A little something enjoyable from another blogger.
Sorry I haven’t posted for such a long time. I’ve had computer and personal issues that just made it almost impossible to do things as usual. Anyway, The Pioneer Girl project which I spoke of in a previous article is done. Here is the link for more details:
Even though you may have your ebook positioned with ebook sellers don’t forget to look for new venues to sell your book related to business, software, etc. I just rediscovered the Marketplace at Freelancer.com. Check it out today and see if that might not be another way for you to get your technical book into the hands of a new audience.
So you’re done with your book and are ready to publish, Congrats. Before you push the send key though to publish on your favorite ebook platform, don’t forget to put your online marketing in place first.
Consider making a Facebook page just for your book: Name the page with your book name and start with an announcement of the books publication – and a picture of course. All subsequent posts should be related to your book so use the same technique you might to think of tags for a post: Read the book making notes of words that would make good tag. If your book is about Wine but also about vacation spots, don’t forget to use tags related to both of these subjects. This process can be followed for a Twitter account also.
This is a little easier when publicizing non fiction but can be done for fiction – you just may have to give it more though.
Make a webpage either just for this book or if you intend to write more books, even articles, build a webpage for the one book or for you. Consider licensing a name or if you already have a license you can add a DBA (Doing Business As) and use that as a webpage name and domain name.
Find out about doing a blog tour. Pretty much anything you can do in “real life” you can do on the internet so find out about having a blog tour or online event to announce your book.
These are just a few of the avenues you’re going to want to put some effort into before you publish. There are many more and there are even Facebook like pages that are dedicated to writing, etc. Just make sure you have a plan of action before you push that button!
Though there are sites and software on the web to use (translation buy) to take your PowerPoint to a point where it can be sold as an eBook on a platform like Lulu, the simplest though not necessarily shortest route to this point is:
1. Convert the PowerPoint to a PDF – This will ensure some consistency in page numbers from the original PDF to your Ms Word document.
2. When you made the PowerPoint, the images had to come from someplace right? Well during that journey they probably ended up in a useable jpg format on your computer. You want to just plop these on your desktop and grab them and use the Insert function in your Word program. The reason for this is if you try to go straight from PowerPoint to, say, a program like Lulu to sell your book, you will be rejected due to text boxes which will not be a problem if you INSERT images.
3. Now you have the appropriate canvas upon which to work, go for it but make sure first to read the instructions to posting on the different eBook sales platforms. Though you will find they have more in common than not, you will need to learn the idiosyncrasies of all of them if you want to use them all.
4. If you decide, in order to save some time and to get to the end of the tedious replacement of images, to just go straight through to the end without stopping, don’t forget that you will now have to make sure everything is uniform. Make a copy and make notes, notes, notes. Notate fonts, font sizes, spaces before and after subheads, etc so that when you are done, your book will look like a piece of art – your art.
NEXT TIME: Smashwords smash this!