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Subject:  Marketing a Novel as an eBook, the Final Chapter Date:  7/16/2012  7:08 AM
Author:  Varlot Number:  4840 of 4871

It's been quite some time since I last posted on the ongoing process of self-publishing my novel, House of Shadows. One of the more interesting developments occured when I discovered that another author by the name of Rachel Neumeier was publishing a novel with this same exact title with a publication date approximately two weeks to follow my own. Odd bit of serendipity, that. Ah well, these things happen. (Though not very often...)

My own version of this title came out last month. The trade paperback version was put together by Createspace, a subsidiary of Amazon, and made available on June 14. These same folks made an electronic version of the manuscript for the Kindle (the format is called 'mobi'), which was made available a couple of weeks later, on June 28.

This process was quite time consuming, which is why I am only now getting around to posting about it. I will try to keep my comments regarding the process as brief as possible and not overwhelm anyone with unnecessary jargon.

Createspace is quite the professional outfit. Their primary focus is the creation of trade paperback books. While they will convert a property into Kindle format (as they did mine), it is not necessary to utilize their services for this purpose. For more information on self-publishing one's own manuscript as an ebook on Amazon, I recommend exploring the relevant topics at, as an explanation of such would be far beyond the capability of a post such as this in order to do the topic justice.

I chose to go the Createspace route and have a trade paperback version of my novel done which could then be converted into a electronic format primarily as a safety measure. House of Shadows is intended to be the first in a series titled "The Breed Wars". Because of this, getting as much as possible right the first time was essential to me.

There are two basic elements to the creation of a Createspace trade paperback, the cover and the interior. These folks offer a series of pricing options to choose from. I described my needs to the rep assigned to me, who gave me a price of around $350 to do the cover. For this, I would receive two cover concepts, both front and back. I could then choose which I preferred, or combine the two (front of one, back of another). They would have also provided the cover art, but I already