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Another Next Big Thing: Shout-Outs to Fine Bloggers and Author Services

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I got myself into a blog hop again. But I got myself out of it, too, very cleverly, I think. Amy Berry Magaw, a lovely pastor’s wife, has a blog you can find here: www.vcpbooks.blogspot.com . The deal is that she tags me, and I give her a shout-out and thank you (thank you, Amy) and then tag five other bloggers who will keep spreading the word about great books, great writing, or whatever they blog about. But I could not find five bloggers willing to be tagged. So, I planned to just mention a few blogger friends, some of whose blogs I really enjoy. There’s Reader’s Realm http://readersrealm1.wordpress.com/ and Sheila Hollingshead’s Rise, Shine, and Write! http://www.sheilahollinghead.com/2012/03/readers-realm.html, Brad Francis, at http://christfictionandvideogames.blogspot.com/ , and I can’t forget one of my favorites, Debby de Quillettes Alten’s The Watchers: All Eyes Are on Him, at http://gtargirls.blogspot.com/, her blog is just plain beautiful and she posts flash fiction and cool stuff. I am not doing this to stress out these bloggers. I do not expect them to go hopping mad with me. Just want you to know they are out there. Check them out.

Now, I also read an article by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, a free upload site where you can sell ebooks and get them distributed to major ebook sites like iTunes, B&N, Sony, Kobo, and others. Love him or hate him, Coker gives away all his services for just a small cut of the proceeds authors get from having their ebooks “out there.”

Coker made a number of predictions for the new year and I especially liked one of them. He said Author Services for Indie writers are going to be BIG in 2013. That sounds good to me, because I offer some author services, and so do some good cyber-world friends of mine. Here you go, aspiring authors. Gear up to be great in 2013.

This is a listing of several kinds of services, folks who will do a good job for authors, Christian and non-Christian. You will find that some artists do custom and ready-made covers, and offer other services like book trailers, business cards, posters and other artistic services. Other services include ebook formatting, proofing, editing and marketing. Some folks offer a variety of services. Contact them if you think they can help you.


Taria Reed
Book Covers
Trailer Links
Business Cards
Marketing Poster

Karen’s Koncepts

Karen Arnpriester

AQ Cover wTEXT

Karen Arnpriester
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP5QrISKUx8 Raider’s Vendetta Book Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUKRE_B9YFo Anessia’s Quest Trailer

Nathan Strong



ebook Formatting, plus, The services I provide are not set in stone, but a basic list would include: eBook conversion, eBook editing, cover design, graphic design, and light web design. However, I am happy to consider requests that are not in the list.
Rik Hall
Donna Goodrich
typing, proofreading, and editing. Check out my web site for more

“A Step in the Write Direction–the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers”

PublishSavvy is the place where you can get published, learn how to navigate the publishing industry, and find success in e-books or print, or both. We offer manuscript and book editing, proofreading, book development, marketing services, blog tours, ebook formatting, and distribution. Ask about our free 5-page evaluation of your work, and our New Years marketing special! www.publishsavvy.com

Joe Perrone Jr.
I offer book editing, formatting (Ebook and paperback), cover design, advertising campaigns with Google AdWords and Microsoft Bing; rates are very reasonable. Anyone interested can contact me at  Joetheauthor@joeperronejr.com I’ll gladly supply references, too.

Pastor George McVey 

Audiobook Narrator. 100.00 a finished hour or with acx I will do a 50/50 royalty split. Email is pastor.george.mcvey@gmail.com my acx page is https://www.acx.com/narrator?p=A2AMDAV1MHTUMR

Whew. Then there’s me, Mary C. Findley. I offer book cover design and illustrating starting at $25 for ebooks up to $150 for full cover packages. I also do proofreading at $10 per 10,000 words . Contact me here at this blog. Check out my covers on our Findley Family Video page.



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Part Three: Your Book, Where It Should Go, How It Will Look

Our e-publishing journey now comes to the formats and how your book will look in each one. Smashwords has great information on this topic from a mechanics standpoint. As a previous post we made on the subject said, https://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/the-hows-and-whys-of-e-books/ , although almost all devices can read the pdf format, consider that people might get your books on anything from a full-screen laptop to a pretty small smart phone. A pdf will look wonderful on that laptop screen. It’ll seem a lot like a real book, except for not being able to turn the pages. But if you try to cram that pdf image into your iPhone, the latest model brags about having a 3.5″ diagonal display, and it seems unlikely that it will look just right. Even in a traditional Kindle, pdfs do not really work all that well.

