Two Editions of My Third eBook are Published!

I have been notified that both editions of my new eBook, There Are No Molecules in God, Book One: God is One,  have been published. Surprisingly, Smashwords first approved it for sale, closely followed by Amazon’s Kindle Digital Publishing operation.

Smashwords has notified me that, according to plan, they will review my book for inclusion in the Smashwords Premium Catalog. That’s the tough part, but it is well worth the effort in order have my eBooks distributed to the Apple, Barnes and Noble Nook, Kindle, Kobo and Sony, as well as many other online eBook sellers worldwide.

It could be another two weeks, or more, before I hear whether or not I was accepted into the Premium Catalog  on the first try.

You can find this book’s promotion page on the two links below:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZFWEFK

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/57794

Advertisements

The eBook Waiting Game

I have uploaded two formatted versions of my third eBook manuscript and cover art, one into Amazon’s Kindle Digital Publishing system, the other into the Smashwords. com Meatgrinder system. It’s an agonizing time for a still-newbie.

In the Kindle system, I have cleared to “pending review” hurdle, and am well into the “publishing” phase. I am still not out of the woods; I might be informed of some things that require fixing.

In the Smashwords system,  I began in a much longer queue that with my two previous eBook titles, and am now in the automatic review stage, which will take a while, after which it will have to pass muster in the second review by a trained eBook editor before it goes on sale. Even then, I must await a final review before my book is accepted into the Smashwords Premium Catalog, which  is distributed to its most prestigious and most demanding eBook retailers.

Always, I am concerned about this because on my first two attempts to capture this prize, it took several tries before I accomplished it.

My Third eBook Publisher: Smashwords.com

To be perfectly honest, I can’t remember how I heard about Smashwords, but I’m glad I did. Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords is something of an eBook production and distribution genius. I have learned more about eBook publishing from him than from anyone else. Two of his own eBooks, Smashwords Style Guide and Smashwords Book Marketing Guide have been most instrumental in bringing me up to speed about formatting for acceptance by all eBook formats and on the important ways to promote the sale of my ebooks.

One of the best features of Smashwords author support system is inclusion in its Premium Catalog, which can be attained only by formatting one’s manuscript so well according to Smashwords’ guidelines as to fill all the requirements of the myriad eReader providers and booksellers to whom this catalog is sent periodically.

For a time, I had great difficulty in overcoming one hurdle on my way to this goal: my Table of Contents hyperlinking, which is critical to competing for sales to several major eBook eReader or tablet Mac/PC formats. (I will deal with how I overcame this problem in an upcoming post.)

Additionally, Mark has engineered Smashwords’ author support system to maximize eBook sales by drawing readers to my author and book sites on Smashwords.com, and by using the Smashwords couponing program to offer promotional discounts or, in the case of prospective established book reviewers, to offer free copies of my books for that purpose.

Clicking the links below will take you to Smashwords sites that illustrate several of my points:

My Smashwords.com eBook Pages:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/38209

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51424

My Smashwords.com Author Profile Page:

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/john937

Smashwords.com will loom large in future posts on eBook formatting and marketing strategies and technoques.

My Second eBook Publisher: barnesandnoble.com

I chose Barnes and Noble’s Pubit! as the second vehicle for publishing my eBooks because Nookbooks, as they are called, are sold by Barnes and Noble online and at their bricks and mortar bookstores. Barnes and Noble boasts a book inventory of over two million print and electronic titles in all combined genres, including 141,776 eBook fiction titles and 86,952 eBook non-fiction titles. Among these are 56,757 fiction titles and 9,050 non-fictions titles published by Barnes and Noble’s PubIt! publishing arm. Additionally, B and N offers apps to read all these ePub formatted books in virtually every known eBook and iBook format. I like the fact that B and N offers 16,325 non-fiction titles in the Religion category, which includes my two titles.

PubIt! offers one of the easiest (and quickest) manuscript formatting and manuscript-to-eBook-conversion processes of all that I have used, and its author’s account page simplifies my account management.

