Technically Heroic – Now Available on ALL Platforms!!

Technically Heroic
Technically Heroic

At last, after 6 weeks of waiting, Technically Heroic (paperback) has finally been updated on Amazon.com, completing a critical revision process.  The first book in the Technically Heroic trilogy is now available:

  • Technically Heroic

    Technically Heroic

    as an e-book, for Kindle

  • as an e-book, for Nook
  • as an e-book, for Apple devices (iTunes)
  • as a .epub e-book on Lulu.com
  • as a paperback on Lulu.com
  • and as a paperback on Amazon.com

It feels great to have this part of the trilogy finally finished (and I mean FINISHED) and published.  Now I get to start seriously promoting!

A Fully Operational So Powered Productions – Tutorials Coming

At last, thanks to Joomla! and a lovely template courtesy of Joomlage.com, my website is beginning to reach its potential.  Already there’s much more on here than there was before, and I’m pretty sure it’s only the beginning.  This place really is the place to go for the latest information on Technically Heroic now that I have my trusty CMS at my command.

If you like what I’ve got, I can put CMS at your command as well.  I’m gearing up to do a tutorial series here on Joomla!, so if you would like to learn how to make your website cool like mine, check out my website, http://sopoweredproductions.com to get a sense of how powerful Content Management Systems can be (also, visit http://legacy.sopoweredproductions.com to compare and contrast with the old site).  Then watch for my tutorials!  You could even subscribe to the blog so when a new tutorial comes out, you’ll get notified!  Stay tuned.

Registering Copyright Licenses

When publishing your work on Lulu.com, you will be asked if you want to select a copyright license.  You’re given a list of ten or so licenses to choose from, and now you’re thinking, ‘what’s this madness?’

If you are really concerned with people stealing your work, then I’ll make the decision easier for you: the first choice on the list, a standard copyright license will probably be the best match.  It’s really not that hard to register (disclaimer: I have not personally tried this method, so please don’t consider any of this legal advice).

Filing

Now, Lulu.com does not require any kind of registration code when it comes time to put in copyright information during the publishing process, which means you could just put in the year and your name and you’d be good (again, this is not legal advice!).  Here’s an article which I found quite helpful in understanding the copyrighting process.

Basically what you have to do is download and print a form, fill it out, then send it in to the Library of Congress with 2 copies of your finished book (here we’re implying that you’re printing your book.  I’m not sure yet how you would submit 2 ebook copies and a form to obtain a copyright for that ebook).  There’s more information on Lulu.com on the process.

Cost

If you decide to go for a standard copyright license, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost.  If you have already published your book, then it will cost whatever you pay to get 2 copies of your own work, the $45 filing fee, and postage.  You then send out your package, wait for a while for confirmation(your copyright takes effect as soon as the package arrives at the Library of Congress), and then you’ve got your books legally protected and (bonus!) in the Library of Congress.  Then you can take a trip to Washington D.C. and try to find your work!

Hopefully this answers some of your questions concerning copyrighting.  If you have any remarks or questions please feel free to comment!

Lulu.com and NaNoWriMo

As you may have heard, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where you sit down and write a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days.  While some of you may be up to that challenge, and indeed at it already, some of you may be just too busy to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.  That’s where Lulu.com comes in!

This month, Lulu.com is running a short story contest, where you write a 600 word short story and publish it on Lulu.com.  From Lulu.com:

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Lulu.com

“Throughout the month of November – all the way to December 1st – anyone can participate in our Short Story Contest and take the pressure off the creative process.  Better yet, we want to help folks see their creativity available to the public as quickly as possible too, so we’re gonna help you create an eBook out of your short story that’ll go live in the iBookstore and on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK.”

Did I mention the prizes?

  • First – Barnes and Noble Nook and $500 cash (plus free publicity!)
  • Second – Barnes and Noble Nook
  • Third – $100 Barnes and Noble gift card

All participants get a 20% off Lulu.com coupon when they enter, good for up to $100 savings! 

With all this good stuff involved, why not put that imagination of yours down on Word and give Lulu’s contest a shot?  600 words will flow before you know it (in fact, one of my previous posts was just over 600 words long).  Hop to it!  There’s still plenty of time. As a bonus prize, if you read this post, enter the contest, and rank in the top 3, let me know and I might just feature you in a post! That in itself makes it worth entering, right? ;)

Click here for complete rules

What does it take to get published?

Whether you’ve just finished writing, or have had your manuscript lying around for years, it is now easier than ever to publish your writing for the world to read.  And the best part?  You can do it on almost no budget at all!

Ebooks Everywhere

In today’s society, the Ebook is becoming increasingly popular.  Ebook reading devices such as the Kindle and the Nook are becoming more and more advanced, introducing capabilities similar to Apple’s iPad, which also reads Ebooks.  However, one does not need a special device to read an Ebook.  Free downloads and plug-ins allow users on virtually any computer to read and enjoy Ebooks.  All of this means that by simply publishing your writing as an Ebook, you can reach millions of readers all over the world.  This is where online publishers like Lulu.com come in.

Lulu.com as an Ebook Publisher

While Lulu.com is not the only online publisher out there, it’s the one I’ve personally used and had good results with.  Here’s how it works:

  • You create a FREE online account at http://www.lulu.com
  • You start a new project for your writing, following the given directions to create your Ebook and submit it for distribution
  • You wait for iBookstore and BN.com approval

You are published now for Apple devices, Nooks, and on Lulu.com for pretty much everything else.  The only thing missing now is…

Kindle Publishing

Getting published for the Kindle is just as easy as Lulu.com.  You go to www.kdp.amazon.com and create an account.  Then you upload your document and cover art, set your distribution options and price, then submit and wait.  The process is quite simple, and it doesn’t take very long at all to get your book published for Kindle.

Lulu.com for physical publishing

Okay, people all over the world can read your books on their electronic devices.  But what if someone wants a hard copy?  There are still people out there who would rather hold a physical book in their hand and read it, and since you want to reach as many people as possible, your next move would be to get your book published as a hard copy.  This used to be a lot more difficult and costly, but with sites like Lulu.com, you can do it for practically nothing.  The steps are pretty much the same as Ebook publishing.  You upload your document, create a cover using Lulu’s cover creation wizard, set your price and distribution, and you’re published!  Now, if you want your book available on Amazon.com as a hard copy as well as for Kindle, Lulu will handle this for you for FREE.  You must, however, order a proof copy of your book before submitting it for distribution.  This should only cost you for shipping, as Lulu.com will send you a discount code which will cover the production costs of your book.  This kind of publishing is called Print-On-Demand, where your book is only printed whenever someone orders it, and I believe it is the most cost-efficient way to published in the physical world.

Published for practically nothing

My experience with Lulu.com has been a good one.  I spent no more than $4.00 to get my book published on Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPhones, PCs and Macs, and as hard copies (you can see my results at my website).  With a combination of digital and Print-On-Demand publishing, you can get your book out in the world on any kind of budget.  I hope that by sharing my experience that you will take the initiative on publishing your works.  Try it out, and tell me what you think!  If you have any questions or anything to add, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.  I look forward to hearing your story!