My new book is tiny but full of good, if not sort of retro, ideas on starting a business at home. I Give it a look at : http://www.amazon.com/TWENTY-EIGHT-BUSINESSES-PROBABLY-THOUGHT-ebook/dp/B00MHAFRAY/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407434792&sr=1-3&
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.
The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is part fantasy, part cold reality. With a knack for descriptive, vivid storytelling, the author brings the reader into the story as it unfolds for the main character, Marin, and interlaces with fantasy. The story begins in the tone of descriptive poetry when we first witness one of Marin’s lucid dreams and deftly recaptures that tone with the lucid dream which unfolds as Marin’s very real story unfolds.
As a way to cope after losing her mother in a car crash, Marin has latched on to this ability which her mother told her she had when she was just a small child and uses it as a way to cope, creating a world reminiscent of the land of the Hobbits and even friends with names that sound like ones you might encounter in one of the Hobbit books – namely her friend Banda the cougar.
The author uses characters in the story to introduce us to the very real concept of the fourth wall – an imaginary wall that separates actors in a staged production from their audience. This is an apt description of the way the main character feels- invisibly separated from but interacting with – almost dependent upon – the people around her.
It’s this image of the fourth wall that is used to bring the reader full circle through the story to the truth Marin must face.
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (June 10, 2014)
Twitter hashtag: #FourthWall
The Fourth Wall is available as an e-book and paperback at Amazon.
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!
So you’ve got your e-book down – at least in your favorite word or word type program. Great. Now you think it’ll be a piece of cake to distribute it to Lulu, Smashwords, Amazon …..
Not so fast. Before you make one copy and just go along happily uploading it to the site of the distributors you’ve selected, find out if they have a style guide. Though you will find lots of similarities in the style guides (things like admonitions to stay away from hard returns at all cost) there are a few things you cannot take for granted.
I’m not going to go into all the little differences in all the style guides here and I’m not entirely sure all the e-publishers aren’t trying to make each of their procedures different from the other guys intentionally but I will say: Do whatever you have to do to get the style guides and get through them. Make copies, make coffee, record them and listen back to them; whatever it takes.
They are for the most part boring and repetitive but if you fail to catch the one difference in each of them then your book will not pass muster the first time and then you will be FORCED to read it. So just sit back, relax and take one at a time and make sure your book meets the requirements for each individual publisher. You’ll be glad you did.
Next time: …No, you can’t just take it from Powerpoint!