Archive for the ‘Ebooks’ Category

Should you ever want to find an open survey about what sort of added features readers might enjoy in their ebook purchases, Joe Abercrombie has done us all a favor by asking that question on his blog (note: there’s more than one page of comments).

There are many interesting ideas you’ll find there, but after reading those responses for inspiration, here are some things that I’m considering.

1) Hyperlinks within the book to help readers understand or remember certain proper nouns. Can’t remember what the god Oderigo is all about? Where the city of Remaes is? Make the glossary easy to access.

2) Author notes on certain pivotal chapters, something like what Brandon Sanderson does on his website with his annotations.

3) Original music, inspired by the book. I hope to work with some very talented musician friends on this. In many formats, this would be something I’d have to link to.

4) The very, very first draft of the very first chapter I wrote for the book (which was terrible, by the way).

5) A print author interview. I noticed that N.K. Jemisin has one in the back of the print version of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; I thought this was a nice feature.

6) An audio interview with the author, or a link to one.

7) Something along the lines of this comment from “Cyrus” on Joe Abercrombie’s blog:

But I would be willing to pay a few extra bucks for some good insight into how your work evolved, your personal stories about inspiration, and maybe little things that were added in I may have missed on the first read through.

Since this would be for my first novel, I’m thinking about adding some of these extras without raising the price.

What do you think? Are there any extras that you’d love to see in ebooks?


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Joe Konrath is a thriller writer, a genuinely good guy, and a very successful ebook seller for the Kindle. He’s blogged about the surprising value of e-rights. Yesterday, he hosted an incredibly valuable chat on Twitter about ebooks while saving an average midwestern city from a meteor that was about to destroy it (I know, amazing right?). Anyway, he handed down some hard-won tips about publishing to Kindle that I collected for you and yours. Before I list his tips, here’s a larger, overriding point that he made:

“Bottom Line: Ebooks aren’t the future. They’re the now. Exploit your erights, keep the $$$.”

Self-Publishing Kindle Mistakes

#1: Pricing too high. People don’t want to pay more than $5 for an ebook.

#2: Amateur cover. Unless you have crazy mad Photoshop skills, get a pro to do it.

#3: Expecting instant success. You’re 1 book out of 500,000. Help people find you.

#4: Spelling/grammar errors in book description. Duh!

#5: Not checking your preview. You have to proof read it, make sure it is perfect.

#6: Forgetting about it. Once your book is live, it requires occasional attention from you.

Kindle Ebook Success Tips

#1: A good book. Well written, no formatting errors, no grammar/spelling problems.

#2: Good product description. It should read like back jacket copy.

#3: The more ebooks listed, the easier you are to find, the more you’ll sell.

#4: Add teaser chapters for your other books in the back matter of your ebooks.

#5: Trade chapters with other authors to include in back matter for cross pollination of fans.

#6: Post links to your ebook on your website, blog, and

#7: Price it between 99 cents and $3.99. This is the most important tip of all.

#8: Experiment. Change covers, prices, promo techniques, descriptions, and track sales.

Ebook cover art tips

#1: Hire a pro. Expect to pay between $200 and $1000 per cover

#2: Make sure it is readable as a thumbnail–most covers are seen when tiny

#3: Don’t make it too “busy.” Clean and simple is better.

#4: Brand yourself. Your covers should look similar, or have a common theme.

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-Moses Siregar III

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