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Use your graphics effectively

Posted by keerthi Jul 14, 2018

Pictures and images of a book have the strength to draw the interests of a reader, giving the reader an idea of what the text would revolve. Apart from enticing the reader to get engaged with the text, they also help the reader to gather complex ideas instantly. It is therefore important for authors to use the right pictures in their publications, in the right way.

 

Pictures can be used to highlight important concepts to gain attraction, as readers skip pages by only reading headlines and captions. A picture and a brief description would help in getting the required attention. Pictures used should merge with the publication, and therefore a sense of consistency should be evident throughout the pictures. The use of a single accent color or a small palette or a distinct graphic style can contribute to it. Using a common model for the story at a similar camera angle, with a consistent lightning adds to the consistency.

 

Animated images whenever used should be used wisely. This is because animation strikes big and grabs all attention, thus distracting readers from the point made. A For online publications, as far as possible use animations only when necessary like demonstrating a product use.

 

Now comes the size of the image. It is important for you to know the size and resolution of the image to be used, beforehand. Although you can change these, it is not always possible and at times you don’t get good results. Enlarging a picture decreases its resolution, reducing its pixels per inch or its dpi and reducing an image increases its resolution or its dpi.

 

Pictures with a low resolution will have a blurred appearance. However those with a high resolution tend to have a big file size, which makes it difficult to open, edit and print. If the color pictures are to be printed by a commercial printer, the resolution of these should be between 200 to 300 dpi. Higher resolution of up to 800 dpi should be okay but a lower resolution isn’t suitable. However, if the pictures are intended to be used online, then a resolution of about 96 dpi is sufficient, which is compatible to computer monitors.

 

Choosing an appropriate image file format is important too. This is again based on the way the image is to be used like whether it is a line art, animation or photo.

 

 

-keerthi

Book publisher

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Twitter Basics for New Authors

Posted by keerthi Jul 13, 2018

Building readership is one of the biggest challenges that all new authors face, and book marketing is  a long process that can be confusing and overwhelming. So where do you  start? What?s the first path you can take to reach readers? How do you  continue to grow fans? Is there a simple step for beginning authors?  Yes, there is!

 

For new authors, social media can be  an effective way to not only generate new fans and engage readers, but  also form valuable industry connections. Twitter is particularly good at  this. It allows authors to form real connections with passionate  readers and build relationships with fellow writers. In this post,  you?ll learn about the Twitter basics to discover how this interactive  social media outlet can help you thrive amongst readers!

 

Using Twitter Basics to Establish Your Author Presence

 

So what is Twitter, exactly? To put  it simply, Twitter is a social network where users interact with one  another through short messages, or tweets. This online outlet allows  users to stay updated on topics that interest them, essentially making  it a personalized news source. This makes it a great avenue for authors  to reach readers with the latest news on their writing projects. But  how? By using Twitter?s features to your advantage!

Profile Picture

 

Set your profile picture to an image  of you holding a copy of your book. Show off your hard work and make  your book recognizable by your Twitter followers.


Here are a couple more  quick tips from eBooks2go?s Twitter Guide:

 

Header Image

 

Your book cover is an excellent  option for the banner image that runs across the top of your Twitter  profile. Authors can take this a step further and feature images of  upcoming promotional events, such as a book signing or book launch.

 

Page Bio

 

Focus your bio description around  yourself as an author. Include any relevant links such as your author  website, blog, or retailers selling your book. If you?re just starting  out, your bio is a great opportunity to explain your writing inspiration  and aspirations!

 

Building Your Author Presence on Twitter

 

With each tweet, retweet, and  interaction on Twitter, think of how your efforts could make valuable  connections. How can you help readers get to know you as an author? How  can you connect with other writers, both established and aspiring? What  can you do to capture the interest of your desired readership? Check out  some of our suggestions to make build your author presence on Twitter ? 

 

Use Hashtags

 

A hashtag is created by putting a #  symbol in front of keywords or phrases in a post. The post is then  grouped with other posts using the same hashtag and appears in searches  on Twitter for other users to discover. With this in mind, authors can  search hashtags and keywords to connect with other aspiring authors and  fans by liking their posts, joining conversations, and follow users to  spark interactions! Here are just a few of many well-known writing  hashtags circulating the Twitter world:

 

 

#AmWriting

 

#WritersLife

 

#WIP (Work in Progress)

 

Short & Sweet

 

Each tweet is limited to 240  characters, so tweets should be kept short and sweet. Think of the  average user as they quickly scroll through their Twitter feed. Long  posts are more likely to be skipped over, while clear and concise  messages are more easily recognized and understood. Aiming for less than  240 characters is ideal, but while you focus on brevity be sure not to  skimp on quality! Avoid choppy sentences or misspellings, as these will  hurt the writing credibility you?re trying to build.

