An author's guide to self-publishing your ebook

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

As the stigma associated with self-publishing lowers, many writers are turning to the cut-throat world of DIY to get their works out there. We talk with author Amal Awad, who walked away from traditional publishing to go it alone.

Disclosure: the author of this article knows the interviewee personally.

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gregory.opera posted a comment   

I've just started testing the Open Source (free) "Calibre" eBook publishing software and thus far, it's being surprisingly effective (certainly far better than I was expecting, anyway)...

It probably doesn't have the "spit and polish" of Adobe's eBook publishing solutions - which for the record I have not used - but in comparison to the AU$1,000 price-tag of Adobe's products, you can't really go wrong!

Whether or not you use Calibre for professional publishing is a different story and I haven't used it enough to make an informed decision yet, but it's a good place to start and "test the waters" of eBook publishing...


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

I use Calibre too; my gentleman amigo is a writer and I'm his test reader, so Calibre's great for getting his work onto an e-reader. With places like Smashwords and Amazon, submissions are preferred as a .doc file; the formatting to other file types is done at the other end.

But I absolutely recommend Calibre anyway, even for non-writers; especially for things like converting your PDF files to EPUB.

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