This Week in the Blogs, May 3 – 9, 2014

by Joel Friedlander on May 11, 2014 · 5 comments

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I don’t know about you, but whenever I start to think about publishing or producing something new, excitement comes along with it. Think about it: how fortunate we are, who manage to live by the fruits of our own imagination and initiative. So be grateful while you drink in this week’s crop of great articles to help you on your journey.

Shari Stauch on Where Writers Win
Book Soundtracks? Now Possible with Booktrack
“Funded by investors including Peter Thiel (co-founder and former CEO of PayPal), Booktrack is a unique tool designed for self-published writers and publishers to add soundtracks to their eBooks.”

Dick C. Waters on Indies Unlimited
Orchestrating a “Craig’s List” Free eBook Event
“Last month, I wrote about the success I had offering five of my eBooks free simultaneously for four days over the New Year’s Day holiday period. I ran the same promotion on Washington’s Birthday and had success again. However, that was only a single free day.”

Chris Robley on The BookBaby Blog
How to format your eBook
“In order to turn your book into a functional eBook, your manuscript document (.doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .html, etc.) must be converted to another file format (ePUB for most eReading devices, and .mobi for Kindle). Whether you’re handling the technical aspects of this process yourself or having a service like BookBaby take care of it for you, there’s a few things you need to do in advance to make sure your manuscript is optimally formatted for eBook file-conversion.”

Frances Caballo on Social Media Just For Writers
8 Tips for Writers Using Pinterest
“Last week I received the following message from Pinterest: Hi there, One of your boards has been picked to be one of the recommended boards for new Pinners to follow when they first sign up for Pinterest.”

Rachel Thompson on Book
Basic Social Media Resources To Help You!
“I’m often still surprised at how many people ask me basic Twitter questions every day. I certainly don’t mind helping and answering, but I wonder: Twitter has a wonderfully helpful and detailed Help Section. Why are folks asking me (or anyone) when the answer is most certainly found in Help? And there are so many other wonderful resources available at the touch of a few keys. Why not hit those?”


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    Shaun Costello May 23, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Hi Joel,

    I just uploaded a word doc book file that contained text and many photographs. When I previewed the converted upload the pics were all over the place, and the re-sized pages were a jumble. It says that the Kindle previews are not accurate. Is it possible that the upload was converted properly, but the preview function simply does not function? I need help here. Would reformatting using this template help? Thanks for any help you can give.
    Shaun Costello


    Joel Friedlander May 23, 2014 at 9:58 am


    Please direct your question (and I think a template would be a big help to you for this project) to:


    Jerry Low May 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Love Chris’ article – it’s exactly what I am looking for. Thanks!


    Widdershins May 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Chris Robley’s article was great. Easy to read and my eyes didn’t glaze over once!


    Michael N. Marcus May 11, 2014 at 3:25 am

    The Bookbaby article on ebook formatting has lots of good tips, but misspells “Arial” as “Ariel.” That error does not inspire confidence.


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