As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m in the process of converting some of my short books, which have been available only on my websites as both print books and PDF-type e-book, into e-books that can be distributed more widely via Smashwords.com and the Kindle bookstore. I have one document converted and a cover almost finished by a designer. That means I’m almost ready for my first upload to Smashwords and Amazon. Whoo hoo!
So, when I saw that Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn had released a new product on e-book publishing I was quite interested to find out about it. Joanna writes about only the things she knows and in which she has experience; thus, I felt sure a product she produced on how to publish e-books would be quiet good, especially since she has just published her first novel, Pentecost. A Thriller., as an e-book.
I, therefore, contacted, Joanna to ask her about her e-book publishing multi-media mini-course. She was kind enough to let me review a copy of How to Publish Your Ebook on Kindle, iPad, Nook, and More.
Here’s what I discovered when I took the time to peruse the program’s contents. First of all, this multi-media course comes with a PDF e-book that contains all the information you need to get started with your e-book publishing endeavor. The e-book provides links to the videos in the program (although these are accessible through links in her documentation as well) and the information in the videos is included in the e-boo, too—just in case you don’t want to watch the videos. Plus, there are audios to go with the videos, should you prefer to listen to the information rather than read the e-book or watch the videos. This means you can get the information in whatever manner works best for you.
Additionally, she’s included a superb interview with Smashwords Mark Coker (or you can read the transcript if you prefer) in the course. Within the videos and the text you can find numerous other links to articles, blog posts and documentation that are well worth clicking on and reading. I found myself spending a ton of time reading the ancillary material Joanna provided.
I really liked the E-book publishing Q & A as well, which answered a lot of common questions you might have even after going through the whole program. And I especially loved having Joanna take me through the steps of uploading documents to the Amazon Kindle and into the Smashwords (for iPad, Nook, Sony, etc.) system, which I will be doing any day now. These two sections in and of themselves are invaluable. They give you the sense that you have a friend leading you by the hand as you attempt to upload your own e-books into these systems.
How to Publish Your Ebook on Kindle, iPad, Nook, and More is chock full of step-by-step details and screen shots on how to prepare and upload your documents to Smashwords and Amazon as well as resources (such as people who will do document formatting for you), information about why now represents a great time to be an e-book author, cover design, e-book publishing options, and details about successful e-book authors.
The only thing I felt the program was lacking at all was a bit more focus on nonfiction, but Joanna did make sure to always cover this genre. Overall, I was more than thrilled with the information provided in How to Publish Your Ebook on Kindle, iPad, Nook, and More and highly recommend it to anyone wanting an easy guide to getting started as an e-book publisher. You can be sure I’ll have have the “virtual Joanna” there helping me step-by-step as I upload my e-book in the next week or so.
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