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Publish your own ebook

18 July 2011

Do you want to find out how to publish your work as an ebook? This is something you may be thinking about, in view of the rapid growth in ebook sales. Many authors are suffering from a big contraction in their earnings. Midlist authors have found it increasingly difficult to get their books published by mainstream publishers and may be looking for the the chance to go it alone with ebook versions of their books.

Our new seven-part series guides you through the process of setting ebook versions of your books up for yourself. The first article provides a practical introduction to ebook publishing. The second article looks at metadata and explains the importance of getting the metadata right.

The third article in Chas Jonesauthor; formerly nerd responsible for keeping the site running; spent over 25 years in computer business; started out dusting bugs off valves, but in time graduated to writing software and managing projects; as published author with stack of waiting-to-be-published manuscripts tucked away, WritersServices is answer to his silent prayer; his book 'Ordinary Heroes' An extraordinary true story of wartime adventure; recently published book about Battle of Fulford-'Fulford the forgotten battle of 1066', published by Tempus ISBN 0752438107's series deals with Ebook conversion and what you should think about before starting your own ebook conversion, with an overview of the software.

If you are an unpublished author you may need to go it alone. If you are a published author and don't feel up to handling the technical side of this, a new blogging site that aims to boost authors' independent e-book sales has been created by writers Katherine Roberts and Susan Price as a response to ebook possibilities.

The website venture, Kindle Authors, is open to all UK-based authors, both adult and children's, as long as they already have a publishing "track record" to guarantee the quality of their work. It will mainly sell Kindle editions of out-of-print books for anything up to £2. "There are a lot of cheap books out there selling for £2.50 in the chain promotions and we need to compete," said Roberts. "Because of the way the Kindle costs are structured...with a 70% royalty option...we can afford to do so."