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Zsofia Macho

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Zsofia Macho is a bookish person: she writes, edits, translates, proofreads, converts and page-sets books. She also likes to read them. Currently finishing a linguist MSc at the University College London, she has a tough time displaying scientific journals on a traditional Kindle. When she is not doing anything text-related, she spends her time playing co-operative board games or badminton.

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07
Dec

What Are the Different Types of Copyright?

Today’s article is on some serious subject: different types of copyright. We have already published a guide at Bookmachine regarding ebook copyrighting dos and don’ts in an easy-to-digest form. It is at Bookmachine that I write about copyright pages, DRM, ISBN and pen names: please do check it out! This article, however, is a much

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04
Dec

Reedsy Book Editor: Write, edit, and convert a beautiful book for free

Following the success of our last article on ebook editors, we decided to create an Ebook formatting 101 with the most popular converters. If you are aiming for a valid epub, we usually direct people towards the professional Sigil. Although it is not difficult to use, many people feel disheartened when they are asked to

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24
Nov

Messenger Bot for Writers: How to Build it and Use it

For the last few months, I was working on a secret project: teaching and launching our customer service chatbot, Edith. We write a lot about how writers can utilise AI and Natural Language Processing to save time with their marketing, so we thought: let’s try it ourselves! This is why we built Edith, our new

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16
Nov

Faster Publishing Time on Amazon: How to do it?

In a world where we want everything ready as soon as possible, a lot can depend on average publishing time. But how long do you have to wait for your book’s publication? Are you better off if you make your book available for pre-order? Can you make any changes during the publishing process? This article

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14
Nov

Ebook Publishing Services: How to Write and Publish an Ebook in 5 Simple Steps

Writing a novel is never the work of one person only. We all know how every book ever published by traditional publishing houses has months of work behind it by editors of different responsibilities, designers and illustrators. Best case scenario, it even has a dedicated team of marketers working on photoshoots and facebook campaigns. But

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10
Nov

Import your books straight from Pronoun

This was not an easy week for indie publishers and self-publishers: Pronoun has announced to shut down, effective immediately. We have built an importer to help migrating your books from Pronoun. We are sorry to see an innovative competitor go: competition drives the industry to provide better service and keep improving. However, we understand that

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08
Nov

Distributing to Perlego – New Retail Channel

PublishDrive is proud to have partnered with Perlego, an innovator in academic publishing. We’re offering our publishers and authors a chance to showcase their books at the Perlego platform among academic publishers. Long gone are the days when you had to pay hundreds of pounds at the beginning of every term to cover the costs

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03
Nov

Frankfurt Book Fair As Indie Author – Should you go?

Are you interested in attending a book fair as indie author? Should you attend book fairs as an independent author at the first place, or is this just a waste of money? This question is driving most authors nuts: on one hand, book fairs seem like the heart of publishing industry, where experts from all

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27
Oct

Create an Ebook Cover with Spark and Canva: Which is Better?

Who would have thought that the design giant Adobe will create their own Canva? It is easy to see why the simple-to-use and user friendly ebook cover design tool Canva is so successful, and it is actually not that big a surprise that Adobe – usually known for endless options, hidden settings and taking years

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20
Oct

Everything about exclusive distribution: definition and examples

Going wide or KDP only? Today’s article is covering exclusive distribution definition, examples and arguments for and against it. Exclusive distribution means that a distributor has unique rights to distribute your book: you can’t sell it anywhere else. Currently KDP Select is the most popular exclusive distributor, as most self-publishing authors already know: for a

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13
Oct

Other Disruptors: New Ways of Distribution, VR and Royalty Share

This is the third, final part of our series focused on industry disruptors. The first part analysed how AI will automatize much of the marketing, and the second was interested in whether blockchain is here to decentralize distribution and pose a threat to Amazon and Google. In the third part of the series, we are

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12
Oct

Blockchain: A Technology Publishers Have Never Heard of is Here to Disrupt the Industry

(This article was written in anticipation of the ALLi organized session at Frankfurt Book Fair on this topic and will be updated with the developments. It has been inspired by ALLi and the articles written by Orna Ross.) Cutting edge technology is usually here to solve problems we never knew we had at the first place.

