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I just put my third eBook up on Amazon, and boy was it easy!
I’ve tried several routes to creating content and then putting it into EPUB (a number of eBook sellers use this) and MOBI (Amazon uses this) formats, with various levels of hassle.
This time, it was a cinch!
My story had original cover art, twelve original illustrations, 8,000 words, an acknowledgments section and an about the author section.
As usual, I created the graphics using Poser, Pose2Lux, Luxrender, GIMP, Preview, and, for the cover, Scribus.
I wrote the story using the FREE LibreOffice* suite, inserted the illustrations with ease, and saved it in ODT format.
Jutoh (all of $39) can import many different file formats, but is designed to most easily work with ODT. With (for me) a very short learning curve I was able to create both EPUB and MOBI files from the same ODT raw materials, check them for errors (didn’t find any) and preview them in both EPUB and Kindle readers – while still in Jutoh.
This makes tweaking layouts a snap!
Here’s a link to LibreOffice.
Here’s a link to Jutoh.
And, for what it’s worth, here’s a link to the story.
*LibreOffice is an offshoot of OpenOffice. OpenOffice also uses ODT as its native format. OpenOffice intellectual property is owned by Oracle, and has been donated to the Apache folks. Since OpenOffice is open source, the LibreOffice folks took off from there – many of them long-time volunteer developers of OpenOffiece. The two programs are quite compatible with each other. Right now LibreOffice seems a bit better, but we haven’t seen any new versions of OpenOffice from the Apache folks, so that could change at any time. Don’t we love competition!
I discovered Michele Albert when she joined an online discussion about using 3D programs to design cover art and illustrations for her books (both printed and ebook).
Went to her site and found a blog dedicated to her trials, tribulations and triumphs as she continually hones her illustrative skills.
She’s done some great work, and you can pick up some good tips from her commentary.
Check out her blog HERE!
Wanted to check out my new novelette, but not sure you’d like it?
Well, you can get it FREE (that’s right – for nothing more than the effort to download the sucker) through Sunday 1/29/12.
get it at: www.amazon.com/dp/B006ZQEPEK
Don’t have a Kindle? No problem.
Amazon offers FREE (don’t we love that word) apps for reading their Kindle ebooks, and they’re available for iPads/iPods/iPhones, all Android devices as well as Macs and PCs.
Just go here:
Now, with nothing other than the free app and your existing Amazon account, you can join the millions of Kindle ebook readers (there’s lots more ebooks available than my stuff – free and otherwise – just in case you didn’t know that).
My latest eBook – Rat’s Chance – is up in Amazon’s Kindle store:
A send-up of pulp detective fiction, it chronicles the adventures of former janitor Henry Sampers and Persi, a randy, telepathic rat with an IQ of 180.
Follow Persi and Sampers as they seek to make the world safe for designer bubble gum, but end up in the middle of international mayhem.
The first installment of my Nursodian Tales series is up and available at the Amazon.com Kindle store (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006OROXJC), barely in time for Christmas.
Give a look! If you like it, tell all your friends and family.
If you don’t like it tell ME (and maybe not anyone else), and let me know why. That’s how we learn.
Please and thank you.
I’m just about ready to put my first story up on Amazon’s Kindle site. So, I not only needed a book cover, I needed a cover prototype. You see, I’m uploading and selling a chapter at a time. (The first chapter has 16 full color illustrations and is a self contained story. So, it works, I think.)
Ultimately they will be compiled into a complete book named Katie’s Dreams of Nursoda. So, first I needed a prototype cover for the final book.
All the images were staged in Poser, and rendered in LuxRender through the Pose2Lux plugin for Poser, giving me great images. (Poser Debut costs around $50. Luxrender and Pose2Lux are free.)However, each image was a very large PNG file (one of many formats for pictures). And, my final cover design contained a number of these images at various sizes layered on one another.
In addition, color and contrast needed tweaking for most of the images. Finally, I needed a powerful layout program that would make it easy to quickly alter the cover for each story, but end up with the same visual feel for the complete book.
So, in addition to the above, I broke out the GIMP image manipulation program and the Scribus layout program, both powerful, and best of all, absolutely FREE!
Once I had the images, I corrected them for color, contrast and brightness, sized them appropriately, layered the images together, created a graphic mask to give the montage some structure (think digital stencil) and exported the main graphic as a single, much smaller, JPG file (another image format), all in GIMP.
Then I opened Scribus and laid out my cover, pulled in the montage I created in GIMP, tweaked the image and text for size and placement, and, voila, had the prototype cover for the book.
Once that was in place, it took less than 10 minutes to grab one of the images from the individual story, drop it in the prototype, and adject the text, and create my second cover.
Here are the results: