E-Books and Self-Publishing

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There was a time when I believed the only “real” books were printed on high-quality paper with a nice crisp cover and an unmistakable fragrance. A “real” book was the only kind of book I wanted to see my “Great American Novel” appear. Then I discovered BookRix.

Through BookRix I could publish on-line; which was free to produce and free to read. For a couple years I was able to get my feet wet “publishing and marketing” these books, at no cost to anyone, but no income to me. Then I discovered Smashwords.

A number of colleagues on BookRix recommended Smashwords as an excellent platform to publish quality e-books at no charge to the author. Their Stlyle Guide is very detailed, but if it is followed exactly, one can produce a great-looking and quality e-book. In fact, Smashwords formats the final book into most major platforms, including Kindle, Nook, and Sony. Of course they can also be downloaded in EPub format for other platforms; Adobe Reader, Kobo, and many others.

Of course the pricing and marketing is still up to the author, but Smashwords has a “Premium Catalog” of titles which is distributed industry-wide.

So far I have published two books under my Write On! Publishing name. One is a children’s Christmas story, The Adventures of Chris Mouse. The other is a collection of my mother’s devotional writings; Devotionals and Meditations, by Jewel Tilden.

(Maybe this is a shameless way to promote my books, but it’s also good advertising.)

If You’ve ever considered self-publishing your work as an e-book, I recommend Smashwords. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the outcome.

Write On!

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3 Responses

  1. Hey, saw your link on my stats and thought I’d visit. Do either of these companies do short stories? I’m looking to get short stories published.
    Also, thank you for this post, so I could read about these companies. I keep hearing about them on LinkedIn.

    • That kinda depends on “short story”. Many of the “books” are really longer short stories, short longer stories, or collections of short stories (anthologies).
      Check them both out. BookRix is now offering regular publishing of e-books, but there is a “setup charge”. Samshwords, however, is totally free and has very specific standards you have to stick to in order for them to accept your submission.
      I’d check out Smashwords if I were you. Take a look at some of their free books and sample the content. That should answer any questions you may have.
      Let me know how it works out for you.

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