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11
Oct

How Can Writers And Publishers Utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Putting aside the constant scare of whether robots will soon take our jobs – coming even from creatives -, AI is already here and more and more companies are using it. But what does AI stand for and how can writers and publishers utilise artificial intelligence? This article starts with a little history for newcomers,

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06
Oct

How Do Audiobooks Work? – Choose the Best Service

With the Canadian company Rakuten Kobo finally launching their audiobooks service worldwide, appearing as a long awaited competitor for Amazon’s Audible, audiobooks became a hot topic once again, living their revival. But how do audiobooks work, where to get them from and are they still overly expensive? Although they have been around for a while

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03
Oct

What is the Secret of a Successful Ebook Launch

Are you ready to get published? Great! Why not throw a party? A book launch is not only a great opportunity for you to celebrate this amazing achievement but also an event that can affect your future sales. While you should not forget about the power of building a brand and creating a fanbase (people

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29
Sep

Ebook Pricing for a Foreign Market – Eurozone and Eastern Europe

It is always exciting to read and write about faraway lands and cultures. But our ebook pricing tour has finally reached my home market: Europe. Is there more to the Eurozone than just – Euro? What and who decides ebook prices? As many of our readers are indeed from Europe, we would be really interested

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25
Sep

Self Publishing Podcasts: Everything You Wanted to Know

Podcasts are like Marmite: love it or hate it. With an overwhelming the majority of the Western world’s population having a smartphone (and commuting long hours every day), podcasts are once again on the rise. Many of them are produced by self-publishers: but who is the audience? Should you go for fiction or nonfiction? Stay

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22
Sep

Distributing Public Domain Books: Should You Do It?

When US federal judge Jed Rakoff ruled against KinderGuides in August, one of the main arguments used against the company cited public domain books. Indeed, if the publisher wanted to bring classics closer to the kids, they could have chosen from millions of available books, including the works of Jane Austen, Mark Twain and Dostoevsky.

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20
Sep

How to Convert Your Book to Get Accepted by Shops – Sigil for Dummies

Following the success of our last article on ebook editors, we decided to create an Ebook formatting 101 with the three most popular converters: Sigil, Calibre and Vellum. The series starts with Sigil, that being the one true professionals use and the one our team recommends for instant success – and the one we receive

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18
Sep

Ebook Pricing for a Foreign Market – East Asia and India

This article is the second part of our series, Ebook Pricing for a Foreign Market. You can find the first article here: it covers general rules of pricing for a foreign market and the advantages and disadvantages of territorial pricing. It also covers pricing for the Southeast Asian ebook market: Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia

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13
Sep

How to Publish Internationally – Author’s Tips

Nobody knows better how self-publishing works than our self-published authors. In our series, Self-Publishing Success Stories, we ask our authors about topics we believe they know best. In the first post, we talked about how to self-publish a cookbook with Kendall Harrison. Today, internationally acclaimed author Jean Joachim is sharing her tips and tricks with

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08
Sep

Ebook Pricing for a Foreign Market – Pricing an Ebook in Southeast Asia

It is difficult enough already to price an ebook for your home market: how difficult can it be when you don’t know a market? You don’t only have to be aware of the most popular genres and the trends in these genres but have a clear picture on pricing. We’re trying to solve this problem

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04
Sep

What’s an ebook? Get started!

