Learn the 30 best practices of the bestselling ebook authors.
This updated January 2014 edition of The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success has already helped tens of thousands of authors publish more professionally.
This ebook is a must-read for every writer, author, publisher and literary agent. Whether you're considering publishing a book for the first time, or you're a long-time veteran, this book will help you take your book to the next level.
Includes a comprehensive glossary of e-publishing terms. No technical experience necessary!
A great companion to Mark Coker's other popular e-publishing guides, The Smashwords Style Guide (how to format and publish an ebook for free) and The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free).
Share the secrets. Enjoy!
Here's what's inside:
Table of Contents
PrefaceIntroductionThe SecretsSecret 1: Write a great bookSecret 2: Pinch your penniesSecret 3: Create a great ebook coverSecret 4: Practice metadata magicSecret 5: Write another great bookSecret 6: Build reader trustSecret 7: Embrace your obscuritySecret 8: Spend your time wiselySecret 9: Maximize distributionSecret 10: Avoid exclusivitySecret 11: Give (some of) your books away for FREESecret 12: Understand the algorithmSecret 13: How retailers select titles for feature promotionSecret 14: Patience paysSecret 15: How books develop (the four behaviors)Secret 16: Trust your customers and supply chain partnersSecret 17: Platform building starts yesterdaySecret 18: Architect for viralitySecret 19: Tweak your viral catalystsSecret 20: Optimize discovery touch pointsSecret 21: Practice the never-ending book launchSecret 22: Think globallySecret 23: Study the bestsellersSecret 24: Develop a thick skinSecret 25: Think beyond priceSecret 26: Pricing Strategy: Unit volume is a lever for successSecret 27: Ebook publishing is easy, writing is difficultSecret 28: Define your own successSecret 29: Leveraging preorders to increase salesSecret 30: Share your secrets
Appendix I – Glossary of E-Publishing TermsAppendix II – Special acknowledgements for beta readersAppendix III – CreditsAppendix IV – Reproduction rights (how to distribute this book freely)
About the Author
I'm Mark, founder of Smashwords. Our mission is simple: we want to create the world's single best ebook publishing and distribution platform for our indie authors, publishers, literary agents and retailers. I'm co-author with my wife of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of Hollywood celebrity. I also wrote the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free), the Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook) and The 10-Minute PR Checklist (helps entrepreneurs and business managers think more strategically about public relations. It's not written for authors, though some authors find it valuable.). When I'm not writing or working on Smashwords, I enjoy gardening, traveling and hiking tall mountains, the tallest of which has been Mt. Kilimanjaro. Write me at first initial second initial at you know where dot com (though please direct all support inquires to the "comments/questions" link you'll find on any Smashwords page).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is really good! I would recommend it for anyone who's ever considered getting anything published. Most of the tips in this book are things I'm already doing, or planning on doing. But it does contain a few gems (and some useful insights into how both traditional and online book retailers work), and it has helped to motivate me to do some things I know I should be doing--not the least of which is "write more books!"
Mark does it again! Following on his two Smashwords books for authors, he continues with specific ideas and tactics to be as successful as possible with efforts to sucessfully promote your book, whether or not it is an Ebook or a Smashwords book. Thanks again, Mark.
I really enjoy this book! It gives you steps to publishing success that will be very handy should you want to publish an eBook. I also really enjoyed the Smashwords Style Guide by the same author.