Adds Copy-Editing and ePublishing Services

WRITERS. For almost five years, has been providing low-cost online marketing services to self-published authors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books. Recently, expanded its services to include copy-editing and e-book publishing for self-published authors. After paying the upfront fees to convert your manuscript into e-books, you will receive 100% of the royalties.

 ePublishing Revo Services

Two types of “ePublishing-Revo” packages are available:

  • e-Pub Lite ($299) is for novels and books without images
  • e-Pub Pro ($399) is for books with images and charts.

Both packages include e-book layout and formatting, cover design, conversion to e-book formats, ISBNs, and distribution. The Pro package includes more advanced formatting and layout services.

For example, the advanced formatting in the “Pro” package can accommodate up to 25 images, drop caps, different font styles, chapter titles, page number placement, tables, charts, text boxes, graphs, lists, subheadings, block quotes, footnotes, and other features.

BookWhirl CEO Johnny Chu believes the timing is right to make electronic publishing services more affordable to self-published authors because so many people can use their mobile phones, e-readers, and tablets to read wherever they go. This means more writers have more opportunities to share their stories.

Copy Editing Services

BookWhirl’s new Copy Editing Services can help authors ensure that their self-published books will meet commonly expected standards. Professional copy editors can review your manuscript, checking for typographical and grammatical errors and consistency with the editing standards of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Although BookWhirl recognizes the imagination, creativity, and passion of self-published authors, “We also believe that greatness in writing comes with standards Agree or disagree, great writers need great copy editors,” said Don Harold,’s marketing director. He believes manuscripts that will be shared around the world need the fierce eye of a professional copy editor.

Book Marketing Services

To help promote your e-book, BookWhirl’s experienced team of online marketing strategists, ad copywriters, graphic artists, and web designers can conceptualize and implement efficient marketing campaigns. Marketing services include website design, online advertising, print advertising, media releases, online directory listings, and more.  

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Bitingduck Press Provides Full-Service Publishing for E-Book Authors

WRITERS. The recent merger of Bosun Books with Bitingduck Press has created a new publishing option for e-book authors. The expanded Bitingduck Press offers full-service publishing with no author fees for editing, copyediting, typesetting, and e-formatting.

“E-books have made self-publishing easy,” says Bitingduck Press founder Jay Nadeau, “but everyone needs an editor. We offer authors personalized attention and quality editing to make the best e-books possible.” The press also does print runs and specializes in electronic formatting of books containing equations and graphics.

Bosun Books was founded by Nancy and David McAllister, who were considered revolutionaries when they began offering electronic books through the brand-new WWW in 1994. Bosun offers worldwide distribution through all major e-tailers in all popular e-book formats. They represent nearly 100 authors worldwide, making getting published a reality for writers of quirky, geeky, or unusual mysteries, science fiction, and romance.

Bitingduck Press was created by Jay Nadeau and Chis Lindensmith, two PhD physicists with a passion for science and the environment. Their original goal was to provide high-quality, low-cost, highly accessible electronic and print books for anyone interested in science, mathematics, and the lives of scientists. The merger with Bosun enables them to expand into a wide range of quality fiction, narrative nonfiction, and technical books.

The merged catalog offers about 140 active titles for sale and six that will become available within the next few weeks to months.

The first e-book by the new collaboration between Bitingduck Press and Bosun Books is “Somebody Wants Somebody Dead,” a collection of suspenseful, darkly humorous short stories by Phillip Gardner. The book is now available on Amazon.

In June, the press will offer color and black-and-white versions of “The Yoga Facelift (2nd edition),” by the founder of organic sunscreen company Marie-Veronique Organics. Also planned for publication this year are one adult mystery/suspense novel and two young adult paranormal adventures.

Bitingduck Press is open for author submissions. They will be exhibiting at the Pasadena Lit Fest May 12 in Pasadena, California; Book Expo America on June 5-7 in New York; and the book fair at the American Library Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California on June 22-25.


Bitingduck Press: Who We Are

Bitingduck Press: Why Publish with Us?

Learn How to Convert Your E-Books into Audio Books

WRITERS. If you want to convert your e-book into an audio book, check out the resources available through eBookIt!

Since 2010, eBookIt! has helped thousands of authors and publishers get their books converted to e-book format and distributed to all the major e-book retailers (such as,, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony Readerstore, Ingram Digital, and Google eBookstore).