It is the content that matters, not the format – while reading on e-ink readers, tablets and smartphones is an important part of millions’ lives, there are still other millions who wouldn’t ever consider downloading a book. Despite their increasing popularity, there are still several misconceptions about ebooks worldwide. This article aims to provide a

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23
Aug

5 Things Everybody Gets Wrong About Interactive Books

The widespread of interactive books coincided with me getting into publishing studies and I couldn’t be any happier to live in this amazing age. I still remember my disbelief in 2009, when I first heard about hypertext and interconnected books. My professor seemed to be telling an impossible tale about a future where all quotes,

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18
Aug

The Top 10 Most Useful Ebook Writing Software

The age of handwriting your ebook and typing it up later is long gone. While I am a lover of beautiful stationery, an ebook writing software can be much more useful. In our selection, we review the best editing, writing and converting tools currently at the market. Some of them practically take you from the first

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25
Jul

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Publishing on Google Play

You want to sell your books on Google Play? Great. Although ‘books’ are not the first thing that come to my mind when I hear ‘Google’, the numbers don’t lie: the tech giants bookstore is one of the biggest ones worldwide (selling in 72 countries with a different market share everywhere on the world). With

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07
Jul

Do Not Get Caught Un-Quote

Do you remember the eighth commandment? Do not steal. Everybody knows that, and yet: sometimes we get caught off-guard, and even with the best intentions, we end up hearing the worst word a writer could ever hear: plagiarism. Citing your resources is incredibly easy, and in this article we are going to help you out.

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22
Jun

A Guide on Book Title Punctuation

For the trained eyes, there is nothing more annoying than looking at a book which is just one letter away from perfect. It is possible that you have made a capital mistake when not checking the rules of capitalization before publishing. It can be a tricky business, but nothing you cannot master by following a

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09
Jun

How To Promote an eBook – A Step-by-Step Guide

I spent most of my time at the London Book Fair 2017 sitting in the front row of the surprisingly pink ALLi stand, listening to independent authors talking about their success and author-aid services sharing the tips and tricks of the business. And of the many things I learnt while sitting there, this one struck

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02
Jun

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: The Final Countdown

Before going into the details of the most debated area of publishing, let me reassure you: it doesn’t have to be either this or that. Whatever decision you make, it definitely won’t last a lifetime (unless you get some horrible publishing deal, signing away the rights for the next decade). Many of today’s successful authors

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03
May

From Draft to Bedside Story – PublishDrive’s Guide to Self-Publishing a Children’s Book

Writing for children is rewarding, heartwarming and something to be proud of. No wonder many people aspire to write and publish a children’s book. If you think that writing and publishing for kids is child’s play, you are very wrong. 🙂 Partly because of the increased costs, partly because of the difficulties of marketing, publishing

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25
Apr

How to Self-Publish Your Cookbook

Our new series explores the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing in different genres and guides you through the process. We also interview some of our best selling writers on the field who are happy to share their own experiences with you. In the first part of the series, we are introducing Kendall Harrison and her

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13
Apr

Complete Guide to Book Cover Sizes – Why Do They Matter?

In the first part of the series, we looked at some cover design services and tutorials to help you design the best cover possible and showed you how to 3D it. In the second part, we talked about typography and layout design. Today we are covering some less creative but just as important elements of

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05
Apr

Ebook Marketing Tips That Work – 6 Strategies You Can Follow

We are going to give you some bulletproof ideas to get your book out there and spread the word (and hopefully get some readers) without becoming that guy you had to block on Facebook because he kept bombing you with messages and inviting you to like his page. It is a thin line, but basic

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07
Mar

Five Reasons to Self-Publish

When I started writing fiction, I assumed that there is not a single writer out there who doesn’t want to get published by Penguin Random House. Apparently, the numbers show otherwise: indie publishers are trending, and not without a cause. Let’s see five major reasons why many writers choose to self-publish. (In a follow-up article

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12
Feb

The Complete Guide to Choosing Your Book Cover Font with Examples

(This article was updated on 03.08.2017) We already wrote about how important it is to get your book cover design right: first impressions count, as you might not get a second chance. In case you missed it, you can see some book cover examples and read more about 3D covers here. There is an important  detail that

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05
Jan

A Complete Guide to 3D Book Covers

(This article was updated on 15.08.2017) You can’t judge a book by its cover. Still, people do it all the time. Some authors on the market could sell a book with only their name printed on a black cover, but let’s be honest: we are not there yet. For mere mortals, covers are just as