 

Rule of Thirds

 

It?s important to post often to  engage with your followers and gain new ones. However, it?s also  important not to flood your followers? feeds and drive them away. When  posting on Twitter, a recommended strategy to follow is the Rule of  Thirds. Meaning, a third of your posted content should be promotional, a  third should be book or industry related, and another third should be  personal interests. The Rule of Thirds helps authors maintain a good  balance with their posts to create and capture the interests of Twitter  users.

 

Encourage a Response

 

By tweeting an open-ended question on  your Twitter page, you are encouraging others to engage and reply. You  can also create a poll directly on Twitter, allowing you to ask for your  followers? opinions and provide them a few choices to gauge the most  popular choice. For example, you can have readers weigh in on a new  character?s name. Questions and polls are great ways to start  conversations and generate interactions about your book and other  writing projects.

 

Understanding Twitter basics allows  you to utilize the platform to your advantage. Learn even more Twitter  tips and tricks from eBooks2go?s Twitter Guide! Download the guide for  free today and learn not only Twitter basics but also discover how to  find your Twitter voice, connect with followers, establish your Twitter  audience, and utilize Twitter promotion options!

 

 

-keerthi

Book publisher worldwide

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What Genre do you write?

Posted by keerthi Jul 9, 2018

Books are classified into genres or types depending on what its theme is. The word genre is a French term used to denote kinds of any particular thing.

 

A book genre is actually a broad logical way to categorize books, contributing to a sense of community or class. Today books are available across a multitude of genres and people choose their books depending on the criteria of genre. With the advent of online sales, book stores too began to separate their books based on genres, so that it would be easy for prospective buyers to look for them, on their browsers.

 

Today it has become a common practice for books to be grouped based on genre, right from libraries to institutions and homes.

 

The genre of a book is often indicated on the front flap of the book to make it convenient for the readers to know the theme it belongs to.

 

The two broadest genres are fiction and nonfiction, which are very fundamental. The genres are classified further into sub genres, each of which has several categories. For instance fiction can be classified into several sub genres like mystery, science fiction, literary fiction, suspense etc. Children?s fiction is classified by many as a separate sub genre too.

 

The categories can be divided to further sub-categories which could then be classified further. As these distinctions go further, the level of sophistication and specialization is increased. For instance cooking books could be categorized to cooking books on non-vegetarian dishes, which could further be classified as books on cooking chicken dishes etc.

 

Book genre is an important criterion in book buying decisions, for many people. Someone who loves mystery novels would not be interested in romance literary fiction. Just like fiction, non-fiction too includes several genres, which can be further classified into sub genres, categories and sub categories.

 

An interesting aspect of genre is the concept of multi genre, which means that the theme of the book fits into more than one genre. For instance when the content of a book easily qualifies to be a science fiction or romance or mystery, the book is of a multi genre type.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Happy2018

Posted by Happy2018 Jul 1, 2018

Latley, I have found myself repeating the same words writing my poetry. I then will try to use big words. anyone have suggestions? I have been trying to keep it simple and write from the heart.

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Step 1) Realize that publishing is a tough business.  There are millions of books out there; countless more are published every year. The vast majority of these novels never sell more than a handful of copies. The odds of your novel becoming a bestseller aren’t much better than winning the lottery.

 

 

Step 2) Accept Step 1 and decide that you’re crazy enough to go for it anyway.  After all, some people have made it, so why not you?  Odds are, if you’re still here,  you will write your novel because you have to; to most writers, writing  is as essential as eating or breathing.

 

Step 3) Find your inner voice.  Find  the story that inspires you.  Find the characters you believe in.  Find  the book you must share with the world.

 

 

Step 4) Read more writing tips and study the craft.

 

 

Step 5) Find a good place to write.  I have a small, quiet office upstairs with nothing but a desk, a plant, and a laptop.

