Category Archives: Ebook Publishing

Ebook Tip #5 Make as many changes as you can in the MS Word document rather than the EPUB


Test the EPUB in Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre, Nook, and any other Ereader but go back to the MS Word document to make changes

Tip 5: Immediately after EPUB conversion, test the EPUB in Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre, Nook, and any other available Ereader. Make note of the errors and go back to the MS Word document to make as many changes there as possible. Then re-upload the doc and make a new EPUB. Do this several times until you can no longer fix errors. At this step it is much easier to make changes in the MS Word document than in the EPUB. Although not all format errors can be fixed in this step, it will certainly save valuable time. Make careful notes of what you cannot fix before moving on.

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.


Ebook Tip #4 The EPUB format requires UTF-8 (unicode) encoding


MS Word MenuWhen converting your MS Word document, this is an often overlooked detail

Tip 4:  The EPUB format requires UTF-8 (unicode) encoding; therefore, you must set the encoding to UTF-8 before saving your work as a filtered HTML document. To do that, click on the menu items in the following order:

 1.    Microsoft Office Word 2007 and 2010: Office Button > Word Options > Advanced > General > Web Options> Encoding > Unicode (UTF-8).

2.    Microsoft Office Word 2003: Tools > Options > General > Web Options > Encoding > Unicode (UTF-8).

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.


Ebook Tip #3 Create an Author Website before posting your Epub file


Example author's websitePlanning ahead saves time

TIP 3: If you intend to embed your author’s website URL in the ebook, create an Author’s Website or Blog first. At the very least, get it running with minimum content. This might seem “elementary my dear Watson,” but many first time author-publishers will think of the website long after the Epub has been published. Plus you will want to test that link before finalizing the Epub. If it is a second or third book, an author usually has a website or blog in place. Planning ahead just a little bit will save valuable time and effort down the road and help ensure a quality product for your reader.

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.


Ebook Tip #2 Free art or illustrations require a royalty-free license


Shutterstock imageKeeping things legal when publishing an ebook

TIP 2: Every piece of art, photography, illustrations, graphs, and charts in your ebook need a royalty-free license or some sort of written permission from the creator unless you create it from scratch. Do not open yourself up to liability by using someone else’s work without permission.

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.


Ebook Tip #1 Keep a separate folder with a copy of all the latest artwork and images


Shutterstock imageFormatting tips for preparing  your MS Word document for conversion to an epub.

Tip 1: Save yourself some headaches and keep a separate folder with a copy of all the latest artwork and images, for both the front and rear cover and all images internal to the document. It’s really easy to lose track of different versions and file locations. Later, if an image needs to be modified or the resolution changed, you can easily find the right file. Name the file the same as the image used in the epub.

– Greg Lundberg, Quicksilver Books, “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” March 2012.


Amazon Create Space provides an alternate to Ereaders


BookcoverToday I activated my new book, How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350, on Amazon’s Create Space. Why would you ask would anyone want to purchase a hard copy of the book if the intended topic was ebook publishing? The are a couple of things to consider for a “How To” book that is designed to be sold as both a stand-alone primer and as a text book in a classroom setting. One, some people don’t have ereaders. Two, some of the HTML code text in the hard copy is turned 90 degrees to eliminate line-wrapping which can be annoying in the epub version. Three, it was free so why not provide an alternative media for my readers to enjoy. I did the same thing for my ebook, Metamorphosis, and to date, twenty percent of my sales are paperback.