Cover to Cover #456: DIY EBooks (We're Not Dead Yet!)

The boys are back in town!

Mike M and Mike S jump back in the saddle, chatting about what they did on their extended summer vacations.

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Stackpole went to a few conventions (Gencon, Origins), and published his first digital original book, Perfectly Invisible, the first book in his new "Homeland Security Services" series.

Mennenga stretched his muscles as a TV show director with the new and improved Slice of SciFi TV, and maybe Stackpole will show up as well.

Cover to Cover update: Mike M received some good news over the summer, reclaiming the rights to his story Mistress of the Dragon, and part of what you'll hear on upcoming episodes will be journeying with Mike and Mike on how to DIY for preparing their books for digital distribution, and hopefully helping C2C listeners avoid common mistakes and missteps that have plagued self-published books and ebooks.

Brandon in VA asks the same questions, wondering what he should do with a poorly edited manuscript that the company wants to market and sell as-is when he isn't satisfied with as-is.

Starting in January, follow along with the guys as they delve into some "best practices" for writers who want to self-publish and digitally distribute their own works, from preparation to production to marketing and sales.

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  1. Great to have you guys back! 🙂

    I am also planning my own e-book release this spring, so I will follow your progress with great interest.

  2. Fantastic to hear you guys again! Congrats to Mike M. for getting his book rights back. (and I'm a fairly regular Slice of Sci-Fi listener, another great podcast)

    I'll be listening to your forthcoming episodes with great interests as I participate in my first NaNoWriMo which I've used to help me stick to my writing my second book. My goal - whether I succeed or fail, I will do it anyway - is to try to finish, edit, re-edit, and polish the project until it become the kind of book I would want to try reading.

    Once again, so glad you are back!

  3. Good to see a new podcast. Enjoyed every episode since I discovered it a little over a year ago, and have been missing it these last few months.

  4. WOO HOO! So glad that you guys are back, and I'm super excited to see where the new direction is going to take the podcast.

    I think it's wonderful how positive and encouraging you are about authors self-publishing. After shopping a longer-than-average short story for almost two years and not finding a home for it, I self-published and released "Bespoke" on the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con, and I can honestly say, I had the brass ovaries to do it thanks to you guys!

    Happy Holidays and thank you for all your hard work!