 

 

Step 6) When your novel is written,  revise it.  Polish the writing, rethink characters, cut out boring  scenes, write new ones, rewrite where necessary.                             I repeat this step several times.  For me,  Step 6 is much more work than Step 5.  For an hour I spend writing, I  can spend a day revising.

 

 

Step 7) Publish your novel.  Some  writers still submit their work to traditional publishers; most now  upload their novels directly to the ebook stores.

 

 

Step 8) Start writing your second book!

 

 

Good luck!

 

-keerthi

book publisher

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Tips for Children's Book

Posted by keerthi Jun 28, 2018

The book market of today has an increasing presence of  children's books. Although there are plenty of books available for children,  it isn't too easy to write one. Writing for children require a passion  to write, more than a focus on getting published to making money from  it, although these are guaranteed later. Writing for children  effectively does not necessitate writers; that they should have children.

 

To get started off, get an idea of the types of books available for  children, and determine which genre would be suitable for you. Try and  find out the beliefs and the understanding prevailing in the industry  with regard to children's books. Read several notable and good books to  understand the themes and writing styles adopted.  You may also network with other experienced writers or aspiring writers  like yourself, share views and experiences, so that you can find  solutions and guidance to your efforts.

 

Among the various genres available for children today are obviously  those with pictures and illustrations which include baby books, toddler  books and picture books. The baby books are for infants and young toddlers which  have rhymes and lullabies; while the toddler books are for ages 1 , 3  and built on themes like shapes, colors and numbers. The picture books  or the picture story books are for 4 , 8 years of age which have a  central child character, around whom the theme of the book is based,  averaging about 1000 words.

 

In case you have a favorite idea for a book in mind, ensure that it  is in line with today's standards and trends. As the writing market  demands and preferences keep changing constantly, you must ensure that  you are not left behind. By keeping a watchful eye on the children?s  book market and offerings of publishers, you can keep up with the trend.

 

One of the important decisions you have to make while writing a book  is whether you need an illustrator. Since children's books generally  need pictures or graphics, illustrations are crucial, particularly for  the nursery and kindergarten levels. When you are not an artist, then  you may prefer to leave it to your publisher who would be able to identify experienced illustrators who would fit the theme of the book.

 

And just like everything else, you tend to improve as you keep  writing. Don?t get worried if you don't find a publisher early. Remember  that most recognized names have once been through rejections.

 

keerthi

 

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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As the saying goes? if it ain't broke don't fix it. Books are a classic print format and, even with their transition into the eBook world, they still look their best when set in one of the following tried-and-tested typefaces.

 

We judged the legibility, beauty, simplicity and variety of weights available of a huge range of fonts, and whittled them down to these faithful five. They'll never let your typesetting down, guaranteed.


1. For Literary Fiction: Baskerville

A 'transitional' serif typeface, which borrows from its old-style predecessors (like Caslon, see below), Baskerville brings together the best of two worlds?classic and modern.

 

Baskerville is  unfailingly elegant and intellectual, but also highly readable when set  at small size, which makes it the perfect choice for literary fiction.

 

2. For Romantic Fiction: Sabon

 

Whether it's a classic Austen re-print or a contemporary teen romance, you want to find a typeface with femininity and elegance in abundance. Enter Sabon, a 1960s update on Claude Garamond?s design.

 

This serif is simple and clear, while retaining a definite touch of grown-up romance. You can't go wrong with setting a romantic epic in Sabon.

 

3. For Thrillers and Airport Page-Turners: Garamond

 

Used across all kinds of can't-put-down paperbacks, from Dan Brown to Gillian Flynn, Garamond is a versatile, easy-to-digest classic typeface, which has a neutrality and versatility that makes typesetting with it a breeze. Based on the Roman typefaces of Claude Garamond, the updated version of the typeface, Adobe Garamond Pro, offers six weights.

 

Team with more experimental sans serif chapter headings to add a modern flavour to thrillers and action fiction.


4. For Academic Non-Fiction: Caslon

 

 

The sight of this typeface may, for some, bring back painful memories of sweating over text books in Double Chem, but you can't deny that Caslon is the perfect choice for academic non-fiction. Set journals, encyclopaedias, text books and articles in Caslon and its subtle seriousness will convince any reader of its intellectual weight.

 

Adobe's update (Adobe Caslon Pro) adds a touch of modernity and improved digital adaptability, without compromising on the charm of the 18th Century original.

