Friday, 16 June 2017

The Three Best eBook Publishing Platforms



All writers or unpublished authors require some important information that can enable them to earn some money or even a living from their writing. It is therefore good you know the viable eBook publishing platforms through which you can independently publish your books and make some cool dollars.

The good news is that I'm going to share with you three great publishing platforms that you can use to launch a profitable self-publishing career. These platforms are discussed below:


AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing controls about 60% of the eBook market share and hence the first point of call for any writer who wants to monetize his/her writing.

It pays two options of royalties to authors for each unit sales depending on the list price of the eBook. These royalty options are 35% or 70%.

To create a publishing account with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, click here and follow through the entire account creation processes.


DRAFT2DIGITAL

Draft2Digital is an Aggregator, in that it enables you to publish your books through it and it then distributes it to eBook retailers like Barnes and Noble, Apple iBook, Kobo, Scribd, etc. This makes it an important platform because it saves you time and also gets your books to big and successful eBook stores.

To create a publishing account with Draft2Digital, click here and follow through the entire account creation processes:


SMASHWORDS

Smashwords is also an Aggregator like Draft2Digital and hence it as well enables you to publish your books through it and it then distributes it to eBook retailers like Barnes and Noble, Apple iBook, Kobo, Scribd, etc.

One good thing about Smashwords is that it also has its own eBook store where your book is also listed for sales. This therefore, makes it an important player in the industry.

To create a publishing account with Smashwords, click here and follow through the entire account creation processes:

You can as well open a US bank account through Payoneer and use it to receive your royalties from the first two publishing platforms discussed above. To do that now, click here and follow through the simple processes involved.

You can as well check out this my blog post here if you need any further clarifications on the Payoneer Bank account opening and entering the account details in your Amazon KDP account.


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The era of being rejected by publishing agents or publishers is quite over now. This is because you can now independently publish your book as an eBook or print book Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform the leader in the publishing world.


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Thursday, 9 March 2017

How Authors can Get the Best from KBoards

KBoards

What is KBoards?

KBoards being a community for Kindle users and authors, presents a great platform for authors to socialize and connect with readers.

It was formerly called Kindleboards before it was rebranded KBoards. Its main author forums are listed below:

  • The Book Corner: This is a forum where readers share book reviews, recommendations, and new book discoveries.
  • Writers Cafe: This is where you find all discussions about ebooks and self-publishing in the areas of Writing, formatting, publishing, and marketing. It is a forum for authors to socialize and share ideas.
  • The Book Bazaar: This is a forum for authors to post announcements of their free and bargain books so that readers can browse through to find their favorite from the books.


Creating KBoards Account

To create your own KBoards Account, follow these steps:

  • Go to http://www.kboards.com or click here to go the site directly.
  • Click the "register" link.
  • Under the registration agreement, click the link " I accept the terms of the agreement".
  • Fill the provided fields with the required information (username, email, password).
  • Answer the two questions.
  • Click the "Register" button.
  • Login to the email you used to register and click the KBoards' activation link to complete your registration.


Set up Your KBoards Profile

Once you are logged in to KBoards, you can set up your profile as follows:

  • To be able to modify your profile, make sure you have made at least one post since you signed up.
  • Click on the menu "My KBoards"
  • From the list, click "Profile".
  • Click the link "Modify profile" and from the list click "Account Settings".
  • From here, you can set a new password and then click "Change profile" button at the bottom of the page.
  • To further modify your profile, scroll to the top of the page and click the link "At this link" under "Note".
  • From there, you can fill the provided fields with your website or blog, upload your avatar, and select your gender.
  • Then click the "Change profile" button.
My KBoards Profile


Create Your KBoards Signature

To create your KBoards' signature which will be at the bottom of all your posts and comments in the forums, follow these steps:

  • Click on the "Author" menu.
  • From the list, click "Author Signature Tool" or click here to access the signature tool. 
  • Select the region ".com or .co.UK".
  • Under "book", input the ASIN of the books you want to show in your forum signature.
  • Add your website and social media links under "links".
  • Input your author brand short and long descriptions in the fields provided.
  • Check the box on " Show flags for worldwide readers".
  • Click the "Preview" button.
  • Check the box for "Update KBoards forum profile".
  • Chose the signature format as either (1, 2, or 3) by selecting the appropriate option button.
  • Click the "Save" button just under under signature format 3.
KBoards signature tool


KBoards Link maker

You use "link maker" to add links of Amazon items on your forum posts. To use it,

  • Click on the "Author" menu.
  • Click on "Link Maker" or click here to access link maker. 
  • Search for the item using the search box.
  • Click on the item in the search results. 
  • Select the link code on the right side of the screen and copy/paste it into your forum post.
KBoards link maker tool



Tips on How Authors can Get the Best from KBoards

To get the best from KBoards as an author, follow these simple tips.

