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release date: Nov 23, 2017
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Smashwords Guides (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: The Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over 130,000 high-quality ebooks. 200,000 copies of the Smashwords Style Guide have downloaded!

This guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to create and format an ebook using Microsoft Word.

The Smashwords Style Guide is required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.

Authors and publishers who don't yet use Smashwords can still benefit from the Guide. It provides detailed information on how ebook formatting is different from print formatting, how to create a reflowable ebook, and it offers step by step illustrated instructions on how to tame the beast of Microsoft Word.

INSIDE THE SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDE

GETTING STARTED

Welcome to Smashwords!
Do-it-yourself, or hire help?
Good formatting examples
What Smashwords publishes, what we don’t publish
Five common formatting mistakes to avoid
How Smashwords publishes books
How Smashwords distributes books
How ebook formatting is different from print formatting
How we convert your book into multiple ebook formats
The three secrets to ebook formatting
How to avoid (and fix) AutoVetter errors
Introduction to Meatgrinder conversion system
Your required source file
Understanding the different ebook formats

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FORMATTING

Pre-Prep
Making Word Behave
Step 1: Make a back up
Step 2: Activate Word’s Show/Hide
Step 3: Turn off Word’s “AutoCorrect” and “AutoFormat” features
Step 4: Eliminate text boxes
Step 5: The Nuclear Method

Formatting
Step 6: Unify Manuscript around Normal paragraph style
Step 7: Managing and modifying paragraph styles, fonts
Step 7a. How to choose the best paragraph separation method (first line indent or block?)
Step 7b: How to implement your chosen paragraph separation method
Step 7b-a: How to define a proper first line indent
Step 7b-b: How to define trailing “after” space for block paragraphs
Step 7b-c: Special tips for poetry, cookbooks and learning materials
Step 7b-d: How to define proper line spacing
Step 8: Check your normalized text
Step 9: Why you should never use tabs or the space bar for indents
Step 10: Managing paragraph returns
Step 11: Managing hyperlinks
Step 12: Designating chapter breaks, page breaks, section breaks
Step 13: Working with images
Step 14: Text justification
Step 14a: Centering text
Step 15: Managing font sizes
Step 16: Style formatting, symbols and glyphs
Step 17: Headers and footers
Step 18: Margins, page sizes and indents
Step 19: Add the Heading style to your Chapter headers (optional)

Building Navigation
Step 20: Building navigation into the manuscript
Step 20a: Creating the NCX
Step 20b: Creating the linked Table of Contents
Step 20c: Advanced link building (Footnotes, Endnotes)
Step 20d: Troubleshooting and testing

Front Matter
Step 21: Front matter
Step 21a: Blurbs (optional)
Step 21b: Title and copyright page (required!)
Step 21c: Add a Smashwords license statement below copyright page

The End of Your Book
Step 22: The end of your book

POST-FORMATTING
Step 23: Preparing your cover image
Step 24: Review requi
release date: Aug 23, 2011
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The Elements of Style
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
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release date: Feb 04, 2016
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5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6)

Want to take your writing to the next level? Discover the “secrets” of story structure other authors are overlooking!



If you’ve read all the books on story structure and concluded there has to be more to it than just three acts and a couple of plot points, then you’re absolutely right! It’s time to notch up your writing education from “basic” to “black belt.” Internationally published author K.M. Weiland shares five “secret” techniques of advanced story structure.

In the multi-award-winning Structuring Your Novel, Weiland showed writers how to use a strong three-act structure to build a story with the greatest possible impact on readers. Now it’s time to take that knowledge to the next level.

In this supplemental book, you’ll learn:

  • Why the Inciting Event isn’t what you’ve always thought it is
  • What your Key Event is and how to stop putting it in the wrong scene

  • How to identify your Pinch Points—and why they can make the middle of your book easier to write

  • How to create the perfect Moment of Truth to move your protagonist from reaction to action

  • How to ace your story’s Climactic Moment every single time

  • And much more!


By the time you’ve finished this quick read, you’ll know more about story structure than the vast majority of aspiring authors will ever know—and you’ll be ready to write an amazing novel that stands above the crowd.

