If you’ve been thinking about writing a book, this is a great time to actually get it done. Electronic books are all the rage! Here’s information on how to submit and create your own electronic books. This post is designed to help writers become authors of ebooks.
The Making of an eBook
Let’s begin. Electronic books or ebooks have become common place in the book market. If your story doesn’t come with a physical and electronic copy, it isn’t being given its best shot at being sold. There is software available and it’s FREE in order to help writers become electronic authors without anything more than their creativity and some know-how. Two of the biggest electronic stores in the world are Barnes & Noble (Nook) and Amazon (Kindle). See below how its done on their websites.
How to Submit a MANUSCRIPT to Barnes & Noble
Go to the Barnes & Noble homepage footer and click on Publisher & Author Guidelines. On this page there are a list of questions and answers helping the writer through the process of setting up their Vendor of Record Account on the B&N platform. There are two items required for this account, bibliographic and book data (must be formatted per their specifications). Once an account is established, writer can submit their manuscript via email, file transfer protocol (FTP) or by sending a CD Rom, zip-file, or even floppy disc.
Cover image must be submitted with a high resolution TIFF or JPEG 100-150 dpi only, length between 1400-2000 pixels and width proportionally designed.
Text data can be submitted in Microsoft Word, HTML (computer code in text, not images), TXT (text) or ePub (International Digital Publishing Forum) only. In order for the content to look its best in multiple e-readers, writers must be proficient end-users in HTML and TXT formatting. If the book is a composite of simple text and chapter headings than the product will be presentable to the reader in Word, HTML or TXT even if the writer is a novice. However, if there are images and a table of content, and footnotes, etc., skill in the areas of HTML and TXT formatting is a must. For ePub, an extension of XML formatting, it is arranged as a zip file with a MIMETYPE file, a META-INF folder, and a OEBPS folder. Each will contain all the files of the writer’s book perfectly set-up for the ebook platform and work best for the publisher. Those unfamiliar with these types of files need not worry. There are companies willing to convert Word, HTML, TXT and even PDF to ePub files for FREE. Altova has a 30-day FREE trail for epublishing software, afterwards pay $999 for full package and $499 for a subset.
Alternately, writers may also submit their hard and/or paperbacks and request to be included in B&N’s retail division (brick and mortar stores) by submitting a copy to their Small Press Department (212) 633-3388. Author’s book will be reviewed for placement in their stores. See address below.
The Small Press Department
Barnes & Noble
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
How to Submit a MANUSCRIPT to Amazon Kindle
Go to the Amazon homepage footer and click on Kindle Direct Publishing. On this page there is a sign up button that launches to a series of forms for writers to complete. Once writer’s account is set up, he/she may begin the process of creating and uploading their manuscript to the Kindle book store platform. Click on Get Started with Kindle content creation tools. This leads to a listing of what’s available. Kindle has an array of publishing tools that are FREE to end users. Whether the writer has a PC or Mac, Kindle provides downloadable applications (Mobi) that allow the user to upload their manuscripts from a Word or PDF file, manipulate it, add covers and even see how it will look in various types of Kindle Readers. These tools come with User Guides, making this process extremely user-friendly.
What Blackcurrant Can Provide for Writers
Here at Blackcurrant Press, we offer manuscript conversions too. Writers will receive completed files in one of the two digital standards, ePub and Mobi. Writers must supply their text files in WORD, PDF or InDesign and images in TIFF or JPEG formats and will receive a file that can be uploaded to Barnes & Noble’s Nook, or Amazon’s Kindle, iTunes, or any other on-line bookstore. Our price is $75 for this service. We offer this service for those who do not wish to convert their work themselves and have no desire to learn how to do so. You’re in luck! Click Here to submit your manuscript.
eBooks are all the Rage
With many bookstores closing and libraries in need of funding, ebooks have become more and more popular and in some cases the only way to publish books. There is far less overhead than traditional publishing that requires a printer and materials, a brick and mortar store, a storage facility, physical distribution and delivery. All electronic books require is a computer, creativity and a willingness to do the work.
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