Selling eBooks at Book Fairs

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Most of us, I think, participate in as many book fairs in our local area as we can. I’ve written before about how to make the most of a book fair appearance, but recently I’ve forayed into new (to me) territory. I decided to have some eBooks on hand to sell.

How the heck do you sell an eBook in person?

I considered a few things. First of all, I wanted a physical product to hand to a customer. Taking their money and then just emailing something or sending it over in any number of wireless ways just seemed… less personal. I wanted a real product that was stylish, easy to understand and upload, and of course a great book. I thought about using inexpensive thumb drives, but even the cheapest ones added more overhead than I cared to absorb, so I finally settled on mini-DVD discs. These come in spindles at about $0.50 each. My total package (see photo above) includes: Continue reading “Selling eBooks at Book Fairs”

How to Sideload a Kindle 2017 Edition

how to sideload a kindle IMG_2348Back in 2013, I posted a tutorial on how to sideload your Kindle. As we all know, however, time, tide, and technology wait for no man or woman. Sometimes we have to jog — or even run — to keep up. So we decided it was time to update that particular post.

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There are a couple of ways you can add files to your Kindle without involving an eBook seller like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Probably the Continue reading “How to Sideload a Kindle 2017 Edition”

Want to Get Published? Do Your Homework!

authors do your homework-1815899_960_720I wish I had read the reviews before I wasted my money with this company. 

I’ve spent $1500 and I still don’t have my book.

I gave this company $5000 and all I got was a single box of books.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard or read something like the statements above, I wouldn’t have to buy lottery tickets anymore. I hear it from the students who attend my self-publishing class; the admins here at IU get emails like this almost every day. It’s frustrating, not only for the writers involved, but for us here at IU because it’s so absolutely avoidable. Continue reading “Want to Get Published? Do Your Homework!”

Service Publishers — a la Carte for Authors

service industry for authors chafing-dish-910535_960_720The publishing industry has changed dramatically over the last forty years. I’ve seen it. My first two books were published by a traditional publisher, a New York house, in the 1980s. That was probably the last time any large publisher took a chance on an unknown. After that, they got much more conservative, much more risk-averse, and pretty much only went with a name that they knew could command sales. Many small presses sprang up into the breach of the 1990s, and then the big explosion — self-publishing — came along after the turn of the century. Now, just about anything goes, and there is a wide range of publishing options for the hopeful author.

What’s it all mean? Let’s break it down. Continue reading “Service Publishers — a la Carte for Authors”