Now, eBookIt! is helping authors further expand their audiences by converting e-books into audio books.

Offering audio books enables you to share the information in your book with people with visual impairments and those who like listening to audio books while driving, working out, walking the dog, or doing other activities.

On the eBookIt! blog, company founder Bo Bennett notes that audio books have become increasingly popular, particularly with the proliferation of iPhones and other mobile devices: “We all have different learning styles, and we all differ in how we like to spend our downtime. Some of us read, some of us watch, and some of us listen.”

For $119, eBookIt! can use your converted e-book file to create an MP3 audio file with a computer-generated voice. You can choose to have your books read by a human-sounding American male voice (Paul), an American female voice (Julie), or a British female voice (Brigitte).  (You can hear what Paul, Julie, and Brigitte sound like on the eBookIt website.)

“While I don’t think a computer-generated voice can replace a talented actor anytime soon, it is an ideal solution for the vast majority of authors who do want their books available in audio and can afford a $119 investment,” says Bennett.

If you choose to distribute the MP3 file on your own website, you can keep 100% of the proceeds.

The  eBookIt! website also explains options for human-narrated audio-book creation as well as distribution through iTunes,, and Amazon’s audio-book distributor

For example, if you want to try creating your own audio book file, the eBookIt! blog includes instructions on how to go about it. With the right technology, you don’t have to spend thousand dollars on talent, studio time, and editing. If you have a pleasant-sounding voice, a decent microphone, and free or low-cost software (such as Audacity or Apple’s GarageBand) you can create a reasonably high-quality audio book. Just be prepared to spend some time doing it.

“Even if you are really good at reading, and make very few mistakes, expect to spend about one hour per every 10 minutes of finished audio. This includes proofing, editing, and saving,” writes Bennett in a blog post. He says it took about 38 hours to make an audio book that has a running time of 8 hours.



Audio Book Distribution Services

Blog Post: Audio Books: Are They Worth Making?

Blog Post: Creating a Human-Narrated Audio Book

Survey Shows Changes in E-Book Buying Habits

Since November 2009, analysts at Bowker Research have been tracking the habits and preferences of book consumers who say they have acquired an e-book or a dedicated e-reading device within the past 18 months.  This survey of Consumer Attitudes toward E-Book Reading is being conducted for the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a leading trade association for the U.S. book industry.

According to recently released data from the survey, e-book consumers are buying more books—both in print and e-book formats.  More than half of e-book readers increased their use of apps to purchase books and more than one-third increased their use of general retail websites such as

The gains for these digital vendors come at the expense of brick-and-mortar bookstores. More than a third of e-book buyers decreased their spending at national chains and 29% said they are buying less from their local independent bookseller.

“The e-book market is developing very quickly, with consumer attitudes and behavior changing over the course of months, rather than years,” said Angela Bole, BISG’s Deputy Executive Director.

While dedicated e-readers remain the dominant e-reading platform, the study shows that multi-function tablet devices and smartphones are gaining in popularity.
Almost 17% of respondents indicated that tablets were the devices most used to read ebooks— up from 13% in the previous survey.

Dedicated e-readers were preferred by 60.9% of all respondents, down from 71.6% in the previous survey.

Respondents who preferred smartphones jumped from 5.3% to 9.2%.

The data in the Consumer Attitudes toward E-Book Reading survey is derived from a nationally representative panel of book consumers (men, women and teens).


PDF: Summary Report Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading

About the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

About Bowker


Book Futurist to Discuss Digital Bookmaking Tools

WRITERS:  In a free one-hour webinar entitled “Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup #3,” book futurist Peter Meyers will explore existing options for creating digital books and answer questions about what options are best and  easiest to use.  Part of O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change for Publishers series of educational programs, the webcast is scheduled for Thursday, February 23.

Meyers has been reading, writing, and designing digital books for years. In the mid-1990s, he co-founded Digital Learning Interactive, a pioneering multimedia textbook publishing company which he sold to Thomson Learning in 2004. At O’Reilly Media, he worked in the Missing Manual group and led a number of projects aimed at figuring out how to transition from print to digital.

