Animation/Short Video Trailer

Submitted by kms on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 01:14

This is an example of how one might promote his or her book/app through a video trailer.  I've created this video as a promotional trailer for my app, Recover(Me) Project.  It can also be imagined as a multimedia book, since it includes images, poems, and music.  I use these three perspectives to explore the concept of recovery, and I argue that recovery has multiple interpretations.  It is a back-and-forth process.  It is a subjective experience-- for me, this is what recovery looks like, reads like, and sounds like.

Introduction to Smashwords

Submitted by Belle on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 22:55

Smashwords is an ebook publishing company. With so many publishing options, it can be difficult to pick the right one. Here’s what you should know about Smashwords before you choose.

  • Free account.

  • Your book is distributed globally, to retailers including Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd.

  • You earn 80% of the list price on Smashwords and 60% from other retailers.

  • Publish a preorder listing or book.

Comixology Overview

Submitted by jared on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 23:09

According to their website, Comixology, which is now owned by Amazon, is home to the “largest selection of digital comics anywhere,” with over 75,000 comics on offer for users worldwide. Comixology features traditional comic books, graphic novels, and manga from over 75 different publishers, including both major, easily recognized brands like Marvel and DC and new independent brands that have yet to carve out a name in the industry.

Kindle Direct Publishing

Submitted by YKK on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 21:02

In summary, Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is the platform you should use if you want to self-publish eBooks.

Kindle Best Practices

READ THIS FIRST: Amazon’s Kindle is for publishing eBooks! If you want to publish a book-book through Amazon, then you need to go to Amazon’s CreateSpace.

Let’s start with the basics, shall we?

Digital Publishing: BookBaby

Submitted by keo on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 20:16

Founded in 2011, BookBaby is a Philadelphia-based eBook and print book publishing and distribution company for independent authors. On its About page, BookBaby describes itself as “a team of authors, bloggers, poets, and artists,”[1] which the company believes uniquely qualifies its employees to understand and support the ins and outs of the publishing process—after all, many of them have published books of their own.

The Authors and Publishers Guide to Blurb

Submitted by gcarana on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 18:35

If you are an author or publisher that wants to publish a book without going through a publishing house (or if you are a publisher that does not have your own publishing company just yet), a self-publishing website might be for you! There are so many self-publishing websites out there, so it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you. One of these great and easy to use self-publishing websites is Blurb.

Using Character Styles in Adobe InDesign

Submitted by Belle on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 03:40

Character styles allow you to create templates for certain word styling - italic, different font, colors, spacing, the whole works.


What They’re Good For

Character styles are useful for individual words or phrases with unique styling. Paragraph styles will probably make up the bulk of your piece, but character styles are helpful for titles, headers, foreign words, etc.