Now You Too Can Publish with Youpublish.com

It had to happen – and this is just one a few new sites doing this – but the idea behind YouTube is moving to the ebook – by ebook, this can be of course PDF, MP3, JPEG’s and even spreadsheets etc

YouPublish is the brainchild of Mark Victor Hansen. It is at a very early stage and will not have a proper launch until May.

Whatever your passion (author, musician, video producer, photographer, programmer, speaker, or life coach), the idea behind YouPublish is to get anyone published in a matter of minutes.

Unlike YouTube where everything is free, you can even choose to sell your creations — or of course just share them for free!

Click here to set your account up in advance of the launch in May – and check out the referral system too.

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Creating your Marketplace on Lulu

lulu logoLulu is possibly best known for its print-on-demand service which provides a cost effective self-publishing option for authors. There is no doubt that print-on-demand is not only a serious option for any author but it also is a green option. It means there is less pulping of books and the ability to test market short runs.

Slightly less publicised and obvious, is their facility to host your own customised marketplace. This is especially useful to authors without their own web presence or the ability to take revenue on-line.

You can create paperback and hardback books on the fly from your own documents or sell digital media such as audio books and PDF’s.

They also have several interesting marketing promotional tools and your home page can display RSS feeds (such as this one)

In the usual “Blue Peter” tradition, here’s one I made earlier where the e-versions of the 100 Years of Ermintrude series can be purchased.

My example storefront on Lulu

Amazon Kindle – Electronic Paper is here …

Amazon KindleI’ve been keeping my eye on electronic paper technology for a few years and now it’s seeing the light of day in products like Amazon’s Kindle – Sony, Apple and others are all releasing products soon too

Details and a good video on Amazon’s site here

and a good Wikipedia article on the technology here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_paper

There was much talk at the London Book Fair last week on Convergence and multi-format delivery of books from the outset of publication.

This is of course what we did with 100 Years of Ermintrude back in 2006 when it came out as a PDF first, then as MP3 and then MP4 – the last version out was the printed book

102 Years of Rhoda

This is the latest collaborative poem with a stanza each from the minds and pens of each of the attendees of the Unleash the Book Inside Workshop – this one saw the light of day in Guildford on the 16th April.

A big thank you to all the attendees for lending your cumulative life experiences to make such a composite, and fun, life story – you are now all officially published authors.


1 year old

12 months old, 150 degrees, on a camel

What re we doing in the Negev, dressed in flannel

At least this time we’ve kept our clothes on

Naturist antics in the Sun would burn

3 years old

Rhoda, Rhoda, show us your leg

To stop us having to beg

But you are only a child

So please don’t go wild

5 years old

Rhoda, Rhoda, high in the tree

From your vantage, what do you see?

No care in the world at 5 years old

The future, the future, what will it hold?

10 years old

Rhoda dancing and prancing

Changing her mind

Being awkward

Not being cute

Who am I?

15 years old

Birthday cake, candles, 15

Young Rhoda smiled and felt serene

Last night at the village dance

She saw a man remove his pants ..

18 years old

Eighteen was the time I became more advanced

Sneaked a peak at John Cleese in his underpants

Learned to write poems and even ride a horse

Kept myself busy with a correspondence course

21 years old

As twenty one approaches fast

And choices for Uni study passed

Attention towards a future role unfurled

Visions of motherhood and being a girl

Passing into reality … becoming true

So the years and events taught her what she knew!

30 years old

Simon’s in trouble, found picking fruit

Gone of the Beatle in court in a suit

Went on vacation, Goa’s the place

Rode on a camel – a smile on it’s face

40 years old

Rhoda, Rhoda, so strong and petit

You would have smiled at John’s son’s, practically Chinese

A mind full of knowledge and experience to match

To tackle an International would have been a great catch

50 years old

Who said life begins at forty

I can still think pretty naughty

Just because I’m knocking fifty

I’d still love to tackle Andy Ripley

60 years old

Some memories now are so clouded & so dim

That baby showed much promise – what happened to him?

