In case you hadn’t realised I have been using this blog for major announcements and updates, usually several each year. Here are the web sites and blogs where I anticipate being more active throughout this year.
- Publish Your Own Ebooks – my blog for indie authors wanting to learn all about digital publishing and how to publish an ebook. I will be posting less this year as I want to put more of my posts on this topic at IndiePublishing.org
- Indie Publishing – This is my new blog which I see overtaking my efforts at PublishYourOwnEbooks.com. Instead of focussing mainly on e-publishing I will be writing for a wider self-publishing audience including material related to print books and audio books.
- Platform Pundit – This is my blog for those wanting to build their platform and brand – not only authors but writers and speakers and anyone else looking to reach a wider audience.
I welcome you to drop by these blogs, enjoy the posts, and interact via comments.
As 2013 gets under way I have been refocusing my efforts and objectives for this year and this affects my social media accounts.
This year on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook I plan to engage on a (slightly) broader range of topics than ebook publishing. If you follow me on these social media networks you can expect more information on self-publishing in general (books too, not only ebooks) book marketing, and how authors can leverage social media to build their platform. To reflect this:
- My main Twitter ID has been renamed from @PYOEbooks to @GaryJMcLaren
If you were already following me, don’t worry, the change is automatic and you don’t have to do anything.
- I will now be publishing at Google Plus mainly through my personal Google+ profile rather than the dedicated G+ page for PYOEbooks.
I invite you to come and join me on these social networks!
A while ago I compiled a short reference tool, “A Glossary of Ebook Publishing Terms” for readers of my book “The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks“ .
This glossary is now available as a free download for all subscribers to my newsletter at the Publish Your Own Ebooks blog.
I have updated my Ebook Publishing Quick Reference Card (PDF) over at PublishYourOwnEbooks.com
This is an excellent resource for indie authors and ebook publishers who would like to be able to see at a glance:
- The Main Ebook Formats
- The Major Ebook Stores
- Ebook Royalties Chart for Each Store
- Ebook Aggregator Comparison Chart (including 6 major aggregators)
- Ebook Revenue Chart (2002 – 2011)
- Ebook Market Share of Major Ebook Stores (USA)
- Book Awards for Indie Authors
- Top Twitter Hashtags for Ebook Authors
- A List of Free Software Applications for Ebook Authors & Publishers
- A Glossary of 26 Ebook Publishing Terms
- and more!
The data has been arranged into a compact 4-page PDF. You can print it out and laminate it if you want but it’s probably better to keep it on your computer desktop for quick access to all of the the online resources.
I’m running a giveaway until March 15th. Come and participate (it’ll only cost you a tweet or link etc.) to get a free copy of the this.
My current project – which I have been working on for two years, in between other books - is a guide to self-publishing your own ebooks.
I have been publishing and selling my own ebooks for more than 8 years now, initially as PDF ebooks from my own web sites, but now in multiple formats through the major ebook stores.
The ebook publishing industry has been moving very quickly and it has opened up some incredible new opportunities for authors to self-publish their books.
If you need some advice on how to become an indie-author, self-publish your ebooks and get them selling in the big ebook stores including Amazon’s Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books, Apple’s iBookstore and others, then this guide will help you.
I’ll announce here when I have a launch date.
My latest ebook “Kindle Superuser – 101 Ways To Get More From Your Kindle“ is now available in Amazon’s Kindle Store.
Amazon’s Kindle 3 is a beautiful ebook reader and it is not surprising that readers love it so much. But did you ever notice that doing some things through the menu can involve a lot of steps? Most Kindle owners are astonished when they
discover all the shortcuts and hidden features on this device.
Did you know that the Kindle 3 ships with a hidden calculator and some popular games
already installed? And although most people know the Kindle 3 can play music and
display photos they have not worked out exactly how to transfer their files so they can listen to songs and create their own photo albums and slideshows.
“Kindle Superuser” is packed with tips and shortcuts to get the most from your Kindle 3. Best of all, this information is well-organized and very easy to navigate on a Kindle.
Visit the book page at the Kindle Store
Update: This promotion has now ended.
Good news! I’ve been waiting for Amazon to make my new book free in the Kindle Store and it has finally happened.
“The Beginner’s Guide to Ebooks” is now priced at $0.00 for most customers at Amazon.
Please note the price may depend upon your country and region. If you see a price greater than zero, then head over to Smashwords or Barnes & Noble as it is also currently free at both of those stores.
This “price” might not last for long so if you would like to learn more about ebooks, their formats, and how to read them get over to Amazon and download this quickly.
And tell your friends… I’d love to move as many copies as possible while it’s free.
I hope you like it and this one’s on me!
Readers of my book “The Beginner’s Guide to Ebooks” have said that they loved the section on tips and shortcuts for the Kindle reader. I love reading books on the Kindle and my new ebook coming out in the next couple of weeks is full of tips, tricks and shortcuts for this neat device.
Watch out for “Kindle Superuser – 101 Ways To Get More From Your Kindle” – it should be available by Wednesday 7th September, in the Kindle Store.
My new ebook, “The Beginner’s Guide to Ebooks” is now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store.
More people are reading ebooks than ever before and recently ebook sales overtook paperback sales for the first time.
But if you are new to ebooks you probably have some questions. What is an ebook? What are the advantages of reading ebooks? How do you read them? Where are the best places to buy them? How can I try ebooks without an ebook reader?
“The Beginner’s Guide to Ebooks” answers these questions and more, explaining all you need to know to start enjoying ebooks.
For further information read about my ebook at Amazon or find out more at EbookIntroduction.com