We are slowly getting caught up on our blog writing on all of our remaining websites. This month we have let a few website domains go back to the registrar in order to keep up with the other ones that are making a little more money. This will allow us to keep them updated and may even let us offer more services to our fellow writers. Since, we have over 20 years experience with computers and websites we can help the new authors out with building them a website, writing articles about how to build your own webpage on some of the few remaining FREE webhosting places and even offer services to format their books into the most popular formats for self publication. Yes, you can absolutely follow the instructions on Amazon and Smashwords to do all of these things yourself. But why should you when someone is willing to help you get it down for a small fee. (Keep checking our http://websandblogsforwriters.com website for details)
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New eBook Store Plug-in. Yes, we are once again trying to a new eCommerce plug-in for our eBook store page. We have not been satisfied with any of the FREE eCommerce plug-ins being offered on WordPress.org and are not willing to pay for one until we actually find one that will work with our own WordPress theme and, of course, we begin to make some book sales. We have moved most of our handcrafted (physical items) that we have for sale to our Square-Up Marketplace account. They handle all the financial transactions and we just ship the items. Since, I have always wanted to own and operate my own bookstore I am determined to keep at it until I find one that works for me. We have an inventory of over 200 eBooks that we have the resell rights to and will be adding them a little at a time. We have some more that we haven’t been able to assess yet and will work on those once we have the others added. Almost every single one of those will only be $1.00 and are available for immediate download with all payments being processed through PAYPAL. Again, we will not have access to your financial information with them either.
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Holidays and Books go together like eggs and bacon. We all love to read books, others are busy writing books and this time of year we all like to give and get books for presents. You may have your favorite bookstore that you love to visit and browse through to see all the new offerings, the lovely book covers, as well as the book paraphernalia and other things being offered. For some of us we have to content ourselves with browsing online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and even the iTunes iBookstore to sate our cravings. Of course, visiting your local library is always nice and should be encouraged every single week. But there is just something special about picking out a brand new book for ourselves or our loved ones. Holding the book in our hands, looking through the pages and pictures is a sensory delight to most readers and writers.
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SELF PUBLISH WITH CREATESPACE
Our Book has been finalized and available in paperback format on CreateSpace. It offers “Print-on-Demand” services for self-publishing authors. They have great informational help sections to create your book, online previewers to see what your book will look like before it is available for printing and you get great author prices to buy a copy or ten of your book for you, your family and possibly sell your book yourself at festivals, shows, etc. You can do as much as you want in the process of getting your book ready for publishing or pay CreateSpace to do almost every single step for you. They have a wonderful free formatting guide you can download and we suggest that you read through it first before you go through your final draft. We highly recommend you buy a copy or two of the paperback proof of your book and have a couple of friends read through it before you submit the book for finalizing. They will give you a FREE ISBN number which is also great. They will not submit the book to the Library of Congress you will need to do that yourself.
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What’s Happening This Week? We have added our very own Acrobat Reader PDF version of our recently published eBook called the Insider’s Guide to Campground Hosting in Florida Parks. Since we sell eBooks we thought we would offer a slightly different version here than we have published on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. These two self-publishing companies are great for fiction writers but not so much for non-fiction writers. Non-Fiction books should have an index of terms and appendix pages available for their readers. This is as close to a paperback or hardback copy of our book as you can get. Granted, you are able to search for keywords within the eBook versions of our book on both sites but for those of us who like to look through indexes in books to find stuff and really appreciated accompanying material in our non-fiction books then Acrobat Reader PDFs are the way to go.
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