Step by Step book formatting for Word Format.pdf
Formatting your word manuscript is not hard. It does take a little time though. I created this step by step instructions file for myself because I was tired of trying to remember the steps it takes to format my books when it came time to publish. I've posted it on my website because lately there have been quite a few people asking for recommendations for a person for hire to format their book for them. I believe independent authors should stick together and help each other out whenever possible. I hope this helps you save some money on the front end, so you can use it on the back end for advertising.
Of cause if it helps you can thank me by purchasing one of my books. I promise they cost less than any formatting fee you would spend. If you still need some help, I'll do it for you, but you have to buy my Fatally Linked book. Leaving a review will be up to you, but I would appreciate it.
Is it time to stop giving books away for free? (Updated 3/20/19)
Okay, test complete. This graph shows my sales, or should I say my giveaways, for the last 90 days. Keep in mind that I did not do any advertising for this free books. The free book is the Pact. The first book in the nine book Nikki & Kenny series. The graph is from Smashwords, but I had similar results on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Again, no advertising of this book being free so the sample is small, only 72 downloads. As you can see not one of those 72 free downloads converted to a sale of book 2 or any other of my stand alone books. I'll say again it could be the book is not good, but I have pretty good sales for my stand alone books, so I don't think it's that. So I'm going to stand by my statement below and change my free book back to $2.99. Thanks for listening.
There was a time when self-published authors needed to give their books away free to gain interest from readers. That time is over. I've personally published a nine-book series. I've been guilty of giving away book one to create interest six or seven years ago. While my promotions that gave away the book did well, the sales of book two were laughable. If it was one to every fifty given away, I call that lucky. Of course I realize my books may not be good, but I don't think so. They get good reviews from those few that did write one.
I have downloaded more then five hundred free books. Once, only once, did I finish one of the free books and immediately bought the rest in the series (A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis in case you are interested).
I have fourteen others that I have marked to get the others in the series. I have marked over three hundred that I have enjoyed, but I only felt the need to mark fifteen to get the others in a series and another twenty two to look at other books by the author if the book wasn't part of a series.
So I have to ask; is it worth it to give your book away for free? Why should I or anyone else buy a book when so many are free? Why would I pay four or five dollars for the next book in a series if the first was free? I see it as the author trying to make up for their loss of revenue by giving the first book away. I read two to three books a week. I have twenty dollars in my weekly budget for books. If the additional books in a series was a buck or two, I might have bought the others in the twenty two series I have marked to get. As an author it makes me sad that I rarely use my budgeted book money. When I do it's by a well known author. I would love to support other authors like myself, but with all the free books out there, why should I pay for a book?
So is it just me or is it time to stop giving our books away. We spend a lot of time writing and even more time promoting our books, shouldn't we be compensate for our time? I'm not saying you have to charge a lot. A buck for this book, two bucks for the next, will give everyone a fighting chance at selling more books. It will also tell you if your book is good or not. There is no better validation then when someone buys the second book in your series or another of your stand alone books.