The New Way to Get Book Reviews: A Look at ‘Pubby’

The Problem It isn't big news--getting book reviews has always been an obstacle for self-published authors. And without book reviews, it’s hard (impossible) for self-published authors to get their books discovered on Amazon.  But of course, it’s hard to get book reviews if no one can even find your book. Amazon’s rather confusing policies on … Continue reading The New Way to Get Book Reviews: A Look at ‘Pubby’

Easily Create and Size a Full Book Cover for Kindle with Basic Photoshop

Ah, the dreaded book cover! A self-publishing author's waking nightmare, right there with eBook file types, ISBNs, and —gasp!— MARGINS! But it doesn't have to be so bad (and in fact, it can be quite fun). In this post I'll go over how to: Find and download your custom Kindle full (front, back, spine) book cover template … Continue reading Easily Create and Size a Full Book Cover for Kindle with Basic Photoshop

Checklist: Proofing Your eBook Before Pressing “Submit”

The internet has brought us plenty of good things: online shopping, ebooks, and this... But with the internet comes something we at DE call "insta-publish," meaning people tend to send everything out into the void before checking it first. Back when everything was headed for the printing press, writers and publishers alike took a lot … Continue reading Checklist: Proofing Your eBook Before Pressing “Submit”

Writer’s Software: Format, Customize, and Compile Books with Vellum

This will be the first of a few posts on software for writers. Vellum is a formatting software that imports your Microsoft Word document, plugs it into its system, and makes it easy for you to compile your books into the appropriate file types for eBook and print publication. We recommend Vellum for people who: … Continue reading Writer’s Software: Format, Customize, and Compile Books with Vellum

Print-on-Demand vs Print-in-Bulk: A beginner’s guide

It's a question every emerging author wants answered: should I do print-on-demand, or should I buy a bulk inventory? First off, let's distinguish the two services. Print on demand (ex: Createspace): This service only prints a book once one has been ordered. With something like this, your distribution is fully handled by someone like CreateSpace. … Continue reading Print-on-Demand vs Print-in-Bulk: A beginner’s guide