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How to Publish Your Book to Apple Books?

The simple answer is yes, you need a Macintosh (Apple) computer to publish directly to Apple Books. You can easily create an account with Apple Books but can only upload to their bookstore using Apple software (iTunes Producer; free), which only works on Apple computers. You cannot use an iPad or iPhone and you cannot

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$5 Fiverr vs $297 Book Cover

Difference is everything. I always judge a book by its cover, and I’m sure you do too. The difference between a sale and a fail is the front of your book. But the biggest difference between these two covers is how well they express the power of storytelling. Mix this with the beauty of art

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Is your book removed from Google Play? (Author News)

Many authors distribute their books through aggregators/distributor (3rd parties) instead of creating their own independent accounts with retailers. Retailers prefer authors and publishers creating their own accounts instead of going through a distributor. The first retailer implementing this new policy is Google – they now require each author/publisher to have their own Google Play account.

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5 Biggest Mistakes Authors Make

#1 Uploading MS Word doc file to Amazon and letting it convert Many authors tend to think that uploading their MS Word docs is all that is needed and suddenly decide that they have officially ‘self-published’ their books. To let automated software take control of your book’s layout and typesetting is a very WRONG approach.

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Why You Should Self-Publish

Forbes estimates that more than 1,000,000 books are self-published every single year. But with all this competition, why should you self-publish? Simple – be your own boss and control every aspect of your book! You control where to sell and for which price; you will get paid directly to your bank account. You are in

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Why You Should Not Publish Exclusively With Amazon

Many authors only publish/sell with Amazon and add their books to Amazon KDP Select. KDP Select requires the author to sign up with Amazon on an exclusive deal (lasting always three months and automatically renews unless canceled). The author is not allowed to list/sell anywhere else, not even on his/her own website. Many novice authors

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Secret of Success in Publishing

The ‘secret’ of success is the consistency to pursue. I see a lot of people overcomplicating the process and trying to get things done fast. The problem is: it’s not about intensity, it’s about consistency. Rather than looking for immediate results, focus on making the daily little choices that will lead to incremental progress toward

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What’s The Best Book Size for Print?

There are so many different sized books out there, is there even a standard? What is recommended? You could definitely visit your local bookstore and browse the shelves to see what is most popular in your writing genre and what trim size the bestselling titles use. However, I usually recommend to keep it simple and

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What to do after your manuscript is ready?

This week’s question is from Florian Meyer: “Hi George, what steps should I take after I’ve completely written the manuscript for my book? I’ve already proof-read and I’m planning on uploading the file on Amazon and publish it using a cover I made on Canva. Then just print 20+ copies to share with my friends

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