 

5. For General Interest: Utopia

 

 

For typesetting the newest Richard Dawkins or Jared Diamond, you'll want a typeface with a broad, approachable appeal. Just as general interest books seek to present factual information or opinion in an accessible format, so your font should strike a balance?not too intellectual, but not too dumbed-down either.

 

Typesetting devotees will no doubt still turn to a loyal serif for the task, and Utopia strikes the balance perfectly.

 

-keerthi

Book publisher

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Find Your Way: Writing Warm-Ups

Posted by keerthi Jun 26, 2018

I’m sitting at my kitchen table  agonizing over how to start this blog post. I’ve been sipping coffee,  nibbling on some breakfast, petting my dog as he sits on my foot, and  racking my brain for any sort of inspiration. Most noticeably, I’m not writing.

 

 

My irritation is very apparent. When I  sit to write and can’t, I go temporarily insane with frustration. It  gets dramatic and loud as I angrily start slamming “The quick brown fox  jumped over the lazy dog” into my keyboard just to get something on the  page.

 

 

After taking five minutes to write a warm-up story on a Post-it note, I am now focused and ready to tackle this blog post!

 

 

Writing warm-ups are a great way to  get your creative juices flowing. They’re very similar to stretching  before a workout. How are you supposed to run 5 miles if your legs are  stiff? It is the same principle with writing. How are you supposed to  express your ideas onto a screen or a piece of paper if your mind is  stiff?

 

 

What is a writing warm-up exactly? It  is a way to strengthen writing skills without the pressure of being  perfect. For example, let’s say I’m writing a family drama and I am  struggling with the mother/daughter relationship. I would work on a  warm-up focused on dialogue and chemistry in a story that has nothing to  do with my upcoming project. That way I’m still honing my skills but  I’m not frustrated if I struggle to find the words.

 

 

Warm-ups are different for everyone.  Every fiber of my creativity goes from tight to loose when I bend and  shape my mind during a writing warm-up. A writing warm-up can be  anything you want it to be, so long as it leaves you feeling ready to  tackle your project and clears your mind of distractions.

 

 

5 Great Writing Warm-Ups

 

1. #The Post-it Note Story

 

This is a favorite of mine if I am pressed for time or stuck  somewhere with nothing to do. It is a short story that fits on a Post-it  note featuring a beginning, a middle, and an end. I love this exercise  because I am presented with an interesting challenge: How, in the  simplest way, can I write a compelling story in the fewest words  possible? What words are necessary and what words aren’t? You may feel a  little like Hemingway with the simplicity you are forced to embrace.  However, the simplistic Post-it note warm-up can be a great way to help  your writing be more concise and straightforward.

 

2. Creating Your Own Myth

 

This is a quick general exercise that  can be used to hone in on anything you feel your writing needs to  improve upon. I normally use it as an inventive exercise to see how far I  can stretch my imagination. What is a myth you want to bust in this  writing warm-up? A favorite scenario I wrote was answering why snow is  white. In it, the snow was just chips of white paint falling from a  picket fence of a happy home. The wind saw how happy the family was and  picked at the paint to spread it all over during dark months in the  hopes that other families would feel a similar joy.

 

 

3. Random Line in a Book

 

This is an interesting challenge that  one of my creative writing teachers taught me. Grab a favorite book,  flip to a random page, and whatever random line your right thumb lands  on is your opening line.

 

 

 

I’ll start one for you … This is from The Road by Cormac McCarthy on page 185:

 

 

“The boy clung to his coat.”

 

 

Feel free to post your warm-up in a reply!

 

4. Describing Sensations

 

This warm-up caters to my biggest  weakness and one many writers struggle with: I know exactly what I want  to say but I don’t know an effective way to say it. Describing  sensations or emotions is a fun, quick exercise I like to do as a  challenging way to write expressively and vividly. Think of something  simple to write about that we take for granted, such as eyesight, the  texture of denim, or the sound of the wind. Now try to describe it in  such a way that someone who has never experienced it before would  understand. How would you describe the smell of an orange to someone who  doesn’t have a sense of smell? How you would paint a colorful picture  for someone who has never seen a sunset?

