Post by vincentberg on Sept 25, 2014 18:26:05 GMT -8
I have separate Title, copyright, and "Other Books by the Author" pages. On the copyright page, I list the ISBN. This is especially important since I publish multiple places (SW, Amazon and Createspace). Thus I list the ISBN of each book.
For "Other Books" I include a brief summary and links (to the SW page for each book). That way, if someone buys the book and likes it, they can immediately purchase the rest of the series or my other books. I also include all these pages in the front matter.
In the back matter (not part of the 'free read' material, I include a 'Cast of Characters', an "About the Author" and a 'Contact Info.' page. I include a photo of me in the 'Author' page and provide direct links to my email, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn Pages (cause I like hearing from fans).
It's all free marketing, so why not take advantage of it?
Your answer wasn't about inserting a page break, though. It took me 2 weeks to prepare the word.doc so that it should be suitable for the smashwords premium catalogue and how to insert a page break was a big mystery to me until the lady Harris saved my life. (Word, I was using it as a typewriter up to now, nothing more ambitious.) About what you say regarding marketing. Since I publish with a pen name it would be difficult to publish and market traditionally (printed books, promoted with readings in public and autograph signings). I'm lucky to publish electronically from the point of view anonymity. I read this .pdf of ninc about self-publishing and discovered that e-book self-publishing is all about social networks. It makes me shy though to prepare a facebook with pen name, and then another page for the book itself and start propagandize it. But those pages seem to be necessary and the smashwords style guide saves in the front or back matter special places (as you say) for them. In the mean time, as I am slooowly making up my mind about marketing, others rush. What I'm going to say will sound arrogant for sure. But up to now I was just a reader, a highly selective one and could easily reject a classic writer on various pretexts. Regarding books, my bigger concern was how to discover some that make me happy and whenever this was possible it was a celebration. Suddenly when I decided to publish my own book I took a look around me and realized that EVERYBODY publishes books, locally and internationally, in an overwhelming proportion nonsenses. But they do not quail, they just choose covers, write summaries and exhibit themselves without getting pneumonia (as that ninc file mentionned). (Do not remember the exact words and also please forgive my english which is rather awful). So some writer of this kind (the overwhelming one) I see today googling my own title, that he published electronically locally a thing of his own, copying my title for the one half of it. There are retailers of smashword appearing in my channel manager having received my book, that do not show it in their web sites, instead they show his book. He made everything according to the rules of marketing through social networks, a facebook page for the book, and since he is signing it with his real name, interviews online, even in a tv show he appeared. What am I? A solitary person attempting the impossible, at home, to publish world wide some words I believe they are worthy the trouble. (I was really thrilled though, when I saw apple's links all over the world. If I wasn't sure about my book perhaps this could make me uneasy or embarassed, instead of delighted.) Do not know if I will discover a way to use social networks, that will make me feel comfortable. Chances are I'll ignore the world , its rules and everything and just publish a second book. Perhaps my words alone will make the job of propaganda. P.S. My book was written some 7 years ago, I looked in my desk and I think I have copyrighted it somehow at the time. The guy copied not only half of my title but also the structure and the idea. He wrote some hundreds of pages where I wrote some dozens and I fear that the comparison will kill my book, as if one compared tons of potatoes against a few grams of truffles in a country where potatoes are the national food and truffles are considered poisonous. Because some other thread mentionned "subversive books", I do not want to be misunderstood, I'm talking about quality of books and ideas, and when I said "propaganda", I meant it ironically, meaning by that the marketing affair.
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2014 15:22:37 GMT -8 by alphabeta