt your editing TOO much..:)

Dominic de Mattos said...

Hi there. Thanks for the tips. You are really useful, did you know that?!
I have also bought all three books you recommended. That will keep me quiet for a bit!
Now I'm going to go follow your leads to Randy and Joe's posts.

N. R. Williams said...

Hey L'Aussie...the choices for e-readers just keeps growing. I think whatever you choose will rock, but I would definately go with either the Kindle or the iPad, but that's just me. I'm glad you found the information useful.

I'm glad your going to head over and read those two post Dominic. I was floored the first time I read them.

As far as being useful, well, I think I have the instincts of a teacher. It gives me a lot of pleasure to help people. And, unlike some people who have this talent, I do know how to say 'no.' LOL

Anonymous said...

I got a Nook a number of months ago, and read several novels on it. I like it, though I think I'll always prefer the print book. But we have to go with the times, and the economy. I can buy more books and read more with Nook than I can afford to buy print ones. I'm looking forward to reading yours, it looks like maybe soon? Looks like you're making great progress!! Congrats!

I'm re-following. Blogger messed me up. Had to start a new blog, almost same title; imported the old blog but you lose your followers. There are some I don't want to lose!! So here I am, and will have to do catch up. You've got a lot of good info here about e-book publishing, so I'm glad I finally got over here!!!

Have a great week!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just read Joe Konrath's post. It's incredible what's happening out there. Why go traditional when you have to do most if not all of the promotional legwork these days. This is VERY illuminating!!! Thanks so much for posting the link.

N. R. Williams said...

Glad you're back Ann. I have to sign off now but I will catch up to you later.

Anonymous said...

I self publish. I've learned my lesson, why pay someone like iUniverse $$$ when I can do the same thing myself for free through CreateSpace. Either way I have to do my own marketing and promoting.

N. R. Williams said...

Great point Stephen. Thanks for dropping in and sharing your thoughts.