It’s no secret that I love Kindle publishing, especially writing SHORT fiction.
I started writing in the days of typewriters, and have fond memories of my collection of Adlers, Olivettis, and IBM Selectrics. No way do I want to go back to those days. Publishing took forever.
So the idea that I can hit a Publish button, and publish, instantly, will always be miraculous — for me, publishing is always a thrill. Ebook publishing is easily comparable to the first time I saw one of my books on the shelf of a real bookstore, except of course that publishing now is a lot less hassle.
Readers have asked about simple ways to write and publish ebooks. Once you’ve written a book, be it a huge 300,000 word novel, or a 10,000 word short story, you want to publish it without hassle.
Making publishing easier (and publishing more)
Currently my favorite Kindle writing and publishing tools are:
Scrivener: if you don’t use it, you should
I’ve been using Scrivener for a decade. I love it more than ever. I use it for all book-length writing and publishing, including my client’s ghostwriting projects, and don’t know what I’d do without it. I can keep an entire series of books in one Scrivener project, so it’s simple to reference another book from the one I’m writing.
Here’s my best advice to you if you’re wary of Scrivener because you’ve heard of Scriveners’ “learning curve”: just use it. Scrivener’s a huge program, but you can customize it to suit yourself.
You don’t need to use features just because they’re available. The more you use it, the more comfortable you’ll be in the program. Right from the beginning, you’ll be able to forget the tool, and focus on your writing, so just start writing.
Ulysses: it’s all about the words
“Just start writing” brings me to Ulysses, another app I’ve been using for a long, long time, in all its incarnations. However, it’s only in the past few weeks, after the release of the iPad app, that Ulysses has become an integral part of my work flow.
I’m an impatient writer. When I get an idea, I want to write. I resent any tool which gets in my way. Ulysses gets out of your way, so you can focus on words. You don’t even need to save your work, Ulysses does that for you.
David Hewson’s been a godsend, with his ebook on Ulysses. He’s shown me even more ways to use the program to make publishing simpler.
For example, Ulysses’s PDF Styles, as shown in the image above, are useful for sending your work to beta readers, as well as for revision.
Vellum makes it easy to go broad
Time was, you’d publish to Kindle, and call it good. Today however, it’s best to go broad. That is, publish your books across several ebook platforms. Authors report that they’re making sales on platforms like iBook and Nook, sometimes more sales than they make on Amazon. Kindle publishing will always be essential, of course, but going broad makes huge sense.
I’ve heard many good things about Vellum, and I’ll be using it for a new series I’m writing. I’ve read ebooks published using Vellum, and they’re gorgeous. With Vellum, you can easily publish across platforms, without hassle.
Today, you can publish whatever you like
The gatekeepers, literary agents and editors, are gone, if you want them to be. You can choose traditional publishing if you wish. Or you can do it all yourself. Apps are truly magical, when it comes to book publishing. They make publishing easy, and fun.
You can focus on your writing, rather than on publishing. And that’s as it should be. Anyone who’s publishing today is lucky it’s so easy… and I can’t get over the sheer wonder of that.
Story Power: Write and Sell Short Fiction — Short Stories, Serials, and Series
If you love the magic of publishing as I do, you’ll love Story Power. Discover short fiction, and sell.
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