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Case Study: Writing and Self-Publishing a Book

Last month, I completed a project I’ve been working on for quite a while, a book of advice for college students called Don’t Be Stupid: A Guide to Learning, Studying, and Succeeding at College. The book grew out of some of the frustrations I’ve had as a university instructor over the last five years, and […]

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Sell Books — Yours or Others’ — with e-Junkie

Selling stuff is supposed to be easy on the Internet. Just put it “up there” and watch the orders roll in, right? If you stick with Amazon or eBay as your marketplace, it’s not all that hard  —  but they take a pretty sizable cut! Or you can set up your own shopping cart system and maintain […]

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Index a Book Using Word and Excel

I recently published an academic book (Anthropology at the Dawn of the Cold War: The Influence of Foundations, McCarthyism and the CIA, since you asked) and one of the tasks I was responsible for was creating an index for my book. Yes, I could have asked them to send it out to a professional indexer, […]

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How to Create PDFs from Any Document

PDF, the Portable Document Format, is a standard created by Adobe for circulating formatted documents over the web. Using Acrobat Reader or some other PDF reader (I like Foxit Reader, which opens much faster than Acrobat Reader and seems to work just as well), the recipient views your document exactly as it appeared on your […]

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Write E-books for Publicity and Even Profit: Part 5 — Promoting Your E-book

Unless you’re Stephen King, your e-book isn’t going to sell itself. You’re going to need to get out there and market it a little. First of all, make sure it’s featured prominently on your site. Write a post about it, making sure to use all the important keywords you think people doing a Google search […]

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Write E-books for Publicity and Even Profit: Part 4 — Distributing Your E-book

OK, you’ve written an e-book, fixed all the typos, formatted it nicely, and are ready to go. Now what? How do you get it to an audience? Well, that depends on your ultimate goal. Are you planning to give your e-book away, or do you want to sell it? Let’s look at both options separately.

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Write E-books for Publicity and Even Profit: Part 3 — Producing Your E-book

Once you’ve written your e-book manuscript, you need to get it into shape for release. While there are e-book creation programs out there that will turn your e-book into a self-contained executable program, I advise against this. First of all, they rarely look all that good, and they force your reader to use a software […]

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Write E-books for Publicity and Even Profit: Part 2 — Writing Your E-book

Once you’ve decided on a topic for your e-book, you have to sit down and write it. For the most part, e-book writing is the same as any other writing, but there are a few special considerations. Since your book will most likely be read on a screen of some sort (readers could print it […]

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Write E-books for Publicity and Even Profit: Part 1 — Why E-books?

An e-book is a book, article, or other self-contained written material that is circulated electronically, usually over the web. Although they’ve been slow to catch on  —  few people relish the thought of reading a novel-length book on their computer screen  —  e-books have started to gain a lot of popularity with the release of high-quality e-book reading devices […]

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