Just a quick note on iTunes Producer use.
- Log in with the client account – not your own!
- Have a copy of the book cover ready – 1440px on the shortest side. Note: landscape vs portrait – it’s not clear yet. I’ve just tried landscape, and will report back how that goes.
- Get ready with your categories: Pick BISAC then drill down to where you want to be placed in the catalogue.
- Have a description ready, and the page count.
- Have the .epub, or .ibooks file(s) ready – you’ll need a sample file too! 10% of the book is fair.
- Know your prices – this is where you’ll be able to set it for all territories. I picked everything (DRM free) and set the price for my UK value (£2.99) which worked out as $4.49. You also have to set a print book price: this is compulsory, so I picked £11.99 (even though there isn’t a print book).
That’s it. Pretty easy. I’ll feedback later as to how the upload and position in the store fares.
After yesterdays full jump into Calibre, today saw none of it. Today was all about picking up my MacBook Pro and mucking about with iBooks Authors. I’ve used this software once before to create a book for the iPad and loved working with it. All day long I’ve been refreshing my memory, digging into the templates and dropping a rough PDF into it. I managed to get a lot done very quickly. 11 pages of my rough book conversion, tbh. I say ‘rough’ because, I’m keen to rebuild my entire book twice. Yes, twice. Why? Because I want to really learn to bash out a book in ultra-quick time, and I believe version 2 will be better (more consistent) that version 1.
That’s dedication for you! What better way to learn, than on the job 🙂
I might get some time to work on it more over the weekend, which I hope I can do, because I came over and said to Avila, how much I loved, loved, loved, working with iBooks Author.
I feel like it is a great culmination of my skill set: design, development, creative writing, technology and software. I feel like I want to turn this into a full service and promote now.
As for yesterday’s Calibre work, that’s going to sit on the back burner for a while – need to prioritise this iBook first!
Lovin’ it – Mark 🙂