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5 Things to Know When Self-Publishing Apps and eBooks
by Damir Fonovich, Vice President of Content Development, Luca Lashes children's eBooks and apps
It has been a long year for Luca Lashes LLC. We have completed the writing and editing of 9 books in our children’s book series. Having decided to forego contacting any agents or publishers, we self-published our eBooks and apps instead, trying to focus on the coming shift to digital content. From one December to another, we have completed beta testing and have seven of the nine books as both apps and eBooks for sale across multiple platforms. Here are some things we learned while developing this series:
1. Remain in Control
If at all possible, remain in control of your work. Copyright everything you can. Establish that you own the content you are putting out into the world. One of the things we learned along the ways is that if a publisher prints your book, they are in control of where your book is sold, how it is marketed and they own the copyright status of the book as soon as it is printed.. The beauty of self-publishing and keeping your content digital is the true ownership of your content, even when you use a company like Smashwords to distribute your work..
2. Formatting your eBooks
There are three major eBook distribution channels in the United States: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple. In terms of making your eBooks more available to everyone, Barnes & Noble and Apple support the “ePub” format, which is the universal format for eBooks around the world. Amazon supports any in-house format, which can be a KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) or Mobi file. You can also convert a PDF document into an eBook through the Amazon Kindle program. If you were looking for more international distribution, it would be wise to look into Kobo, which is now owned by a Japanese company and is beating other companies to the punch in opening eBook marketplaces in foreign countries. Those looking for a great one-stop shop for formatting on multiple platforms, look to Atavist.com.
Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:
Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:
Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)
Salvatore Robert Froio, Halmstad, Sweden
Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
The title of my novel is Saga of the Unwritten War Diary.Published by CreateSpace, North Charleston, SC
Tell us about yourself:
I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to California. As a former drama student at the University of California in Los Angeles, I have appeared in numerous stage plays. My first novel, i venti corni (The Twenty Horns) was a success among the American Calabrian Community and, as a result, I was honored to be named one of the Famous American Calabrians of the Twentieth Century by the Italian Newspaper, La Voce. I presently live in Sweden having a small production studio, taping local events and documentaries.
When was the book released?:The book was released September 27, 2012.
Give us an overview of your book.
A diary passed on from one generation to the next, unwritten in save for a couple of short notes and a tiny photograph. This diary, originating in Germany, made its way back and forth between the USA and Germany, and through two world wars. Passed on from Father to son, and down again, the story originally follows Siegfried as he makes his move from Germany to the USA. Several years later, Siegfried finds himself back in Germany with his wife and son. The narrative switches to Siegfried’s son, Fabian, as Fabian stays behind in Germany with his grandmother when Siegfried returns to the USA. Siegfried leaves behind not only his son, but leaves a parting gift of the diary, with blank pages awaiting entries. Several years later, Tom Ness, a young American boy receives the diary from a returning war veteran as it was tossed out the window of a passing train. When Tom grows up, he sets to unravel the mystery of the diary, largely unwritten in and containing a small photograph of a woman and a child.
The novel follows several different characters: Tom Ness, the young boy who received the diary from a war veteran, who later sets out to unravel the mystery; Siegfried, who originally left Germany for the USA; and Fabian (the main character), Siegfried’s son, whom we follow largely leading up to and during WWII (on the German side). The story covers a lot of depth about the living conditions prior to WWII in Germany, and of course, WWII itself from the prospective of a German (who was born an American). Fabian also has some inner conflict with the whole idealism: what he was brought up to know versus the current German propaganda. However, he ends up on the German side, partially due to peer pressure from the father (a propaganda worker no less) of the woman he wishes to marry. Tom Ness grows up to become a journalist and follows the clues to uncover the mystery of the unwritten war diary.
What inspired you to write this book?
Inspiration to this book came from an actual experience when I was nine years old. I lived on the outskirts of Boston in the last house on a dead-end street where railroad tracks ran close by. At the end of the World War II troop trains rolled by bringing back the battle worn GIs. I ran along side of these moving trains with my friends and picked up the souvenirs that the returning troops threw from the train. I picked up what appeared to be a diary written in German but threw it away since it wasn’t like the more interesting things that I had received, such as foreign coins and medals. As I grew older I always regretted throwing this diary away. I thought about it often and wondered what it contained. My imagination brought that to life.
How is your book different from other books in this genre?
It is not your typical WWII novel and it certainly gives you a different perspective.
I have tried to show how all people suffer from war, taking away any glorification and showing in the end, there are no winners.
Where can people buy your book?
The book is available through Amazon.com for $14.00 or downloaded for Kindle for $8.05
Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be
Yes, I am presently working on a Science Fiction Novel. Hopefully it will be completed in 2013.
If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?
The hardest part I found about self-publishing is getting your novel out to the public. I found that it is almost impossible for you to see your novel on a newsstand counter. The distributors usually only distribute published novels. Getting actual book reviews in the major newspapers are also difficult if you are self-published. Now the Internet does allow you many channels for marketing. Also ads in related Magazines have helped my sales.
If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:
Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
Since my novel deals with a German Immigrant Family, I placed ads in a magazine which caters to the German Community. This has helped sales.
How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
I found Allbooks Reviews during my participation on a Internet Conference and Allbooks Reviews was a recommended website. I’m hoping for exposure for my novel.
Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
Yes, the low cost was a complete surprise. The service was excellent and I feel confident that this has help sales. Presently I am happy with the variety of services offered and plan to take advantage of the advertising.