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How to get your e-book published : an insider's guide to the world of electronic publishing
Curtis, Richard.
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Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [2002]

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278 pages ; 23 cm
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Z286.E43 C87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Provides the guidance required to conquer the exciting new marketplace of electronic book publishing. Information is included on how an e-book works; e-book security methods; ethics and copyright; e-readers, such as handheld computers; print-on-demand; and agents, marketing and promotion.

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Richard Curtis's screenwriting credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Mr. Bean.

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The Internet and the World Wide Web gave birth to digital publishing as we know it today an industry still in its "drooling infancy," according to Curtis and Quick. In a witty, chummy sometimes corny style, Curtis, a literary agent turned online publisher, and Quick, a self-described computer geek and science fiction author, deliver an impressively thorough and up-to-date operations manual for writers who want to navigate the world of electronic publishing. Writers who shrink from anything remotely technological will be pleased to find that they can follow a discussion of the ins and outs of the various HTML editors, for example, distilled into clear, relevant and practical explanations. But the best feature of this book is that it explores thoroughly issues that are larger than the dauntingly large technological ones. Curtis and Quick expound upon the developing area of digital rights management that writers who e-publish will have to contend with. How do authors protect their copyright when the ability to make an infinite number of copies or, worse, to change the original composition is only a mouse-click away? Much about digital publishing is yet to be resolved, but Curtis and Quick present an articulate, reasoned contribution to the revolution. Writer's Digest Book Club main selection. (Feb.) Forecast: The book's gung-ho tone may seem misplaced in light of the folding of iPublish and other major e-publishers. But the tactic of going with smaller e-houses or self-publishing, both covered here, will appeal to many aspiring authors. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the Future: An Introduction to Electronic Publishingp. 1
Part 1 Understanding the Power and Potential of E-Publishingp. 4
1 The First Steps Toward E-Publishingp. 5
2 A Few Words From the Authorsp. 8
3 The Roots of E-Publishingp. 14
4 E-Book Type One: Handheld Readersp. 21
5 E-Book Type Two: Software E-Book Readersp. 25
6 E-Book Type Three: Print-on-Demand Booksp. 30
7 How E-Publishing is Changing How Books are Publishedp. 33
8 The Benefits of E-Publishing Over Traditional Methodsp. 38
9 Understanding the Digital Revolution in Five Easy Stepsp. 43
10 Does Your Information Want to Be Free?p. 49
11 Protecting What's Yours: Digital Rights Managementp. 53
12 The Nuts and Bolts of Writing an E-Bookp. 56
13 Avoiding Common Writing Pitfallsp. 59
14 How to Find a Trustworthy Editor for Your E-Bookp. 63
Part 2 Getting Started: Writing and Formatting Your E-Bookp. 68
15 Getting Your Book Into a Digital Formatp. 69
16 The Next Step: Three E-Publishing Optionsp. 77
17 Understanding the World Wide Web and the Internetp. 80
18 Finding a Format to Reach the Most Readersp. 83
19 Amazing Things You Can Do With HTML Formatsp. 90
20 Formatting for Handheld E-Book Readersp. 92
21 Alternate Opportunities for E-Publishingp. 100
Part 3 Self-Publishing on the Webp. 105
22 Getting on the Information Superhighway and Staying Therep. 106
23 Setting Up Your Domain Namep. 111
24 Resources for Learning HTMLp. 118
25 How You Can Build a Great E-Publishing Web Sitep. 125
26 Reasons for Giving Your E-Book Away for Freep. 132
27 How to Make Money From Your E-Bookp. 134
28 Congratulations! You Are an E-Book Publisherp. 144
Part 4 Working With Others to E-Publish Your E-Bookp. 146
29 How Brand-Name E-Publishers Can Help Your Careerp. 147
30 Working With Established E-Publishersp. 151
31 Is a Vanity E-Publisher Right for You?p. 156
32 Working With Print-on-Demand Publishersp. 161
33 Writer Beware: Scams in Electronic Publishingp. 166
34 The Traditional Role of Agentsp. 168
35 In E-Publishing. Agents Are No Longer the Front Doorp. 172
36 The Two Sides of Digital Rights Managementp. 177
37 Issues Surrounding Intellectual Propertyp. 183
Part 5 Marketing and Distributing Your E-Bookp. 191
38 Avenues for Distributing Your E-Bookp. 192
39 Self-Distribution Methodsp. 200
40 Alternate Methods of Distributionp. 205
41 The Importance of Marketing Your E-Bookp. 210
42 Methods of Internet/Web Promotion to Avoidp. 213
43 Marketing Methods That Workp. 217
44 E-Mail Signatures: One Simple Thing You Can Do to Market Your E-Bookp. 224
45 How to Get Your E-Book Reviewedp. 228
46 Focusing on Your Potential Marketp. 235
47 Using E-mail Announcements to Advertise and Promote Your E-Bookp. 240
48 Promoting Your E-Book Through Electronic Bulletin Boardsp. 246
49 Wrapping Things Up: A Look Back ... and a Look Aheadp. 256
Resourcesp. 262
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 271