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We work for authors & publishers to convert their books to high quality ready-to-sell digital versions, suitable for publishing directly (without the aid of a 3rd party aggregator allowing you to retain 100% of the profit for life) to the major marketplaces. You only pay a small affordable one-time fee, we provide the file formats and all the training to assist you in uploading your titles, allowing you to become the digital publisher. This means you get paid directly by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Google, and any other marketplace you choose to setup accounts with. This means you will never be hassled with an annual fee (or service account fee). There won’t be any middle man taking a percentage of YOUR royalties. You retain complete control which is essential to succeed in the world of eBooks!

I highly recommend you begin by reviewing our initial consultation page. It answers many of the initial questions we receive from new clients.

We are a FULL SERVICE author/publisher services firm, offering a value proposition that has been tuned to the needs of hundreds of authors & publishers we’ve had the pleasure to work with since 2009.  All of our work on a work-for-hire basis, meaning you retain all of the rights to your work (as it should be!).  In addition to eBook formatting & layout, we provide:

Pay only for the services you need.
Most conversions are completed within 7-14 days (turn around will depend on our backlog at the time of your order and the complexity of your title).

In addition to the services we provide, at no additional cost, you will also receive:

  • Over 3 hours of video tutorials to assist you with marketplace setup, optimization, and marketing.
  • 60 days of post-sale support through our Pixels To Profit website.
  • A copy of our ePub Template and with access to over 50 tutorials ($79 value).
  • 24/7 Access to our customer support portal

Unlike the large volume conversion shops, we are not satisfied until you are. You won’t be stuck with an eBook that doesn’t reflect how you the author intended it to look. You get to proof your eBook before it’s published and our conversions are guaranteed to be 100% compatible with the major eBook marketplaces.  Before a converted file is delivered to you, we test it on each device and always allow ample time to do a thorough review so you don’t have to.  If there’s ever a problem with the file, we’ll fix it for free.

Our pricing varies depending on the complexity of the book and the file type provided.  You can submit a bid request here.

You can also hire Brian Schwartz, the Kindle Expert for one-on-consulting through Clarity.fm:

Some boilerplate legal ease for your copyright page

Often I receive books to format/convert without a copyright page. I think it’s best that you have one to protect yourself and increase the credibility of your work. And while I’m no lawyer, the following is commonly used by the vast majority of authors/publishers. I also recommend putting your contract info on the Copyright page in case someone would like to request permission or license your work!

By virtue of you publishing it, it’s protected by copyright, however if you do want to register your eBook with the Copyright office, you can do so for $35 if you e-file. The website is: https://eco.copyright.gov/eService_enu and you will need to have a PDF version of your book available to submit.

You should include something like the following on the copyright page of your eBook:

Copyright 2014 © [AUTHOR NAME]

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the author, except in the case of a reviewer, who may quote brief passages embodied in critical articles or in a review.

Trademarked names appear throughout this book. Rather than use a trademark symbol with every occurrence of a trademarked name, names are used in an editorial fashion, with no intention of infringement of the respective owner’s trademark.

The information in this book is distributed on an “as is” basis, without warranty. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this work, neither the author nor the publisher shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this book.

If your book is fiction, add this statement:

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.


Hope that helps!

Happy new year – Brian

How to open an ePub or Mobi file on your iPad using Dropbox

One of the best ways to proof the ePub and mobi files we send you is to view them on the device most people will likely be using when they purchase your eBook.  The iPad is probably the most popular eReader on the planet (next to Kindle).

Here’s a little trick on how you can open an ePub file in iBooks or a mobi file with the Kindle Reader (on your iPad):

  • Step 1: Create a Dropbox account (don’t worry, it’s free).
  • Step 2: Install the iBooks and Kindle apps onto your iPad (if they aren’t on it already).
  • Step 3: Install the Dropbox app on your iPad (it’s free too).
  • Step 4: Transfer the ePub/Mobi files to your dropbox folder (I’ve likely shared a dropbox folder with your files in it if you asked me to).
  • Step 5: Open your dropbox app on the ipad and click on the epub or mobi file – then open it with the appropriate app (you do so by clicking in the upper right hand corner of the iPad screen).
Here’s a short video tutorial to walk you through the process:


One important caveat if we revise your file and want view the newer version:

IF I send revised epub & mobi files, you must first delete the old file off your iPad BEFORE loading a new file from dropbox.  Otherwise, there’s a good chance both iBooks and the Kindle reader will keep reverting to the original file. So here’s how you delete the old files: select ‘Edit’ on the iPad iBooks app (in the iBooks Library view), click on your thumbnail cover, and the hit ‘Delete.’  You delete a book from your Kindle library in a similar way.

How that helped! Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.

