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Free Amazon Ebook Saturday


Free Amazon Ebook Saturday

This week it’s all about writing. Lots of books for free at Amazon with how to write ebook tips, publishing tips, fiction tips and lots more.

Don’t forget you don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. Don’t have a Kindle? Download a free Kindle reader for iphone, ipad, android, windows pc, mac, blackberry, webOS, kindle cloud reader and windows phone.

Secrets of Successful Writers by, Darrell Pitt
save $2.99/FREE

Book Description:

Interviews with forty-nine writers as they speak about writing, publishing and promoting their books in the digital age.
The interviews include John Locke, Gordon Ferris, Stephen Carpenter, Dakota Banks, Linda Wisdom, Matthew Reilly, Loucinda McGary, David Lender, JR Rain, Jack Dann, Dale Brown, Stephanie McAfee, Andy Briggs, Kat Martin and many, many more.
Some of the writers are traditional authors. Others have built careers as self-published ebook authors.
All their stories are inspirational, including:
John Locke, the first self published ebook author to sell a million copies of his novels.
Micaela Wendell who was thirteen when she wrote the first draft of her book The Branding.
Dolores Durando who wrote and published her first book when she turned ninety.
And the amazing Robert J Randisi who has written over five hundred novels.
All of them share tips and advice garnered from the front line as they have successfully become writers in the digital age.

Write Good or Die by, Scott Nicholson
save $.99/FREE

Book Description:

Survival tips for 21st century writers, from best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, J.A. Konrath, Gayle Lynds, Alexandra Sokoloff, Jonathan Maberry, and more. How to develop your craft, improve your writing, get an agent, promote your work, embrace the digital age, and prepare yourself for the coming changes in the publishing industry. Edited by Scott Nicholson.

Other contributors include Elizabeth Massie, Harley Jane Kozak, Douglas Clegg, Brandon Massey, Mur Lafferty, Dean Wesley Smith, David J. Montgomery, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Kroese, and Adrienne Jones. Covering art, craft, and business, the ever-evolving manual supports the writing blog writegoodordie.blogspot.com.

How I Wrote My First Book by, Lida E Quillen

save $15.95/FREE

Book Description:

Twenty authors tell amazing stories about the efforts that went into writing their first book.

Christine Amsden – “My Million Words of Crap”
Darrell Bain – “The Story Behind The Pet Plague”
Mayra Calvani – “Tips on Writing Your First Novel”
Lee Denning – “Two Beginnings”
Toby Fesler Heathcotte – “The Manuscript from a Mystifying Source”
Darby Karchut – “Wings”
Linda Langwith – “The Serendipity Factor”
Stephanie Osborn – “How a Rocket Scientist Becomes a Writer”

Along with articles by Bob Boan, D Jason Cooper, Susan Goldsmith, Ginger Hanson, Aaron Paul Lazar, Celia A. Leaman, Beverly Stowe McClure, Gerald Mills, Erica Miner, Bob Rich, Dorothy Ann Skarles and Dan Starr.

The Writing of the Short Story by, Lewis Worthington Smith

save $9.99/FREE

Book Description: 

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero by, Jaqueline Girdner

save $.99/FREE (I noticed this book was only 8 pages, I hope it’s worth the download)

Book Description:

How to find material for murder mysteries under your very nose. USA Today Bestselling mystery author Jaqueline Girdner offers some ideas on harvesting a bumper crop of potential fictional homicides.

“I’ve always heard you should write what you know. I just take it a little further; I kill what I know. Every experience I’ve ever had is possible fodder for murder. And I’ve had a lot of experience: as a divorce lawyer, as a psychiatric aide in a mental hospital, and as a small-business owner. And of course, as a writer.”

