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A Favorite Son

Long Gone Daddies

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A Man and His God

Apart from Love

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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

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

Risuko Release Day Events!

Release day for Risuko (June 15, 2016) is almost here
The Squirrel has landed! (The first shipment of Risuko first editions arrives)

Release day for Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (June 15) is almost here! We’ve got lots of exciting news for you — and more on the way. So keep checking on Stillpoint Digital Press, Risuko.net, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter!

If you haven’t read it, check out David Kudler’s post on writing Risuko, The Magic of History: Writing historical fiction as fantasy.

See below for some of what we’ve got in store for you! Continue reading Risuko Release Day Events!

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.

Enter Giveaway


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”!

Musings

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 TheBookDesigner.com:

Screenshot 2016-08-25 17.35.47I 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.

Napster

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

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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,TheBookDesigner.com

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

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

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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