In with the new!

The new version of the Hell’s Door Opens has been sent to me by BookBaby and it looks like we’re ready to go. The eBook is available to purchase at Amazon right now and is being released through all the other major eBook vendors too. I was very disheartened when something went wrong with BookBaby’s conversion process back in March. The text they originally distributed had formatting errors. It has taken quite a while for Bookbaby to resolve this problem and during the past three months we’ve had to keep quiet about the book and hold off publicising its release but now we can start telling potential readers all about it. I intend to write an article about my experiences with BookBaby. On the one hand my dismay when they distributed a faulty...

Book Baby?

Book Baby?

Have you heard of Book Baby? For$99 they offer to make an eBook available for Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble NOOK and the Sony Reader. You can check out their website here. In addition to eBook distribution they offer a conversion and cover design service. A 30 day free trial of a web hosting service is available for authors without a website. But how useful is all of this? An author can create accounts with Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc. and have an eBook available without parting with any money. Perhaps the real advantage lies in just having to submit your manuscript once in electronic format. Book baby will then provide distribution of an eBook to all their digital partners. In addition to the initial $99 payment there is...

You and Yours?

I am told that BBC Radio 4 show, You and Yours, recently featured an interesting item about self-publishing. The main interviewee was an established thriller writer with several paperbacks to his credit. He decided to try Kindle and has done very well. One thing he stressed was that you have to have your own website, your own blog and make maximum use of Facebook. He reckons he now spends half of his working life writing stories and the other half promoting them on the web. He has a theory that his Kindle clientele are a different market from conventional book buyers. He aims for a max of 40,000 words for his Kindle stories – a “novella”, he says. He also says you need to shorten your sentences and your paragraphs: Kindlers are a market in a hurry. He...

Digital and hardcopy formats

There are many options open to us as we move forward with this project. Hell’s Door Opens will be available in both digital and hardcopy formats. Kindle Direct Publishing is an obvious choice for one digital format. We’re also considering a watermarked pdf release via Drive Thru Fiction. For hardcopy, there are many options and we may decide to release through more than one of them. Leading contenders includeCreatespace, Lulu and the Now in Print line from RPGnow. As the project develops we can keep you informed of our experiences with these companies. With luck, any hurdles we encounter will enable you to avoid similar obstacles. Buy the eBook edition of Hell’s Door Opens at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com Spread the word...