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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

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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.

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News from the Stillpoint

Win a signed copy of Risuko!

With just six weeks to go until the release of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, you can avoid the wait and enter to win a signed copy of Risuko today!

Through this Friday, author David Kudler is giving away a signed advance copy of his historical teen thriller on Goodreads:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Risuko by David Kudler

Risuko

by David Kudler

Giveaway ends May 06, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Set in sixteenth-century Japan wracked by civil war, Risuko follows the journey of a young woman who is recruited to become a kunoichi. What does that mean, how will she adapt, and can one girl affect the outcome of a hundred years of civil war?

Interested in finding out more?

Sign up today to receive the subscriber-exclusive prequel tale “White Robes: A Kunoichi Companion Tale”!

Author Jack Beritzhoff Sails Away

Jack Beritzhoff aboard the Barbara CWe regret to announce that Merchant Marine veteran, raconteur, and Stillpoint author Jack Beritzhoff has passed away.

His daughter Lisa Beritzhoff shared this statement:

I wanted to let you know that [Jack] passed last night with the sweet music of Cole Porter in the background and his family nearby.

He had a good run and was a kind and sweet man. I will miss him but I know he is in a good place.

Jack Beritzhoff - Sail Away: JOurneys of a Merchant SeamanA member of the US Merchant Marine from 1943 through 1952, Jack Beritzhoff served during both the Second World War and Korea. He wrote a collection of memories of his experiences as a sailor that Stillpoint Digital Press published in 2012 as Sail Away: Journeys of a Merchant Seaman. In addition to his literary pursuits, Bertizhoff fought for full recognition of members of the Merchant Marine as veterans.

Read Sebastian, one of the stories from Jack Beritzhoff’s Sail Away, here

A memorial for Jack will be held on May 13 at. XXXXXXX. For more information, see XXXXXXXX

Musings

Free for all: giving your ebook away on Amazon

“Selling” for free

I had a client ask me recently why you can’t price an ebook as free on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. The author wanted to promote her first book by giving it away — she’d been told that was the best way to make a splash.

I told her that you CAN “sell” your ebook for free on Kindle Direct Publishing — they just don’t make it easy. And it often isn’t a good idea.

Why don’t Amazon make it simple to set the price of a KDP ebook to $0.00? Continue reading Free for all: giving your ebook away on Amazon

Jump in the Convertible: Ebook Conversion Tools

This is the fifth 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,TheBookDesigner.com

Over the last few months I’ve discussed preparing your manuscript and your images for conversion into ebook form. This month, I’m going to look more closely at a subject that I’ve touched on: choosing an ebook conversion tool. Just to review, I suggested that there were four basic ways to convert your manuscript into ebook format:

  1. From scratch
  2. Saving from a word-processing or page-layout application into ePub format
  3. Using a conversion app or online service
  4. Hiring a designer

We’re going to ignore option #1 — if you’re the kind of person who wants to dig that deep into the guts of ebook creation, I don’t think that you’re going to be patient with this process. I’m not going to dwell on option #4 (or the second half of option #3), since the emphasis of this series is how to create your own ebooks. Using a conversion service or ebook designer is always an option, and I’ll discuss later how to choose one. But for now, we’re going to look at choosing the software that you can use to create a book yourself. Here’s the list of software that I will look through with you: .[1] Continue reading Jump in the Convertible: Ebook Conversion Tools

In the Picture: Prepping Images for Your Ebook

Last month I discussed how to clean up your manuscript to prepare it for ebook conversion. This time I’m going to be looking at how to do the same thing with images.[1]

There’s one big difference, however: where the advice that I gave you about getting your text squeaky clean was equally valid for preparing to convert your words to either print or ebook format, these suggestions are ebook-only.

What’s the difference?

Well, in either case, you’re going to start by finding the perfect picture to go with your words. You’re going to crop the picture (cutting out any extraneous bits) and enhance it (or get someone who knows how to do so) so that it looks beautiful.

However, there are two enormous differences between the image files you want to use in an ebook and ones you’re going to get printed on paper:

  1. In a print book, color is expensive, while in an ebook beautiful color costs (essentially) the same as black and white.
  2. On the other hand, in print, you want the image file that goes off to the printer to be as high quality (that is to say, large) as possible, while in an ebook, every kilobyte costs you (I’ll explain how below).

 

Continue reading In the Picture: Prepping Images for Your Ebook

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:

Publishing

 
  • 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

Contact us at editor@stillpointdigital.com

 

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