This is the thread for folks to share tips on free books. Note that these deals are frequently time-limited. Before you click on the "buy" button, be sure that the book is still really free (sometimes they move to being free for members of Amazon Prime). If you discover a book is no longer free, share this information with others.
Here are five: free as of 8:45 pm, 9 December. As always, your mileage may vary--double check the entries before "buying."
Write Good or Die [Kindle Edition] - 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
Smashwords Style Guide - How to Format Your Ebook (Smashwords Guides) [Kindle Edition] - The Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over 130,000 high-quality ebooks. 200,000 copies of the Smashwords Style Guide have downloaded!
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, how to create a reflowable ebook, and it offers step by step illustrated instructions on how to tame the beast of Microsoft Word.
Be the Monkey - Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath [Kindle Edition] - Sure, the advent of digital books is the most significant development in publishing since Gutenberg. But what does digital mean really, for agents, publishers, and most of all, for authors? What will the industry look like tomorrow, and what should authors be doing to properly position themselves today?
Examining the history and mechanics of the publishing industry as it exists today, the way the digital revolution reflects recent events in Egypt and the Maghreb, and a completely inappropriate YouTube video featuring a randy monkey and an unlucky frog, bestselling authors (and friends) J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler show in this 35,000 word online discussion that digital isn't just the future, it's right now.
Konrath, a pioneer in self-publishing, is now making over a half-million dollars a year through his self-published books, and Eisler just turned down a half-million dollar deal from one of the Big 6 NYC publishers to self-publish his latest novel. To find out why and what it all means for you, read on.
Smashwords Book Marketing Guide - How to Market any Book for Free (Smashwords Guides) [Kindle Edition] Mark Coker (Author) - Learn how to market any book. This popular book marketing primer has helped over 40,000 authors and publishers dramatically improve their book marketing results.
The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide contains practical, easy-to-implement advice on how to market any book. 30 simple, do-it-yourself marketing tips explain not what you can do to market your book, but also explain the context and thinking behind each recommendation. The marketing techniques apply equally well to both ebooks and print books.
Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (Smashwords Guides) [Kindle Edition] Mark Coker (Author) - The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success reveals the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published ebook authors. This ebook is a must-read for every writer, author, publisher and literary agent. Learn 28 best-practices you can implement today at no cost. These secrets will help you become a more professional, more successful writer and publisher. Share the secrets!
Slow Your Prose: 25 Tips on How New Authors Can Improve Their Craft [Kindle Edition] James W. Lewis (Author) - New writers often worry more about how to sell their book instead of writing a polished story in the first place. They have the pedal pressed to the floor when they shouldn't have gotten in the ride at all, so to speak. In "Slow Your Prose: 25 Tips On How New Authors Can Improve Their Craft," we go back to the basics.
Showing vs. telling, passive/active voice, point-of-views ... many writers confuse these key elements for writing a good story. Before rushing a book to market, it's more important to write the best book possible first. But why do so many authors skip this step?
As a bonus, you'll find three proven query letters that have led to deals with a literary agent, a magazine and popular anthology by a New York Times best-selling author.
A few more:
$ell More eBook$ - How to increase sales and Amazon rankings using Kindle Direct Publishing [Kindle Edition] - 4.5 stars across 32 reviews.
How To Make Money With Ebooks - Your Step-By-Step Guide To Create and Sell Your Ebook on Kindle, Nook, and iBookstore [Kindle Edition] - 4.5 stars across 23 reviews.
Self Publishing Books 101: Helping You Get Published and Noticed! [Kindle Edition] - 5 stars across 14 reviews
How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon.com: Writing, Editing, Designing, Publishing, and Marketing [Kindle Edition] - 4 stars across 18 reviews
How to Write Your Novel in Nine Weeks [Kindle Edition]
Willie Sockspeare (Author), Bill Dodds (Author) - 5 stars in 6 reviews
Crush It With Kindle - How to self publish your books on Kindle and promote them to #1 bestseller status [Kindle Edition]
John Tighe (Author) - 5 stars in 6 reviews
Successful eBook Publishing: The Complete How-to Guide for Creating and Launching Your Amazon Kindle eBook [Kindle Edition] - 5 stars in 4 reviews
E-Book Formatting for Novelists [Kindle Edition]
K.C. May (Author) - 4 stars, 3 reviews
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