Take the next step in your evolution as a writer!
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release date: Feb 28, 2016
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Writing a Book a Week: How to Write Quick Books Under the Self-Publishing Model. Write Free Book Series
My writing method is a focus on writing short, high quality books that bring value to readers. Most of my methods are for nonfiction, but many examples and ideas work well for fiction books, too.

Learn how to be profitable writing a book a week for Kindle and other book sites. The process is a true test of discipline and character. I share ideas that work for writing under this model and the motivation and mindset it takes to succeed.
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release date: Oct 19, 2017
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How to Make a Living as a Writer: Publish books, articles, and blogs
This is a modern guide to making a living as a writer. We dive into social media and twitter pitch parties. We also include over 200 links to paying publications in different niches. This book will explain four ways to make money writing including:

Freelance Writing for clients, websites or magazines

Blogging and using affiliate links, ads, sponsored posts, selling services and or products

Self-publishing books by doing the work yourself or hiring it out.

Traditionally publishing books by seeking an agent and or publisher and giving them a percentage of your royalties.

Crafting pitches and query letters for websites, magazines, and publishers

Our list of Great Books for Writers will further inspire you on the path to making money as a writer.

As a bonus, inside the book, we’ve provided a link that will give you our list of FREE WRITING PROMPTS to get your creative juices flowing.
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release date: Dec 01, 2015
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How to Write a Children's Book: Tips on how to write and publish a book for kids or writing children's books by an award-winning author of the Amazon Bestseller How to Promote Your Children’s Book.

Do You Want to Know How to Write a Children’s Book?

Have you ever said, “I’ve always wanted to write a book for kids!” but then never got around to it? Maybe you didn’t know where to start, or how to get a good idea. Now you can start to write your book for children when you read How to Write a Children’s Book, brought to you by the Institute of Children’s Literature.

There are so many different kinds of children’s books, from picture books to chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult, it’s hard to know which way to go. Should you decide you’re going to write for a particular age group and then come up with an idea that fits them? Or should you decide to write a story or article about a particular idea, then choose the age group that’s right for it? Almost anything can become a nonfiction topic for young readers, given their curiosity and appetite for facts about the world around them. But each topic has to be aimed at the right readership. You’ll have a much better handle on all this and more once you read the chapter “How Old Is Your Reader?”

How to Write a Children’s Book Will Start You on Your Way to Being an Author

Whether you you want to have a full-blown career writing children’s books, be traditionally publish, self-publish, or simply want one book to hand down to your own children and grandkids, How to Write a Children’s Book will help you.

Here's What You'll Learn from How to Write a Children’s Book:

  • Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Bestselling children’s authors like Judy Blume, R.L. Stine, Jane Yolen and more share their answers. You’ll find out how to know when an idea is worth following, and how to write a smart book.
  • How to figure out which readership is right for you.
  • How to target and hit the mark with your reader and make sure you’re writing to the right age.
  • How to get going, using writing prompts provided
  • How to get to know your main character
  • How to plot a great story
  • What editors wish writers knew
  • Five good tools that can get you into bad trouble

Whether you’re a first time or advanced writer, you’ll love how inspirational and educational How to Write a Children’s Book is, and how much it helps you! All the way to the very end, where you’ll find

• Your Organization Checklist

• Character and Settings Checklist

• Sentence Structure Checklist

• Mechanics Checklist

Scroll to the top of this page and click the buy button to learn to write your children’s book today!

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release date: Nov 10, 2017
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How To Make Amazing And Profitable  Children’s Picture Books For Free  (WriteCome.com presents… Book 1)
Want to become a children's picture book author? In 'How To Make Amazing And Profitable Children's Picture Books' you're about to discover how you...yes you... that has never written a book before, can write, create and release your children's book. If you've ever dreamed of seeing your book published... now is your chance. Don't put it off a day longer. Download your copy today.
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release date: May 21, 2015
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HOW I SOLD 80,000 BOOKS: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers)

Discover how you too can sell 80,000 books even if you haven’t sold a single copy yet!


Warning: Reading this 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner and implementing its strategies may cause a significant income increase.


