Making An E-Book Part II

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Yalu and the Puppy Room has been condensed into an e-book format that is currently under review with Amazon. The book is now to twenty-six pages with a picture on every page. I have formatted it into version that Amazon’s Kindle Textbook Creator will accept which was easier said than done.

When formatting a children’s book with pictures, upload a Word document, pictures and all. When the program is in the Kindle Textbook Creator, go to the upper right hand corer and select “package.” Save the document to the desktop and then head off to kdp.amazon.com, select new title, and fill out all the boxes that follow.

The cover must have 1000 length for pixils, that can be achieved by tweaking the picture in PhotoDraw in the save as option–that how I did it. It does take time to upload the cover (you can create a cover from scratch with Amazon) and the “package” you have saved to the desktop.

The price for Yalu And The Puppy Room will be $7.50 and was set up with 70% royalties. I chose 70% because the price of Yalu And The Puppy Room will be under $9.99 and I do not mind paying for the delivery of an electronic book–yes, there is a delivery cost for an electronic book. Royalties will be $3.84 per book. It will be available worldwide.

Below is an interesting YouTube.com video for those of you interested in publishing an e-book.

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Making An E-Book–Part I

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While putting the finishing touches on a novel that I planned on publishing in an e-book format, it occurred to me that the same process could be done for Yalu and the Puppy Room. 

This gave me a chance to make sure that each page of the book had a picture–that was a criticism when I entered the Yalu and the Puppy Room in a Writer’s Digest contest. Not all pages had a picture. Condensing the book into the format I wanted required some time. After a few false starts, I decided that there was no need to use the column feature in Word or any fancy template. Just move everything around until it was the way I liked it.

The next step will be putting the document in a .pfd format and then its on to the Kindle Textbook Creator that is free downloadable program with Amazon. I am in the middle of this process and thought I should post a quick part one blog.

This could be the marketing moment I have wanted to get Yalu and The Puppy Room read by more people worldwide. My thought has always been that children will want to hold a physical book in their hands while adults would prefer electronic books that would be easy to store–time to join the 21st Century and get with the times.

An e-book can go to anyone anywhere around the world with a few simple clicks. They take up less space than the real books too. I still need to research how much to charge so I will look up e-books on Amazon and Kindle and see what price range sounds best.

For those of you who still like reading books printed on paper, there is still a chance to get a hardcover copy of Yalu and the Puppy Room. All you have to do is click here.

Happy National Dog Day

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Today is National Dog Day. That makes me wonder if there is an International Dog Day.

Guess it’s nice to have a day set a side for dogs. Personally I find it odd because everyday is dog day in my world.

Dogs make our lives a whole lot better. They’re always happy to see us and never too busy to play. Dogs should have stories written about them. I wrote one about mine. Wanna read it? Click here.

The Motorcycle Poker Run At RPM Motorcycle Services In Nashua, NH.

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There are times when I attend events that I know will not be successful. This past weekend proved to be one of them.

Tails for Freedom hosted a hosting a Motorcycle Poker Run at RPM Motorcycle Services in Nashua, NH. They wanted to have me as a vendor. I was available so why not. If all went well, people were supposed to attend a silent auction and mingle with vendors. Turned out I was the sole vendor outside vendor of the group. Great, that made for more customers for me, provided customers showed up.

The next problem was the size of the event. The parking lot at RPM Motorcycle Service was small. Personally, I would have asked the management at Wal-Mart in Amherst if their parking lot could be used. Last weekend, there was an antique car show there so something could have happened. You can like Wal-Mart or hate them. No matter where you stand, their stores do draw crowds on the weekend.

The highlight of the Motorcycle Poker Run was the arrival of seven motorcyclists. They stayed for a bit, had some free pizza, and left.

I did sell two books for a lady heading to a baby shower. I got plenty of sun, did plenty of reading, and I had my share of free pizza in the four hours I spent there.

There will be a breakout event for me. I do not know where or when it will happen, but I hold on to the belief that if keep plugging away, Yalu and the Puppy Room will take off.

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