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    Indie Authors and ESingles

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    For a while now, people have been experimenting with different lengths for their ebooks. Because of their digital nature, the length of an ebook matters less than the length of a print book. Since there are no paper costs, they can be as long or as short as the author likes. One new type of […]

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    How to Create a Basic Ebook in 10 Steps

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion

    After my short series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I thought I’d revisit the basic steps on how to create a regular ebook. This is for novels, or books with mostly text. There are 10 steps to creating an ebook, and if you find this useful, you might like to try out my […]

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    How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 6): KF8 Magnify Text

    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, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Authorly, Turn Your Book Into An App

    by Sabrina Ricci Apps
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    Recently I learned about a new tool called Authorly, which can turn books into apps to sell in all the major app stores, including Google Play, iTunes, and the Amazon app store (see my post, “Turning Your Ebook Into An App“). Authorly allows authors to easily create apps for their books, and make them interactive. And […]

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    Indie Authors: Formatting Books in InDesign

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    Adobe’s InDesign is a wonderful tool. The software is expensive, though if you are a student or teacher you can get a slight discount, but if you have access to it I highly recommend using it. InDesign can be used to layout a book PDF, as well as be the starting point for an ebook. […]

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    Indie Authors: Making the Most of Twitter Profiles

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Twitter recently changed the layout of profiles, which creates a lot of opportunities for authors. Lynda.com has a very helpful database of articles, including a recent one called “Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Page.” It goes over in detail the changes in Twitter headers. Below is an excerpt: In the center column of […]

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    Indie Authors: Marketing Books With Videos

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    With digital media, indie authors can now take advantage of videos to help grab the attention of readers and sell their books. I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and there’s a lot to consider. Videos can be used in multiple ways, such as teaser trailers, snippets of scenes, author interviews, and even […]

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    Poetica, A New Editing Tool

    by Sabrina Ricci Editing
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    Very recently, a new tool for editing called Poetica (that I’ve been waiting on for nearly two years, since I first heard about it at Books in Browsers) launched. Poetica was created to bring the elegance and trust of paper editing to the digital world. As you can see in the image above, editors can add annotations, comments, […]

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    Indie Authors: It’s All About the List

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Marketing is a huge, integral part of indie publishing, but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are a lot of different pieces, but one of the most effective and longest lasting is building an email list. The email list has a few different names. Mailing list, subscribers, sign-ups, newsletter. But it all boils down […]

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