 

5. Morning Pages

 

This is hands down the most life-changing writing warm-up. Highlighted in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way,  morning pages are longhand writing warm-ups that should be done every  morning as a stream of conscience exercise. Write down openly and  honestly everything that you are thinking for three pages. The biggest  epiphany I’ve had writing morning pages is that I have much more control  over my thoughts than I realize. That little bit of information has  helped me immensely in my writing. I used to have trouble making sure my  works of fiction weren’t reflective of circumstances in my own life. I  had trouble creating characters that were completely original and didn’t  remind me of the people around me. With morning pages I learned that I  have complete control of my thoughts and more command over my  characters.

 

 

Do you have a helpful warm-up in your  writing toolbox to share? Leave a comment with your favorite writing  warm-up and help others bust through writer’s block!

 

-keerthi

book publisher

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Tips for Children?s Book

Posted by keerthi Jun 25, 2018

The book market of today has an increasing presence of  children’s books. Although there are plenty of books available for children, it isn’t too easy to write one.

 

Writing for children require a passion to write, more than a focus on getting published to making money from it, although these are guaranteed later. Writing for children effectively does not necessitate writers; that they should have children.

 

To get started off, get an idea of the types of books available for children, and determine which genre would be suitable for you. Try and find out the beliefs and the understanding prevailing in the industry with regard to children’s books. Read several notable and good books to understand the themes and writing styles adopted.

 

You may also network with other experienced writers or aspiring writers like yourself, share views and experiences, so that you can find solutions and guidance to your efforts.

 

Among the various genres available for children today are obviously those with pictures and illustrations which include baby books, toddler books and picture books. The baby books are for infants and young toddlers which have rhymes and lullabies; while the toddler books are for ages 1 , 3 and built on themes like shapes, colors and numbers.

 

The picture books or the picture story books are for 4 , 8 years of age which have a central child character, around whom the theme of the book is based, averaging about 1000 words.

 

In case you have a favorite idea for a book in mind, ensure that it is in line with today’s standards and trends. As the writing market demands and preferences keep changing constantly, you must ensure that you are not left behind.

 

By keeping a watchful eye on the children’s book market and offerings of publishers, you can keep up with the trend.

 

One of the important decisions you have to make while writing a book is whether you need an illustrator. Since children’s books generally need pictures or graphics, illustrations are crucial, particularly for the nursery and kindergarten levels. When you are not an artist, then you may prefer to leave it to your publisher who would be able to identify experienced illustrators who would fit the theme of the book.

 

And just like everything else, you tend to improve as you keep writing. Don’t get worried if you don’t find a publisher early. Remember that most recognized names have once been through rejections.

 

-keerthi

Book publisher

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Hi,


Five Things that Make a Good Cookbook Great


Design plays a role in making a great cookbook, but for the most part, it's the content that separates the wheat from the chaff. The author of a great cookbook has passion to spare, and a vast fund of knowledge. That shows up in the details, whether they?re technical, historical, scientific, or anecdotal.

 

1. Great headnotes. Headnotes are what make me fall in love with a cookbook, because that's where the author tells us what this recipe is doing in this book, and why they love it so. It's a place for stories and helpful tips ("if you can't find banana chiles, serranos will do").

 

Headnotes aren't just decorative--they can give you vital clues. If the author describes how she first was captivated by this recipe because of the smell of perfectly caramelized onions wafting out a window, that gives you a sense of something to watch for in the cooking.

 

2. "Instant classics."

 

It's disappointing to buy a cookbook and then find it's filled with recipes for things you already know how to make: like meatloaf.

It's always disappointing to buy a cookbook and then find it's filled with recipes for things you already know how to make because they're commonplace: meatloaf, spaghetti carbonara, roast chicken--or a scarcely altered variation on those themes.

 

I always look for "instant classics": recipes that aren't overly familiar but are good enough and straightforward enough to adapt as a household standard. Two Dudes, One Pan?s baked penne frittata and Dorie Greenspan's Chicken Tagine with Dried Apricots are two examples.

 

3. ?What to Look For.? This is perhaps the clearest indicator of a great cook and, more importantly, a great teacher. The halfhearted cookbook author might merely say, "Fry for five minutes over high heat," maybe adding a perfunctory "until golden". But gas and electric burners are variable, and times vary.

 

Tell us how the spices should smell when they're toasted, how big the bubbles in the sauce should be when it's simmering properly, how salty the curry paste should be. There's nothing wrong with a wordy recipe--it just shows someone cares.

