Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #47

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Everyone here at The Book Designer will be taking the day off tomorrow to enjoy Labor Day with our families. See you again on Wednesday when we’ll be featuring another great post, “Book Apps by Authorly” by our Contributing Writer, Jason Matthews. You won’t want to miss it.


Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is for August, 2014. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books.

A collection of outstanding articles recently posted to blogs, your reading here will be richly rewarded.

See the end of this post for links to submit your blog posts for the next carnival, or for participating Bloggers and Featured Bloggers to grab your sidebar badges. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Featured Posts

self-publishingSabrina Ricci presents Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited posted at Digital Pubbing, saying, “There has been a lot of buzz lately around Kindle Unlimited, the latest service to enter the ebook subscription game. But what out of all the subscription services I’d say that this one is the biggest game changer, and that’s because it’s an Amazon service.”

James MoushonJames Moushon presents How Do You Develop and Use a List of Your Readers? – HBS Author’s Corner STUDY posted at eBook Authors Corner, saying, “One of the pieces of information authors are finding invaluable is a list of their readers. If you want to announce a new release, a promotion or a giveaway, the instant access to a list of your readers is priceless. It could mean an instant jump in rankings and an increase in reviews both critical to the success of your book.”

self-publishingCarla King presents Book Aggregators and Distributors: A Short Primer posted at Self-Pub Boot Camp, saying, “Indie authors can upload ebooks to each online ebook retailer directly, but we might instead choose to distribute them using an ebook aggregator like Smashwords, IngramSpark, Vook or BookBaby. Likewise, we can upload our print book to Amazon via CreateSpace directly but distribute to other online print book retailers and brick-and-mortar bookstores via a distribution service like IngramSpark… Yeah boy, that is a lot of geeky publishing terms! So let’s wind it down and go through it in slo mo…”

Book Design and Production

Carla Douglas presents How to Turn a Print Book into a Digital File posted at Beyond Paper Editing, saying, “You might have books and stories that you’d like to self-publish, but all you have is a print copy. Don’t let this stand in your way. With OCR software, you can easily convert your print documents to digital—the first step in the ebook creation process.”

Cathi Stevenson presents The New Old in Cover Design posted at Publishing and Business Communications

Colin Dunbar presents Format a Book in Word: Footnote, Index & Bibliography posted at Format Book In Word, saying, “Footnotes are common in many non-fiction books, and are notes or references found at the bottom of the page. You can add these as you write your book, or you can add them afterwards. Endnotes are found at the end of the book, listed consecutively.”

Sabrina Ricci presents Indie Authors: Using 99 Designs to Crowdsource a Cover posted at Digital Pubbing, saying, “I chose to use 99 Designs, mainly because I thought it would be a relatively straight forward process to getting a kick ass cover. I did end up with what I think is an awesome cover, but I did end up investing more of my time than I initially planned. I want to break down the whole process in this post, in case it’s helpful to anyone else considering going this route.”

Ebooks and Ebook Readers

Nate Hoffelder presents BitTorrent to Add a Paywall to its Bundle Platform in September posted at The Digital Reader, saying, “BitTorrent might be synonymous with piracy but it can still prove useful to the indie author. BitTorrent Bundles is a sales platform which is designed to offer downloaders a sample before asking for payment. Right now the Bundles platform only asks for a downloader’s email, but in September the platform will let creators charge for a download. Indie authors could use it to sell audiobooks, graphic novels, and other large files which aren’t practical to sell in ebookstores.”
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