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A Favorite Son

Long Gone Daddies

Smidget - The Social Media Widget for Ebooks

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A Man and His God

Apart from Love

Laura English



About Us — The Human Face of Digital Publishing

David KudlerWhen I started Stillpoint Digital Press last year, all that I intended to do was to take my own varied experience as a writer, an editor, and an ebook designer and offer a service that was both more professional and more personal than that offered by the ebook self-publishing "services": digital publishing with a human face.

From the beginning, that idea has resonated — and has brought me in directions that I never anticipated.


News from the Stillpoint

Join in the YA Scavenger Hunt with David Kudler!

Risuko author David Kudler invites you to participate in the fall 2016 edition of YASH, a scavenger hunt/blog hop across the websites of over a hundred terrific authors of young-adult books! Enter to free books, pick up lots of exclusive free content, and add some exciting new books to your to-be-read list!

Go to David’s Risuko blog and check out his entry, which includes some content provided by Sherri L. Smith, award-winning author of Pasadenaa stunning new exploration of the dark under-belly of even the sunniest lives. Continue reading Join in the YA Scavenger Hunt with David Kudler!

Signing: Risuko Author David Kudler to Read at Book Passage

On Monday, October 3, author/publisher David Kudler will read from his new teen novel Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale at the Left Coast Writers monthly salonIn addition to sharing sections of the book, he will discuss the process of publishing his first novel. The salon takes place at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Copies of the book will available, and he will be signing as well. Continue reading Signing: Risuko Author David Kudler to Read at Book Passage

Interview: Risuko author David Kudler talks writing

John Byrne Barry, award-winning author of political and crime thrillers, interviewed Risuko author David Kudler for the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association web site on the day of Risuko’s release.

In the interview, Kudler discusses the writing process, including:

  • what it’s like to write the first book in a series,
  • how to balance leaving your readers wanting more with leaving them satisfied,
  • where he falls on the “plotting vs. pantsing” spectrum,
  • what inspired him to write the teen historical novel,
  • and much more.

Continue reading Interview: Risuko author David Kudler talks writing


The Convertible Cloud: Ebook Conversion Online

This is the next in my on-going series of post on ebook creation; it focusses, obviously, on ebook conversion online. It was originally posted over at Joel Friedlander’s wonderful site for indie publishers,

The Convertible Cloud: Ebook Conversion Online

Previously, I’ve compared some of the computer apps that you can use to convert your manuscript into an ebook.

This month I’ll talk about online conversion tools — all of the ones I’m going to discuss are attached to the retailers and distributors that you are going to be interested in.


Eye of the Hurricane: Top Ebook Retailers


Let’s start with the most popular retailers and their conversion tools (or lack thereof).


Once again, I’m assuming that you’re in the US — which isn’t a given, I know. (Most of this information is true for non-US publishers as well.) Also, I’m defining “manuscript” as synonymous with “Microsoft Word document” (either .doc or .docx), since that’s the most common file format for authors to work with, and that’s the format I used in comparing the desktop conversion tools.


As before, these are the major retailers you will probably be looking at:

Continue reading The Convertible Cloud: Ebook Conversion Online

Avast! Piracy and the Self-Publisher

I just had a conversation with a friend about the issue of piracy. I thought I’d share this post on the subject I wrote for Joel Friendlander’s

I hear from a lot of authors — traditionally and self-published — who are panicked to find their work being stolen. “I just did a Google search,” they’ll moan, “and found a site that’s giving my book away!

I take a deep breath, pour myself some (metaphoric) rum, and prepare to repel pirates — but mostly imagined ones.


It’s true: as long as there has been a commercial internet, there have been sites and apps that operated to “share” intellectual property illegally, to indulge in what is colorfully known as piracy.

Everyone remembers Napster: it was a peer-to-peer (P2P) app dedicated to sharing MP3 files across the internet back at the height of the so-called dot-com boom at the turn of the twenty-first century. The music industry did its best to shut Napster down by attacking its servers, its founder, and its users, and it did eventually force it out of business in 2001. But this didn’t stop P2P sharing; it simply moved the sharing on to other vectors — Limewire, BItTorrent, and many more.

However, a funny thing happened, also in 2001, that made music sharing less of an issue to the musicians and music companies: the launching of Apple’s iTunes (along with the iPod) made it easy actually to buy music through legitimate channels. Some folks still shared music online — but far more bought the music and downloaded it legitimately. iTunes became to music what Amazon has become for books: a way for even the smallest label to reach an audience and make some money. In some cases a lot of money.

Self-Published eBooks

Continue reading Avast! Piracy and the Self-Publisher

The Ebook Retail Universe

This is the sixth installment in my series of posts about ebook creation. Like the others, it was originally posted on Joel Friedlander’s wonderful resource for indie publishers,

The Ebook Retail Universe

I realized after my last post (looking at ebook conversion tools) that in my excitement in finally getting to the nuts and bolts of ebook creation that I’d skipped over online conversion tools. Most of those tools either are directly attached to ebook retailer websites or are attached indirectly through distributors/aggregators. So I’m going to have to backtrack.


This month I’ll talk about the retailers and distributors that you are going to be interested in, and next month I’m going to talk about the conversion tools that they offer.


Continue reading The Ebook Retail Universe

What Can Stillpoint Do for You?


Stillpoint Digital Press is a publisher and publishing services provider that creates fine ebook, audiobook, and print editions in genres from fiction to literary nonfiction, from memoir to poetry. It aims to provide digital publishing with a human face, offering a full range of editorial services, from editing, layout and ebook conversion to distribution and marketing.

Here's what we can do for you:


  • Design your book in print and/or ebook format
  • Print formats from simple black-and-white to complex, illustrated four-color
  • Ebook formats—Kindle (mobi/KF8) & ePub:
  • Fixed layout, flowing text, read-aloud, video- or audio-enhanced, etc.
  • Create a cover
  • Arrange printing—offset, short-run, or print-on-demand
  • Manage distribution
  • Work with you to market your book

Ebook Design

  • Quick and accurate ebook conversion from print or digital original
  • Cover Design
  • Smidget: Social Media Widget for Ebooks
  • Distribution to all major outlets — if you'd like, we'll even set up accounts for you!

Audiobook Production

  • Narration, recording, and editing
  • Distribution to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes

Editorial Services

  • Substantive and developmental editing
  • Co-writing
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Indexing
  • Image & quotes research and permissions

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