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Once, books were painstakingly copied by hand, then, in 1450 Gutenberg invented the printing press and revolutionized the publishing industry. Those first books were superbly crafted hardcovers, so it’s no wonder when dime store paperbacks appeared in the 1800s and 1900s that they were considered the trashy cousins of “real” books.read more
Plotting a novel sounds easy, doesn’t it? After all, it’s just telling all the things that happen in a story. The trick, though, is to make the story exciting enough for readers to keep turning the pages. That takes a lot of thought and consideration, and sadly, some tough decisions. I recently received a letter from Northcote Primary School in Australia asking about my novel, Run (reviewed here on CM:http://umanitoba.ca/cm/vol15/no13/run.html ). Here are the five questions and my answers. 1. What inspired you to write this book, Run? I enjoy...read more
Ebook sales–will they remain stable, go up, or as some would-be-hopeful’s keep insisting, go down? So, here we are, the end of 2014 nearly upon us and we’re all wondering what’s going to happen in ebook world next year. This year, we were lucky to have some great research and analysis on the industry from Author Earnings — see my article at: http://aksomitis.com/2014/07/e-book-sales-statistics-every-author-needs-to-know-before-signing-a-book-deal/ Here are a few more interesting stats from that report on...read more
CISS is the Canadian ISBN Service System that’s free to all Canadian book and ebook publishers. This article will take you step-by-stepy through assigning an ISBN through CISS. Canadians, unlike independent, or indie, ebook publishers in other countries, can have free ISBNs. To see whether or not you qualify for free ISBNs in Canada, see the registration process through Library and Archives Canada at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ciss-ssci/041002-130-e.html You’ll also need to go through the link above for information on establishing...read more
Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’ve all heard it a million times, but we do it anyway, don’t we? Coming up with a good cover design may be the most important thing you can do to market your ebooks. Your cover, after all, is your first–and often last–chance to make a good impression on book buyers, so it needs to attract readers while also giving insights into the ebook’s contents. It needs to have an invisible line that reels in buyers browsing virtual bookshelves. I made the covers for my first ebooks...read more
Writing and the Web go hand-in-hand, don’t they? While multimedia is big, text is often one of its key components. So, it makes sense that there are a lot of writing sites out here. I was very pleased to be included in this infographic listing the 100 top books related blogs for writers! Check out aksomitis.com below, by Linda Aksomitis, at #32. Visit some of these great sites and let me know in the comments area which ones you find useful. Top 100 Books Relates Blogs – An infographic by the team at Top 100 Embed Top 100 Books...read more
Have you ever wondered what keywords to use? Really, should say you have 1) ebooks online or 2) online ebooks? Or, maybe you’re thinking you’d get the most exposure for your book with a free giveaway using the phrase 3) download free ebooks online. So that’s three choices. What do you think? Would you pick #1, #2, or #3? And to make it exciting, let’s imagine you’ll sell an ebook to each person that visits your site from a search engine using that keyword. The stunning fact is that if you selected choice #1,...read more
Writing Web content is rewarding for many reasons. You can reach readers anywhere in the world. You can get instant feedback through comments. And you can write on any topic you want, without worrying about finding an interested editor. Sounds easy. Right? It can be if you’re mostly writing for yourself and not worried about whether or not anyone is reading your content. However, I’ve found that the most fun of writing on the Web is reaching interested readers. So how to do you do that? I’ll share three of the most important...read more
This month I read one of the best reports on e-publishing and e-book sales statistics that I’ve seen come out on the Web–the July 2014 Author Earnings Report from authorearnings.com What made it great? Well, the e-book sales statistics analysis gives insights into how independent, or indie, ebook publishers are really doing in the marketplace–compared to the competition, traditional publishing. But before we get to that, let’s take a look back at the growth of ebook publishing. We all know that time flies on the Web. A...read more
I’ve been writing for the Web for nearly two decades–and as you might imagine, I’ve learned a lot in that time! So, I’ve developed a new course with Ed2Go called, Write Effective Web Content. This course is offered at over 4000 community colleges around the world, along with my other two courses, Publish and Sell Your E-Books, and Introduction to Internet Writing Markets. A new section starts on Wednesday, July 16, and runs completely online for 6 weeks. The course is built around three goals for developing Web...read more