How your Kindle edition can get you more reviews on Amazon

Do you have as many Amazon reviews for your book as you’d like?  As a publisher of over 50 books on Amazon, I can share first hand that there is indeed a direct correlation between the number of reviews a title has and that title’s book sales.  The more reviews an author has (good or bad), the more he/she will sell. How many reviews?  I recommend getting as many as you can, but a good, realistic goal is 1-2 per month.

So how do you go about getting yourself more reviews?  By issuing a call to action!  Thankfully, Amazon does this automatically on its Kindle books with a pop up screen at the end of the Kindle book asking the reader to leave a review (& providing a live link to make it easy for them to do so). Of course that assumes they get to the end of your book.

So I recommend you provide your readers an added incentive to post an honest review earlier in the book.  Perhaps halfway through. Tell them that you would be grateful for their authentic feedback (whether it’s good bad) and that you are willing to provide something in return.  I like to offer either a $10 Amazon gift card, or if it’s another author, I’m happy to return the favor and write them an honest review.  I say honest because I’m not going to just give someone a 5-star review because they asked me to. Why? If your reviews are only good reviews,  they won’t carry as much weight when readers see your other reviews.

This is yet another good reason why it’s important to have your book available on Kindle.  If your print & kindle editions are properly linked, any reviews left on your Kindle edition will also show up on the listing for your print edition.

Still struggling with getting your book up on Kindle, Nook, or iBooks? Hire us and we’ll take care of the ebook layout and conversion for you – usually with 10 days, and we guarantee you will be pleased with the result (often our clients like the eBooks we create even better than their print edition). I’m proud to share that most of our business today comes via referrals, so you can move forward with confidence because we will do whatever it takes to make you glad you hired us (& thus refer future clients to us).

Wondering whether or not you should signup for KDP Select?

Dear Authors,

I received several emails shortly after Amazon announced the KDP Select program in early 2012. Everyone was asking me what I thought they should do. I honestly couldn’t answer because I didn’t know the answer! But today, I can. I received an email from a past client that validates how incredibly powerful the KDP Select program can be! Keep in mind this is a first book, she published it herself (with our help) and is just about to finish her 1 week KDP promotion of offering her Kindle book at a $0.00 price on Amazon (which you get to do only if you sign up for KDP Select). As of today (3/5/12), in the short time it’s been up (since 3/1/12), she’s had over 30,000 downloads and The Eighth Sea is currently ranked #1 in the historical fiction category and #5 Overall (Free) Kindle books (whoa!). She’s even outselling Charles Dickens! Time will tell whether or not the explosion in exposure will translate into sales, it’s her only book. And she’ll be putting a price back on her book on 3/8/12).

But based on Nancy’s experience – I would give an enthusiastic thumbs up on the KDP Select program.  If you are a talented author, as Nancy is, you can see how much of a boost the KDP Select program gives.  I would not be surprised if she gets calls from NYC literary agents and major publishers.  Not bad for a first time author who just published her first book on Amazon 3 months ago!

You can learn more about the KDP Select Campaigns we run for our clients here. We’ve created over 20 number 1 Amazon bestsellers in the past 6 months alone!

Two titles that have broken into the Kindle top 5000!

I wanted to send out a quick update… this unusual to say the least, but two of the books I just finished converting to Kindle are now among the top .5% of all Kindle books sold. In other words, they’ve broken into the coveted top 5000 spot I often speak of.  This equates to a huge amount of visibility (& profit) to both the authors. Congrats!!

The two titles I am very proud to have worked on are and just published to Kindle that are among the top .5%:

As of today (2/29/12) – here are their rankings respectively:

Fisherman's Language by Jim Henry

Feel Younger Now! by Don McGrath, Ph.D.

I often tell authors – if you have a single goal, it should be to break into the top .5% of Kindle books. The rewards will be reflected on your commissions report and you’ll be hooked to doing it again.

Take advantage of Amazon's little known short URL (amzn.com) capability

Do you post links directly to your own book or kindle book on Amazon? If not, you should! But if you are, do your readers a favor and use the Amazon short URL to it.

Amazon has the highest consumer trust of any company on the web. URL shortening services like Bit.ly are becoming more dangerous and people are reluctant to click on those links.

So guess what? There’s a better way.  You can use Amazon’s own short URL capability.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Find the listing you want to link to on Amazon, for example:

http://www.amazon.com/50-Interviews-Entrepreneurs-Brian-Schwartz/dp/0982290705

Step 2: Copy the # at the end of the URL or the # that appears right after the /dp/

Step 3: Insert the # the follows /dp/ at the end the Amazon Short URL: http://amzn.com/

So using the above example, it would look like this:  http://amzn.com/0982290705

And here’s a link to the Kindle edition of the same book: http://amzn.com/B001ULD5PA

How to link directly to your ebook in the iBookstore

Would you like to add a link directly to your ebook in the iBookstore?

