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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

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

Reserve your copy of Risuko on Kickstarter

Reserve your copy of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale now and help support Stillpoint Digital Press’s publication of this exciting new teen historical adventure novel!

Author David Kudler has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help make Risuko the best book it can possibly be. While Risuko is nearly finished, there’s still more we’d like to do, and we need your help.

Rewards for backers include copies of the novel in all available formats — paperback, hardcover, ebook, and audiobook — at below retail cost, plus much more!

The campaign is 90% funded with three days to go — join us before it ends on Friday, March 4!

For more information, check out the campaign at http://risuko.net/kickstarter


 

Risuko follows a young woman along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Set in Japan during the Sengoku Jidai — the century-long civil war era — Risuko is a coming-of-age adventure for a young woman adrift in a tumultuous, terrifying world.

It is the first in a planned four-book series, Seasons of the Sword.

Musings

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

MS to Ebook: A Cleaning Guide

This is the third 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 couple of months, I’ve been talking about just what an ebook is, and four basic methods for creating them.

This month, I’m going to get a bit more into the nitty-gritty — how best to prepare your manuscript for conversion.

Whichever of the methods you use to create your ebook, it’s essential to have the original file be as clean as possible.[*]

What do I mean by that?

Basically, it comes down to one thing: Continue reading MS to Ebook: A Cleaning Guide

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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