It is possible to convert a pdf into a format that the smaller machines can display. Calibre is one progam that makes file conversions. It is even free. If you have an HTML version of your document, the conversion is even easier. The question is, will a reader go to the trouble of doing that? Some will, but most will want a document that they can just open up and begin reading. So it is a good idea to make your document available in multiple formats, so that all the trouble your prospective customer has to go to is to get the right one off the internet and into his device.

This is what makes Smashwords such a great e-book creation site. You upload a simple Microsoft Word document. Smashwords runs it through the Meatgrinder and produces HTML (good for computer reading), JavaScript, mobi (Kindle format) EPub, which as Smashwords says on its site, works on “Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others.” The Meatgrinder also churns out RTF, PDF, LRF for older Sony readers, PDB (Palm Document files), and two versions of plain text.

Please bear in mind that although you as the author can download any format of your book for free, you cannot redistribute these files on other sites where you can upload and sell your works. Smashwords creates them, doesn’t charge you anything, puts you into premium distribution, and asks in return only that you don’t re-use the files the Meatgrinder creates. You might say, “But it’s my book.” That’s kind of like an architect making plans to build one house and someone stealing and using those plans to build a bunch more houses. And you didn’t even pay Smashwords like you paid the architect. Nope. Can’t do it. Sorry.

Smashwords also gives you coupon codes so you can give copies away for free. This is useful for reviewers and for contests or promotionals. Instead of just pricing your book at free, which you can do on Smashwords, just offer a coupon, so that you know who’s getting your book. Amazon makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to get your book priced “free,” and they don’t give any copies away otherwise. You have to buy your own book yourself if you want to be sure it was formatted correctly.

Smashwords premium distribution gets you into Barnes and Noble and the iBookstore, among others. Customers can buy the mobi format from them to read on a Kindle. Even so, Amazon clearly has the largest and most successful marketing apparatus, and your best chance to be noticed and purchased is on Amazon. Many authors have chosen to pull their books from general distribution and make them exclusive under Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Select plan. Indie authors in all the forums and discussion sites I belong to are extremely polarized about this. It is a personal decision, but the author must be sure to read and understand the agreement thoroughly. It’s not a boilerplate terms of use like we all unthinkingly agree to get on many sites to promote our books.


Please read the entire agreement carefully, and especially pay attention to these two points.

1 Exclusivity. When you include a Digital Book in KDP Select, you give us the exclusive right to sell and distribute your Digital Book in digital format while your book is in KDP Select. During this period of exclusivity, you cannot sell or distribute, or give anyone else the right to sell or distribute, your Digital Book (or content that is reasonably likely to compete commercially with your Digital Book, diminish its value, or be confused with it), in digital format in any territory where you have rights.


5 Your Commitment. Your commitment to these terms and conditions is important, and the benefits we provide to you as part of this option are conditioned on your following through on your commitments. If you un-publish your Digital Book, we will remove it from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, but you must continue to comply with these commitments, including exclusivity, through the remainder of the Digital Book’s then-current 90-day period of participation in KDP Select. If you don’t comply with these KDP Select terms and conditions, we will not owe you Royalties for that Digital Book earned through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Program, and we may offset any of those Royalties that were previously paid against future Royalties, or require you to remit them to us. We may also withhold your Royalty payments on all your Digital Books for a period of up to 90 days while we investigate. This doesn’t limit other remedies we have, such as prohibiting your future participation in KDP Select or KDP generally.

Remember, all you’re getting is inclusion in the lending program for Amazon Prime Members. In return, it seems to me that you’re giving up a lot, and taking a big risk that Amazon can deny you royalties and revenue if you don’t do exactly what they say.

But there’s nothing wrong with having your books in the KDP program generally. In fact, the Kindle is a great reader, and your books will look fantastic on it. We have both the Kindle Keyboard model and the Kindle Fire. Both are great readers and both are easy to use and look wonderful. I prefer the Kindle Fire display because it allows the full screen illustrations we have created for our two illustrated books to show in full color and full size. And the ease of buying (or getting free) the bunches and bunches of books Amazon has for Kindle is hard to beat.


Here is a link to CNET’s Kindle Fire review and the screenshots they show. It really does look that good. Fun to read in bed, and, though the battery only lasts about 4 hours, compared to the keyboard model’s lifespan of a month or more, it’s the perfect in-bed reader.


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