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After researching many ways to successfully publish an electronic book, I came across a great article on the three biggest mistakes in the process. The article is “Three E-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid” by Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh 
©Copyright 2012, and she really helps writers look for what to avoid.

1. Copyright Infringement: Copyrights are, simply put, the right a person has to publish writings. A
copyright protects the author from having another person use the information or writing as his
or her own. This includes re-publishing for profit, photocopying, modifying an original piece or
performing without permission. You own your original writings, but conversely, you can’t use
someone else’s unless it is out of copyright or you have permission. Penalties for copyright
infringement are stiff—from fines up to $150,000 and even jail. Copyright law is enormously
complicated, and it is a good idea to become familiar with the basics, and if in doubt, don’t
publish it.  
These are two good sources of copyright information:

**  Website Copyright has information about the rights of all media.

** The federal copyright office is the ultimate source for copyright information.

2. Technical SNAFUs: While e-publishing seems like it should be a breeze, as they say, the devil in
the details. Most people who dive into the world of e-publishing have at least one horror story
of technological mayhem. From a personal perspective, I learned my lesson about over
formatting and relying on Word functions  too heavily the hard way and had to painfully
reformat and republish several of my own books. Because this is a relatively new medium, there
are some glitches; although, the platforms are updated often. A number of writer/publisher
groups have sprung up, and it’s a good idea to get involved early and start sharing ideas. There
are also a number of very well-done books on the subject; do your research for the best chance
of success. 

** The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing has
suggestions, articles and support for new and experienced e-publishers. 


3. Premature Publishing: In the near-instant gratification of the e-publishing world, it is very
tempting to send your baby out into the world before it’s ready. If you are publishing yourself,
remember all the things a conventional publisher would do, and apply these standards yourself. 
- Proofread and edit very carefully. If you don’t find the mistakes, your readers will.
- Create an eye-catching cover. Even in the e-publishing world, readers are drawn to a
well-done cover. 
- Create a marketing plan. Your e-book won’t sell if readers don’t know it’s there.
- If it gets overwhelming, hire a pro to help you out with any or all of the steps, or consider publishing with an established e-publisher. It will most likely be money well spent, and some, like Word Branch Publishing, only take a percentage of the royalties so
there are no up-front fees. 




Avoiding Pitfalls

In 2011, an article was written in USA Today about Michael Prescott, who made $300,000 in a year solely off of his self-published e-books that reached the Top 150 best-sellers list. He, along with 15 other men and women, made themselves famous authors because of their work.

According to the Association of American Publishers, e-books grew from 0.6% of the total trade market share in 2008 to 6.4% in 2010, the most recent figures available. Total net revenue for 2010: $878 million with 114 million e-books sold. In adult fiction, e-books are now 13.6% of the market.




I got these covers from the e-Book Cover Design Awards. These selections are from submissions during January, 2012.

"It's a gold rush out there," Prescott says. "Forty acres and a mule. It's the best time for an independent writer to get out there."​

Attorney and debut novelist Darcie Chan, 37, self-published her debut novel, The Mill River Recluse, after being rejected by more than 100 literary agents. It spent 16 weeks on USA TODAY's best-seller list, peaking at No. 6. Chan says she has sold 416,000 copies of the 99-cent e-book.


Hocking, 27, a life-long Minnesotan from a working-class background, has been telling stories almost since she could climb out of the crib and was writing full-fledged novels at 17.  Unable to find an agent, she began self-publishing her young-adult paranormal romances in 2010. They became huge hits; seven of them have spent 50 weeks on USA TODAY's list this year.

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