For more information about the Barnes and Noble PubIt! system, check it out by clicking on this link:

http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home

Barnes and Noble also provides many methods of author marketing support, including book promotion pages for each title, the 14-day eBook lending program (which I recommend to select book review prospects) and their suggestions regarding other books bought by those who bought my book (which works for me when they do the same on the book pages of those other authors). To see the examples of my two book pages on Barnes and Noble’s site, click on the links below:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Jesus-Six-Keys-to-a-More-Perfect-You/John-ONeill/e/2940012093547/?itm=10

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Sign-Contradicted/John-ONeill/e/2940012295958/?itm=3

 

 

My First eBook Publisher: Amazon.Com

As I mentioned in my first post, when a fellow author first heard of my tribulations while trying to get traditional Catholic book publishers to publish my manuscript, she offered me a one-word solution: “Kindle.”

I followed her advice and signed up on dtp.amazon.com to find the exhilarating experience of publishing my first eBook, Jesus’ Six Keys to a More Perfect You. So far, it has not showed signs of becoming a bestseller; but, then, I never expected it to be, because of the significant competition from the big-name authors within the Catholic eBook subset of the whole Christian eBook category. On top of that, there’s the matter of my own limited experience in the online marketing of eBooks.

I chose amazon.com, not just because my friend suggested it, but also for a number of other reasons. First, because amazon.com inventories more than 900,000 eBook fiction and non-fiction titles (including more than 67,500 eBooks in my chosen category) on its site, which it delivers almost instantly via its Whispersync system to a wide range eReader devices in virtually every format. Also, because Amazon offers its authors, who fulfill certain requirements regarding pricing and content size, a 70 percent royalty option.

More importantly, Amazon.Com, the world’s largest online bookstore, sells eBooks — big time! Last year Amazon sold 15 percent more Kindle ebooks than paperback books and 43 percent more Kindle ebooks than hardcover books. One author sold more than 1 million Kindle eBook copies of one of his book, and over 3 million Kindle eBook copies of all three books in his trilogy. Why does Amazon do so well? Simple: it owns and sells the Kindle eReader device, dedicated entirely to reading electronic books anywhere, anytime. Kindle owners are insatiable book lovers. Right now, Amazon.com has sold more books for me than either of the other publishers/distributors/retailers.

Secondly, I found its manuscript formatting requirements to be relatively easy to execute (I will get more into this in later posts). Thirdly, its manuscript-to-eBook conversion-to-eBook publication system (via MobiPocket) also is very easy to use. And finally, I am enjoying the fruits of many of Amazon’s author/eBook marketing support services such as: each eBook’s own book page, which enables me to direct buyer prospects to the specific page set up on amazon.com to describe my book’s contents and details about its specs, and to offer a 14-day loan of the book and to show examples of other books similar to mine for the buyer’s consideration. (This last feature works for me as well on the sites of those eBooks that Amazon considers to be similar to mine.)

So far, I have published two eBooks on dtp.amazon.com. Here are the links to each of their eBook pages:

http://www.amazon.com/John-ONeill/e/B004K9F2CS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004V9F6KU

Why This Blog?

Ever since I was six years old, sitting at my mother’s typewriter, I have been a writer. Later on, in high school, I wrote articles for the school paper and yearbook, Then, after graduating from college, I worked as an advertising copywriter, a magazine editor, and the writer of several business-to-business newsletters.

But it was not until I retired from all of this that I actually became a published author. It happened not long ago, in January of this year. I had been writing manuscripts and book proposals for several years, but had not been able to find a print book publisher willing to publish my submissions. Oh, they were very courteous in their rejections, but my themes were just not what they were looking for. It was all very discouraging.

Then, I met a friend at a gathering who, after listening to my tale of woe, gave me a one-word solution to my problem: “Kindle.” She then told me of how she learned about eBook publishing on the dtp.amazon.com site, and how her computer-savvy husband had helped her to publish her first work of non-fiction on the site. I looked into the matter and, also with the help of her husband, published my first non-fiction eBook — not only on amazon.com but also on barnesandnoble.com.pubit and on smashwords.com. Earlier this month, I published my second non-fiction eBook on all three of these sites, and am deeply involved in publicizing these two eBooks, while preparing a third manuscript for publication.

Why, then, am I starting this blog? First, to encourage other authors or potential authors to do the same, and to warn them of some pitfalls along the way. I am not promising riches or world fame in this endeavor — only the exhilaration and satisfaction of becoming a published author.

In all future posts, I will relate some of my experiences in eBook formatting, publishing and marketing, in hopes of giving you some information and warnings that may smooth your way to publishing success.

So please come back to see what I have to offer in these future posts.