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A one day freebie for self-publishers

Sorry for the short notice everyone, but I’ve just put the ebook version ofย  ‘How to Print Your Novel with CreateSpace‘ up for one free day on Amazon.

The good news is that it’s scheduled for tomorrow, January 13th 2018 [about dinner time on the east coast of Australia].

The bad news is that it’s only available for the Kindle Fire tablets and the Kindle app. – i.e. it’s not available on the ordinary Kindles.

The reason is that the ebook version was created using the Amazon Textbook Creator, and Textbook Creator files don’t work on the ordinary Kindles. Given how many screenshots and illustrations there are in the How-to, that’s probably not such a bad thing as you really need to see them in colour.

If you’re ready to self-publish a print book of your own, or even if you’re still at the dreaming stage, please, PLEASE download the book tomorrow and keep it for future reference. The information in the book can be found on the internet – that’s how I found it all – but you’ll have to search for it, so get the book and have it all in the one place, in step-by-step order. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m keeping the freebie to just one day because I’m hoping the pirates won’t find out about it until it’s too late. This is just my theory, right, but I believe the free days we all use to market our books play into the hands of the pirates. They download our books, break the DRM if there is one, and then use our books as ‘bait’ for unwary readers hoping for a free book.

Again, I’m only theorizing here, but I found my first book on a couple of pirate sites some time ago. I didn’t want to go too deep in case I picked up a nasty infection, but one site used free books to lure people into a marketing scam. The other one? I don’t know but my anti-virus did not like it one little bit.

Anyway, that’s the long version of why I try not to put my books on free anymore. It’s also the reason this blog post is the only marketing I intend to do.

Okay, so January 13th on Amazon [dinner time for Aussies]:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/146-8929991-5956327?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=How+to+Print+Your+Novel+with+CreateSpace

I hope you all know that I’d really appreciate knowing if/where there are errors, or why something doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ™‚

cheers

Meeks

 

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Achievements, failures and RESOLUTIONS!

In a fond farewell to 2017 I thought I’d list my achievements:

I worked out how to use CreateSpace [after years of thinking it was too hard] and created print versions of 4/5 of my sci-fi novels, including all four covers for:

  • Miira
  • The Godsend
  • Nabatea
  • The Vintage Egg

I used the CreateSpace experience to write, produce the cover and print a non-fiction book called How to Print Your Novel with CreateSpace.

Then I got all ambitious and decided to do one for more complicated books. I am enormously proud to annouce that How to Print Non-Fiction with CreateSpace was uploaded to the CreateSpace website at 9:50pm December 31, 2017. Yep, I just scraped it in. The Non-Fiction book is not available yet as I want to road-test it a bit first, but at least it’s up there. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for the failures, most were small – like trying to replace the bulb in my rangehood and failing miserably – and some were just plain enfuriating. I mean, I’m a grown woman, right? I eat well, stay fairly healthy, I even do a bit of physical exercise out in the garden…so why can’t I lose weight? I don’t want to lose a lot, just 5 or 6 kilos…grrrrr.

Anyway, let’s not talk about the past. 2017 is DONE. It is over, finished, consigned to the trash heap of history. 2018 is going to be a lot better and for me it’s already started…Ta Dah

You are looking at the ebook version of How To Print Your Novel with CreateSpace!

Remember that poll I ran a short while ago? The one where I asked you which screenshots were easier to see? Well the results were overwhelmingly in favour of the coloured screenshots, but that left me with a terrible problem as I knew the print version would be seriously expensive [around about $25 USD for the longer how-to].

And then I stumbled across a new-ish Kindle app called the Kindle Textbook Creator. Could this be the answer to my problems?

Before I continue I have to send Chris McMullin a huge thank you. Chris is a publishing guru who writes textbooks and wonderful, clear blog posts about all sorts of technical things. One of his posts became my ‘bible’ as I researched the Textbook Creator:

Optimizing Amazon’s Free Kindle Textbook Creator Publishing Tool

If any of you have thought about writing say, a cookbook, but were put off by the tech, I strongly recommend that you read Chris’ post and get to work.

Anyway, I took Chris’ advice, optimised a copy of How to Print Your Novel for the Kindle [Fire only] and went to work. I finished turning it into an e-textbook just about 2 hours ago and uploaded it straight to KDP. It was a breeze!

The Textbook Creator uses PDF files just like CreateSpace, and basically makes each PDF ‘page’ one page for the Kindle. But the thing that really makes it standout is the clean, efficient interface that makes everything intuitive and easy. Amazon definitely got it right with this one.

So there we go, two days into 2018 and I have an e-textbook to my name. ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally to those resolutions. First up, I’m going to convert the How to Print Non-Fiction book into an e-textbook too. Then I’m going to take the Offspring’s advice and re-visit the cookbook I started a few years back. But mostly, I’m going to focus on the Vokhtah saga. Because I’m turning 65 in 10 days and I can feel my creative clock ticking. I’m a slow writer, and there are still a lot of stories I want to tell.

Oh…and that diet thing? I’m determined to win that battle too!

So, what about you? Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you manage to keep any of them? Should I just shut up now? -giggles-

Happy 2018 my friends,

Meeks


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