Chances are, if you’ve hired us to do your ebook conversion, you’ve now got your ebook on iTunes in the iBookstore.  So now you want to link directly to it.  The good news is you don’t need a mac accomplish this. Yes, you still need a mac to upload your epub to the iTunes store, but that’s why you hired us, right?

Keep in mind it typically takes 1-2 weeks before new titles submitted to Apple will be live – this is because they actually review every single submission.  So before it goes live, you will see a red dot next to the title which means it’s still In Review status:

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Here’s how you can create a hyperlink directly to your iBook in the iTunes store making it easier for people to purchase your ebook.

Step 1: Login to your Apple iTunes Connect account.

Step 2: Click on ‘Manage Your Books’

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Step 3: Click on the title you want to create the hyperlink for.

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Step 4: Right click on the ‘View on iBooks’ and copy the URL

Looks like this: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-scarf-of-promise/id791393304?ls=1&mt=11

Don’t forget to take advantage of the 50 Promo Codes iBooks offers!

Note:
If there is an issue, you can contact Apple iBooks Pubilsher support at: 1-877-206-2092

That was easy wasn’t it?

About ePubConversions.com: We assist authors and publishers in getting their content and formatted and setup on the major ebook marketplaces (ie. Apple, Amazon, and B&N). We provide the necessary formats to publish directly to your own accounts to retain 100% of the profits from every sale.  We also create beautiful ebook covers and assist authors with print layout and setup for print-on-demand. If you prefer to DIY route, we offer a Word Template that is formatted for direct publishing to Amazon & BN, as well as POD (Print on Demand.  Dozens of tutorials step you through the process of creating a beautiful ebook without the need for any other software. If you are still writing your book, our template is a tremendous benefit and efficiency booster that can save you the cost of hiring an interior book designer.

Best Selling Kindle Books in 2011 that were Self-Published

Another example of how much Amazon an Kindle are transforming the traditional publishing industry, and how accessible publishing is now; 20% of the top 10 best selling Kindle books of 2011 were self-published!

Back in May of 2011, Darcie Chan (a former Coloradoan) self-published her only novel she had written 5 years ago that was rejected by over a dozen publishers.  There is a great article in the Wall Street Journal on her rise to the top, in it they state “…book publishers are losing ground to independent authors and watching their powerful status as literary gatekeepers wither.

Also on the best seller list was The Abbey by Chris Culver, another self-published author.

Wondering which Kindle books are the hot sellers right now? Check out the running Top Seller list here. Interesting to note, that given it’s the start of a new year – Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog is currently in the Top 10.

FYI, I’m hosting a weekly Q&A session through the end of February. The first one is this coming Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 4PM MST. While they are intended to be general Q&A (since I get a lot of the same questions on a daily basis), I plan to spend a portion of the time analyzing and discussing the strategies and tactics these and other best selling authors are using to become top sellers in this new evolving era of digital publishing.  Hope you can join us!

Gmail on your Kindle

Don’t have a data plan on your cell phone?

Want to know a cool work-around of how you can check your email on your Kindle? It works whether you have a wifi or 3G connection.  Check your gmail!

This is from the perspective of using the 3rd Gen (graphite/grey screen) Kindle device (with the built in keyboard).

Just go to the ‘Menu’ from the home screen and choose ‘Experimental.’ You can launch the web browser from there.  Next, go to gmail’s page for mobile devices: http://m.gmail.com

I even used it during a recent trip to Mexico – the international 3G network worked like a charm!

Any website that supports mobile devices is probably going to work well for the Kindle browser.  Often, if a mobile version of a website exists, it’ll appear as http://m.<website>.com – for example: http://m.yahoo.com is one I use a lot.  So even if you are not a gmail user, you still might be able to utilize the ‘experimental’ browser on your Kindle to check your email.

You probably won’t be composing too many emails on your Kindle, but at least you have an option to find out if something important is sitting unread in your inbox.

Need Publicity? Join me at Jill Lublin's workshop in Colorado Springs on Dec. 7

Greetings Authors,

My friend Jill Lublin (Best Selling Author of Guerrilla Publicity) has graciously offered me a couple of spots to bring a guest to her ‘Crash Course in Publicity’ workshop next week in Colorado Springs.  As my guest, you’ll get to attend for a deeply discounted price of only $197 (the regular price is $997). It’s all day Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Dec. 7). See details below, or visit her website for more info.

Additional Details:

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Time: Networking 9:45am Course start 10:00am; End time around 5:30-6:00pm
Where: Center for Powerful Living 635 Southpointe Ct., Suite 220 Colorado Springs, CO, 80906

If you do want to take advantage of this offer and join me, contact Heather at heather@jilllublin.com or call 415-883-5455  and let her know you’d like to register as my friend at the $197 rate that I confirmed with Jill.  There’s only a few slots left and it’s first come, first serve.

Hope to see you there! -Brian