  • Update your profile with links to your website or blog and social media.
  • Upload a good avatar.
  • Create your forum signature.
  • Be active in "The Book Bazar" forum.
  • Post your New Release, Free and Countdown Deal books in the "Book Bazar" forum.
  • Socialize with other authors.
  • You can even use KBoards paid adverts to promote your books.
  • Also make sure any of your books you post about in the Book Bazar forum is by the pen name you use to register your KBoards' account, otherwise it will be removed by the moderators.


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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Book and Digital Publishing Tools and Software

digital publishing tools

Some of the software programs or applications use in book and digital publishing to typeset a document,  edit the document, proof read it, and format it for publishing are listed below:

  • Microsoft Word.
  • Calibre.
  • Sigil.
  • Adobe InDesign.
  • Apache OpenOffice Writer.
  • Scrivener.
  • Mac Pages.
  • KindleTestbookCreator.
  • Kindle Previewer.

Microsoft Word

This Word processor is use for typesetting the manuscript of an eBook. It is then also used for formatting the manuscript to eBook standard for publishing through proper use of styles. It is most flexible and easy to master of all eBook formatting tools.

Calibre

This is an open source eBook application for management of digital books. It functions as an eBook formatting software as well as an eBook reader.

Adobe InDesign

This is a desktop publishing software use to create digital publishing contents as well works like posters, magazines, flyers, brochures, and newspapers.

Apache OpenOffice Writer

This is a Word Processor like Microsoft Word but an open source software. It is use for typesetting book manuscripts and formatting the manuscript with the use of styles for publishing as an eBook or paper back book.

Scrivener

This is an outline and Word Processing program usually used  by authors and writers. It is a premium application and is available both on Mac Operating System and Windows Operating System.

Mac Pages

This is also a Word Processor like Microsoft Word but only available on Mac Operating System. It is as well use for typesetting book manuscripts and formatting the manuscript with the use of styles for publishing or to print.

KindleTestbookCreator

This is a Kindle Direct Publishing tool that allows authors and educators to convert a PDF file into a print replica digital book.

Kindle Previewer

This is a Kindle Direct Publishing tool that allows authors to emulate or simulate how their .mobi eBook will display across all Kindle devices and Apps. 


Note that you can open a US bank account through Payoneer and use it to receive your royalties from the first two publishing platforms discussed above. To do that now, click here and follow through the simple processes involved.


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  4. How to Promote and Market your eBook

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Monday, 30 January 2017

How to Create and Get the Link of PDF of your Free Giveaway Book Using Google Drive


Google drive

This free book should be one that your audience or target audience will appreciate and hence it will likely help build your mailing list.  
With Google drive, you can remotely host a PDF of your already formatted book with marketing or promotional links strategically placed in various parts of the book.
Once the formatting is complete, you can then login to your google drive account and upload it to the cloud. The following are the steps to get this properly done.


Decide on the Topic of Your Report

Choose and write on a good topic that relates to your niche and resonates with your your target audience.


Format and Convert the Document to PDF

Prepare and format it the document and ensure that it is a good marketing material for your rand or products y strategically placing the links to your products (book pages), websites, email subscription and social media profiles.
Convert it to portable file format (PDF).


Upload it to Google Drive

To upload your already formatted pdf eBook to your Google drive space, follow these steps:

  • Sign-in to Google Drive with your gmail account to have access to the free cloud space for your gmail account from Google. 
    sign in to Google drive account
  • Click the drop-down menu on “My Drive” and select “File”. 
    google drive drop down menu
  • Navigate to the location of the file in your computer and double click on it to upload it.
  • It will then start uploading and once you see the “upload completed” notification, you are done with uploading the free PDF book to your Google drive space.
  • Change its Sharing Permission status to Public. 
    Google drive link sharing
  • Select the file which is now on your Google drive space and click the “Share” icon from the Google drive menu. 
    google drive sharing link
  • Click “Advance” from the the share dialog box and change the file's sharing permission status private to public, so  that anyone on the internet can have access to it. 
    Google drive document permission status
  • Copy the share link URL on the dialog box. 
    get Google drive document link
  • Click the “Done” button. 


