I was fortunate to be in Queenstown, New Zealand a few weeks ago for a conference and took this snapshot one evening with my Samsung phone.
This area of New Zealand has such beautiful scenery and it was nice to be back there. I worked around Queenstown and Wanaka in the late 80′s.
I am very pleased to announce the release of “The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks, 2nd Edition“.
It also reveals my new strategy, or recommended path, for creating ePub and Mobi formats as easily and painlessly as possible!The first edition was released in December 2011 and has helped many writers to self-publish their own ebooks.
The second edition brings this helpful guide up-to-date, reflecting important changes in the industry such as the new indie publisher portals for Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
For further details please go here.
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 new guide for self-publishing ebook authors is now available. Only a few years ago people were saying that ebooks would come and go. Many people believed they were a short-term fad that would never replace books. Now with ebook sales overtaking print booksit is becoming clear that ebooks are not only here to stay but they are the main format for reading as we move into the future.
The way we read is changing. The way we publish is changing too!
Until recently the best way to publish your ebooks was to convert your documents into PDF format and sell them from your own web sites. Now ebook formats have evolved into more user-friendly files and you should now be making your ebooks available at the major ebook stores that have emerged in recent years such as Amazon’s Kindle Store and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books.
Now an author can take a finished manuscript and self-publish it to the major ebook stores within a few days. This makes it easy for fans to find your ebooks and download these to their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, smartphones and other e-readers.
“The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks” is a comprehensive guide to publishing your own ebooks. For further details on this new guide visitwww.EbookSelfPublishingGuide.com
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!