e-book vs Print Book Formats

Understanding how e-books work can be difficult for many people who have grown up with print. I’ve added a new FAQ to help you understand.

Why does my formatted e-book look different from my formatted print book?

For people who are used to and understand print books, the e-book world can be confusing. Print books look the same whether they are in an independent bookstore or a chain. Print books look the same no matter who is reading them. Authors can determine the size, the font, and a thousand other details for their print book and it’s all the same.

Not so e-books. The author has little or no control over how an e-book looks.

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What Do You Need to Do Differently Right Now?

Once you decide to self-publish, you have taken on another group of tasks to do on a regular basis. Some you can farm out to others, some you’ll wind up doing yourself. But however you manage your work, you will be an entrepreneur–the person ultimately in charge of things getting done.

GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict

If you’ve worked with me on your fiction project, we have likely discussed goal, motivation, and conflict. These are elements that can almost always need improvement, no matter how many books you’ve written.

It’s always timely …

Print Books: Amazon vs. IngramSpark and Bookstores

Some of the most frequently asked questions my clients ask me are about the difference between Amazon KDP print (formerly CreateSpace) and IngramSpark and about getting books into bookstores. I’ve answered them on my Frequently Asked Questions page.

What’s New: Time to Start Planning 2019

Cover-Armchair Ghost HuntingHow long has it been since you published your last book? If it’s over a year, it’s time to start thinking about a new one. Having more than one book for sale often prompts people …

Poetry and the Printed Page

In the past year, I’ve edited and formatted a few books of poetry. Poetry isn’t only a set of words, it’s sounds and how it appears when the reader scans it.

That’s when the problem begins.

Most poets I know write on a native Word document, which is set to 8.5 x 11 inches unless …

CreateSpace Merge with Amazon KDP

Just in case you thought everything was set — Amazon has started to implement the merger of CreateSpace and Amazon KDP. Details of the CreateSpace merge can be found here: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GSJULX3WGP36HQ3R

You may receive a notice from Amazon, or notice a link when you log into CreateSpace. (Apparently, this link comes and goes, so …

New Self-Publishing FAQ Page

Service BellMy clients ask me questions … lots of questions!

A teacher at heart, I try to give complete, honest answers as part of the services I provide. My goal is to make you as independent a self-publisher as …

How to Tune Amazon KDP Knobs to Improve Sales

The Neighborhood Cover

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If your book has been out for a while, you may have noticed sales are diminishing … or they never got to …

Book Format: The Problems with Images

When people ask me for a quote for a book format for print, one of the first questions I ask is if they have photos or other images. There are two reasons.

1) Companies that produce either print on demand (POD) or print runs of books have certain …