I am dangerous when I go reading as it either teaches
me something knew or terrifies so much I want to go into hibernation forever. However lately it feels like circumstances
are really pushing for self-publishing.
EBooks seems to be the best course of action. Therefore a better understanding is
necessary. Then, if the traditional book
stills calls to you and it will we can look to using the printing on demand
method and get the best of both worlds. Is
all this sounding confusing? It’s
actually not and I say this with surprise.
It is about making the choice and doing what needs to be done. I am
pretty sure my choice is made. Hence I am reading again. This time it is an article by LaurelCohn. I have summarised and
commented but going to the direct source is always better and her website is
Firstly the discussion as to whether eBooks
are here to stay needs to be addressed as it is still something many question. I do understand this for mixed reasons. I
love books. I love the feel of them,
that breathy sigh when we turn the last page and the way they look in the
bookcase. It is hard to let go of this. The truth is though that stats are
showing that there is a rise in both publishing and purchasing. I know this on a personal level as I am
rarely without my Kindle. Why would I be
when it means I can carry a thousand books around with me in my handbag?
Goodbye boring wait at the doctor’s office, the dentist and the long trip on
the jet plane. The best part is (yes there is more) that I can adjust font to
suit these aging eyes. EBooks are
calling so I have to gather as much information as I can.
Laurel provides some handy hints and straight
away I am made aware of two important points if I am to publish this way. As a reader playing with font is fine but as
a writer we need to understand a few things.
One is that illustrations don’t work well. I am currently working on a poetry anthology
and had added some images only to find out my choices did not translate well at
all and had to abandon the idea at least for now. I wish I had read this
article before I spent hours perusing images. Secondly and equally as important
is understanding formats because if the reader changes page size proportions
change. If your format is not suitable
you need to know before publishing to avoid problems. Laurel talks about PDF and the EPUB, the official standard of the International Digital
Publishing Forum. To give you an idea of
why we need to know this kind of information – uploading to Amazon (kindle e-readers)
requires a format called MOBI and without software to convert the EPUB prepared
book there would be no uploading.
Some tips or ideas are a given and are easy to
take into account or rather should be. For instance, ensuring your manuscript
is a high standard. Editing is super
important whatever the publishing medium as is specific design considerations for an eBook. Conversions
to EPUB need to be verified before being accepted by online distributors and
retailers. Equally important is a good
cover so deciding whether to employ someone is a big decision when funds are
not there. Funds can only come from
sales so distribution needs to be given a lot of thought. We as a group are looking at using our
website but there are also online distributors, such as BookBaby or Smashwords.
Laurel warns us that we need to be” aware of tax implications if your
distributor is based in another country”.Writers think finishing their work is the hard part. I guess not which is why we are eternally
grateful for organisations like (www.asauthors.org) and (www.australiacouncil.gov.au/writersguide/, and to people
like Laurel Cohn who take the time to explain.
She offers much, nuch more but I will let you read it for yourself by
following the link: www.laurelcohn.com.au
however I am feeling less nervous about the whole process. I want to be a writer and so I have to allow
for confusion, insecurity and a certain amount of naivety. I am a baby who has only just discovered she
can actually crawl. I am going to give
myself a break as I figure out how to stand up and walk. Once I have that sorted I will think about