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Friday, February 21, 2014

What Every Indie Author Needs to Know About E-Books



I found two must-read articles at Publishers Weekly’s website and I’m so excited because these two articles detail what every indie author should know about e-books and the e-book publisher that might be right for them.

The first article can be found at the following link:


This article provides a detailed conversation about the different programs available for indie authors when deciding how, when and with whom to publish their e-books.  It even discusses some of the costs as well as the process of deciding how much to sell your e-book for, options for formatting your manuscript, and tips on selling your e-book.

A gem in the article also points the reader to Jane Friedman’s blog aptly titled, “Writing, reading, and publishing in the digital age.”  I’ve met and worked with Jane Friedman a very long time ago when she was at Writer’s Digest.  She's smart and nice and as her blog intro indicates, a trusted source for writers.

You can find Jane’s blog at:


The second article can be found at the following link:


This second article walks you through deciding which e-book publisher is right for you as an indie author.  There are publishers on the list that I only discovered as a result of reading these two articles and as the first article indicates, the most important task for all indie authors is to keep learning. 

The e-book landscape is constantly changing and while this can be very exciting for indie authors it can also be very scary.  A long time ago there was a commercial where a man was in a grocery store and the clerk asked if he wanted paper or plastic and he froze.  I don’t even remember which product was being advertised but that look of fear, that look of being overwhelmed resonates when trying to navigate the maze of options indie authors have. 

The good news is that we have many choices, the bad news is that we have many choices – AND we have to make choices that sometimes will work out and sometimes won’t, which is why I was so excited to find these two articles.  It’s like having a map on a road trip.  Some maps are better than others and the trick is discovering which one will help get you to your destination.  The same can be said for e-book publishers and the choices an indie author makes.  I think that you will find these two articles extremely helpful.

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