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Free Book: Love Story of a War Bride in Canada’s North

Perfect Valentine’s Gift – doesn’t make fat, doesn’t wither, doesn’t cost anything…

Kathleen’s Cariole Ride 

Kathleen, a courageous British women who made immense personal sacrifices, left everything behind – family, friends and way of life – to follow her husband in 1927, as (probably) the last war bride from WWI right into the Northern Canadian Wildernis to help evangelize the First Nation Indians.

War brides, moved thousands of miles away – usually to Canadian cities, villages and farms – joining their husband, a man they barely knew. Kathleen’s future husband, a minister, worked and lived on the extremely remote reservation of  Oxford House, Manitoba, in Canada’s northern wilderness, close to Hudson Bay.

After Margaret Kell Virany’s parents died, she found diaries, photographs and love letters that let us peek into a fascinating social history, describing challenges and details of pioneer life on this Northern reserve and struggle in a minister’s family.

Many touching stories and exciting details include canoe trips along the old fur trade route, generous native neighbors, a dangerous journey to the hospital in mid-winter on a horse drawn toboggan to deliver her baby, life-threatening forest fires and pre-television social life.

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e-Book or Paper Book – Where Do You Earn More?

As a novice self-publisher you might have started out with e-books, but at some point just too many inquires call for a paper version. Then the question comes up:  shall I use a book printer or go the POD (print on demand) publishing route?

Get as many quotes from book printers and digital printers as possible in order to compare them with prices and royalties from PODs.  Check out the quality of books printed and bound when you do your comparison of the printers.  Digital printers are often located in university areas or can be found on the internet. 

CreateSpace, POD, a branch of Amazon, offers a handy calculator:

As a book example I typed in:
$9.99 as retail price, interior black&white with bleed, 128 pages and a trim size of 6×9 inches.

Result:  Your royalties could vary from $1.61 to $5.61 – depending on where and in which format your book is sold.  CreateSpace is the manufacturer and aggregator (and uploads your book to retailers) at the same time.  The sales channel percentage is deducted from your book’s list price, depending on the sales channel the book is sold: CreateSpace e-Store (e-book) 20%, Amazon 40% and through expanded distribution channel 60%.

CreateSpace has a “Pro Plan” which is an annual title subscription that provides authors with the opportunity to earn a larger royalty share on their title, reduce your book’s manufacturing fees, and gain access to the Expanded Distribution Channel (optional). You can upgrade your book to Pro Plan at any time for $39.00. After your first year, you pay just $5.00 annually for each of your Pro Plan titles.


Paper Book Amazon:

With the Pro Plan – Royalty = $3.61 (CS share $6.38*)

Without the Pro Plan – Royalty =$1.93 (CS share $8.06*)

Paper Book Expanded Distribution (Wholesale & Book Retailers):

Only with the Pro Plan – Royalty = $1.61 (CS share 8.38*)

(*CreateSpace Share (CS) is for formatting ebooks or printing paper books). However they are not the only ones who can format and upload your books to Sony, Diesel or Chapters (Canada) and handle the payments: and are other options. Yet for paper books CreateSpace seems to be a convenient option.

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What are the E-Book Royalty Rates for, Barnes & Noble and Apple?

Comparison of the maximum eBook royalty rates offered by, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, etc. This is the percent of the book’s list price that the publisher (or you, if self-publishing) will receive if an eBook is sold through the following vendors:

List Price Barnes & Noble Apple
FREE 0% 0% 0%
$0.99-$2.98 35% 40% 70%
$2.99-$9.99 70% 65% 70%
$10-$199.99 35% 40% 70%

Amazon: For e-books between $2.99-$9.99, Amazon has a delivery charge. For each book sold, it subtracts $0.15 per MB of the book’s size from the list price, after which it calculates royalties. Books <$2.99 or >$9.99 don’t have a delivery charge, but they do have certain size requirements. Books $0-$0.99 are supposed to be ❤ MB, books $1-$1.99 are supposed to be 3<MB<10, and books $2-$2.98 are supposed be >10 MB in size in order to qualify for 35% royalties.

CreateSpace e-Store (e-book):

With the Pro Plan – Royalty = $5.61 (CS share $4.38)
Without the Pro Plan – Royalty = $3.93 (CS share $6.06)

Provided you have a professionally edited and formatted e-book with an appealing cover, you can upload direct to Amazon, which gives you one additional dollar more on royalty per e-book sold -always worthwhile for a successful book!


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The near Future of Books

Kindle Reader

Kindle e-Reader

Myriads of articles have already been written about the Kindle, Nook and iPad and how they have revolutionized the way people read. Many experts are forecasting that more than 90% of books will go straight to a digital state in the future. More interactive, dynamic literature shows up on e-Readers. Consumers flock to these devices for their ease of use, durability, portability and the fact that they clear up plenty of space on living room shelves.

Authors will grow even more media-savvy
The gap between readers and their favorite authors becomes more and more narrow. Through Facebook, Twitter, foren and blogs, writers can completely bypass the agents and managers and publishers and go straight to the readers themselves. Authors feel as if the trend will continue, they need a viable internet life. Failure to do so, they fear, compromises their chances of getting picked up for publication and capturing the interest of readers — and their money. The industry will probably experience an upswing of writers eagerly embracing social media and blogging in order to promote their work.

Memoirs expand as a genre
Autobiography and memoirs have always been around, but over the past few years have enjoyed more and more popularity — even blending with other genres such as business and travel guides, self-help and how-to books, comics and plenty more. Books will no longer have a minimum length, writers now have a platform to release the works they want people to read on their own terms.


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The e-book market is truly global now

Statement from an independent publisher (300 new titles per year):

“E-books combined with social media have opened up many new markets.”
“Kindle is the heavyweight, and we can’t wait for them to expand further.”
“This year through Kobo alone we’ve sold books in UK, USA, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Hong Kong, and India.
“iBooks through Apple is also proving good in Canada – enough so for us to recently launch a Canadian website.”

“There are improvements in physical books too. The databases have improved significantly within, and between, the online retailers. For example loading a book up with Amazon now gets the book visible wherever Amazon are – UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Japan.”

Exciting times!

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in e-Books, Publishing


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