Author: Ian Andrew

Meet Our Authors – Ray Glickman

The second in our series of posts looking at the authors who use The Book Reality Experience. This time it’s the turn of Ray Glickman, a traditionally published author who decided to choose the independent path for the release of his second novel, the dark and foreboding, frenzship. Ray is a business leader, presenter, social media commentator and author. A previous CEO of Fremantle Council he holds Master’s degree in philosophy, psychology, business and social work and has an extensive background in senior management. His first novel, Reality, published by the Fremantle Press in 2014, is a darkly entertaining thriller about social manipulation in the twenty-first century and was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier Book Awards. Ray decided he wanted more control over his author’s journey and so, after sharing a platform with Ian Andrew at the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, he decided to use the Book Reality Experience to facilitate the publishing of his second novel, frenzship. A fascinating insight into the world of social media and what might happen if it progressed to the point of choosing your friends for you. The official launch of the novel is in Fremantle, WA on the 24th July 2017. Click here for more details. Now running his own management consulting business, ‘From Left Field’, Ray co-hosted with the Book Reality Experience, the inaugural “Democratisation of Publishing’ workshop at the...

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Six Tips to format a Word document for use as an E-Book

Yep – I get that some of you are keyboard wizards and witches, warriors all, scurrying away with Scrivener and ripping through with Reedsy… But, there are quite a lot of us, mere two-finger mortals still ploughing our lonely furrows with that bastion of word processing software, the mighty Microsoft® Word. Now, in a former life, I was an accredited trainer of all things Microsoft® and the biggest revelation to me was how poorly prepared people were when given a PC and expected to “get on with it”. We wouldn’t let a welder just weld, but we let an administrator just wield their way through Word. Normally woefully. Thankfully, it needn’t be that way. To format a document is a simple matter of using things that expert programmers have built into Word for us. Sadly, so few even know these things exist, let alone how to use them. So, if you want to format a Word document such that it sails through the conversion process for Kindle’s Mobi or the more generic E-Pub… read on. First things first, you need to lose quite a lot of what would be in a paperback version. You don’t need to worry about page size, page margins, hyphenation, page numbers, footers or headers. All of these are irrelevant for E-book documents, because the smartphone or tablet device relies on dynamically resizing the pages...

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Meet Our Authors – Helen Allan

Welcome to the first in a series of posts looking at the authors who use The Book Reality Experience. It seems fitting and appropriate to start with our very first client – Author, Helen Allan. Helen, as the then Director of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, had been writing for years, but it was her thirst for knowledge about how Publish-On-Demand worked as a process and her keenness to use it for the release of her novels, that helped establish the Book Reality Experience’s suite of services that are available to all authors now. Book Reality helped Helen set-up her Amazon and Ingram Spark accounts, registered her ISBNs, formatted and converted her manuscripts to E-Book and Paperback layouts, provided professional cover design and assisted the release of her first novel, the young-adult adventure book “Bilby“. Since then, spanning a few years now, we have worked together as Helen has established and consolidated her own knowledge bank and with each subsequent book release, she has taken on more and more of the publishing process herself. This range of assistance, from the initial, “Please do it all for me” plea for help, through to Helen being able to do it all by herself, sums up the flexibility of the Book Reality service and the way we tailor each package to meet our author’s needs. Turning Book Dreams into Reality Read...

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Sun of God

Sharing with Family and Friends – Mike (on the left) wanted his book ‘Sun of God’ published, but not for sale or release. He simply wanted to share his story with family and friends. The beauty of Publish-on-Demand allows small print run numbers with professional finishing standards and viola! One book dream, now a reality. Oh yeah! I should mention (he won’t mind) Mike’s one of the sprightliest 80-year olds I know. Congratulations to him! Also nice to see the painting on his wall reflecting the fact that Mike was one of the first ‘Magnificent Seven’ Book Reality authors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new...

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Professional Independent Publishing-On-Demand – A How-To Guide – Part Two

So you want to publish a book… Not any book… Your Book? Welcome to Ian Andrew’s Guide to Professional Independent Publishing on Demand.  No. 2 – Which companies to use… An E-book explanation. I  suppose a simple declaration at the start would be good… I don’t have any professional or monetary reason to recommend any company for Publish-On-Demand (POD). I just know what works for me and why I chose what I did. I stumbled my way through and should have, probably, come to a lot of realisations sooner than I did… But I didn’t. So now you can benefit from my hindsight… There are loads more companies out there, so don’t be constrained by my choices either. KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING (KDP) Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) www.kdp.amazon.com is Amazon’s e-book publishing unit and allows authors to independently publish their books directly to Kindle and Kindle Apps worldwide. Some fundamentals. It is NOT necessary to own a Kindle device to download and read Kindle books. You just need an app on any device (including PCs and Macs). It is not necessary to have a US Tax Number to register for KDP. It is not necessary to exclusively limit your e-book distribution to Amazon only. It is not necessary to restrict the price of your book to between 2.99 and 9.99 (US dollars). KDP interface is extremely easy to use. KDP interface is free for you to upload your book...

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