Category: Ebook production

10
Jan

Introducing PublishDrive’s Free Public Ebook Conversion Tool

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Our free ebook conversion has been a tremendous benefit for PublishDrive users, but our team wanted to create a tool that all indie authors could use – not just those signed up for PublishDrive.

We’re super excited to announce that we’ve developed a FREE public ebook converter for commercial use – and there is no registration required.

 

Convert my manuscript!

Free, Accessible Ebook Conversion for all Indie Authors

With our free tool, it’s never been easier to start publishing. All that’s needed to begin is a Microsoft Word DOCX file, and we’ll handle the rest!

How It Works:

After uploading your manuscript in DOCX format, you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions. Your responses will help us customize your ebook file.

For example, if your source file doesn’t contain a table of contents, no problem! Based on the information you input, we can instantly create high-quality EPUB and MOBI files that contain the following:

  • Table of contents
  • Copyright page
  • Title page
  • Seamlessly incorporated cover image

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In other words, you’ll get a ready-to-publish ebook file that will look great and function on all reading devices.

Unlike other free converters, ours produces ebook files specifically for commercial purposes, which means they’ll provide the highest quality reading experience and be free of formatting errors.

And the best part is that this public tool is completely free to use, and you don’t have to be a registered PublishDrive user.

After downloading your newly converted EPUB and MOBI files, you’re free to do whatever you want with them. 

And if you’re not happy with the files, you can start over and convert your manuscript as many times as you need to.

Ready to get started? Check out our free DOCX to EPUB/MOBI converter here!

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19
Dec

Our Word to EPUB Conversion Tool is Here!

One of the most common challenges new authors face is ebook conversion. You may have spent months (or years!) writing your first book – it’s frustrating to have yet another task before you can hit “publish.”

Some authors use ebook conversion software, while others pay someone else to do it – but these options cost money.

We’re excited to announce that PublishDrive now offers FREE automatic ebook conversion directly through the platform. While the platform previously offered ebook conversion, the process took a few days to complete.

Our new ebook converter is super easy to use, instantly produces an EPUB file, and will help streamline your publishing journey.

Here’s how it works:

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18
Oct

How to Write a Book Description that Sells

Any quick online search will give you slews of experts sharing how to write a book description that sells. However, most people fail to address the primary element to creating ad copy that attracts your reader to even buy your book. Just because you wrote enticing ad copy doesn’t mean people will see it. That’s why you’re going to need to have a basic understanding of search engine optimization and how it can make or break the long-term success of your books.

But, before we jump into how to optimize your publication for better discoverability, you need to have a basic understanding of the key elements to an enticing book description. Similar to having an unsearchable book description with the perfect ad copy, a poorly crafted yet discoverable book description won’t do you any favors.

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01
Oct

Automatic ebook conversion from docx

PublishDrive accepts docx as the source file. Good news for those authors who are not too familiar with the technical details of formatting and converting processes. 

From now, PublishDrive accepts .DOCX files as main content.

The same process as EPUB

All you need to do is upload your file the same way you always have: provide the metadata and cover in jpg, epub, or now, docx.

When you’re done, just click “Publish” on the top of the page.

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11
Jun

Series of Books or Book Serials: What’s the Difference?

The following article could not have been made without the help of PublishDrive author Gabriel Wolf. We are grateful for his insight on the topic of book serials.

Series of books or book serials: What is the difference?

Categorization of multiple episode television programs is fairly common: everybody knows that the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, the sitcom Friends, and Stranger Things are all substantially different formats, and viewers start them with different expectations. The same is true for books as well. However, there are still many people who don’t know the difference between a series of books and a book serial.

As an author, you have to be aware of whether you are writing a series of a books or a serial, and have to follow (or break) genre expectations.

In a series of books, each book can be read individually. They are usually built around a certain character who doesn’t age or set in the same world, and you can get away with reading them in any order you wish (eg. Discworld by Terry Pratchett). No mysteries or questions go unanswered between two books.

Book serials, on the other hand, have an overarching story line. The characters age and change: like in Harry Potter. Often, they come in episodes or parts shorter than a novel: 80-100 pages long instalments. Episodes (whether novel-sized or chapter sized) are separately published in ebook format and get their own cover. Once a story arc has been finished, the author groups the parts together and publishes it as a novel (often called a ‘season’). The book receives a title, a new ISBN, and usually also appears in print form.

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30
Apr

How to Create a Book Cover for Free

While everybody agrees that creating a beautiful book cover should be the work of an artist, hiring a cover designer could be very expensive. What happens if you can’t afford a designer? Can you still sell your book on Amazon or upload it to Wattpad? Yes. It is possible to create a book cover for free: you just need to learn the business very well to make one that looks professional.

In this article, we’ll explore the main steps of creating a book cover; what are some free online apps to use to design your own book cover; and what tools are required. Self-publishing a book is never easy, and an amazing cover can help you get it right.

To read more about ebook covers, check out our other articles in this topic:

(Article was updated with more information on May 22, 2018.)

What you’ll need to create a book cover for free (checklist)

Before we start looking for the best app, let’s have a look at what you might need. (You can use the links to jump to the correct position within the article.)

1 Your title and your author name. There is no need to put anything on the cover other than the author’s name, the title and the subtitle.
2 A suitable image or images. These will be used as the main part of your cover. It is uncommon to create completely typographic covers unless the book is literary fiction.
3 A genre-specific font. Serif or sans-serif?
4 An editing app. You can use an online service or get a professional photo editing software.
5 A feedback group. Just as you wouldn’t publish a book without getting somebody to read it first, you can’t publish a book without getting feedback on your cover either.

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