First, a note about buying ebooks about marketing ebooks:

"More lures are sold to fishermen than to fish."

Having said that, this page assumes the following:

Your manuscript is ready! Time to go public with it!

Method #1: Set up a website and sell it on the Internet.

   This method allows an author complete independence but includes some significant caveats, a few of which are that you will have to provide your own web site and pages, file conversions to several major formats, a money and credit card payment acceptance system, and product delivery systems.

A special caveat for most people:
   You'll also have to do your own marketing, which -- boiled down -- means finding ways to reach people and get them to buy your stuff.

Some of the more socially acceptable marketing avenues are:

   Participations in newsgroups and discussion groups in which you append a link to your ebook website to your messages.

   Advertising spots on and off the Internet

   Reciprocal links with other websites, newsletters and e-zines

   Personally inviting people you meet to visit your site.

   You will spend one hell of a lot of time in this endeavor. Expect to see your family only now and then in passing and be prepared for sleep deprivation.

   Also... May you rot in hell if you're one of those inconsiderate, conscienceless freaks who use bulk emailings, a.k.a. "spamming".

Method #2: Choose an epublisher.

   This method also includes some caveats, of course. Quite a few are authors who have decided to market their works and the works of others. Most of them will rely heavily on authors to get the word out and provide potential customers, so you'll likely wind up doing most of the marketing anyway.

About ISBN numbers:

   If you want your book listed in Bowker's "Books in Print", and thusly available to libraries and book stores (on or off the web), it'll need an ISBN.
   You can let Lulu or another outfit supply one of their ISBNs, but that will list them as Publisher of Record, so you might prefer to get your own ISBNs.
   Bowker is currently the only source of ISBNs in the US and they seem to think their ISBNs are made of gold or platinum. ($$$)


   Yes, your work is automatically considered copyrighted when you finish it, but suppose you had to prove in court that you truly wrote it first or that someone plagiarized all or parts of your masterpiece?
   Go ahead and register your copyrights. It's fairly cheap, and if your work's any good, you'll make the money back.

Publishing Rights, Other Rights, and Contracts:

   Some outfits require that they be the exclusive distributors of your works in all possible formats and media, paper or electronic. This is called "rights grabbing."
   See the links below concerning contracts and publishing rights.

sfwa.org/beware/ SFWA's Electronic Publishing Warnings

hipiers.com Piers Anthony's Epublisher & Caveats List

Writers' Resources on The Web - Markets

Writers' Resources on The Web - Online Submissions Guidelines

Writers' Resources on The Web - Writer workshops

Paypal.com An easy way to accept online payments

Bowker.com ISBN info & Purchase

SF Writer's Association on Epublishing

AND... Just for grins, check out:
a fairly comprehensive list of 1300
agents and publishers of paper books,

and... for extra grins, see:
The Sobering Saga of Myrtle the Manuscript

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Author and staff in conference

"Pray that those with power have common sense
pray that those with common sense have power."

* Julia Sugarbaker *

An excerpt from Jack London's "Martin Eden":

   He began to doubt that editors were real men. They seemed cogs in a machine. That was what it was, a machine. He poured his soul into stories, articles, and poems, and entrusted them to the machine. He folded them just so, put the proper stamps inside the long envelope along with the manuscript, sealed the envelope, put more stamps outside, and dropped it into the mail-box.

   It travelled across the continent, and after a certain lapse of time the postman returned him the manuscript in another long envelope, on the outside of which were the stamps he had enclosed. There was no human editor at the other end, but a mere cunning arrangement of cogs that changed the manuscript from one envelope to another and stuck on the stamps.

   It was like the slot machines wherein one dropped pennies, and, with a metallic whirl of machinery had delivered to him a stick of chewing-gum or a tablet of chocolate.

   It depended upon which slot one dropped the penny in, whether he got chocolate or gum. And so with the editorial machine. One slot brought checks and the other brought rejection slips. So far he had found only the latter slot.