Get Published by, Infinate Ideas
save $17.00/FREE

Book Description:

It has never been easy for new authors to find a publisher but in the last few years it has become significantly harder. In 2008, the average author earned less than £7000 per annum. According to The Times approximately 200,000 books were available for sale in the UK in 2007. Of that total, 190,000 titles sold fewer than 3,500 copies. The top 5% of titles by sales volume accounted for over 60% of total book sales. No wonder publishers are careful about signing new writers. But there is good news in amongst all the doom and gloom. Right now, it has never been easier to be published. Everyone who posts something on Facebook is in effect a published author. And some blogs are read by tens of thousands of people daily, many more than might pick up a physical book by the same author. Then there’s self-publishing, vanity publishing, print on demand and so on. But how do you find your way round this minefield? Get published has been written by publishing insiders to help new authors understand the way publishers think and set about publishing if they can’t get a commercial publisher interested.

Writing a Novel, Sydney March 2011-August 2011 by, James Bradley and Kathryn Heyman

/FREE

Book Description: 

In March 2011, a group of new writers gathered on the Terrace of Australian publisher Allen & Unwin for the introduction to the first ever Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin ‘Writing a Novel’ course under the tutelage of award winning authors Kathryn Heyman and James Bradley.

There was, on that night, a sense of thrill and also mystery. Six months later, as the work in this volume testifies, those writers have, to a one, demonstrated commitment, passion, willingness to work, to play, to create, to take risks and to trust.

This anthology records those achievements. The diversity of genre, subject and style in this volume is an eloquent reminder of the fact that despite our contemporary anxiety about the future of books and writing, literature hasn’t gone anywhere: there are new and exciting voices emerging all around us, possessed not just of the desire to tell stories but to say something that matters, to articulate something new and important about the world.

Most of the names of the writers whose work appears in this volume are likely to be unfamiliar at present, but there is no doubt many will not remain so. They are: Adrienne Adams, Maralyn Bennett, Geoffrey Burgess, Georgina Crawford, Jami Crittle, Diana Daly, Fred Fink, Sally Gibbons, Deborah Guyon, Emma Harcourt, Rowena Helston, Debra Jopson, Elizabeth Jurman, Catriona Ling, Ann McCutcheon, Lyn McDonald, Kate O’Brien, Mariza O’Keeffe, Jo Riccioni, Jane Riley, Robert Scoble, Jacqueline Stack, Kerry Stephenson, Luke Sullivan, Carolyn Swindell, Brigitte Trenear and Susan Wyndham.

 

Ask the Page by, Charlie Close

save $1.49/FREE

Book Description:

Writing is hard. Staying at your desk, trying to figure out what happens next, or what the character is about to say. Running out of coffee…it’s really hard. Charlie knows what it’s like. That’s why he’s written three stories to make you laugh.

Fire Trolls of Ganglion VI

Bill is a science fiction writer who has just received his first rejection letter. What does he do? He destroys Planet Earth – of course.

Ask the Page

Charlie discovers the secret to filling the empty white page. It’s so simple, and yet…

The Last Story of the Evening

The difference between a literary society and an angry mob of women is smaller than you’d think, as author Phil Rockson is about to learn.

 

The Technique of Fiction Writing by, Robert Saunders Dowst
save $9.99/FREE

Book Description:

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

 

The Century Handbook of Writing by, Garland Greever and Easley S Jones

save $17.99/FREE

Book Description:

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

 

Telling Details, 2nd Edition by, Kat Duncan

save $.99/FREE

Book Description:

Telling Details explains the use and misuse of factual information in fiction, particularly in romance fiction. The updated second edition contains several new articles on how to effectively use details in fiction.

 

Smashwords Style Guide – How to Format Your Ebook (Smashwords Guides) by, Mark Coker

save $.99/FREE

Book Description:

The Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over 65,000 high-quality ebooks. Over 100,000 copies downloaded in three years!

This guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to create and format an ebook using Microsoft Word.

The Smashwords Style Guide is required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.

Authors and publishers who don’t yet use Smashwords can still benefit from the Guide. It provides detailed information on how ebook formatting is different from print formatting, and it offers step by step illustrated instructions on how to tame the beast of Microsoft Word.