In addition to his expertise in publishing and online learning technologies, Meyers is well-attuned to the concerns of authors and lovers of printed books.  He studied American history and literature at Harvard and has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

He publishes the blog “A New Kind of Book,” and is currently working on a book entitled “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience.”

Can Digital Books Be As Satisfying as Print Books?

In the book, “Breaking the Page” Myers raises the million-dollar question: “How do we make digital books as satisfying as their print predecessors?”

Meyers wants to help authors discover reader-friendly ways to use the digital canvas to convey their best ideas.  He explains, “As app book tinkering flourishes, and as ePub3 emerges as an equally rich alternative, the time felt right for a look at the difference between what can and what should be done in digital book-land.”

In December, Meyers released three preview chapters so he could get feedback from readers on the digital book examples he provided as well as additional ideas.

The full edition, planned for release later this year, will cover questions such as:

  • What’s the best way to integrate—and not just add—different media types?
  • Is it possible to make the viewing experience as seamless and immersive as reading is in print?
  • How do you pick the best balance between personalized design (reader-controllable font sizing, for example) and author-driven fixed layout? Are there any acceptable compromises?


Book Preview: Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience

Blog: A New Kind of Book

Free TOC Webcast: Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup #3: Feburary 23

Book Publishing Trends that Will Affect Aspiring Authors

Books on library shelvesWRITERS. Here are a few links, quotes and predictions from a variety of expert sources in the book-publishing industry. Reading these posts can help you think strategically about how you develop your skills and manage your writing career.

E-book Market Forecast to Hit $2.5 Billion as the Book Industry Burns

In this post on GigaOM, industry analyst Michael Wolf states “I’ve never seen a market changing faster than the digital publishing market of today, where the sudden love of e-books has created a ‘digital backdraft’ that has set the entire publishing industry value chain aflame.”

He notes that book discovery is going social: “Whether readers are learning about new books from friends or general-purpose social networks like Facebook or through reading-centric networks like Goodreads, social recommendations are becoming increasingly important in the age of ebooks.”

Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Artist-Entrepreneur

In another post on GigaOM, Michael Wolf observes that: “Everywhere you look, artists are taking more control over their own economic well being, in large part because the Internet has enabled them to do so. You see it in all forms of content, from books, to video to music.”

He says the web has democratized everything: content production, distribution, and monetization. He also sees a generational shift toward more tech-savvy artists who are creating their own apps and websites.

Ten Bold Predictions for Book Publishing in 2012

In this post on Digital Book World, Jeremy Greenfield includes these predictions:

  • We will see more self-published best-sellers next year, with an exponential rise in the number of million-selling authors”
  • Authors will become disenchanted with the rights they sign away to publishers. Shorter and more flexible copyright terms will become more attractive to authors.”
  • The standard ebook royalty from major publishing houses will rise next year and will escalate with increased sales.”

David Farland Predicts That the Release of the iPad3 in 2012 Will Spell the End of Reading as We Know It Within 3 Years

In a press release issued on PRWeb, the author who founded East India Press predicts that “enhanced books” are about to change how we read. He believes we are at the start of a new era in which creative troupes of authors, artists, musicians, and publishers will collaborate to produce “books” in which text, images, and sounds come together in a collage.

The Publishing Industry, 5 Years from Now: Theories from the Frankfurt Book Fair

On the BookBaby blog, Chris Robley suggests 5 ways he believes that publishing will look different 5 years from now.  Here are two of his predictions:

The market for shorter works (10 pages to 10,000 words) will expand. He says, “Size really doesn’t matter. It only matters how useful and engaging the content is. So, pretty soon the novella will be back in vogue. Short stories will sell individually. If you’ve got something valuable and succinct to share, you no longer have to pad it out with fluff, filler, or filigree.”

Digital books will be serialized, including non-fiction books. Readers who purchase an upfront subscription will receive each chapter as soon as it’s finished. Meanwhile, as an author, you can get instant feedback from readers, so you can revise as you go. Robley writes: “By the time you release the full book, it will have gone through an invaluable editing process (for free) and it will be completely up to date.”

Publishers will recognize two types of consumers: those who like the “enhanced” ebooks that include video, audio, and interactivity, and those who prefer “old-fashioned” text-only ebooks. He predicts that publishers will “market these two kinds of products in increasingly different ways.”

