Ebook Formatting Options for Indie Authors

By Per Palmkvist Knudsen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Per Palmkvist Knudsen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

For indie authors, one great way to save money when it comes to publishing your books is to learn how to make your own ebooks. Personally, when it comes to creating ebooks, I recommend using Sigil, and I teach an online course on Udemy on how to use Sigil and other free tools to create your own beautiful ebooks.

But there are a myriad of other options. Below are some examples: Continue reading


How to Create a Basic Ebook in 10 Steps

After my short series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I thought I’d revisit the basic steps on how to create a regular ebook. This is for novels, or books with mostly text. There are 10 steps to creating an ebook, and if you find this useful, you might like to try out my online course, which has a number of videos that demonstrate the steps.  Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 3): Placing Text


In the last two posts of this series, I covered how to set up a fixed format ebook and how to add images to a fixed format ebook. In this post I’ll cover how to place text on specific parts of a fixed format ebook’s “page,” which includes placing text on top of the image. Continue reading

New Ways to Write

When you write, you don’t always write books. There are many forms of content available, including blogs, research papers, white papers, short stories, articles, poems, flash fiction, and more. Recently I wrote a post about “New Ways to Read,” but now I’d like to focus on all the tools and sites out there that make it possible to write and produce new content.  Continue reading

Self Publishing Platform Updates

In the last few months, a lot has changed with some of the major self-publishing channels, specifically Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords.


Aside from Amazon launching Kindle Worlds, which changes the way fan fiction is written and published, it also recently started publishing Kindle Single Interviews. The second interview will be with Obama. Additionally, when you publish via KDP and upload your e-book to sell, the program will automatically scan for misspelled words that you can easily go back and correct.


Barnes & Noble moved from PubIt to Nook Press, though it still has its issues. Personally, I preferred PubIt. Although Nook Press is a slicker platform, I don’t like the way it treats EPUBs. Sure, you can easily write/edit/format your e-book on Nook Press, and Nook will convert it to an EPUB file to sell on its site. But if you are taking the time to format your e-books on your own, which I like to do because it gives me more control over my book and looks more professional, it messes up the files. PubIt used to let me upload my own EPUB file, but Nook Press takes my already validated EPUB file and turns it into a messy EPUB file. It screws up some of my formatting and changes all the names of my HTML files, which makes it harder to edit later. Continue reading

Creating Prizeworthy Digital Books, by DBW

Digital Book World recently hosted a webinar called “Creating Prizeworthy Digital Books.” For this post I want to focus on the advice Joshua Tallent, chief e-book architect at Firebrand Technologies (formerly eBook Architects), gave. Tallent knows pretty much everything there is to know about e-books, and he’s the one who presented an excellent webinar a while back about the features of Amazon’s KF8. In this webinar, Tallent outlined eight steps to making amazing e-books.

Although it was directed towards publishing houses, and I don’t necessarily agree with everything he said, most of the steps can be applied to self-publishers. Some of the steps require at least intermediate knowledge of e-books. If you are a beginner or curious to learn more about e-books, please consider taking my Udemy course, “How to Create Beautiful E-Books.” Continue reading