Unleash the ebook inside you competition

Myebook - Unleash Your eBook Inside Competition - click here to open my ebook

We have launched a free competition on the new platform myebook to find new and exciting writing talent.

myebook is a completely free platform with is like YouTube for ebooks. It allows authors to post their work for free and incorporate a range of multimedia components like audio narration and video interviews with the author.

The competition is running until the end of June 2009 and is open to both new authors and authors who have previously self published. Submissions can be whole books, sample chapters from books just started or published or even poetry and inspiring works of non-fiction.

The prizes are just amazing. First prize is a bespoke cover design by Huw-J, the designer of the Garth cartoon strip and a month’s worth of mentoring from Tom Evans, the Bookwright. The winner will also get front page billing on the myebook web site for a month too.

The competition will be judged by Caroline Taggart of Writer’s Market 2010, Sy Whitehall who is the Head of Communications at myebook and Tom Evans, The Bookwright.

The winning entries will be judged on both literary and artistic merit as well as how they use the rich functionality of the myebook platform. Extra kudos can be earned for the inventiveness of the viral campaign to publicise the author’s work and how many views and ratings the ebook receives.

For details on the competition and the excellent prizes, have a look at this ebook …

http://www.tinyurl.com/myebookcompetition

To enter the competition, visit www.thebookwright.co.uk/myebookcompetition

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Soulwave – a novel about Time, Space & Luck

I reckon that if the fabulous Paolo Coelho can serialise his novel to test it with his readers – as he did with The Winner Stands Alone – then I should have a go too.

So I’ve put the first few chapters of my new novel Soulwave up on the myebook platform.

You can access it here … www.tinyurl.com/soulwavesampler

& I would be ever so grateful for a few things

1. What you think of it – truely !!

2. Adding comments at the front of the book or using the form at the back

3. Clicking the Subscribe button so you get notified when I add the next chapters

4. Telling your friends about it …

Myebook - Soulwave - a novel about Time, Space & Luck - click here to open my ebook

At last a cure for Writer’s Block

Myebook - Wordlube - writer's block removal in 5 days - click here to open my ebook

As part of my author mentoring work in workshops, online and 1-2-1’s, I spend a fair amount of time dealing with writer’s blocks.

For the most stubborn blocks, I use techniques such as hypnosis, past life regression and therapies using time line and releasing karma.

For the run of the mill blockages, less drastic action is needed and I’ve just written an ebook with a set of simple exercises that can be done over a series of 5 days to help authors connect with their creative muse.

My inspiration for this was using a can of WD-4o at the weekend to free up a stubborn padlock in the garden. It got me thinking. What if there was a spray we could use to unstick writers?

Wordlube was born and you can access it for free here on the excellent Myebook platform … the YouTube for writers & publishers …

http://www.tinyurl.com/wordlube

The book has been out for just a week and this is what people are saying about it already ….

“A very creative piece of work Tom! Imagine what an impact this could have on unleashing creativity. Well done!”

“A fantastic product. Simple, easy to apply, very engaging and transformational. I love it.”

“Four fifths of the new book completed and people waiting! Oh the stress! This is just perfect for taking that nasty flappiness away so we can enjoy the writing process again. You are fab.”

“Really diverse in helping you overcome the “block”. Mind-mapping is the way to go!”

Myebook – is this YouTube for ebooks?

I came across this amazing site recently and have been blown away by what you can do with it.

It’s the brainchild of the most amazing chap called Sy Whitehall who must have William Caxton turning in his grave …

The site lets you not only publish ebooks and host them for free but it has just about the most amazing ebook builder you have ever seen …

Myebook - 100 Years of Ermintrude - click here to open my ebookYou can just simply upload a PDF and the system will process it for you automatically …

OR you can make your books a multimedia delight & do this …

– embed any file type – audio, PDF, MS Office, images, Flash

– add YouTube videos

– embed forms, PayPal buttons, hyperlinks

And you can create writers’ and readers’ communities !!

