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Copy Entire Booksmart version for Editing
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Hi, I used Booksmart to edit the latest version of my novel, but now I want to proof it by checking spelling and grammer. Is there a way to copy the entire book. I tried copy all, but it just selects by chapter, not the entire book. I want to copy the entire book so I can proof it in Word.

 

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Aug 4, 2013 9:27am PDT
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Payment to Sellers - How long will Blurb hold onto your profits?
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 I have sold a few books, but not recently. The last book i sold was a few months ago. I have not yet reached the minimal amount of $25 until Blurb sends me a cheque. So, my profits are sitting there waiting until I reached the $25 mark. My only book is on hold for editing and I won’t be selling any copies in the near future. My question is, how long does Blurb hold onto your profits, is it forever, a year, 6 months?

If you are wondering why I have not reached the $25 mark, it is hard for me to make a sizeable profit on my book, which is a "pocket novel". By the time I cover the base price and shipping cost, without adding my profit to the total we are looking at $18. Who wants to pay more than that for a softcover pocket novel – not even family and friends are willing to pay $20 for a soft cover pocket novel. So, taking into blurb cost and shipping, I have had to sell my book at profits of $2 at a time.

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Oct 31, 2012 9:36am PDT
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How many views, sales and staff picks have you received?
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Hi, I published my book, a novel, back in July 2011.

Sorry to say, but you have to direct people to your book. Blurb does not do this for you. You can do this by email invite, twitter, facebook, – I even printed out business cards to hand put personally.

All of my sales are to people I know – family, friends etc – even then some friends who said they were going to buy never did.  I recently got onto twitter and had the link to my book in my twitter profile – my blurb "views" skyrocketed, but alas no sales. (and my book is only $10 + shipping) or ebook for $6. 

It’s hard to sell your book for $18 (including shipping) or $6 for ipad ebook when people are paying $1 for kindle versions of novels.

At least from my experience, there have been no sales from strangers who randomly stumbled across my book in the blurb bookstore.

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May 16, 2012 1:59pm PDT
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Coupons for Blurb publishers
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Unfortunately Blurb does not offer a coupon to the public to buy books.It only has coupons for the author to use on their own books.

I know it would make sense to offer a coupon to the public (your customers) – it would raise sales for both blurb and the author, but for some reason blurb does not do this.

What I do is order a bunch of my own books using a coupon then resell them to my customers. The only problem is that this does not generate sates for me through blurb in "My Sales"

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Feb 15, 2012 9:38am PDT
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Can't open my book on ipad
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I can see my ebook on the bookshelf on my ipad (ibooks app), but it won’t open when I press on it, any suggestions.

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Feb 10, 2012 7:17am PDT
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Share your book marketing ideas here
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I made up business cards which have a picture of my book, and tells people that it can be previewed and purchased on blurb. I hand the cards out when the opportunity strikes. I have sold a couple books this way, despite giving lots out at a book show, etc.

I am not sure if people are just not interested, or if they can’t be bothered to sign up to blurb to purchase the book. 

What I have learned is that just because you wrote a book, even the people who know you still might not want to buy it. 

 

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Dec 25, 2011 8:54am PDT
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Thanks Blurb
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I know we complain a lot about blurb in the forums, but I think its nice to say something good once in a while, so I am thanking blurb for the recent discount code of up to $9.99 of shipping when ordering a book.

I took advantage of this recent offer, and ordered 1 copy of my novel, which only ended up costing me ten dollars and change. If it wasn’t for this offer I know I would not have put in an order at all, even if they offered the usual 20% off.

I will probably give the book away as a Christmas present.

The discount on shipping was too good to pass up. thanks blurb.

 

 

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Dec 8, 2011 7:18am PDT
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Wanted: interview subject for hipster holiday present magazine feature!
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I have used blurb in 2 ways, one to publish a 230 page novel, and one to publish a photo book for my mother’s 50th birthday. Both took time but were as easy to use as normal desktop publishing program or Word.

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Dec 6, 2011 1:38pm PDT
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Price rise
Ordering and Shipping

After reading the Staff note, Nov 11, I am still not sure why I am charged a book tax at point of order. I live in Canada, which does not fit the reason for charging me a tax or for the VAT fee,

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Nov 15, 2011 10:16am PDT
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Changing margins
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I followed the blurb guidelines for margin sizes, they are equal on both sides. Also the paragraphs are justified.

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Nov 7, 2011 6:26pm PDT
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Self-published to the iBookstore, already selling around the world
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Looks good Mel, I would like to do the same thing with my novel, how did you get it as a page right on the apple store?

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Nov 7, 2011 10:21am PDT
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eBook Option Disappeared
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Last week I had the option to purchase my book as an ebook, now only the book version is available. What happened to my ebook option? I had set the public price and everything.

 

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Nov 4, 2011 1:09pm PDT
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e-books
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I want to see my book on the ipad before I announce to potential customers that it is available on the ipad, unfortunately, I don’t own an ipad, and the only person I know who owns one is not motivated in buying a copy. I do own a Kobo, but blurb is not on Kobo and other ebooks (yet).

