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Posts Tagged ‘Kindle’

Illustrating Children’s Books

Tonight’s “Expert Media Show” is going to be a fun one…I’m teaching on “Illustrating Children’s Books.” I’ll be sharing some cool ways to create stunning illustrations without hiring an illustrator! Here is what we’ll be covering:

  • The Growing Children’s Market
  • Why Illustrations Are the Weakest Link
  • Using Photos for Illustrations
  • Some Clever Illustration Tricks
  • The Software I Use
  • And Much More!

Hope you join us for this no-cost webinar tonight at 7pm! If you aren’t already registered for these awesome, free webinars, you can register HERE:

REGISTER HERE!

The replays for ALL the episodes of the Expert Media Show are also available for viewing on the site!

Easily Create Professional-Looking Book Covers!

I’m sure you’ve heard it said, “A book is judged by its cover!” It’s true! And unfortunately, whether you realize it or not, it’s highly likely that YOUR book cover is costing you sales! LOTS of sales!

YES…EVEN your Kindle sales!

I understand why you use sub-standard covers for your books. After all, not everyone can afford to hire a graphic designer and shell out $1,500 for a great book cover design. I mean, seriously…you’re making a buck or two from your Kindle sales (hopefully) so how would that be cost-effective to get your cover professionally designed.

I get it…and that’s why I did something about that problem…something that will help you!

I just partnered together with two Kindle experts to show them (and you) how to increase book royalties by a factor of 2 or 3 (or even higher). You may not know this, but I was a book cover designer for 17 years with nearly 600 book cover designs to my name. Yes…I am one of those guys you would need to pay $1,500 to hire (if I would even do it).

Here is what one of the publishers I’ve worked with had to say about my cover designs:

“‘I’ve had the privilege of knowing and working with Tony Laidig since 2005. He is, by far, one of the best, if not the best, designer on the planet. He is brilliant at seeing what we don’t see and giving us exactly what we want!”

– David L. Hancock, Founder, Morgan James Publishing

Today I have some great news! It’s about how you can get the SAME result as if you had hired me, except that instead of paying $1,500, the investment is less than TEN BUCKS! You read correctly! We just released “Book Cover Genius” and it gives you access, not only to my cover design training, but also to one of my best-selling cover templates (and lots of other goodies) for just $9.90! You can get ALL the details below on this limited-time, incredible offer!

Get Book Cover Genius HERE!

Covert Strategy #2: E-Books

Here is the next strategy in our “30 Covert Strategies” series…

2. Publish E-Books. When it comes to e-books, I’m lumping all types of e-books into one description here. These would include PDF’s you sell or give away from your website, as well as e-books published for the Kindle, Nook, iPad and every other tablet and mobile device available now and in the future! While I love print books, the truth is that e-book sales are on the rise, and that’s not about to change. E-readers have changed everything. With the number of e-readers, tablets and smartphones already in use, plus more being purchased everyday, you cannot ignore creating and selling e-books…unless you hate money.

Selling your own PDFs created from Public Domain content is pretty straightforward since most word processors and page layout programs output directly to PDF. Publishing to the other platforms can present a few more challenges, but don’t let that stop you. Amazon offers excellent tutorials for publishing to the Kindle, as does Barnes & Noble for the Nook. Other sites, like Smashwords.com, enable you to publish to all the major reader platforms by supplying your book(s) in the EPUB format, the standard for most readers. The same book creation strategies I shared with Print Books apply here. As a matter of fact, I would HIGHLY recommend creating BOTH print books AND e-books of every Public Domain-based book you publish. There is no reason to NOT do that…unless you like leaving money on the table!

New Publishing Options with PubIt!

Barnes & Noble just provided us with a new opportunity for profiting from our e-books (like those from the Public Domain). Their new program, just launched October 5th, is called, PubIt! and gives anyone the ability to publish e-books for their Nook reader. What makes this a worthwhile consideration is, first of all, PubIt! uses the epub format, just like Apple’s iBooks for the iPad, Sony’s e-Reader and other devices. Second, Barnes & Noble has apps to offer their books on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and the PC.

After signing up for my own account, I did some investigating to see if B&N said anything about the Public Domain. Here is an excerpt from their terms concerning copyright:

Copyright Infringing: Material to which you do not own the copyright or the right to distribute. Public domain content may be posted to PubIt!. Barnes & Noble may, at any time, request validation that a given eBook qualifies as a public domain title.

So the good news is that the door is wide open for Public Domain titles. Now before you get the bright idea to upload PD titles and load them with links to other products and offers, you will also want to consider this statement as well, again from the PubIt! website:

Advertisements: Material contained within your eBook that primarily seeks to sell a product other than the eBook itself is prohibited.

In case you are wondering what kind of profits can we make from selling our e-books through PubIt!, here is a breakdown of the royalty structure:

Publisher will be paid a royalty off the List Price according to the following terms:

1. For eBooks with a List Price at or between $2.99 and $9.99 – 65% of the List Price

2. For eBooks with a List Price at or below $2.98 or at or greater than $10.00 (but not more than $199.99 and not less than $0.99) – 40% of the List Price

So, if you haven’t figured it our yet, keep your prices in the $2.99 to $9.99 price range…grin. With Barnes & Noble jumping into the e-publishing bookstore fray along with Apple’s iBook store and Amazon’s Kindle, the future is looking mighty bright for those who choose to sell e-books (and not just Public Domain e-books…hint…hint) through these marketplaces.

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