How to Get Your E-Book Published: An Insider's Guide to the World of Electronic Publishing

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Electronic book publishing offers opportunities that fascinate -- and bewilder -- many writers. How to Get Your E-Book Published is an insider's authoritative, comprehensive guide to this brand-new opportunity for you as a writer. Richard Curtis, agent, author, e-rights guru and e-publisher, and author William Thomas Quick detail how the industry works, where it's headed and how you can be a part of it. As an additional benefit, an invaluable directory of e-resources, referencing e-publishers, online bookstores, ...
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Overview

Electronic book publishing offers opportunities that fascinate -- and bewilder -- many writers. How to Get Your E-Book Published is an insider's authoritative, comprehensive guide to this brand-new opportunity for you as a writer. Richard Curtis, agent, author, e-rights guru and e-publisher, and author William Thomas Quick detail how the industry works, where it's headed and how you can be a part of it. As an additional benefit, an invaluable directory of e-resources, referencing e-publishers, online bookstores, e-book software, HTML text editors, and writing Web sites is included. It's all the information you need to conquer the world of e-publishing!
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The Internet and the World Wide Web gave birth to digital publishing as we know it today an industry still in its "drooling infancy," according to Curtis and Quick. In a witty, chummy sometimes corny style, Curtis, a literary agent turned online publisher, and Quick, a self-described computer geek and science fiction author, deliver an impressively thorough and up-to-date operations manual for writers who want to navigate the world of electronic publishing. Writers who shrink from anything remotely technological will be pleased to find that they can follow a discussion of the ins and outs of the various HTML editors, for example, distilled into clear, relevant and practical explanations. But the best feature of this book is that it explores thoroughly issues that are larger than the dauntingly large technological ones. Curtis and Quick expound upon the developing area of digital rights management that writers who e-publish will have to contend with. How do authors protect their copyright when the ability to make an infinite number of copies or, worse, to change the original composition is only a mouse-click away? Much about digital publishing is yet to be resolved, but Curtis and Quick present an articulate, reasoned contribution to the revolution. Writer's Digest Book Club main selection. (Feb.) Forecast: The book's gung-ho tone may seem misplaced in light of the folding of iPublish and other major e-publishers. But the tactic of going with smaller e-houses or self-publishing, both covered here, will appeal to many aspiring authors. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582970950
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Welcome to the Future: An Introduction to Electronic Publishing 1
Pt. 1 Understanding the Power and Potential of E-Publishing 4
1 The First Steps Toward E-Publishing 5
2 A Few Words From the Authors 8
3 The Roots of E-Publishing 14
4 E-Book Type One: Handheld Readers 21
5 E-Book Type Two: Software E-Book Readers 25
6 E-Book Type Three: Print-on-Demand Books 30
7 How E-Publishing is Changing How Books are Published 33
8 The Benefits of E-Publishing Over Traditional Methods 38
9 Understanding the Digital Revolution in Five Easy Steps 43
10 Does Your Information Want to Be Free? 49
11 Protecting What's Yours: Digital Rights Management 53
12 The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an E-Book 56
13 Avoiding Common Writing Pitfalls 59
14 How to Find a Trustworthy Editor for Your E-Book 63
Pt. 2 Getting Started: Writing and Formatting Your E-Book 68
15 Getting Your Book Into a Digital Format 69
16 The Next Step: Three E-Publishing Options 77
17 Understanding the World Wide Web and the Internet 80
18 Finding a Format to Reach the Most Readers 83
19 Amazing Things You Can Do With HTML Formats 90
20 Formatting for Handheld E-Book Readers 92
21 Alternate Opportunities for E-Publishing 100
Pt. 3 Self-Publishing on the Web 105
22 Getting on the Information Superhighway and Staying There 106
23 Setting Up Your Domain Name 111
24 Resources for Learning HTML 118
25 How You Can Built a Great E-Publishing Web Site 125
26 Reasons for Giving Your E-Book Away for Free 132
27 How to Make Money From Your E-Book 134
28 Congratulations! You Are an E-Book Publisher 144
Pt. 4 Working With Others to E-Publish Your E-Book 146
29 How Brand-Name E-Publishers Can Help Your Career 147
30 Working With Established E-Publishers 151
31 Is a Vanity E-Publisher Right for You? 156
32 Working With Print-on-Demand Publishers 161
33 Writer Beware: Scams in Electronic Publishing 166
34 The Traditional Role of Agents 168
35 In E-Publishing, Agents Are No Longer the Front Door 172
36 The Two Sides of Digital Rights Management 177
37 Issues Surrounding Intellectual Property 183
Pt. 5 Marketing and Distributing Your E-Book 191
38 Avenues for Distributing Your E-Book 192
39 Self-Distribution Methods 200
40 Alternate Methods of Distribution 205
41 The Importance of Marketing Your E-Book 210
42 Methods of Internet/Web Promotion to Avoid 213
43 Marketing Methods That Work 217
44 E-Mail Signatures: One Simple Thing You Can Do to Market Your E-Book 224
45 How to Get Your E-Book Reviewed 228
46 Focusing on Your Potential Market 235
47 Using E-mail Announcements to Advertise and Promote Your E-Book 240
48 Promoting Your E-Book Through Electronic Bulletin Boards 246
49 Wrapping Things Up: A Look Back ... and a Look Ahead 256
Resources 262
Bibliography 269
Index 271
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