 

4. Sidebars, glossaries, indexes. Although we don't use them while we're actually cooking, these peripheral materials distinguish the cookbook that stays on your shelf for years from the one you give away after a season.

 

It's not just the useful information, like how to shop for Japanese groceries, or the equipment you need to make your own pasta. It's the quotes from other cooks, the story about Nana and the fishmonger, the lore that makes your cookbook different from anyone else's.

 

5. Art. Good design is essential; good art can make a buyer fall in love with your cookbook right there in the store. But don't let your food stylist go so crazy with the shot that it no longer bears a relationship to what the home cook can reasonably produce. Nothing's more infuriating than seeing perfect grill marks on a piece of meat when you've been told to run it under a broiler, or having beautiful little heirloom cherry tomatoes not mentioned in the recipe prettying up a beige risotto under false pretenses.

 

Honest photographs, preferably facing the recipe page, are great.

 

Drawings, whether whimsical or realistic, can work, too. (And type can be every bit as powerful as art. I am partial to the mixed-typeface designs you see more and more these days--they punch up a page and often help me parse a recipe at speed.)

 

Thank you!!! Hope this helps!!!!!

 

-keerthi

book publisher

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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EPUB

 

The ePub format is an open format designed by the Open eBook Forum and developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum. Based on XHTML and XML, it was made with the intention to be a both source file format and end user format. Examples of software that can open this format are EPUBReader Firefox add on, Adobe Digital Editions, and QuickReader. Meanwhile, devices that can open this file include the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Sony Readers, Kobo Reader, and the Nook from Barnes & Noble.

 

AZW

 

This is an Amazon format used exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. It is basically a MOBI format that uses a high compression option. As Kindle apps have been released for devices other than the Kindle reader, AZW format files can also be opened on smartphones (iPhone, Android phones, and BlackBerry), computers (Mac and PCs), and tablets (iPad, Android tablets, and Windows 8 tablets).

LIT

 

This is an e-book format developed for the Microsoft Reader software. It is native to the PocketPC and Windows Mobile devices, and can also be found on PCs and the Hanlin eReader. However, content in LIT format was discontinued starting November 2011, while downloading of the Microsoft Reader software was stopped by the end of August 2012. Users may still use the Microsoft Reader on their devices but cannot add new content anymore.

 

PDF

 

The Portable Document Format was created by Adobe for its Acrobat products. This is a very popular e-book format since software support for this format exists for a lot of devices. Examples of PDF viewers are Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, Nitro PDF reader, PDF-XChange Viewer, Xpdf, and a lot more. Most of these are freeware. One downside of this format is that content in PDF is usually scaled for A4 or letter size, which becomes unreadable when reduced in order to fit the small screens on smartphones.


ODF

 

ODF stands for OpenDocument Format. It is an XML-based file format and is the default format for OpenOffice, an open source productivity suite that is becoming a popular alternative to Microsoft Office.


MOBI

 

The e-book format used by the MobiPocket Reader, MOBI was originally made as a PalmDOC format’s extension. It can be opened using MobiPocket’s reading software, which can be installed on a lot of PDAs and smartphones. There are limitations of the MOBI format. For example, sizes of images cannot be scaled with the font size; tables display differently on different readers, especially if the table covers more than one screen; and there is an absence of support for nested tables. Third party readers such as Stanza, FBReader, Kindle for PC and Mac, and STDU Viewer can open MOBI files.

 

One thing that an e-book user should know is that formats can be unprotected or protected by a digital rights management (DRM) wrapper. The DRM, which is used as an anti-piracy tool to protect authors, can prevent you from opening an e-book file even if the format is compatible with your reader.

 

-keerthi

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Using Word Styles is the easiest way to perfectly format an ebook publishing.

 

Using Word Styles to format an ebook, by completely reformatting your book?s original Word file before publishing is essential because it ensures that your document will be clean of background code that can affect fonts, paragraphs and line spacing.

 

All of these background elements can alter the look of your ebook once it is published. For a full-length novel, the whole process to format an ebook should take no longer than an hour, so it is well worthwhile to spend this little amount of time to make sure your readers get to read a perfect ebook.


So, where do you start?

 

Here is the step-by-step procedure for using Word Styles to format an ebook file.

 

Open your document, and click on the Styles button. Depending on your version of Microsoft Word, this may be a pop-up or a sidebar.