Share the Google Drive Report's URL to Promote your Brand or Products

You can now share this link with your fans through social media, or your website and hence creating additional visibility for your rand or products.


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Sunday, 8 January 2017

How You Can Get The Best From Goodreads as an Author

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What is Goodreads?

Goodreads is a social cataloging website that is reader centric but also a great place for authors to socialize with readers. It is also an Amazon company.
It gives leaders the opportunity to add books to their Goodreads shelf, review or star-rate books.
It also gives authors the opportunity to create a Goodreads author account in addition to what readers can do.

Maximizing Goodreads Potentials as an Author

The following tips will be of interest to you if you want to maximize the potentials of Goodreads.

  • Convert your reader account to "Goodreads Author" if you have not done that.
  • Make use of the "General update" feature to announce events or promote new releases.
  • Feed you author blog or website posts to your Goodreads blog.
  • Join groups that suits your niche.
  • Review books in your niche.
  • Participate actively in forum discussions.
  • Look out for those that share similar interests as yours and add them as friends.
  • You can creatively look out for reviewers and ask them to review your book but be professional about it.
  • Do not spam forums with your book, rather use threads dedicated to author promotion to market  your books.
  • You can also use Goodreads giveaway to create visibility for your book.

Be Patient With Goodreads!

As an author, you have to be patient when you use Goodreads and not expect a sudden books sales resulting from being on Goodreads. Be active in the forums, add Targeted friends and participate in discussion. All of this will help you build a fan base such that a good percentage of them can become loyal fans later.

Don't of Goodreads!

Avoid spamming others or forums with your books, as this will put you in a bad light and discourage people from following you.

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

How to Publish your Books Successfully Through Smashwords

smashwords

Authors who published through Smashwords will always give it one unique credit as an aggregator and that is the fact that its strict eBook formatting guidelines and its autovetter errors quickly helps a newbie indie to learn and increase his formatting skills.


Premium Distribution

It is only books that are free from autovetter errors that are given the Smashwords premium distribution status.

This must be the case if you want your books to qualify for Smsshwords premium distribution and hence your book being distributed to its partner digital stores like Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc. other wise it will only be made available in its own store.


Tips on Publishing Successfully Through Smashwords

The following tips will help you to overcome the autovetter errors if you publish through Smashwords.

  • Make sure your formatted Microsoft Word document is saved as a .doc file.
  • Do not use Microsoft Word custom heading styles to format your chapter and section headings, rather create a custom heading styles to format them.
  • Do not use Microsoft Word Insert table of content function to create a working TOC rather create your this TOC using Bookmark and Hyperlink method.
  • Do not use text box in your document.
  • Avoid Microsoft Word table and rather format your tables as images.
  • Your book's blurb or synopsis should not be too short when setting it up during publishing.
  • Remove any links to competitors as this will prevent it from being distributed to some important stores that prohibits that.
  • Do your best to avoid nested lists in your formatting.


Smashwords Style Guide and Marketing Guide free book Resources
Smashwords has two important free books that can get you started as a newbie indie author. One is the "Smashwords Style Guide" which gives you the basics of eBook formatting using Microsoft Word, and the other is "Smashwords Marketing Guide" which gives you the basics of author brand and book marketing tips.

You can download both PDF files from Smashwords website for free.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

How To Open U.S Payoneer Bank Account And Receive Online Payments Through Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)

Payoneer Bank account

With Payoneer, you will be able to open and own usbank account as a non-U.S citizen. It is a checking account and you are provided with a master card with which you can use on any ATM in the world. This implies that you will no longer wait to accumulate royalties or earnings from your online businesses to a certain threshold before you get paid by cheque which always comes with some challenges like undelivered cheque, high cost of clearing it or being unable to clear the cheque. To register and apply for this payment solution, click this apply now link to registerregister.


International Payment Made Easy Through Payoneer usbank Account

As an author or publisher, freelancer, or an affiliate you can use this service to receive your royalties or earnings from Amazon KDP, Draft2Digital, Google AdSense, Fiverr, Upwork and many others. You can register with Payoneer now if you need an account, register by clicking this apply now link.