Because of the increased costs involved in printing and distributing physical books, Robley also predicts that five years from now publishers will produce e-books for all of their authors, and physical books for only a few.

So, what’s your take? Would you like to share any other links to other big, bold predictions for the future of book publishing?

Publishing Enhanced Novels May Require Teams of Writers, Artists, and Musicians

What will novels of the future be like? David Farland, a best-selling author of more than 50 novels, thinks he knows. He predicts authors will take advantage of advances in e-book technology and use music, art, and animation to enhance the novel’s storyline.

Then, publishing houses will become more like multimedia production houses, with book editors serving as “producers.”

To start preparing for a future in which the text of a novel comes together with images and sounds in a meaningful way, Farland co-founded East India Publishing. The company used enhanced e-book technology to produce Farland’s new young-adult novel “Nightingale.”

As he developed “Nightingale,” Farland purposefully crafted a storyline that would make use of enhanced e-book technology. Instead of adding sound and art as an afterthought to an existing manuscript, Farland created a work in which the music and art fit the story.

His story is about a young man who wants to become the world’s greatest guitarist and venerates the music of Joe Satriani. The 45-minute album of music that supports chapters in the enhanced e-book, was created by James Guyman, head of the American Composers’ Guild. Farland reports that “The music sounds like it could have been produced by Satriani, in the style of Pink Floyd, brining the music in line with the story.”

Making E-Reading More Engaging

Farland regards “Nightingale” as a first step toward creating a more engaging form of novel, the kind that kids who are reluctant readers might devour.

Although die-hard lovers of printed books swear they will never read an e-book, Farland says, “The enhanced novel, when done properly, can be something to experience” and may take e-reading to the next level.

Ultimately, the production of enhanced novels may require troupes of writers, artists, illustrators, animators, composers, and musicians commissioned to create a finished work that is far greater than a single writer could achieve working alone.

For “Nightingale,” East India Press hired several artists and inserted “cinemagraphs” in chapter.  (A cinemagraph is a minimalist form of animation in which only one element of a photo or illustration moves.) Other features of the enhanced e-book version of “Nightingale” include video interviews and photographs of the setting in which the story takes place.

The Evolution of Publishing Houses

The rise of enhanced e-books will mean that traditional publishing companies may eventually operate more like production houses, says Farland. They will be equipped not just to produce novels, but stories in many formats.

He regards this multimedia evolution as a way for major publishing companies to develop products that are recognizably superior to the millions of books being churned out by self-publishing companies that let everyone be a published author.

Creating e-books has become so cheap and easy that readers are being deluged with books that often aren’t very good, Farland points out. He believes readers will soon realize that the publishing-company gatekeepers (the editors and agents) served a useful purpose by  reading through the slush piles of manuscripts to find those authors whose works were ready for the marketplace.

As more and more people start using e-readers to read most of their books, publishing houses won’t have to spend as much money to print, distribute and warehouse books. Instead, he says, “We’ll spend it on creating great products.”

This means that “We’re going to need editors in the future who understand how to green-light a novel and who can recognize what will please an audience. But once a work is selected, the editor will take the role of the producer—assembling a creative team of composers, musicians, illustrators, animators, directors, sound-effects engineers, and so on.”

“We don’t want to replace reading,” contends Farland. “We don’t want to make movies. Reading often engages imagination in ways that movies fail to. We want to keep it that way. We want the reader to be a partner with us in brining a tale to life. At the same time, we hope to ‘enhance’ the story, help readers become more fully involved with it, yet keep budgets to a reasonable price. With film clips, animations, illustrations, background music, and sound effects, we can create something that fuses a lot of storytelling tools.”

For “Nightingale,” David Farland and East India Press didn’t stop with the enhanced novel. They also put the book out as a standard e-book and hard-cover print book. They also offer a full album of music and an audio book version complete with sound effects and background music from the album.

East India Press has created a web-simulation technology that mimics how the enhanced e-book appears on the iPad. So if you don’t yet have an iPad, you can see what an enhanced novel might look like by visiting:

To read more about Farland’s vision for the future of publishing, download the plain-vanilla PDF entitled “The Future of Publishing is Self-Publishing.”


About David Farland

Enhanced E-Book: Nightingale

East India Press

White Paper: The Future of Publishing is Self-Publishing by David Farland