If you are an attendee of the Unleash the Book Inside workshop or have taken the Home Study course, then you can join my community to share and exchange your books and ideas with other students …

Apply to the Unleash the Book Inside Community here …

Have a look and a listen to these examples I published only last week to get an idea of what can be done …

100 Years of Ermintrude

The Magic Sunglasses

Authors, publishers & readers – take note, get an account and have a play …

Ebook readers – a blessing or a curse?

Following the launch of the Amazon Kindle earlier this year, Sony are following suit with the launch of the Sony Reader which will be available from Waterstones.

Borders are also getting in on the act by stocking the Iliad Reader

As an ex-techie turned writer I don’t propose to discuss the relative technical merit of each device – they use similar screen technology and each has pro’s and con’s – I suggest you keep an eye on the excellent articles in the Bookseller blog site

What is clear though is that what the iPod and MP3 players did for the music industry and CD sales, a similar scenario is likely to play out for the publishing industry – see here for some comment

& yes, Apple have entered the fray with the iPod Touch – while it doesn’t use the E-Ink, electronic paper technology, you can get your email, surf, play games and listen to music too.

While most of the readers can read unsecured formats like PDF, different vendors are coming out with proprietary formats for secured DRM material. From a customer perspective, an AAC/MP3 or VHS/Betamax scenario, is something we need like a hole in the head. Will manufacturers ever get over base level fears and greed driving strategy, I wonder. Perhaps today’s decision makers weren’t around in the 80’s to see that this doesn’t have a long term viability and a common format with a battle over device price vs features is much more healthy all round.

My thoughts are really geared towards what ebook readers will do for authors and readers (i.e. people not gadgets)

The authors’ perspective

For authors that work with me, I recommend that an ebook is one of the deliverables along the path to publication. Either a sample of the work can be tested and even sold or, for some books with multimedia content especially, the ebook can be a preferred format.

The ebook reader gives authors yet another route to market and one that potentially bypasses the publisher. With Amazon’s Digital Text Platform, you can submit your work directly.

If planned from the outset, the production of the PDF (or other format) ebook can be part of the overall process to getting in print.

For authors, the availability of a new route to [real] readers has to be a blessing and gets a Bookwright BIG TICK !!!

I for one have signed up for an Amazon DTP account and 100 Years of Ermintrude will be up there shortly, with my new novel following along (once it’s edited – see below for why)

The readers’ perspective

For me the jury is still out as to whether the experience of actually reading a book on an ereader is as good as a real book. I can’t wait to give it a go. Perhaps it will be different from a novel to a non-fiction book? It certainly will give me the opportunity to actually read all those ebooks that I have downloaded and never read.

One worry might be that the ease of ebook production and publication though might not instill the rigour that getting a book into print does in terms of editing, proof reading and pagination. This certainly happened in the music scene when all sorts of music of variable quality hit the market – in amongst it all were some gems of course.

So, should you go out and buy a reader?

Well for me, I already have such a backlog of existing conventional titles to read, I couldn’t consider it for at least 6 months anyway. In six months time, there will be more discounts at Christmas and New Year sales. You’ll also be able to pick up version 1 devices on ebay and the version 2’s hit the shops.

All that said, I’ve just got a new training course I want to take which is all in ebook format and I just wonder if I can save the cost of a reader for what it would cost in toner ink and paper to print it out ???

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Useful Links

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Digital Text Platform

Sony Reader

Iliad Reader

Mobi Reader format

Books for iPod Touch

The Story of Ermintrude – an interview with the author

One hundred Years of Ermintrude videoThis interview with Tom Evans and reading by Debbie Tarrier was recorded by the amazing Neil Fairbrother of Pod3.tv

It’s hosted on Viddler.com – click the + icon to see how you can dynamically interact with it with your web cam

Watch, listen and enjoy

New resource and community for ebook writers

Check this new community out from Friend of the Bookwright, Mark Shaw

If you want to get your book out, starting with an ebook is just the best way to test the market and make significant revenues .. although The Source may surprise you

http://ebookplace.ning.com/

We’ll also be using the Ning platform for the Unleash the Book Inside support forum – more news on this later