If you’re a writer and you haven’t become aware of eBooks, it’s time to start… like NOW. In the past few months Amazon.com announced that they sold more eBooks than they did books in print. Yet, I keep reading and hearing about how agents and publishers haven’t wrapped their heads around the eBook revolution that–I hate to tell you this–is just about over. Posting and managing your own eBooks on Amazon can net you 70% of the sale price (with certain caveats) which is a better deal than you will get from any agent or publisher. There is decent reporting on sales and you can track trends on a daily basis. If you already have traffic to your site or your name (marketing is king) then there is absolutely no reason in the world for you to give up your eBook rights. None.
Anyone, and I mean anyone can take their manuscript, upload it to Amazon or Smashwords and start selling their eBook online. The same rules about doing proper marketing apply, but the physical act of creating a .MOBI file is now automatic. If you write, wrap your head around this. If you’re an an agent, wrap your head around this. If you’re a publisher, it’s already too late. The word is out, and you pretty much need to write off dominating the eBook industry the way you’ve dominated the print industry for the past hundred years.
The horses are already out of the barn.
Having said all that, if you’re a professional writer and you expect professional results in your eBook, you have two options. Format your manuscript perfectly to be eBook conversion friendly, or hire someone like me to do the conversion for you. As an example, I charge $300.00 for a standard fiction manuscript eBook conversion. That covers about four hours of my time and includes:
- .MOBI and .EPUB formats for use on all Kindle, Nook and iAnything devices
- reformatting text and headings to ensure a proper table of contents
- review of the final output to ensure that it works properly in the desired devices
- origination (project) files so that you can take them to another vendor at any time if you want to
- a guarantee that the output will work and be properly formatted on the above devices
- moderate support on setting up your own Amazon account and uploading it yourself
You don’t need to be a slave to others anymore when it comes to digital version of your books. Do a little research and make the decision between using an online conversion process or going with a vendor like me. The more professional you want the output, the more you should consider a vendor.