Monthly Archives: April 2013

Recommended Indie books

Since getting a Kindle I’ve discovered some indie published books that are very enjoyable.  Despite not being published by one of the Big 6.  (I know…gasp…)  So I’m thinking from time to time I will share indie books I like, and in particular children’s and teenager books.

A Place Called Perfect

This book was featured along with Seven Lions on Freebooksy.  It is the debut book from Helena Duggan, an Irish writer and graphic designer.  It is a very vivid and fast paced book, about a place that goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure everything is “Perfect”.  After emailing her I learned that she was able to get some paper copies of her book into a local book store.  (Yes, I randomly email authors.  It’s the 21st century and the area of Choose Yourself.  If some doesn’t want to talk to me.  So what.)  Good for her.  I look forward to her next book.

The Little Bleeble

This is a short picture book by AJ Cosmo and I think this is his most recent release.  I was a little taken aback by how adorable I found this book.  It is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Beeble and their wish for a child.  Each parent dreams of how much the child will be like them, of course to only find out that the child is not exactly like them.  I have a one-year-old maybe I am just sensitive to a story like.  AJ also used to be a teacher, but he tweeted me that he no longer is teaching. (Yes, I randomly tweet people I want to meet.  See note above.)  He has several books out, and another book of his seems to be sitting high recently in the children’s category on Amazon.  Good for him.

And here is an article about the success of one of his books.

(While writing this post AJ tweeted that he had a new book out.  The Little Bleeble came out in March.  I hate AJ right now.)

Check out these books for your Kindle.  I hope to post more of these in the future.

Extending free promo for Kevin and the Seven Lions one day, it broke the top 5.

So I came home and saw this on my computer.

Now, to get it to the left side of the screen.

Now, to get it to the left side of the screen.

So since the book broke the top 5 in the Children’s list I thought I would continue it one more day.  Maybe it can break the top 100, it got to 110.  (Soooo close…)

So click on the pic below to download.

"Kevin and the Seven Lions"

Click to see the book on Amazon.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot there’s the sequel.  So go check that one out as well!

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.

Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien is now live

So the second book is now available on Kindle.

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.

Click on the picture to get the book at Amazon.

To celebrate Kevin and the Seven Lions is free today and tomorrow.

 

The paperback should be ready in a couple of weeks.  The first time around I was more focused on the paperback, doing this a second time allows me to focus on formatting the Kindle version and then focusing on the paperback.

Pick up the book and let me know what you think!

Self-Publishing Grabs Huge Market Share From Traditional Publishers

Self published writers are grabbing more and more of the book market. David has a lot of info on this. In his analysis he notes a lot of mistakes that are being made by traditional publishers. Not updating an ebook is a mistake that is very easy to fix, yet some ebooks from big publishers are missing these simple updates. Now is a great time to be a writer. Indie writers are getting a bigger and bigger slice of the pie as time marches along. Readers get more and varied books to read, and author’s make more money. I think that is called a win-win.

Formatting a book requires two different files

I am finishing up Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien.  The text is finished, what I am finishing is the formatting of the paperback and the Kindle version.  This is the “publishing” part of the “self-publishing” or “indie-publishing” process.  I don’t know how others do it, I can only speak to the way I do it.  But there ends up being two different files, as I said above, one for the Kindle, one for the paperback.  I think this is the reason a lot of indie-publishing people only make a Kindle version.  It’s simply easier, and frankly for most indie-writers more copies will be sold as ebooks, and as time marches along that difference between paperbacks and ebooks will only grow.

I think that is a mistake, for a little bit of extra I can bring in more revenue on the same title.  If you’re new to this take the extra-time to learn both.

I use Indesign, because I subscribe to the Adobe Cloud.  You can use Word to format books as well, but I learned from Kevin and the Seven Lions that if I wanted a book that had a bleed, that is the images go all the way to the edge, I needed Indesign.  The template provided by Createspace didn’t allow for a bleed.  Plus Indesign CS6 has an export straight to Kindle option.

The main difference I have between my two versions is Back Matter.  Back matter is that stuff at the end of an ebook that allows readers to click through to a Facebook page and website.  Those things can change or may need to add more places to find me.  I’m not adding all of my social media stuff in the back of a paperback.

The table of contents is also different.  Can you guess why?

There are no “pages” in an ebook, thus making the pages in a paperback completely irrelevant.

The table of contents on my desktop Kindle previewer, note NO page numbers for chapters.

The table of contents on my desktop Kindle previewer, note NO page numbers for chapters.

The paperback Table of Contents as it currently is in Indesign, note Page numbers.

The paperback Table of Contents as it currently is in Indesign, note Page numbers.

For some writers, the focus is solely on the ebook version.  In the first three months of having a book out, about 50% of my revenue has come from the paperback.  I think it was worth the trouble to make two different versions.

P.S.

In regards to Indesign you subscribe to Indesign only for $19.99 a month for a whole year.  That may or may not be worth it to you, but it could be something to consider if you don’t want the whole Adobe Cloud.