Get your copy now and discover:



  • How I sold books by the truckload and how you can do it too;

  • The truth about book marketing for authors: which book marketing tips really work and which are a waste of time;

  • What never to include in your author marketing;

  • The single most powerful strategy to get readers on Amazon;

  • Why self publishing through Amazon isn’t the only marketing strategy and how to significantly increase your book sales by pursuing paths less travelled;

  • One, often overlooked, strategy to get book reviews on Amazon;

  • Plus, kindle publishing guidelines: how to market a book before you hit publish.


Probably the best and most comprehensive one-stop guide I have seen.


Rick DeStefanis, Award-Winning Author of "The Gomorrah Principle" 


Alinka is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help authors in whatever way she can. I highly recommend this little gem of a book!


Patti Tingen, Award-Winning Inspirational Author


"How I Sold 80,000 Books" by Alinka Rutkowska covers it all from web page to social media to promotion, sales and everything in between.


Mary Adair, Award-Winning Author of Native American Romance Novels


The links included in the book are like gold dust, and you will find yourself watching/reading them over and over again as you forge your way through the publishing world. I only wish that I’d had access to this when I first started out. It would have saved me months of work. 


Lyneal Jenkins, International Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author


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release date: Nov 06, 2014
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Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell more Books on Kindle (Book Marketing for Authors 1)
Reader Magnets are what bring readers to YOU.

They're an irresistible force that draw readers in to your author platform - the promise of getting great value content and building a valuable connection. That's what it's all about, after all - making meaningful relationships with your audience and having a direct line to your readers.

I started using Reader Magnets a little over six months ago. I didn't even have a term for it back then. Since I put these measures in place, over 15,000 readers have signed up to hear from me about new releases and promotions - all in just a few months.

My readers trust me with their contact details for good reason. I give them good content. In return, they buy my books. These guys are my fans. I appreciate every last one of them - and they're the reason I get to write for a living.

What Reader Magnets Have Done for Me:


- My last email - I made $547 in book sales.
- I launch every new book into the top #900 or better.
- I don't need to rely on Amazon for an income.
- I don't need to pay advertisers to get sales.
- I saw my first 1,000 subscribers after just a couple of weeks.
- My click-rate is five times higher than the industry average
- My open-rate is more than double

How?


It's all about getting readers to commit. Get their email addresses. Follow up. Build value. Build your brand.

Let me repeat the headline again: I picked up 15,000 new reader email addresses in less time than it takes for most people to write a new book. I got my first 1,000 readers signed up in just a couple of weeks. My click-rates are through the roof. I do this with Reader Magnets - and you can too.

Download the ebook to find out how – as well as the ebook edition, you’ll also get:

- access to my course “Find your First 10,000 Readers” for free
- a PDF edition of the book (in case your ereader doesn’t handle screenshots well)
- the chance to get your burning questions answered at the Reader Magnets community

Here's to your success!


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release date: Mar 06, 2012
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Self-Publishing Books 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing Your Book in Multiple Formats (Author 101 Series)
** Updated and Expanded May 2014 with over 100 pages of new material **

Self-publishing books has never been easier. With print on demand and eBook technology available to us, it has made the process of self-publishing available to anyone and everyone. And there does not have to be huge upfront costs either.

However, there are certain steps to self-publishing that you need to know.

We have been publishing books since 2008 and want to share what we have learned with you.

In this book we cover everything from the different companies and costs, to copyright information and book design.

What you will learn:

Part One: The Foundation for Publishing Success
* Writing Your Book
* Editing Your Book
* Building Your Marketing Platform (e.g., blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)

Part Two: Self-Publishing Your Book
* Pre-Publication Decisions (book title, book description, pricing, categories/keywords, etc.)
* Book Cover Design
* Self-Publishing a Print Book
* Self-Publishing an eBook
* Self-Publishing an AudioBook
* Translating Your Book

Part Three: Other Publishing Decisions
* Obtaining a Copyright
* Forming an Independent Publishing Company

You will also find our self-publishing checklist to help you on your journey, as well as additional tips for success.

We invite you to come with us and take a walk through the step-by-step process to getting your book self-published. After all, if you can dream it, you can do it!
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