Register And Apply For Payoneer USBank Account

You can apply for the Payoneer Bank account for free by going to the company website by clicking here. Once you successfully register, you will receive an email informing you of the approval.

Make sure you use your legal details same with the ones used in your online businesses account. The next email you will receive from them will contain your bank account details like (The name of the Bank, account number, routing number, and your holder name).

To register and open the Payoneer bank account, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Payoneer website by clicking here now.
  • Fill the form provided with the required details.
  • Make sure you use a correct P.O Box mailing address or postal code of your area, house address, email, and phone number.
  • You will receive an approval email and account details through your email soon after registration.
  • In one of the emails you will be informed that your Payoneer card have been shipped through regular mail and the expected period of delivery.
  • From experience, the regular mail delivery is good but not too effective because the expected delivery period will pass sometimes without some people receiving the card. So, in such a case login to your Payoneer account and re-order the card but ask them to ship it through expedited shipping. 


Submit The Required Documents

After successfully opening the account and while you await the delivery of the card, it is good you login to your Payoneer account using your email and password to submit the verification documents. At the bottom of the page, click on the button that ask you to submit evidence of your online business and identity card. Properly submit these documents.

You can now go to your online business accounts and enter your Payoneer usbank details appropriately. Make sure you select EFT as pay option and checking as type of bank account.


Re-order Payoneer Card

If after almost two months of application your card was not delivered by regular mail, then it is good you login to your Payoneer account to re-order it and then let them deliver it through expedited shipping via DHL which will cost you $40 and the card will be delivered to you in few days. The delivery cost will be taken from your Payoneer card and that was why I advised you to enter the account details into your online businesses account so that you will start receiving payments into it.

Note: Once you decides reorder another card in place of your missing or stolen card you will be charged extra $12 on ordering for a replacement.
Also, to order your card via expedited shipping once the last regular shipment period is over without getting the card, use the "contact us" button at the bottom of the page and not through the manner you applied for reorder via regular mail shipment.


Activate Your Payoneer Card

Once you receive your Payoneer card, the next step is to login to your account and activate it. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Login to your Payoneer account.
  • Click on the "Activate" tab at the top of the dashboard.
  • Enter the card number in the field provided for it.
  • Enter your chosen PIN in the field provided for it.
  • Confirm the PIN by entering it again in the next field.
  • Click the ok button.
Note that in case you ordered more than once before the card
Note that in case you ordered more than once before the card
was Delivered, you must select the appropriate card having the 16 digit number on the one delivered to you during the activation process.

Your Payoneer card is now activated and ready for use. This image shows the successful activation confirmation message.

Payoneer Card Activation confirmation Notification

Check Account Balance or Use/ Withdraw Cash

You can check your account balance by login to your Payoneer account or through ATM as you go to shop online with your money.
You can withdraw your fund in your local currency from any ATM that accepts master card worldwide or transfer the fund as airtime in your country using the Worldremit service. Worldremit said they don't operate direct bank deposit service from New York for now and since Payoneer is in NY, you can only use them to transfer your money as airtime credit which you can then sell to get the cash. Here is Wordremit site link. https://www.worldremit.com/

You can also shop online with your money and then sell off the product if you need the cash.

Refer Friends To Payoneer And Get $25 Reward

Refer people to use Payoneer and both of you will get a $25 reward once the person have received a total of $100 through his account. So, you can register for your account now by clicking this apply now link.


How To Enter Your Payoneer usBank Account Details into Your Amazon KDP Account

The procedures for entering your Payoneer bank account details into your KDP account are described below:

  • Login to your KDP account.
  • Scroll down to just after the tax interview and click on the "Add Bank'' link.
  • Select the country from the list which is US since Payoneer bank account is a US account.
  • Enter the bank name, account number, routing number, your name as the holder in the fields provided for them and select checking as the type of account. This will automatically be added to all the national market places.
  • Click on the + sign in front of each market place to confirm that EFT payment option is selected and also set the currency of your choice.

Contact Payoneer

The best way to contact Payoneer and have direct access to a customer service agent rather than their custom email response when you use the "Contact Us" button on the the Payoneer website is to contact them through their Facebook page.

Send them message through the page and you will likely get a real response within a week. Use this link to get to the Payoneer Facebook page.
Contact Payoneer

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