“How to Create & Publish Your E-Book Using Free Tools” is coming along nicely. Chapter four is nearly finished. I’m pulling myself up with my own bootstraps, so the book itself becomes a showcase for what you can do with the tools I use and recommend. I’m plowing discoveries and research back into the book as I go for a truly iterative process.
Here’s a graphic of the cover I plan on using. I designed it myself using the same tools I’ll be describing in my book. Once I complete Chapter four, I’m going to up-load the draft as a PDF on a special page on The Aware Writer blog and invite my readers to download their own copy with the understanding that they will be getting an incomplete first draft. There’s a lot of meat in the first chapters, enough to get you started in self-publishing.
I’ve been doing a lot of research into E-books, ereaders, DRM (Digital Rights Management aka copy protection), copyright, what it means to “own” a book and more. Copy protection is dumber than dirt and it pisses me off. I’ll be using unprotected PDF files so people won’t need to buy a special reader to view the book and they won’t be restricted in any way.
How far am I willing to take sharing? I’ll probably put the final version of my book up for sale at a nominal price on another website, but I’m going to make the book freely available here on The Aware Writer for all of my loyal readers.
When will the draft be available? Well, I’ll try to get the file uploaded within the next week. I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve written a lot about publishers and content aggregators and how they take advantage of writers. I’m convinced we can bypass the gatekeepers and reach our readers without their help. Self-publishing our own E-books is one way to do this. Want to join me in this adventure?