 

In the Styles pop up or sidebar, select ?Styles In Use? to see how many Styles you have in your document. For an ebook, it is best practice to keep these to a minimum.

 

Normally, you will only need four or five at most. If there are more than this in your document, it definitely needs to be cleaned up.

 

Now you can create a name for your styles, such as Book Title, Chapter Heading or Centred Text.

 

 

From the main screen you can access a few changes, so to work on other elements of your new Style, click the Format button, and set other elements.

 

The most important is the paragraph setting.

 

This is the most important part of how to format an ebook. As an ebook must be flexible in how it displays text, you need to use a first line indent, with no line spacing at all.

 

For ?Normal? text, the settings above are optimal for an ebook.

 

Clean up your Word file

 

Once you have your Styles created, modified and saved, now it?s time to clean up your document. ?Select All? of your book, and copy it.

 

Now paste the copy of your whole book into either Text Edit on Apple or NotePad on PC.

 

Then, and most importantly, change the format of your text into ?Plain Text?. This will strip all the background code and formatting from your manuscript.

 

Once you have changed to ?Plain Text?,

 

Again, Select All? of your Plain Text, and copy again. Now open a new Word document.

 

DON?T USE YOUR ORIGINAL FILE!

 

Keep your original file as a backup copy.

 

Also, do not use the same file name, otherwise your original will be overwritten when the new document is saved. So perhaps add ?ebook version? to your new file name.

 

Now, paste your plain text into your new Word document, and then ?Save As? and enter your new document file name. eg: My Book Ebook Version.

 

Then, bring up your Styles window, and click on ?Styles In Use?.

 

There should only be two Styles in this new clean document as above ? Clear Formatting and Normal.

 

If there are any others, which is highly unlikely, it means that your document is not all in plain text, or that there is some hidden code in your document.

 

Try the process of converting to plain text again, but if you find you still have more than two Styles, click on the unwanted Style button drop-down arrow and then click Select All.

 

This will highlight the location of the unwanted Style. Sometimes it can simply be what looks like a blank space or line that is highlighted in blue.

 

Delete these, and you will then have only two Styles.

 

Format your clean file

 

Now that your new document is clean and saved, now it?s time to format the whole book from scratch.

 

First, click on the ?Recommended? or ?Show All Styles? at the bottom of the Styles box.

 

This will show all the Styles, including the ones you created earlier.

 

Now,  select an area of text, such as the title in the image above, and then  click on the Style and your text will be changed to the new format.

 

Do the same for any credit text you have at the beginning of the book  by selecting the text and then clicking the ?Centred? Style.

 

Then  change the Style of the first chapter heading. Lastly, select the body  text for the whole first chapter, and click the ?Normal? Style. Continue  on through your whole book, one chapter at a time.

 

Don?t forget to ?Save? regularly!


As you go through your book, one very important error to look out for are blank line breaks or paragraph marks.

 

Ebooks must have flowing text, so any blank lines will cause  annoyance for readers because they will create gaps in the text. When  you find these blank lines, as indicated above, delete them.

 

If  you follow this procedure for Using Word Styles to prepare your  publishing document and format an ebook using your new Word file, it  will be absolutely perfect and you can be confident that when you  publish your ebook, it will be a pleasure for readers to read ? on any  device.

Convert your Word file to epub or mobi


Now that your Word manuscript is perfect, you can easily convert your Word file to epub or mobi files so that you can read your new manuscript as an ebook on a Kindle, iPad, smartphone or desktop computer.

 

By converting before you publish, you will be able to make 100% sure that your new ebook is formatted correctly.

 

-keerthi

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BOOK COVER DESIGN

 

You've finished your final edits and you?re ready to share your story with the world! Don't forget in your excitement that the cover of your book is equally as important as the content inside. As the the front face of your book, it?s the first thing readers see when browsing the shelves of their favorite store or shopping online. Your cover also gives your work an identity. The distinct colors and fonts of your design distinguish your book from its surrounding titles and establish a fan connection to future releases.

 

Investing in a professional cover design with  ebooks2go can help you truly make a lasting first impression with readers. Our talented designers will collaborate with you to choose a book cover template that is just right for your book.


Tips for a brilliant book cover design

 

*Think like a reader, not like a writer.

*Think of your cover as a key piece of a puzzle.

