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A Request for Good Advice re new E-Book – “Nor the Years Condemn” by Justin Sheedy.

12 August 2011




I will be publishing my next book in E-Book format, post an E-book publishing seminar at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.  Please shower your gems of experience.  And please see below for all potential versions. (Below back covers now redundant as have discovered Amazon & Smashwords have no Back-Cover feature.)

Draft Front Cover 7…

Draft Front Cover 6…

Draft Front Cover 5…

Draft Front Cover 4…

Draft Front Cover 3…
The Australian Govt (Dept of Defence) said I can’t use the the RAAF (eagle) Badge as it can’t be used “for commercial gain”.

To read excerpts of Nor the Years Condemn, click HERE.

Current Draft Back Cover 3…

Draft Front Cover 2…

Original Draft Front Cover 2…

Draft Back Cover 1

Draft Front Cover 1


7 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 August 2011 2:37 pm

    While I’m rather old school and love having tangible books, I enjoy the convenience of E-books. Whatever format this in which this is published, I CANNOT WAIT to read it!

  2. 14 August 2011 2:42 pm

    Thank YOU, Liv!
    Justin Sheedy

  3. 14 August 2011 6:10 pm

    The only advice I can give (with a total lack of authority in publishing) is that you should definitely produce an eBook BUT PLEASE make sure that someone who understands typography is involved. Some I’ve seen are awful due a failure to comprehend that the medium is ‘flexy’, ie. the reader can adjust the font size and the font itself. The other thing that comes to mind is that you can include links to other online content. Perfect for a spec sheet and photos of a Hawker Typhoon!

    I still love my books but most of my daily reading is now on an iPhone and iPad. Let me know when I can try out a draft of your new NTYC eBook!

    (ps. I just noticed that Amazon has a Kindle edition of Goodbye, Crackernight)

  4. 14 August 2011 7:54 pm

    Massive thanks, Matt. Will certainly beware. (Am thinking of using Smashwords, as recommended at Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, also confirmed as a leading one by Australian Society of Authors.) And superb news re Kindle edition of Crackernight – thanks for the heads-up.

  5. Preesh permalink
    21 August 2011 12:41 pm

    Get a Kindle (or other ebook reader, but from my research Kindle offered the best features) so you understand what the experience is like, what works, what is annoying.
    I have a Kindle and so am reading more ebooks now. There are a number of file types for differnt readers so make sure you publish in several most popular types. Epub is one, but Kindle uses .azw or .mobi and can read .pdf. (but pdfs are clunky to navigate).
    There is a free downloadable program called Caliber which is a good ebook management program. You can use it to create ebooks easily, or convert between various file types, allow you to insert an image of the cover into existing ebook. So you can save from a .rtf file to .mobi etc. Have a play with it – create different ebook versions and see what they look and feel like on readers.
    Formating is important – I like it to look like a real book; a separate page for title, publication info, dedication, TOC, page breaks at end of chapters, etc. Some ebooks you can get don’t do this, so structure is lost and you don’t get that “turning the page” feeling as you progress from one section, or chapter to the next.
    Have good metadata attached to the file, – ie: author, title, publication date, cover image, ISBN, category words, etc, so when you import to Caliber or other management tool its all there.
    Happy to look at a draft on Kindle and give specific feedback if you wish.

  6. 21 August 2011 1:52 pm

    Anthony, thank you so very much for this info & advice. Pure gold for a newbie like me. Will certainly send you drafts when ready. My initlal research suggests that Smashwords is a good publishing platform, though evidently what you get is an E-book which is readable on certain popular readers but not on Kindles. (?) Evidently you have to publish via Amazon to be Kindle-readable. Does this ring true as far as you know? If true, I assume I’ll publish on Amazon plus Smashwords, as long as there’s nothing in their contracts which says one can’t. (?)

  7. 1 October 2011 6:41 pm

    Phew. Now published at Smashwords in all Ebook formats, including Kindle. Man, have I learnt a lot since the above comment! The book will soon be available at Amazon, an Affiliate of Smashwords. In the meantime, please do see the Smashwords link….

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