When I started Stillpoint Digital Press in 2012, 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.
One of my first projects was a memoir by former merchant seaman Jack Beritzhoff. When I began outlining my plans to Jack, talking through the editorial process and discussing the benefits of publishing his autobiographical work in ebook form, the ninety-four-year old nodded, smiled, and said.
That sounds great. But I also want to be able to hold my book.
Well, who was I to deny Jack? And so Stillpoint became, quite outside of my plans, a traditional print publisher. The launch party and book signing for Sail Away was one of the prouder moments of my career in publishing.
Similarly, when Linda Finch began talking with me about bringing out a new edition of The Seven Gods of Luck, and I had created the print and ebook editions, I realized that I wanted to add a read-aloud track. Well, we have professional recording facilities, so that was easy. Suddenly, I found that we were in the audiobook business as well.
Our aim is to be as responsive as we can for our clients and partners, creating truly fine editions, no matter what the medium.
So tell us: what can we do for you?
News from the Stillpoint
The Bay Area Independent Publishers Association is a diverse and open group involved in the world of independent publishing, from folks who simply have a book idea to published authors, editors to illustrators, readers to reviewers, agents to printers, audio book experts to book shepherds.
—Becky Parker Geist, BAIPA Board of Directors, President
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JUDGE SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS?
- Judges will be asked to read up to five books from Sept. 30 to Jan. 15.
- Read in one of six genres (your choice): Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Young Adult, Children’s, Poetry
- Judges will read, review, and judge books using criteria provided by BAIPA.
- Judges will receive either a complementary BAIPA annual membership worth $90 or an honorarium of $75 (your choice).
By agreeing to judge books for BAIPA’s contest, you will be making an important contribution to independently published authors.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SERVE AS A JUDGE.
Please contact Bev Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Include name, email, the college/university, library, bookstore or organization that recommended you as a judge, and which genre you would prefer to read.
We’re back! Here are 6 more interesting online publishing tidbits, coming at you hot off the (digital) press.
- Looking for tips on how to successfully interface with readers online? Don’t reply to comments when you’re hangry, and other helpful tips from Neiman Lab.
- For those not in attendance at the recent London Book Fair, here were bestselling author Joanna Penn’s main take-aways.
- Facebook’s newsfeed feature is constantly evolving — read this Social Media Today article to keep up to date with how to use its algorithms to your advantage.
- For those not up to date with Google’s new GDPR-compliant policy, here’s an interesting read on why publishing trade groups aren’t happy with the tech-giant’s latest update.
- If you’ve really been living under a rock re: literary scandals, here’s a quick update on why the Nobel Prize in Literature is postponing this year’s award.
- I recently stumbled across this list of best publishing podcasts, and have to say, I’m impressed! If you’re looking for a good listen, shuffle through a few of these — you’ll certainly learn something.
Also, Stillpoint publisher David Kudler posted recently on TheBookDesigner.com about whether or not it makes sense to offer your ebook for free — and the best way to make that happen if you decide it does. Check it out!
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Feel free to let us know below!
April may be the cruelest month, but here at Stillpoint Digital there’s some good news — with a new month, comes a new roundup of this weeks most interesting #eprdctn-related articles. Continue reading Weekly Roundup
This post originally appeared on Joel Friedlander’s wonderful site, TheBookDesigner.com.
If, as I keep saying, an ebook is just a website a box, then in order to know how to get in and edit your ebook, you’re going to want to know some HTML. However you choose to work on the file, knowing the basic building blocks is essential in creating a finished product that presents your book to its best advantage.
When we talk about HTML, we’re actually talking about two separate things: