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Ulysses App: Publish Your Ebooks On iBooks FAST

Ulysses App: Publish Your Ebooks On iBooks FAST

I’m a huge fan of the Ulysses app (Mac). If you’re a Mac user, and you’re looking for a fast and simple way to publish your ebooks on iBooks, check out this tutorial, Self-Publishing for Absolute Beginners.

It sounds brilliantly simple, and I may try it one day. Currently, I’m Amazon exclusive. I’m slapping everything into KDP Select, because of Kindle Unlimited’s pages read.

I’d be silly not to, because I’m making more money from pages read than I am from direct sales. That may change of course, and if it does, I’ll be snatching my ebooks out of KDP Select so that I can publish elsewhere.

Ulysses makes writing and publishing SIMPLE

I adore Ulysses, even though I don’t use it for ebooks. I’m a rusted-on, diehard user of Scrivener for all long-form material. That said, all my short-form writing happens in Ulysses. I’m writing this blog post in it, for example.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ulysses, here are some benefits:

  • Markdown! Markdown is really just plain text, and you can repurpose that text in any way you choose. You can convert the plain text into a well-formatted docs in HTML, PDF, MS Word, and ePub. Markdown means you can…
  • just write. You never need to worry about formatting; formatting happens later, and you can preview your chosen output format as you write;
  • You can also repurpose your material. If you want to create ebooks from your blog posts, you can, in just minutes, by dragging the documents you want to include into a folder in Ulysses. Select all the documents, click, and you have a lovely PDF, instantly.
  • A distraction-free writing environment;
  • Statistics galore — characters, words, sentences etc.
  • Bookmarks and automatic backups, and —
  • You can continue any writing you started on your Mac in your iPad. And vice versa.

I’ve tried just about every Markdown app there is. Ulysses is perfect for the way I write.

If I ever decide to go wide with my ebooks, I’ll be using Ulysses to create fast and simple ePubs too. 🙂

Kindle Short Fiction Domination: Today’s Blueprint For Writing Success And Income (4-week class)

Short Fiction Domination

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Kindle Publishing: Book Magic With Apps

Kindle Publishing: Book Magic With Apps

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.

PDF styles in Ulysses
PDF styles in Ulysses

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

Story Power

If you love the magic of publishing as I do, you’ll love Story Power. Discover short fiction, and sell.

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Ulysses Writing Apps: Easy Writing On Your Mac and iPad

Writing Apps: Ulysses on Your Mac and iPad

I adore playing with writing apps. Although I say “playing”, trying out apps is serious business. If I can find an app which makes any part of the writing process easier, and/ or saves time, it’s well worth the investment.

As you may know, I’m a Scrivener aficionado. I’ve been using it for a decade, and love it. However, I primarily use Scrivener for long-form content. Although bloggers use it, I’ve never found it appealing for writing blog posts, or for any short content.

There’s a problem with Scrivener too. It’s a struggle to switch machines and continue working on a project. Ideally, you’d be able to stop work on your desktop machine, then carry on working on your iPad. Yosemite’s provided Macs with Handoff, so you can keep working on a document across your machines.

Today, the writing life means using the cloud

Today, cloud computing is essential. That is — your files need to live somewhere other than just on your computer, because we spend a lot of time away from our primary working machines. Indeed, some writers write entirely on their phone, or tablet.

Several of my writing students tell me that they write solely on their iPad. Their desktop machines are old, or they don’t have a desktop computer at all.

Since the Ulysses app’s latest update, I find myself doing much more writing in Ulysses. Client projects, ideas for books, blog posts, email messages, Web pages, reports… everything lives in the Ulysses’ library. And that library lives in the cloud. That means that I don’t need to worry about switching desktop machines. I can even work on my iPad, with Ulysses for iPad.

Wherever I go, I can work on whatever I was working on before I left my office. Not only does that save time, because I can use any spare moment I have to write, it’s freeing. I don’t have to make notes to myself in Evernote for projects; I can work on a project directly, in a client’s office, in a cafe, or even in my car.

There’s another huge benefit: transparent backups. Of course, you still need backups, but the cloud provides a measure of security that you won’t lose documents you’ve slaved over for days and months, should a backup fail. (And they do. Don’t ask… :-))

What’s Ulysses?

The Ulysses editor, preview and palettes
The Ulysses editor, preview and palettes

Ulysses is a Markdown text editor, which stores all your documents in a library. You write in plain text, with Markdown markup, and your documents are synced across all your computers, and your iPad too.

In the image above, you can see the Ulysses text editing window, the document preview in HTML, and two palettes: document information (word count etc), and document navigation.

I’ve written about Ulysses a couple of times on my freelance writing blog. However, for all the gen on Ulysses, you’ll want to read bestselling author David Hewson; he’s written about Ulysses at length.

I bought David’s excellent ebook on Ulysses; it’s packed with useful tips. He’s also got a slew of must-read blog posts on the app. Until I read David’s book, I was pleased with Ulysses, but wasn’t aware of its full power. It packs an amazing amount into a small app.

Who’s Ulysses for?

Anyone who writes a lot, and likes to keep their documents accessible across machines. There’s a free trial, so check it out. It may become your favorite tool, as it’s fast becoming mine.

If you struggle with writing…

Try the writing methods I’ve developed in over 30 years of writing. The Easy-Write Process will end your struggles. It makes writing a joy, rather than a chore.

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