Well this is a draft but it’s basically good to go [note at 14th Mat 2012: now updated in the page titled ebook conversion services http://wizardgifts.wordpress.com/ebook-conversion-services/ ]:
excitement re ebooks:
I can convert and upload ebooks for you, with velocity and enthusiasm, to one or both of Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Need an email from you with the details i wld need to get your account set up. See my own author profile on smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/wizardofeutopia
(i am very keen on the mix i’ve used for three of my books so far, which is to go standard AMAZON Kindle (not their anti-competitive kindle ‘select’ which has to be exclusive) plus SMASHWORDS. This means you cover all main ebook retailers and their various ebook readers (eg apple ipad, kindle, the nook etc). Each different platform increases the chances of a ‘breakout’ in sales. these breakouts often happen for no known reason in a small segment of the market, then they can spread to the others. so the kindle exclusive deal (‘Select’), while the royalty rate is good, is really not necessarily the best overall – and sucks ethically i think!)
What to do next:
You need to email me:
1 a bio of you, and picture
2 One or two descriptions (synopsis or ‘blurb’) of the book for the web pages of the online retailers – short one of 400 word or less, one para, and an optional long one up to 4000 words.
3 to get on apple you need an isbn, but as long as you let smashwords be named as the ‘publisher’, they assign a free one for you. You are still the author, and they take no money or rights for this free service. Can’t use the same one as print book.
4 a (new) password of your choice, (can change later), and user name.
5 will get back to you with full details on what payee info they need.
6 a price for ebook. from free to probably $9.99 US.
7 how much of book you will allow readers to browse for free. 20% is usual.
The book file and cover if any:
the upload preferred for kindle and required on Smashwords, is Word, specially cleaned up etc for clean conversion to the 10 or so different platforms. So if your final version is available in word, great; otherwise i can convert your PDF back to word, clean it up, and make that the ebook version. You would get the word file for future edits, too.
Why go this way? Often the book has been in publishing software like Indesign, and there are various versions, etc. The safest way may be to use the final pdf you or your printer used to print your physical book, and convert that final pdf to Word.
Ebooks are different. It is worthwhile to convert as they are the Coming Thing, but there are many little and big differences from print books. So for example the cover is just one page, needs to be a certain lower resolution, as do all the graphics, with a ceiling of 5meg. for total file size in Word on Smashwords. And the good news is you can go to town with FREE Colour. Now charge for colour so you can have your ebook in beautiful colour on any reader that has a colour screen, while greyscale ones just display in greyscale. So as long as your graphics look ok in both, it is all good.
Odd fonts also need to go, usually. And page numbers. Hyperlinks are a great bonus but need to be put into the Word file of course.
Cost to you:
Depending on the state of your file, how many pictures and graphics, the length etc., and how many changes you want for the ebook version. Send your file and i can estimate or even quote. I am still offering my (low) $30/hour rate plus gst (this will change when i am really up to speed!).
All material is in your name and you wld be able to log in to smashwords and kindle and change things at will, and the royalties wld all go direct to you. I just do the setup for a fee, and any revisions you ask for later. No residual charges or ownership transfers!
Promos and SEO stuff for not much cost as I am doing this anyway for my own books and want to practice and will only do for you what is working for me:
as i say, that’s a draft of my offer but basically its all true and i am ready!
Do you want to dip a toe in the water? I dare you!
ps: email me now with any questions not covered by the above: email@example.com.
pps: i can’t actually upload YOU, but your book baby is the next best thing