Part 1 of our Print On Demand series focuses on your POD publishing timeline, the importance of the pre-order sales period, how "on demand" works for the retailers, and how you can maximize book sales with your printed book.

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Make no mistake: Our pros in our Portland and Philadelphia offices are very good – exceptional, even. From eBook conversion, to printed book production, to worldwide distribution, they are every author's go-to source of information and help. These aren't commission-based sales people. These folks are dedicated professionals who have years of experience in both digital and printed book publishing and distribution.

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Finishing your first draft is a major milestone, and here are your next six steps in your quest to publish a novel.

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In order to turn your book into a functional eBook, your manuscript document (.doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .html, etc.) must be converted to another file format (ePUB for most eReading devices, and .mobi for Kindle). Whether you're handling the technical aspects of this process yourself or having a service like BookBaby take care of it for you, there's a few things you need to do in advance to make sure your manuscript is optimally formatted for eBook file-conversion.

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Are you uncertain about the difference between a fixed layout eBook and a standard ("flowable") eBook?

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So you want to publish an eBook? Well, here's the good news: it's easy to do. However, you can't just push the "publish" button and call it a day. That may be what other self-published authors are doing, but you've got to put some real thought and effort into your self-publishing strategy if you want your book to be successful. If you're truly going to act as your own publisher, then you need to step into the shoes of all the various publishing team members: author, editor, marketer, publicist, etc.

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So your manuscript is complete and ready to enter the digital world? Great! Then it's time to submit it for eBook conversion.

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