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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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    New Subscription Ebook Service: Forgotten Books

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks
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    Ebook subscription services are slowly proving themselves. The three current major ones, Oyster, Scribd, and Entitle, are all growing, in both number of subscribers and number of books offered. And they are not the only services out there, as I outlined in my post, “A Brief Overview of Subscription Services” (The Digital Reader also wrote about […]

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    Indie Authors: Pricing Your Ebooks

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Pricing an ebook may be one of the hardest pieces of marketing when self-publishing. After writing, editing, proofing, designing, packaging, promoting, and uploading to distribute, the next step is to decide how much to charge. Most people say it’s best to experiment with pricing, either by price pulsing or even just changing things up every […]

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    Indie Authors: Designing Books and Choosing Fonts

    by Sabrina Ricci Design

    Indie authors are sometimes called authorpreneurs, because they have to act like entrepreneurs and make all the decisions about their books. This includes how to design books. And one of the most important design elements is typography. Butterick’s Practical Typography has a great overview of what constitutes typography and why it matters. Keep in mind that […]

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    Widbook Guest Post: Character Development is Hard and People Are Really Weird

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Eve Jacob – Widbook blog This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Eve Jacob. Widbook is a global community for people who love to share stories. Writers can publish their work in an ebook format and readers meet content and everyone get connected! For the next two weeks Widbook will be my guest. See the last […]

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    Writing a Strong Book Description, a.k.a. The Blurb

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    After the cover, a book description may be the most important tool in selling a book. On a print book, the blurb appears on the back cover. For ebooks, this is the description that appears on every sales page, usually below the cover and just before the reviews. Concise tends to be better, and for […]

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    A List of Writing and Publishing Conferences

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Electronic Bindery wrote that self publishing needs a Sundance. But until then, there are many conferences that substitute it. Conferences are a great way to meet people in the writing and publishing industry, and to learn about new trends and techniques. Here is a list of conferences happening this year. Most of these are annual, […]

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    Finding Ebook Bestsellers

    by Sabrina Ricci EBooks

    With so many new books being published each year, the options for finding new reads are practically endless. More lists catering to different audiences have been springing up over the past couple years to help book buyers. But this post is for both readers and writers. For readers, there are many lists out there that […]

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    Indie Authors: Earning Money Through Ads/Sponsorships

    by Sabrina Ricci Funding

    Selling ebooks is not the only way to earn money from a book. Authors can also take part in subscription services or give away books for free to upsell other products. But there’s also a third option: ads/sponsorships.  Two years ago, Digital Book World posted the results of a survey of 5,000 people that found book buyers said they […]

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    7 Strategies and 110 Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers and Reviewers

    by Sabrina Ricci Information

    Self-publishing is growing, and with it come new resources. One of the biggest hurdles of being an indie author is finding readers and getting reviews (which helps find more readers). Some people may still consider self-publishing a stigma, and some writers may think that promotion takes away too much time from writing. But many sites, including Outramp, Your Writer […]

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    Writing Serials (Part Two): An Interview with Susan Kay Quinn

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Yesterday I compiled a post that covered the basics of writing serials (you can read it here). Today I’m sharing my interview with successful speculative fiction author, Susan Kay Quinn. Last year, she wrote season 1 for her serial, The Debt Collector. How she came up with the idea is interesting, and she goes into detail of how she […]

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    Writing Serials (Part One)

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    Indie authors today have an abundance of options when it comes to choosing what to write. Sure, they can all be ebooks (and print), but depending on the length, they go by different names. There are novels, blog books, novellas, essays, collections of short stories, children’s books (picture, middle grade, and YA), poetry, long form […]

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    Ebooks, Print Books, and Distribution: Four New Developments

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    Reading up on all the happenings in the publishing industry is one of my favorite activities. And over the last few weeks, there have been a number of interesting developments. I think they all illustrate just how quickly the industry is changing, and indie authors in particular are being offered more and more options. Bestselling […]

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    New Year = New Websites

    by Sabrina Ricci EBook Conversion

    It seems like at the beginning of every new year (at least for the past three years), I suddenly get sick of the way my websites look and spend a week or two obsessively redesigning. Well, it’s that time again, and I’m proud to say I have a few new websites in addition to some […]

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    Using Kindle Countdown Deals as a Marketing Tool

    by Sabrina Ricci Information
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    By Ron Glick Indie authors have to make a lot of decisions when it comes to marketing books. New tools come out frequently. Ron Glick, author of 12 books, weighs in on his experience using Amazon’s Kindle Countdown. Read on for some great insights. Also check out his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass. Being an […]

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    Taking a Short Break, and Reading Short

    by Sabrina Ricci Publishing

    Well it’s almost Christmas, and for the next couple weeks I’ll be taking what I’ve heard other people call a digital break so I can regroup and be back in full swing come the new year. I might have a couple posts here and there, but for the most part, I won’t be around again […]

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