Let’s Talk Covers… Your mother probably taught you many things, among them the truism “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” Now, while that wisdom holds in most of our lives, one place where it doesn’t, ironically, is in publishing.
Timepiece, the first volume in Heather Albano’s exciting steampunk time-travel adventure trilogy Keeping Time, is now available from Stillpoint Digital Press. Timepiece is a steampunk time travel adventure about a girl, a pocket watch, Frankenstein’s monster, the Battle of Waterloo, and giant clockwork robots taking over London. Science fiction master Kim Stanley Robinson called it “propulsive … Continue reading Timepiece Now Available
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 … Continue reading The Ebook Retail Universe
Earlier this year, at the Digital Book World conference, a company called JellyBooks announced what it called “Google Analytics for ebooks.” For some readers, this raised the specter of Big Brother — or his corporate brethren — reading over their shoulders. Should we be worried about what we’re reading being tracked?
Stillpoint Digital Press has released Laura English, the debut novel of glamour, intrigue, and heartbreak by author Lynn Arias Bornstein. A fairy tale of Hollywood glamour that shows that even the most blessed lives may not have the happily-ever-after that we would expect, Laura English follows the life and loves of a young British actress … Continue reading Laura English by Lynn Arias Bornstein — Now at a Bookstore Near You!
My post on how to add social media and review links to your ebook has remained one of my most popular — no surprise, when every author and publisher (and author/publisher) is trying to make it as easy as possible for readers to share what they think about the book! Someone asked recently if it … Continue reading Smidget for Smashwords (and MS Word)
I Know (Je sais) by Ito Naga We usually think of science and poetry as inhabiting very different parts of the human mind, of human culture. When an astrophysicist who spends his days exploring the frontiers of the unknown writes a book of poems called I Know (Je Sais), we might pay some attention. Currently … Continue reading Review: I Know (Je Sais) by Ito Naga — Observing through Science and Poetry
A client just asked what she could plan on making per copy of her book — she’s trying to put together a budget, which is always an excellent idea. Well, I talked earlier about the costs of preparing a book for publication, but hey! We know your book is going to sell, right? So what … Continue reading From proof sheets to royalty reports: what a self-published book can earn
August 5, Larkspur, CA. Jack Beritzhoff (93) didn’t start writing until he was ninety. Today, a packed house at Folio 949 listened to him read from his newly-published memoir, Sail Away: Journeys of a Merchant Seaman and then lined up to have the “young. aspiring author” (as he described himself) read from his book of memories about the time that he served as a member of the US Merchant Marine from early in World War II through the Korean War.
Sail Away follows Beritzhoff from port to port, around the globe to five continents. “Jack’s a born storyteller,” said David Kudler, publisher of Stillpoint Digital Press. “It was fun to work with him. He brings a world at war to life through a series of charming vignettes rather than sweeping tales of battle or flying shrapnel. Sail Away is a view of epic events seen through a very human-sized, very bright window, offering glimpses of humor, humanity, and grace at the darkest of times.”
August 5, Larkspur, CA. Jack Beritzhoff (93) didn’t start writing until he was ninety. Today, a packed house at Folio 949 listened to him read from his newly-published memoir, Sail Away: Journeys of a Merchant Seaman and then lined up to have the “young. aspiring author” (as he described himself) read from his book of … Continue reading Sail Away Signing a Huge Success