Wow. Where did the year go? As 2014 slides into 2015 it’s always a good time to take stock of your achievements over the past 12 months. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, that means you’ve got some interest in writing and publishing so I’d like to wrap up the year by sharing a case study of one of our eBook projects that hopefully may inspire you to have a productive 2015.
We helped many writer’s with some great eBook projects but one stands out as our favourite eBook for 2014.
Let me tell you a bit about how we pulled it together.
One of the most satisfying projects I completed this year was helping Ruth Ann Jollet achieve her dream of writing and publishing her first book. Satisfying, because Ruth is 80 years old.
Her book. ‘Against The Flow’ is her story of growing up in Western Queensland in the 1930’s. It’s a great story of a time long gone and a good read too. But more importantly, it drove home to me what a revolution in publishing we are living through.
I like to call it the eBook Revolution.
That’s because eBook publishing really does make it possible to tell your story and share your knowledge with the world and with a little care and professionalism you really can put together a great product.
We took Ruth’s raw manuscript, edited it, got a great cover designed on fiverr.com and used one of the great layout templates from The Book Designer to make sure it looked great as well. We’re not an affiliate btw, but just a big fan. The one thing that makes self published eBooks look amateur a poorly designed layout. Use an Book Designer template and your eBook will look totally pro.
Once the eBook was edited and proofed and Ruth was happy we then published it on Smashword’s; which aggregates into iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Flipkart and many other eBook Stores. This is why I love Smashwords so much. It’s just a fantastic and very simple to use platform. Publish once, and vroom – Smashwords ships your eBook everywhere…except Amazon – (currently Amazon are only accepting books from Smashwords that are already selling well. It puts another layer of difficulty into it, but not much).
We then created an Amazon KDP account for Ruth, so Against the Flow could be read on Kindle as well. Then, boom! First sale within an hour of being published. I never get tired of helping new writer’s experience that feeling.
Finally, we helped Ruth with one last thing. She wanted to give her book as a Christmas gift to family and friends, so the next step was converting Against the Flow into a paperback.
CreateSpace came to the rescue. If you haven’t heard of it, CreateSpace let’s you create ‘print on demand’ books. There was some conversion to do on the layout. That’s because eBooks don’t have gutters (the space down the middle when you lay 2 pages out).
Happily, that was easy to do by just following CreateSpace’s simple specifications. We also had to recreate the index, re-paginate and create a new cover (with back and spine). The on-line tools at CreateSpace make this very easy. The standout is the virtual ‘galley’ that lets you see exactly what your book will look like in print – page by page. This is an essential review tool before you approve the proof and actually order hard copies.
This was a new project for madhouseMEDIA, and I was impressed with the high quality of the final product. Print costs worked out about $3.50 each (including shipping) – which is much, much cheaper then anything I could source locally in Australia. So, if you’re thinking of going print, give CreateSpace some serious consideration.
So, Ruth proved that it’s never too late to write and publish a book. In 2014, she achieved her dream of becoming a published author.
What about you? Is 2015 going to be YOUR year? Please leave a comment below.