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e-Books

Should you consider publishing an e-book rather than a proper paper book?

It is worthwhile to have a look at this form of book because it is so prevalent these days.

Firstly an e-book is not the same as a printed book. The content is often much shorter with subheadings and active links to websites and supporting research. The word count can be as little as 30 000 words whereas a printed book usually requires 75 000 to 100 000 words.

Books with diagrams and illustrations are not suitable as e-books because they are ‘flowable’ documents. In other words, they shrink to fit a cell phone in which case diagrams become too small to see.

An e-book has a lower cost to produce and can thus be sold cheaper. Development costs remain the same, but there are no print and shipping costs involved. For the purchaser, it can be very satisfying to get instant delivery rather than having to wait for some days to get your book.

Other big differences are:

  • You do not ever own a Kindle or epub edition. You only have the right to read it.
  • If your device comes to the end of its life you will lose your e-books unless you buy a new device.
  • eBooks cannot be re-sold since you never own it
  • Work books are not suitable as e-books.

e-Books do require a certain expertise to get a professional result. Too often have I seen badly made e-books which present with large spaces between the paragraphs and even whole pages missing. In my experience the best guide to getting it right can be found in Smashwords Guide to creating .epub files. If you have written the content in MS Word it will end up with a lot of hidden junk coding which screws up your final result when converting to .epub or .mobi. Mark Coker’s Guide to cleaning out this hidden code is simply the best.

e-Books can be used as a kind of précis and introduction to your main work and could be sold to people who want just a taste of what you offer for a small sum of money.  In that way, it is a form of advertising with its own small income stream and none of the costs. That is kind of a sweet deal for everyone.

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Vanity, vanity, all is Vanity

Vanity Publishers perform a service for money where they will produce your book professionally. They usually deliver a professional quality product, but it can be quite expensive. The downside of this is that there is no Gatekeeper for the quality of content. Essentially, if you can pay the money then you qualify.  Standards are low because the author takes on all the financial risks.

There are no good prospects of sales because the market tends to be flooded with low-quality books and traditional booksellers usually refuse to buy titles from these ‘publishers’. Contributing to this is self-published books (covered in more detail in the next blog).

The open gates policy of Vanity and self-publishers has led to a veritable flood of titles being published. At the last count more than a million titles a year are published in the English language alone. It becomes very difficult to get noticed in such a crowded marketplace. Good marketing becomes essential.

The deals on offer vary quite a lot, so one has to look at the contract to see the details. Vanity publishers are poorly thought of in the book world, because of their open-door policy with no gatekeeper.

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Traditional Publishers

What are the advantages?

There are big advantages to getting an agreement with a traditional publisher. Here are some of them (not listed in any particular order):

  • Very wide distribution to book stores, libraries and online markets worldwide.
  • A huge boost in credibility. Suddenly you will find that radio and TV hosts are keen to have you, whereas without a book you stand no chance.
  • Searchability on all the BookFind systems worldwide. This allows your book to be found by the clerk at the book store counter, for instance.
  • No risk to yourself, although we do of course recommend that everyone should read the fine print on any contract before they sign. Traditional publishers take on all the risk involved in publishing your book. Publishing is a complex business and mistakes can easily be made, some of them quite costly!
  • You get a professional product without risk which is widely distributed throughout the world. Very often traditional publishers can keep the retail price low, qhich will help the sales of your book

Right now (March 2022) the book market is very tough due to the challenges that the last two years have presented.  A tough market like this, results in wafer-thin profit margins, so traditional publishers have become more and more risk-averse. They are especially resistant to taking on debut authors, preferring to stick with existing Names who are sure winners. However, they remain open to offers by independent publishers who can prove good sales.

To sum up: .getting a contract with a traditional publisher is the number one prize, but that is not likely for a debut author.  I will be covering the roles of other publishing models such as vanity, self-publishing and subsidy publishers in upcoming blogs. I will be setting out the pitfalls and advantages to them so that you may make an informed choice.

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The importance of Genres

A very important consideration for all authors is what genre does your book fall into?

I recommend visiting a book store to make a note of the genres as listed on the shelves.

Which one will your book fall into?

If you can’t categorise it, then the book store manager will not know where to put the book, so it might end up getting lost on a shelf where it doesn’t belong.

My company published a series of novels by one author which was categorized as Visionary Fiction. Most book shops don’t have a genre like that so her books generally ended up in Fantasy or Science Fiction, neither of which is correct.

Visit several bookshops if possible because every book shop caters to a different market.

Take a note of how many books are on each of these shelves to get an idea of your competition and the popularity of the genre.

While you are there do have a critical look at aspects like cover design and how the books are laid out.

As usual, there are trends and fashions in book design. Also bear in mind that design styles are different for every country. In the USA the popular trend has been for covers featuring fancy graphics and fonts with a small but impactful image on the front cover. whereas the UK and Europe are generally more conservative.

The United States market remains huge and very important so their influence has to be taken into account.

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New Life

New Life

In our part of the world here at the very foot of Africa, spring has sprung, with new life everywhere. The spring flowers are in bloom and the temperatures are gradually getting warmer.

There is new life for Kima Global books as well. The migration of our titles is going well with the first ten titles now live. More will be added every week.

We invite you to visit https://www.epublishify.com/kimabooks to check out what we are doing to give you, as customer, even better service.

We are open to considering your manuscript for publication under the Kima Global imprint. We will give you a fair and considered assessment. Moreover, we promise to be kind!

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Big changes at Kima Books

Nadine and I have some big announcements to make.
As usual, there is bad news and good news. Let’s start with the worst first and get better from there.

