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Sunday, April 17, 2011

It Is Ver-e Difficult!








It Is Ver-e Difficult!






I am in the process of attempting to publish my first e-book. I have some terrific opportunities, but I must learn to format my work properly for e-pub books. It is not easy.

Most of the big e-publishers, like Barnes & Noble and Amazon, have programs to download manuscripts into the proper format. However, it could not be more complicated! I feel like I am writing a physics book. The whole process is quite frustrating.

Does anyone have insight into a simple formatting program for e-books?

I have a new book being published soon, which will be available in bookstores. However, I also have some great opportunites to publish the book for Nook and Kindle, but I must do the formatting work. Hiring someone is not easy. Many claim to know how, but I don't know them. Others want a fortune.

Any tips out there?

18 comments:

  1. There are several ways to do it, but it would take too long to explain.

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  2. I have been researching this thing all weekend, and it is not simple.

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  3. Dear JJ,
    I can not help with this, as you can imagine. But, please, tell us when the book will be available!
    Regards from Portugal

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  4. Sorry no help from moi, but please please let us know when your book will be available. Good luck with that!!~Ames

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  5. FanaticoUm & Ames: Thank you so much. I am not sure anyone can help me. I have put an inordinate time into researching this so far, and it appears there is no easy way. Thank goodness I do not give up easily - or actually, at all.

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  6. Sooo many choices.. If I were you, I would weave out the ones who have had the most success rate, ease of getting the product done... Above all, the customer service... and always go w/your gut feeling ...

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  7. KBF: Thank you. I agree, but even then, there are a milion choices. I am working on it, however.

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  8. Congratulations on your new book. I know nothing about nothing. (does that mean I know something?) If it does, I don't. :) Good luck.

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  9. Sorry, I don't have any tips but I wish you the best of luck with everything!!

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  10. Just popped by to say good luck with it all, dee ;-)

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  11. Hello JJ...hope all is going well with the new puter ha ha and your publishing, cuz it's award time for you!

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  12. Manzi, Miriam, and Dee: Thank you for your moral support, as always. I love blogging with you guys!

    Karen: I am honored, and accept. Thank you!

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  13. You are brave, JJ, very brave. This is where I would find someone to do it for me. That's how I handle most of my computer challenges. Good luck and most of all I look forward to reading your new publications!

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  14. COOOOOL!!!!!
    Another ebook for my new toy!

    A simple way of making an ebook is as a PDF file... but I don't know how that would work for you to sell.

    The first time is always the most difficult...keep chugging!

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  15. Ooof, I'm in over my head with this one, but let us know if it works out for you! Keeping my fingers crossed and all that jazz...

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  16. Oh Dear ... I wish I could help you JJ but I have absolutely no idea. I do hope that someone will be able to assist you with it. Cheers Kath :)

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  17. Friends: Thank you all for your positive vibes. I am making progress. This eBook world is even more complicated than searching for a literary agent. I have found a process that seemingly works and converts the PDF file to ePub. Now, to get it published!

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