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How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook 3rd Edition and Sales Tracking Sheet for Self-Pubbing Authors

How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook by Nadia LeeI’ve been getting several questions that basically involve the same type of topics, so I’ve decided to update How to Format Your Manuscript for Kindle and Nook. If you’ve bought it already, you can just re-download the latest version from Smashwords. The new edition contains information about what to do if you have a free account and a sample HTML mockup so you can see what everything should look like.

Also, several members on a writing forum I belong to were discussing how to track sales, and I thought I would share my sales tracking sheet. I’ve created it in Excel, and it calculates almost everything automatically, though you have to put in some information (such as the book’s cover price) into the parts marked yellow, plus your individual sales data, of course. Click here to download a copy. It’s a free tool for everyone. :)

You can modify it to track epub sales as well. I have a huge master Excel spreadsheet that I use to track everything, including my epub and self-pubbed titles, but I didn’t include the epub sales tracking sheet in this one because it really depends on your situation, contract, etc. so it’s harder to create a standard template.

Can You Recoup the Cost of Self-Publishing?

Those of you who have been following my mini-blog tour know that I paid for a professional cover for, and editing of, Carnal Secrets. One of the commenters on March 10th asked me the following question: …do you feel the money you put out will be made up in sales?

At that time, I responded: I think I’m going to recoup the cost and make some profit this year. Even if I don’t make any profit this year, I still think it was money well-spent because I have a professional product…

I thought I’d post a quick update on the situation:

As of early this week (ie, a little over a month since I put the story out), I have recouped the entire production cost of Carnal Secrets. (I’m not including the number of hours I spent writing, revising and promoting the story. I’m talking purely about the actual cash layout for the book.)

Am I happy? Of course! I’m thrilled!

More importantly, I’m grateful to fantastic reviewers, book bloggers and my readers. I really wasn’t sure what kind of reception I’d get with the story, especially with it being self-published and my not having a decent platform, etc.

So thank you. :)

Two Guest Blog Posts

As you know, I’m not a big fan of agency pricing, library e-lending program restrictions, geo restrictions, DRM and so on. Late last month, I wrote a guest opinion for Dear Author on what the (seemingly) ideal reader is to the Big Six, and it’s finally up on Dear Author.

And I’m blogging about three qualities authors need to self-publish effectively on Babbling about Books and More.

Check them out and feel free to share your thoughts!

“Creating a Cover Art with Non-White Characters” Is Up

I’m discussing the nervousness I felt at creating a cover with non-white characters, given the controversies over white-washed covers, etc. on Money Bear Reviews today. Please come check it out!

“Distribution: the Issues of DRM and Geo Restrictions” Is Up

I’m discussing the thorny problem called distribution, esp. DRM and geo restrictions, on Pearl’s World of Romance today. Please come check it out!

“Small Press v. Self-Publication” Is Up

I’m discussing the advantages and disadvantages of having a publisher versus doing it all on your own on Love Romance Passion today. Please come check it out!