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How to Publish Ebooks – an Ebook Publishing Intensive by Mark Coker

26 July 2015

21 Comments to “How to Publish Ebooks – an Ebook Publishing Intensive by Mark Coker”

  1. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The links appear to be broken – you have an extra “www.thepassivevoice.com” at the start.

  3. Saw this on the Smashwords website and wanted to download the slides. But to do so, I was required to provide waaaay too much personal info, as well as letting whoever handles the download total and unfettered access to everyone and every org I’m associated with.

    So I passed. I consider it voracious, vampiric clickbait to gain access to me and mine.

  4. This slide show wanted to jump a head all the time so I gave up but what I read is basically what everyone should know before they publish. Write the best book you can and know your genre and do the cover to reflect it. Then do it again and again.
    Also, I do believe in going wide with distribution. I know so many stick with Amazon but I think in the long run if you stick to those other retailers, you will make sales. I have.

  5. Might be some good info in there, but it’s nearly three hundred slides! Even scrolling down through the list at the bottom will take forever, and the way stuff is laid out it’s hard to tell what is good info and what is a placeholder slide.

    I’d love a basic, to-the-point guide with stuff like how to get found in the iStore, or any other store than Amazon,for example. That’s stuff writers can use.

    But, thanks for doing the presentations. I’m sure there were a lot of folks there who needed it.

    • For an easier to digest format this info is also available in free books by Mark Coker on the Smashwords website.

      https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305

    • Sheila, in the first few slides there’s an index (and also at the blog post) with slide numbers so you can jump to the specific presentation that interests you. This is six hours of presentation so it is quite long. Sections: 1. introductory primer. 2. Best practices of bestsellers. 3. IBooks merchandising. 4. Ebook preorder strategy.

      • @ Allan: I’ve got those. I was thinking more like a quick guide with the highlights. I like bullet lists and step-by-step things, like the SOP manuals I used to write.

        @Mark: I’m on an old computer with crappy DSL, so watching videos and slideshows aren’t easy. I usually skip stuff with videos (my computer, for example, will not play anything from Vimeo, or Uchannel {I think that’s the name}). I dislike all the chatter and off-topic stuff (my sons are used to me yelling “shut up and get to it!”).

        But, I appreciate the break down of the parts. I might try to watch part 3 later this week, after I get a couple of things written.

  6. Thanks and bravo to Coker for making all of this available—essentially a days’ conference presentation worth of material. Yup, kids, there’s a lot of it.

    Amazing that when this is up for free, anyone cavels that Coker’s index, slide numbers, etc. aren’t making it easy enough to access. Do I detect again some creeping Coker Derangement Syndrome? Then just download his guides for free from his site.

    Thanks Mark. You seem to be a real gentleman in handling kneejerk criticism.

    • Amazing that when this is up for free, anyone cavels that Coker’s index, slide numbers, etc. aren’t making it easy enough to access. Do I detect again some creeping Coker Derangement Syndrome? Then just download his guides for free from his site.

      No, you aren’t detecting any sort of “Coker Derangement Syndrome”. I stated an opinion. Last I checked, this is still a free country, and I haven’t broken any of PG’s rules by doing so.

      And Mark didn’t seem to mind, so why do you?

      I’ve downloaded the guides, starting years ago, and as far as I can remember, none of the iBooks stuff is in there, nor is the pre-order info.

      Geez. It’s not like I asked how long a chapter should be, or something.

      • No worries Sheila. No offense taken.

        Milo, I smiled at the suggestion of CDS. 🙂 I realize to some, I’m demon seed for cautioning people about the risks of exclusivity. Although there is a slide in here that mentions such risks, the overall theme of the presentation is best practices to help writers reach more readers. I figure if ya’ll can pull one or two fresh ideas out it then I’m happy.

  7. Bartholomew Thockmorton

    Hi Mark!

    Thanks for Smashwords and all your hard work!

  8. Al the Great and Powerful

    I would propose that an average of fifty slides per hour is too many, but I will have to go through them and see for myself.

    When I do slide presentations the slides are for images or key points only, and as an outline; they are aids to a talk, not the text of the talk.

    Maybe Mark’s are different, I’ll have to look!

    • Al, it’s fair to say I break the rules which can be both good and bad. My presentations tend to be dense and text heavy to begin with, and then when I prep them for Slideshare or to email to attendees who request it afterward I usually add more text so viewers can catch some of the key info that was only presented verbally. Hope you find it useful!

      • Mark,

        Let me suggest a resource for you: Beyond Bullet Points by Cliff Atkinson. You have a powerful story to tell (even when I think you are wrong) and you could tell it more effectively.

        • RealityObserver

          He also has much the same in “traditional” book form (although they do need some updating).

          Different people are most effectively reached by different avenues – any good teacher has this as a mantra.

          (Now, you can go overboard with the concept – have you ever watched one of the videos trying to teach kids math with rap music?!?)

        • William, looks good, just bought it. Thanks.

        • I’ve had Atkinson’s book for years, ever since I attended a workshop he gave via the late, lamented Learning Annex.

          Highly recommended. Good stuff.

          He also has a website with more great info:

          http://www.BeyondBulletPoints.com

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