Back in May of this year the professional typesetting and design program that I have been using for years gave up the ghost and despite all efforts by our technical people, could not be fixed. I do have the latest Indesign program which most typesetters use today, but it would be a steep learning curve for me to learn it, which I am not quite up to and not in the mood for. I have searched for teachers but without success. They are mostly focused on image design and know nothing about typesetting.

Then, in the first week of July this year Nadine and I were walking on the cat walk in Fish Hoek without rain gear when we got caught in an icy torrential downpour and were far from our car. I was frozen to the bone, but eventually we got home and warmed up. Shortly after that I became ill with what I thought was the flu and struggled for a few days.

However, I took two nasty falls, landing on my coccyx both times. Nadine dragged me back to bed both times. Shortly thereafter Nadine found me unconscious, called the paramedics who checked me out and found that my oxygen level was down to 74%. (death occurs at 72%). They summoned an ambulance and took me to our local False Bay Hospital. It was pneumonia, but they labeled it Covid.

To cut a long story short, I ended up spending 10 days in three different hospitals. The doctors definitely saved my life, but the conditions in the hospitals are appalling. Nadine rescued me from there by demanding that I be discharged which the doctors reluctantly agreed to. I came out so weak that I was unable to stand unaided and with bedsores. I have been recuperating under the wonderful care of Nadine and our local homeopathic doctor and now am able to spend a couple of hours a day in the office.

As a result of all this we have decided to make some big changes as to how we operate so as to reduce the work load. Circumstances demand it.

No more new physical books

  • We will no longer be accepting physical books for publication.
  • We are just beginning to have discussions with a European publisher who is keen to have Kima Global’s book list on their platform. If we are successful it will mean an extended life our book list. We will also be able to take on new titles. We see this as a very positive development.

List to be trimmed

  • We will be trimming down our listings for physical books on the international book shops catalog during the course of the next few months. Those books which have not sold a single copy in the previous six months will be cancelled from the list. Every listing costs us a catalogue fee so we cannot continue to pay this if we have no sales.  Local South African authors may still order copies from us.
  • If you have a new manuscript to offer we will gladly guide you through the self-publishing process. There will be no charge for our existing authors.

e-Books to continue

  • We will not be cancelling any e-book currently platformed.
  • We will continue to publish new e-books as and when the opportunity arises.

New web site

Our current web site does attract traffic, but it is not cell phone friendly.

  • We are going to be building a new site during the course of the next couple of months using a modern site builder and cart.
  • All the physical books currently active globally will be listed as well as all the e-books.
  • We are no longer distributing for overseas publishers, so we will be simplifying both the appearance and the way it works. There will no longer be a need to choose your country and currency. One list, one currency (probably USD since most of our sales are there.)

I will be posting another blog when it is live.

As I wrote, I do hope that you see these developments as an effort both to survive by cutting unrewarding expenses and to thrive by giving Kima Global a new face on the internet

May I close by wishing you all good health and sanity in these crazy and challenging times. We are still here to serve you, but now in a changed capacity.

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The Multi Dimensional Universe

New title

We are thrilled to announce or new title by Colin Joe Byrne whom so many of you have been following, especially on his weekly shows with Kerry K Samadhi. As you know, Colin’s material can be profound, so it is helpful to have it in a form you can see.

Please click on this link to buy.

This is the first in a series so you can look forward to some more treats in the months to come. The next one will be “Human Potential” followed by “Soul Evolution”, “Attitudes of Mastery”, “Energy Fields and Ley Lines”, “Fallen Angels”, “Soul Warriors” and “The Construct of the Soul” in no particular order. If you have a particular interest pleas let us know and we can then prioritise accordingly.

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New ways of getting your content out there

If you are someone on a mission you should have been writing on your subject in your WordPress Blog, or even on Hubpages or Bubblews. These writings will have a theme of course (this could be anything from abseiling to zen gardens) and these themed writings could easily be assembled into a relevant eBook.

The writing will also have active links which will make it interesting for the reader who is also a fan of your subject. The writing / editing process will be much easier since most of the work has been done. Sometimes you will need to writing extra paragraphs linking chapters together so that there is a nice flow.

One of the plusses in making an ebook is that sites like Bubblews and Hubpages do not check ebooks for copyright infringement so you may refer to your book without the risk of it being blocked for this reason.

We at Kima Global can help you to make and distribute your ebook. We will design an eye catching cover for you as well so that your book can get noticed.

Why not have a look through your old blog posts to see if you have enough for an eBook. Bear in mind that eBooks need a smaller word count than a conventional paper book.

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Breakthrough Marketing at No Cost

There is a huge need for good marketing, but if you go to the professional marketing agencies you get a bewildering array of marketing packages, all of them expensive and none of them will (understandably) give you any guarantee of results.

It was in response to this need (and having only a small budget of our own) that Nadine and I developed our own techniques with which we have had proven success. We have been working on and have just published a new eBook titled Breakthrough Marketing at No Cost.

The book is simply packed with tips and useful advice and will work for your book or even for any other product that you or your wife or husband wish to get out into the world. Most of these techniques will not cost you a red cent, but we did make an exception by including two web site options where you can get a fully functional web site including a shopping cart for $3.99 or $5.99 / month – huge value and really essential to have.

The rest will not cost you money, but will take some hours out of your day, but we reckon you will gladly make the effort because you love your book, right? In fact, once set up, the amount of time spent need not be too daunting because the grunt work can be semi-automated.

You will be able to buy this book at a very reasonable cost from a whole range of web sites, including Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and our own site. Click here.

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