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Adventures in eBooks

December 22, 2011 by Kiersi

Cover mockup - The Mirror

Mockup of The Mirror eBook cover

Now that The Mirror has soared over the first draft finish line, it’s time to move into the next stage: second draft, editor’s revision, and eBook publication.

Yep, I’m going to approach (and hopefully drive a sword through its heart in victory) the beast that is eBook publishing. It’s terrifying. I feel a little like I’m betraying the very publishers I’m trying to woo with my YA book series, The Devil’s Throne, and a little like I may be biting off more than I can chew.

But there’s no way to know unless you try, right?

There are many eBook formats available. Each medium (the Kindle store, Apple’s iBook store, and more) has its own requirements and often, its own format. Services like _trekden will publish your manuscript as an eBook for the measly cost of 75% of your royalties after the first $300 in sales. While this includes things like copyediting of your manuscript, it still looks to me like a total scam. At least they don’t charge you anything up front!

While I’m still only in the planning stages, the costs are nevertheless adding up. It’s $90.00 for the rights to the photograph used in the cover mock-up I designed (at the top of this post), and I hear that’s low. Joining the Kindle store as a vendor is guaranteed to carry its own costs as well.

In the end, self-publishing an eBook is simply a means to an end. Since The Mirror has already been published online for free on this blog, it doesn’t have much hope to be published in paper commercially any time soon. Publishing in eBook format is a great opportunity to learn a new medium and give out my work to folks for the very reasonable price of $0.99.

I’ll post more as the project creeps along. Please feel free to use the Comments area to post any tips, tricks, or suggestions. I appreciate you!

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