* Nail your audience.

* Avoid cliches.

* Stick to your key message ? and write it down.

* Make your readers feel something.

* Stay open-minded.

* Use social media to get input from fans ? and listen!

* Use your first contest to find the perfect designer for future books.

 

 

Hope this helps!

 

-keerthi

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Finally, you have some free time to  write! You sit down, put your  hands on the keyboard anndddd ? nothing.  Hmmm, that?s funny. You  reposition yourself in your seat and try again.  Still nothing. I could  use my imagination and try to guess what happens  next?maybe there?s a  few expletives or some crumpled up sheets of paper.  Regardless of what  actually ensues, frustration certainly sets in.


I  didn?t actually poll the entire  population of the world, but I?m pretty  confident every single writer  that has ever lived experiences writer?s  block. It comes with the craft.  It can?t necessarily be prevented, but  there are ways to overcome  writer?s block once it hits!


7 Ways to Overcome Writer?s Block


1. Nibble on Some Brain Food


Foods  with natural sources of energy  give you a quick boost to sustain your  body over time. Excessive sugar  and caffeine can give you that quick  boost as well, but your body will  crash shortly afterwards. Try  energizing brain foods to keep you going longer such as fresh fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, spinach, beans, salmon, quinoa, and kale.


2. Change It Up


Routine  can be good for productivity,  but sometimes it causes us to just go  through the motions. Break up  your routine to get out of your writing  rut.


  • If you do  most  of your writing on your laptop or tablet: Switch things up by  grabbing a  spiral notebook and write pen to paper. Slowing things down  with  handwriting stimulates and engages your mind more than typing out  your  words.
  • Leave your   usual writing space and go somewhere new like a library, a coffee shop,   or a park bench. Just having a change of scenery can give you a new   perspective.
  • Find your  focus  by listening to some mellow music. Studies have shown classical  music  increases productivity. Ambient sounds from electronic music can  relax  the mind and quiet noisy distractions.


3. Get Active


Get  your blood flowing! This is one  of my favorite ways to overcome  writer?s block, but I understand some of  you will need some convincing,  so here we go ? When you increase your  heart rate, your body pumps  more oxygen into your brain. I?m no  scientist, but that seems good for  creativity. If you?re into it, take a  walk, go for a run, lift some  weights, play a sport, or do some yoga in  your living room.


4. Clear Your Head


Get  all the nonsense out of your  head. Find something peaceful that allows  you to release some of the  jumbled up mess in your mind.


  • Get some fresh air and enjoy nature.
  • Fast for a day. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin fasts once a week to inspire creativity.
  • If you?re spiritual, head to your church, temple, or worship location to release any stresses or worries you?re carrying.
  • Pour yourself a couple drinks! Just not too many, otherwise your editor is in for a long day


5. Interact with People


Since  writing is such a solitary  activity, interaction with people can  re-engage and stimulate your  brain. Meet up with friends for lunch or  call a family member on the  phone who you haven?t spoken to in awhile.  If you are an extrovert, go  to a coffee shop and strike up a  conversation with someone.


6. Take a Break


Often  times, we get so focused that  our minds get tunnel vision and  completely block all creativity. So  don?t think about the writing piece  for awhile. Depending on the  severity of your writer?s block, it might  be only a day or it might be  month or two. Just put it aside for a  bit. By taking a break, you?re  allowing your brain to refresh so that  the next time you sit down to  write you?ll have a fresh perspective and  new ideas.


7. Lose All Distractions


Consider  this: You might not have  writer?s block at all. You may just be  suffering from chronic  distractions. Your phone won?t stop buzzing, Friends reruns are on TV, a cute dog keeps walking by your house, or THE UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS ARE REALLY LOUD!


Silence  your phone, turn off the TV,  disable the Wi-Fi connection on your  laptop, and if you must, leave to  find your ideal writing space. Lose  the distractions and regain your  concentration.


Free Your Creativity


The  upside to writer?s block is that  it?s only temporary! So don?t worry  too much about it. Once you succumb  to the frustration of writer?s  block, it tends to snowball and  eventually spiral out of control.  Instead of overthinking it, try one of  these creative ways to overcome  writer?s block. Your greatest  creativity will come when your mind is  free from worry!


Looking for further ways to spark your creativity? Writing warm-ups can do just that!


-keerthi

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