My name is Susan Murrie Macdonald and I am a wordsmith, a rejection slip collector, a ghostwriter of other people’s blogs, and like almost everyone else, a would-be novelist.
After ghostwriting nearly 1,000 blog entries for other people, it occurred to me, now that I’m working on an e-book, that I ought to start blogging myself. I am preparing a collection of western short stories for self-publication as an e-book. I hope to have it ready by Burnsnicht 2016, although I make no promises. I am outlining a romantic thriller, although I have no ETA on when it will be completed. However, when done, I intend to e-publish it rather than submit it to Harlequin. They have a reputation for not overpaying their writers, and in theory, e-published romances have a higher financial yield for their authors than traditionally published romance books.
One of my writing mentors has been providing me with information on e-publishing, and right now, I’m drowning in information overload.
This website had a lot of good information: https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/basics/
So did this one: https://janefriedman.com/how-to-publish-an-ebook/
And this one: http://www.veranazarian.com/goodies/author-utilities/
This one was highly recommended: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,60.0.html
Naturally, every link leads to ten more links, and each of those links leads to more links, until you’ve got too many links to think.
As for cover pictures or illustrations (and what is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?) Pixabay says:
“Images and Videos on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CC0. To the extent possible under law, uploaders of Pixabay have waived their copyright and related or neighboring rights to these Images and Videos. You are free to adapt and use them for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. Although not required, a link back to Pixabay is appreciated.
Since Pixabay does not require a written Model Release for each Image or Video that shows identifiable people, We cannot guarantee that You will be able to use the Content for any purpose You like. Certain Images or Videos may be subject to additional copyrights, property rights, trademarks etc. and may require the consent of a third party or the license of these rights. Pixabay does not represent or make any warranties that it owns or licenses any of the mentioned, nor does it grant them.”
So you’re free to use their pictures, but they won’t guarantee that the photographer (or the model) may or may not sue you later.
At the moment, researching HOW to produce an e-book seems a lot more difficult than the actual writing.