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You can DO IT YOURSELF:Sacred Tree offers competitive and fully comprehensive packages along with personal and professional support to help you get your book and/or eBook out into the world. But if you want to learn this yourself and thus control every aspect of your book project from manuscript to final prints, we offer an extensive range of workshops where we teach you.

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There is a wonderful new system in publishing called -- Print on demand (POD) publishing. This means print runs can be as small as one copy, has revolutionised self-publishing. As evidence, online publisher Thorpe-Bowker’s research shows the number of self-published books in the US has grown by 287 per cent since 2006, totalling more than 235,000 titles in 2012.

There are no comparable figures for Australia, although anecdotal evidence from Australian self-publishing houses suggests there has been a similar boom in self-published books here. There are a number of different self-publishing models authors can choose and it’s worth reviewing the different options before deciding which way to go.

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Digital reading platforms like the iPad, the Nook and Amazon’s Kindle have soared in popularity creating a new and exciting way to disseminate ideas. Readers have become ereaders, selecting most of their reading materials online rather than in stores. In 2009, eBook sales totalled $169.5 million of the $35 billion publishing industry. A report by Forrester Research predicts sales will total $966 million in 2010, and projected to cross the $1 billion line by the end of this year! Most importantly, there is no postage, no packaging and immediate results... not all books can become good eBooks, but many can and it gives you another platform to offer your wisdom to your readers!

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The key to being a successful author is to write! Obviously, you might say, however the next key is to ensure you write your book into the correct kind of format on the software accepted by most, if not all, Publishers.

So often would-be authors fall into the trap of wanting their manuscript or book to “look nice” by using a Publisher package with fancy fonts, pretty decals, spiffy underlining or paragraph separations, headers and footers and more. However, all these pretty little inclusions become an absolute nightmare for the editor or print proof-reader because of their hidden formatting codes. Whilst your book may look nice, and you know that these inclusions can be “deleted” what often happens is that stray formatting codes, unseen by the eye, can upset the whole document. In some cases the fancy font turns into $ or ?marks which you may have seen in some sloppy ePubs or print books. This occurred, usually, because the author was trying to make everything look “nice!” Instead it ended up very messy.