INSIDE THE SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDE

GETTING STARTED

Welcome to Smashwords!
Do-it-yourself, or hire help?
Good formatting examples
What Smashwords publishes, what we don’t publish
Five common formatting mistakes to avoid
How Smashwords publishes books
How Smashwords distributes books
How ebook formatting is different from print formatting
How we convert your book into multiple ebook formats
The three secrets to ebook formatting
How to avoid (and fix) AutoVetter errors
Introduction to Meatgrinder conversion system
Your required source file
Understanding the different ebook formats

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FORMATTING

Pre-Prep
Making Word Behave
Step 1: Make a back up
Step 2: Activate Word’s Show/Hide
Step 3: Turn off Word’s “AutoCorrect” and “AutoFormat” features
Step 4: Eliminate text boxes
Step 5: The Nuclear Method

Formatting
Step 6: Unify Manuscript around Normal paragraph style
Step 7: Managing and modifying paragraph styles, fonts
Step 7a. How to choose the best paragraph separation method (first line indent or block?)
Step 7b: How to implement your chosen paragraph separation method
Step 7b-a: How to define a proper first line indent
Step 7b-b: How to define trailing “after” space for block paragraphs
Step 7b-c: Special tips for poetry, cookbooks and learning materials
Step 7b-d: How to define proper line spacing
Step 8: Check your normalized text
Step 9: Why you should never use tabs or the space bar for indents
Step 10: Managing paragraph returns
Step 11: Managing hyperlinks
Step 12: Designating chapter breaks, page breaks, section breaks
Step 13: Working with images
Step 14: Text justification
Step 14a: Centering text
Step 15: Managing font sizes
Step 16: Style formatting, symbols and glyphs
Step 17: Headers and footers
Step 18: Margins, page sizes and indents
Step 19: Add the Heading style to your Chapter headers (optional)

Building Navigation
Step 20: Building navigation into the manuscript
Step 20a: Creating the NCX
Step 20b: Creating the linked Table of Contents
Step 20c: Advanced link building (Footnotes, Endnotes)
Step 20d: Troubleshooting and testing

Front Matter
Step 21: Front matter
Step 21a: Blurbs (optional)
Step 21b: Title and copyright page (required!)
Step 21c: Add a Smashwords license statement below copyright page

The End of Your Book
Step 22: The end of your book

POST-FORMATTING
Step 23: Preparing your cover image
Step 24: Review requirements for Premium Catalog distribution

Uploading Your Book to Smashwords
Step 25: How to upload your book
Step 26: How AutoVetter works
Step 27: After you publish – check your work
Step 27a: Check for EPUBCHECK compliance (important!)

How to Market Your Book
Step 28: Read the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (also available at Amazon)

Helpful Resources
Send Feedback
About the Author

APPENDIX
Keyboard shortcuts (save hours with these tricks!)

Revision: April 18, 2011

 

The eBook Insider by, Knopf Doubleday Publishing

save $8.99/FREE

Book Description:

The eBook Insider is the ultimate readers’ resource for choosing great books. The perfect first stop to make along the way as you fill your e-reader with the books that you’ll want to have in your library and recommend to friends. It’s the place to find out what some of your favorite authors are reading and recommending, including Dan Brown, Nora Ephron, Carl Hiaasen, Alexander McCall Smith, Chuck Palahniuk, and others. All in one place you can preview excerpts from the best books of the year, from winners of the National Book Award, the Man Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize to New York Times Notable Book selections. Whether you love fiction, history, biographies or are looking for a thriller to keep you up all night, a thought-provoking pick for your reading group, or the latest book to be adapted into a movie, you’re bound to find just what you’re looking for when you consult The eBook Insider. All of this from the editors and authors you’ll want to turn to for the best recommendations in reading, both on the printed page and on your e-reading device.

 

Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing

by, Kindle Direct Publishing
/FREE

Book Description

A free guide to publishing your book on Kindle with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). KDP is a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets anyone upload and format their titles for sale in the Kindle Store.

It’s Your Thing.
Have a book you want to sell? Sign up with Kindle Direct Publishing and publish your content in the Amazon Kindle Store.

Do It.
If you have an Amazon.com account, you’re already signed up with Kindle Direct Publishing. Start publishing now!

Your Way.
Kindle Direct Publishing gives you everything you need to become your own publisher today. See for yourself.

Visit us at kdp.amazon.com

 

 

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