Why didn’t I go to Paris? Why didn’t I live in France?

What stopped me, why was I so afraid to take the chance?

70 years old

I, Rhoda, am now seventy

And you would have thought I have learned a-plenty

But to you the only wisdom I can bring

Is that, always remember, thoughts become things

80 years old

Rhoda, so worldly, so wise

Sprung a french speaking naturists’ surprise

Which was a bit near the knuckle

Because it involved Andy Ripley’s tackle

90 years old

Well what a year for a ninety year old whatsit

I even made Twickers in full rugby kit

Then got to sing in the massed WI choir

In the Royal Albert Hall, never sang higher

100 years old

A telegram arrived today

The Queen had really made my day

I wonder if she’s be quite so chatty

If she knew I was a part-time naturist – and batty

102 years old

At a hundred and two, a new lease of life

She may be crinkly but still sharp as a knife

She rode on a camel and had a bundle of fun

“I want to these things while I’m still young”

In honour and homage to Rhoda, may she rest in peace or be back on this or another planet having another life experience .All references to Andy Ripley are made in good spirit and the context is completely ficticious and in no way refers to any real Andy Ripley, living or dead.

If you enjoyed this poem, you might like to read

104 Years of Sydney

100 Years of Marion

The Big Panty Woman and the Barefoot Man

and even get a signed copy of the book that started it all – 100 Years of Ermintrude

Do you want to experience what it’s like to work collaboratively like this and how when your conscious mind gets out of the way the words just flow? This is just one of the fun exercises we do on the Unleash the Book Inside workshop –

Check out our workshop schedule here – http://www.psycademy.co.uk/thebookinside.htm

Using a blog to test market your book

In my opinion, if you are blogging – or at least blogging articles and thought pieces – you are a published author.

Perfect Living Now logoYou can take this to its logical and “green” conclusion and actually publish a whole book as a blog – Steven King has done so as have others that have subsequently ended up in print.

As an example and exercise on my own part, here’s my attempt at it – Perfect Living Now is a book in preparation and testing – here’s a few sample chapters in a blog

Your thoughts and comments as always much appreciated

Perfect Living Now – is it a blog or is it a book ?

Also see this post on people who are printing on demand straight from blogs – http://thebookwright.com/2008/04/01/is-it-a-blog-or-is-it-a-book/

The Big Panty Woman and the Barefoot Man

I was sent this poem today by Ian Kent, the Treasurer of the Surrey Business Club following our meeting last night at Waterstone’s in Guildford, where I was presenting on how to publish a book to promote your business.

Ian was insisting he couldn’t write, I think like me you’ll disagree. What he sent me made me smile and realise that Chartered Accountants are people too !

I hope it will bring some sunshine to your day too – thanks so much for sharing Ian

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For you, Calypso rhythm I hope it won’t offend,

An air of buxom woman with a big rear end,

And the prospect of paradise where size reigns supreme,

On a diet of excesses, peaches and cream,

Something to hold onto, something to caress,

Oh, Big Panty Woman! Ample Goddess!

 

But has the man lost his marbles with his socks and shoes?

Does he not know what he’s missing? Oh, if only he could choose,

A woman of perfect proportion is the answer to his dreams,

Beauty, style and elegance is what he’s missed it seems,

Barefoot man with all your sass why do you act supreme,

But then of course what can we expect you haven’t met Claudine

© Ian J Kent 18/12/98

 

(Thoughts on hearing BIG PANTY WOMAN by THE BAREFOOT MAN, a recording made popular by Sarah Kennedy on BBC Radio 2)

 

Is it a blog or is it a book?

Maybe your blog is a book and your book is a blog

I’ve just come across this new site in the US where you can print a book straight from your blog – it had to happen.

Blog2Print

Blog2print

& yes, I know it’s April the 1st – better check it’s still there tomorrow