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  • In this series, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, how to place text, how to embed fonts, and how to implement the read aloud function. In this post I’ll go over how code for KF8, so that hot spots (where you touch the page) can magnify text. This only works for Kindle ebooks, […]

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    Ebook Review: The Art of Love

    by Sabrina Ricci

    Title: The Art of Love: Origins of Sinners Grove Series: Prequel to Sinners Grove Author: A.B. Michaels Genre: Historical Fiction Release Date: May 4, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 364 Source: author How Much Would You Sacrifice for Love? With nothing but a strong back and a barrel full of ambition, August Wolff finds wealth beyond […]

    An Interview with C.H. MacLean, Author of Two Empty Thrones

    by Sabrina Ricci Author Interviews
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    C.H. MacLean is a YA fantasy author, whose latest book Two Empty Thrones is about a 14-year-old girl in a magical forest. Intrigued? Read on for MacLean’s interview with me, as well as a special excerpt from the book. S.R.: You have a great bio on your website. How long did it take you to write your first […]

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    Publishing eBooks For Fun, Education, And Profit

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    By Brian Wu – SI Guides Indie publishing means authors can focus on the niche subjects they are passionate about. Brian Wu, of SI Guides, shares insight on educating children with niche stories about illnesses. Thanks to today’s technology, it’s easier than ever for artists to create. Singers and song writers can create new music and connect […]

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    How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 5): Read Aloud Code

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion
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    In this series, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, how to place text, and how to embed fonts. In this post I’ll go over how add read aloud functionality to your children’s story. I recommend this only for fixed format children’s ebooks, because it can be tedious adding all the […]

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    Indie Authors: Finding Support in Writing Forums

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Writing can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t always need to be a solitary one. Sometimes authors need feedback, support, or conversations with other empathetic writers. Here is a list of online writers’ forums and groups of writers who meet in person: Accentuate In Other Worlds Kindle Forum Mars Social Published Authors Scrawl Suvudu […]

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    How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 4): Embedding Fonts

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion
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    So far in this series, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, and how to place text. In this post I’ll go over how to embed fonts, to make your ebook even more unique. You can use this trick for both fixed format ebooks and reflowable ebooks. The […]

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    Comparing the Ebook Submission Process: Self-Publishers v. Publishers

    by Sabrina Ricci Distribution
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    I recently wrapped up a freelance project with a small publisher, where I uploaded/submitted ebook files and metadata to Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google. In the process, I thought about the similarities and differences between how a self-publisher would go about distributing an ebook versus a publishing company that is submitting files […]

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    How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 3): Placing Text

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion
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    In the last two posts of this series, I covered how to set up a fixed format ebook and how to add images to a fixed format ebook. In this post I’ll cover how to place text on specific parts of a fixed format ebook’s “page,” which includes placing text on top of the image. […]

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    Ebook Review: Imago

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Imago Author: Jack Reyn Genre: Thriller Publisher: Jack Reyn Release Date: July 24, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 402 Source: author An ancient legend. A deadly race. The clouds of war gather over a world bitterly divided by science and religion. As steam locomotives thunder past the temples of Norse gods, and religious extremists terrorise the […]

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    How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 2): Adding Images

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion
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    In my last post on creating fixed format ebooks, I covered how to set up your files in Sigil so that ereaders and tablets know to treat your ebook like a fixed format ebook. This post I’ll talk about how to treat images in picture ebooks. First, you’ll want to make sure that your images […]

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    Ebook Review: Apocalypse, Diary of a Survivor

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor Author: Matt Pike Genre: YA Publisher: Matt Pike Release Date: July 1, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 216 Source: author “I guess it was inevitable – the end of the world we know – the end of humanity.  Finding out early was a gift, surviving impact night was a miracle, […]

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    An Indie Author’s Insights On Winning Book Awards

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Matt J Pike Matt J Pike is the author of Kings of the World and Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor (stay tuned for a review of that excellent book). Pike won an award for his book Kings and has agreed to share his insights on the process. Hi all, The wonderful Sabrina has asked me to jot down my experiences when entering […]

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    How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 1): Setting Up Your Ebook

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion
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    I’m finally working on the second book in my “How to Ebook” series, and I’ve decided that this time around, before I ask for beta readers, I’m going to blog the book. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be posting articles that detail how to create fixed format ebooks, which are most commonly used […]

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    Ebook Review: Immortal’s Discord

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Immortal’s Discord Series: Yes; Chaos Rising (Book 2) Author: Ron Glick Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ron Glick Release Date: July 1, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 414 Source: author The threat raised by Tarinel’s Song has passed, but the prophecy is still unfinished. Once more, the unlikely heroes of the Eastern Realms are pulled into the […]

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    Indie Authors: Tracking Book Sales

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Earning a living as an indie author is very difficult. There are no advances, and books compete with well-known authors as well as other forms of entertainment, such as movies, TV shows, and music. A couple years ago, many people claimed that most self-published authors earned less than $250 (even only a few traditionally published authors sell enough books […]

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    Ebook Review: The Memory Box

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: The Memory Box Author: Eva Lesko Natiello Genre: Thriller Publisher: Fine Line Release Date: June 24, 2014 Format: ebook Pages: 358 Source: author What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking?In this gripping marriage thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, […]

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    Indie Authors: Using 99 Designs to Crowdsource a Cover

    by Sabrina Ricci Design
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    Last year, I published the first book in my series for beginners on how to make ebooks (currently working on the second, which will focus on fixed format, or children’s books). It was my second book, and I had learned a few lessons from when I published my first book. This time around, I did everything right. […]

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    Ebook Review: Search Word Pro

    by Sabrina Ricci Book Reviews
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    Title: Search Word Pro Series: Yes Author: Paul Krupin Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Paul Krupin Release Date: May 2014 Format: ebook Source: author Do you know enough about the latest social media marketing strategies, tactics, and tools to improve your success? Search Word Pro is a very specialized personal tool that helps you discover powerful and […]

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    iBooks Author Templates

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    Ebooks come in a few different formats. I write a lot about EPUB and MOBI/KF8 on this site, which are the formats used by pretty much everyone (Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google, Sony, etc.). But there is another format: iBooks (iba). Apple sells EPUB, but the company also developed their own proprietary format in early 2012. […]

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    Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    There has been a lot of buzz lately around Kindle Unlimited, the latest service to enter the ebook subscription game. But what out of all the subscription services  I’d say that this one is the biggest game changer, and that’s because it’s an Amazon service. After recently finishing Brad Stone’s The Everything Store, I have a feeling that right […]

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    The Black Chronicles, a New Type of Horror Transmedia

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    Transmedia–storytelling through multiple narratives and platforms–is a fairly new medium that continues to fascinate me (see my previous transmedia posts here). Horror author and filmmaker Oldrich Stibor recently founded the company Red Right Hand Publishing to create high-quality transmedia stories, starting with the project The Black Chronicles. The Black Chronicles has many bonus features and elements of surprise. Stibor kindly agreed to answer […]

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