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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 8 Updated edition (August 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466217103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466217102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephanie blogs about writing, publishing and Hidden London at Confessions Of An Author fessingauthor.blogspot.com. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @stephaniezia for writing and @blackbirdebooks for ebook publishing.

More About the Author

Stephanie Zia is a writer and journalist who originally trained and worked as a researcher and documentary producer for the BBC. Author of several novels and non-fiction books, she has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, Which? and Woman's Own. For many years she was a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper's popular Space Solves column. Stephanie also runs Blackbird Digital Books, an ebook and POD publisher of quality fiction and non-fiction. Her latest novel The Widow's To Do List, is about a 50 year old widow back on the dating scene.

Customer Reviews

Found the book very informative.
Michelle
Now, I thought I'd read everything - because I have a dozen "how to publish" books on my Kindle.
K. Gardner
I strongly advise anyone wanting to 'Kindle' their writings to buy Stephanie's book.
Alan Grainger

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. Voss on April 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
A fantastically brisk, snappy and practical guide to publishing an e-book - all the salient points are covered, and I love the step-by-step hand-holding nature of the instructions for the techie aspects! It's a quick, easy read, and will be undeniably useful for anyone embarking on the great adventure that is e-publishing. It certainly was for me.

Louise Voss
Author of Killing Cupid
Killing Cupid: A Psychological Crime Novel
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lkm8 on May 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Although I already have my books out in ebook format, this had some valuable information I didn't know. I would recommend reading this if you want to create your own ebook. Download this book, read it, and glean the information you need.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By clickz4 on March 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ok so I went back and forth between 2 stars and 3. Ultimately I landed on two which I admit is kinda harsh.... but if you're going to publish an ebook about, well, publishing an ebook, you're going to be held to a higher standard.

Case in point. Like most self-publishing folks, she stresses the need for a strong editor. She names her editor as being one she can really trust... (you know where this is going, don't you) YUP, this book REALLY needed an editor. That's one star. She's from the UK and to her credit she tells people to assume that the majority of your readers will be from the U.S. and to write accordingly. She EXPLICITLY says to never use only metric units but to give both for the folks in the new world... Yeah, you know where this is going too. She gives units in cm only. That cost her a star.

However the biggest problem is this. What she knows she knows.... but what she doesn't know she just sorta wings and it gets ugly fast. For example: She does not 100% understand how to zip files and says to zip the files, put the zip file in a folder and zip it again just to be sure. HUH?

And then there is the digital picture thing. Without sounding too much like a jerk... she has no clue what she is talking about. TO HER CREDIT she knows this is not her long suit and she says that and points you to better sources. But the physician's creed comes to mind; 'first do no harm.' Much of what she says is just wrong. Better to say less and be more accurate. AND (sadly) much of what she says is actually correct but then on another page she says the opposite. Talk about needing an editor! It's painful.

But let me say again the most important line in this review. *What she knows she knows.*

The first half of the book is great.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Scott H. Lewis on June 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I write and publish e-books, and am always eager to learn from others. This book may have had useful information, but it was so disorganized in its presentation that it was hard to read.

If a subsequent edition requires updates, usually, they're integrated seamlessly, giving the reader an easy, up-to-date read. Not here: Every other paragraph is followed by one or more "UPDATE" tags. How irritating! Why not just edit the book, remove old info and replace it with new stuff? I felt like I was proofreading a manuscript with numerous notes attached.

This was like wading through a quagmire: Neither pleasant nor rewarding, and leaving me tired.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jayne P. Bowers VINE VOICE on June 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Quite honestly, I downloaded this book to my Kindle because it was either free or quite inexpensive, and I'm so glad that I did! It's filled with interesting, informative, and up-to-date material, and the author somehow conveys the feeling to the reader that "You can do it!" If this had been a hard copy book, I would have underlined passages and turned back pages to keep track of all of the helpful data. Since it's on the Kindle, however, I made some notes, and when I go through it again, I'll highlight the sections that were especially helpful. And yes, I do plan to go through it again and again. It's like a how-to reference book that you can't comprehend and remember in one reading.

That said, here are a few of the neat things I learned, the most important being the knowledge that I can publish an ebook too, especially since there are pioneers who have gone before and are sharing their lessons with the greenies like me. I also learned about smashwords.com (love that site), how to make the copyright symbol, the difference between copy editing and proofreading, how to format work for different mediums (?) like Kindle and iPad, the importance of getting permission to use quotes and photographs, and much, much more. For instance, I learned that photographs need to be low resolution for this type of publishing. They don't take as long to load, so consequently your reader won't get impatient and move on to another book.

If you're entertaining the idea of epublishing, this book is definitely worth reading. Stephanie Zia has done her homework, and she has the voice of experience to back her up. Whether you need information about formatting, pricing, or uploading, you'll find it in How to Publish an EBook on a Budget.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By my dog's servant on September 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
One of Amazon's most useful innovations is the "download sample" for Kindle. I've ended up buying a lot of books I wouldn't have otherwise without trying the sample. Looking for an ebook on ebook formatting, I downloaded several samples. Imagine my amazement at finding this book on formatting to be VERY badly formatted. Whole sections of text disappear when the white-on-black view is selected. There is no link to a working TOC from the menu, which should be easy to build. The menu link to the cover doesn't work. Instead, you're taken to the title page where you are informed that this is the 12th edition, updated in August 2012 from the original 2010 publication date. In all that time, wouldn't you think the author of a book on proper formatting would have corrected her own formatting errors? Since it only took me a few minutes to realize this was NOT an author I'd trust, I didn't hit the errors noted in another negative review about the use of metric only, even though the author evidently warns against it. I did spot a couple of "British English" items, such as "whilst" when US writers would use "while," but that wouldn't have bothered me if the same reviewer hand't also noted that the author strongly recommends avoiding such usages. Clearly, this author needs to study some basic books on editing and formatting herself. Definitely pass on this one.
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