I discovered with my printed book that I need to proof the book first for weird publishing quirks before I let the public buy the copy. With my published book that if a contracted word at the end of a sentence, blurb would put the split up the contraction – for example  can’ t, the t would be on the next line. 

I had to correct all of these (even though it did not show up on Word) – so, I wan to make sure my book looks good on the ipad before I direct people to blurb to buy it in this format.

I do however, think ebook is a great idea, I make a lot more profit on ebook than printed format.

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Nov 4, 2011 8:50am PDT
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Price rise
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Due to the price increase I too am ordering fewer copies of my own book. In the end I get fewer books for the same price.

What I do in some cases is buy a few copies of my book, then resel them to my interested customers. People are not always interested in the process of buying online – setting up a blurb account, paying, then waiting for delivery (lets not even get into prices for shipping, book tax etc).

If I was blurb though I would be concerned about authors selling their own books. Blurb would make more money if the customer bought the book directly from blurb – but the price for the public is just too much, so instead authors buy the book at their own price, and in most cases uses a discount code.

It would make a lot more sense if blurb offered incentives right to the public to buy books off of blurb.

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Nov 1, 2011 11:40am PDT
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Price rise
Ordering and Shipping

Due to the price increase I too am ordering fewer copies of my own book. In the end I get fewer books for the same price.

What I do in some cases is buy a few copies of my book, then resel them to my interested customers. People are not always interested in the process of buying online – setting up a blurb account, paying, then waiting for delivery (lets not even get into prices for shipping, book tax etc).

If I was blurb though I would be concerned about authors selling their own books. Blurb would make more money if the customer bought the book directly from blurb – but the price for the public is just too much, so instead authors buy the book at their own price, and in most cases uses a discount code.

It would make a lot more sense if blurb offered incentives right to the public to buy books off of blurb.

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Nov 1, 2011 11:40am PDT
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Need help adding a photo for my front cover
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There are a lot of royalty free photo sites out there – you pay for the picture and its yours. I got my picture from istockphoto for about $4

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Oct 31, 2011 6:06am PDT
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Kindle your book
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From my own investigation, blurb will publish on ipad/iphone only, (at that just started this week). To publish on kindle and the other ebook formats you would have to look at Amazon.com/createspace etc and use their publishing and submission process.

 

 

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Oct 18, 2011 5:29pm PDT
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Please give me tips on my book Life after Death
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I have done extra edits of my book Vacancy (not including all the edits before I first published it with blurb). You might want to proof for spelling and grammar ( I have not looked at your book, so everything might be fine). Just from experience, I am saying, there are always one or two words or printing glitches that make the book not perfect. I rushed my book to print, and since have done 2 additional submission since my first one.

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Oct 11, 2011 6:20am PDT
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Price rise
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Wendy, as far as I know the "discounts" you mention are for the author not the public. This tells me that blurb is not interested in selling books to the public, just getting money from the author who published with blurb.

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Oct 4, 2011 1:39pm PDT
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Blurb Prices Up
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WIth the price increase, I will be reluctant to steer my customers towards blurb to buy my book. I might look elsewhere to publish my novel.

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Oct 4, 2011 1:35pm PDT
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Price Increase
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Well this SUCKS. Good thing I read the forums or else I would not have known about the price increase either. I just had to drop the "public" price on my book which means I make less of a profit, not that I make much now. I don’t feel comfortable charging people any more by the time the shipping is added on.

The end result is fewer books sold for us and blurb.

I am writting another book, and now will have to reconsider using blurb.

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Oct 4, 2011 1:33pm PDT
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Book Metrics - Visits
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This could be an easy question to answer. In the Book Metrics feature, for Visits, what does blurb clasify as a "visit" is it when someone previews your book?, or does it include if you just have a look at your own "Your Blurb" page. If it include you looking at your own page, then this is not really helpful, I want to know how many people preview my book.

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Oct 1, 2011 6:23am PDT
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Changing margins
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I published a novel. I followed the submission guidelines for margin size, which calls for equal sized margins for left and right. Now that I have my printed copy, the margins are noticeably different in size. The interior margin on the page is big, the exterior margin (on the edge of the page) is smaller.

Is there a way to change the margin sizes within Booksmart?

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Sep 23, 2011 4:27am PDT
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anyone sold any books?
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I just published my book July 31. I have only sold books to family, and only a couple copies. My book is a novel so the price is low, $9.95 public. It is the shipping that jacks up the price.

It is entirely up to the author to market. I see blurb ads on other websites, but I don’t think it is advertised as an on-line bookstore.

 I did an interview in the local newspaper and afterwards, an aquaintance bought a copy after seeing the article.

When I approach people (book stores, publishers,etc) they ask for a business card, so I just made one up myself to hand out.

I am in a book show/ writers festival this weekend.

I have posted on facebook.

What you really have to do is get the word out in as many ways as possible. You are the marketing department for your book.

I belong to a group on facebook, they are really helpful the group is "writers unboxed".

I think blurb is just a starting point, you can then branch out to ebooks, amazon, etc.

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Sep 7, 2011 11:30am PDT
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Blurb Promotional Items
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Thanks Tony, I did that yesterday. I got a brief response back that my question was going to be given to the marketing department and if they have an answer they will get back to me.

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Sep 1, 2011 6:05am PDT
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