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How to guide to using Autharium

 

Getting Started With Autharium

How to Create an Autharium Account

Dashboard Tour

- Dashboard
- My Profile
- My eBooks
- Connections - My Fans and Fan of
- My Library
- My Account
- Comments
- Message Center
- Reviews
- Coupons


Uploading and Formatting Your Work

- How to Upload Your eBook on Autharium
- Formatting Your Book According to Autharium’s Style Rules
- Using the Autharium Editing Tools


Submitting to the Community and Getting Work Published on Autharium

- How to Submit to the Community on Autharium
- How to become Published and Sell Your eBook on Autharium
- Receiving Your Royalties

Reading and Being a Part of the Autharium Community

- How to find an Author on Autharium
- How to find an eBook on Autharium
- How to Comment On an eBook
- How to Review an eBook
- How to Purchase an eBook from Autharium
- How to Become a Fan and Connect To Other Autharium Users
- How to Send and Read Messages to and from Other Autharium Users
- How to Make the Most of the Autharium Community

 

Getting Started With Autharium

 

How to Create an Autharium Account

1.  Have you got a great book that should be published? Do you want to be part of a community where you can read, review, and help edit new eBooks? Then Autharium is the place for you! Create an account by clicking the ‘Join Us’ button on the homepage.

2.  Complete the required fields in the New User panel on the left side of the page, and then click the ‘Sign Up’ button. You will then be whisked away to your Dashboard.

 

Dashboard Tour 

Click on My Dashboard to explore everything you can do within your account:

·Dashboard: Your dashboard is a bit like a home base for your activity on Autharium. The main dashboard page gives an overview of the following pages. Click on their links in the top left corner to view more.

·My Profile: This page allows you to update and edit your profile information. Fill in as much as you want, and add an image that the community can associate with your profile (be sensible—please be careful about your personal information, and do not use any offensive images).

·My eBooks: Here you can create, view and modify any books that you have uploaded to the site by clicking on the image or title of the book you wish to view.

·Connections: Your connections page shows other Autharium users whose work you are a fan of, or users who are your fans.

·My Library: Your library shows which books you have browsed, saved, purchased, reviewed and commented on. This is a great way to track what you have been doing on Autharium.

·My Account: This is where you can edit your password or change the email address you want to associate with Autharium. You can also use this page to connect or disconnect your Autharium account with your Facebook page. Most importantly, you can use this page to tell us the PayPal account that you wish to use in order for us to send you the royalties from your book sales.

·Comments: The comments page allows you to track the comments you have given and received. From here you can look at the books on which you have commented or delete your previous comments.

·Message Center: The message center allows you to send and receive private messages with other Autharium users. You can also connect to and follow other users from this page.

·Reviews: Much like the comments page, the reviews page shows you reviews you have written, or reviews that have been written about your books.

·Coupons: My Coupons. Here you can create exclusive discount coupon codes to give to your readers, competition entrants and use them within your marketing activity to drive additional sales. It's easy to do and totally up to you how much discount you offer. You can even use these to give 100% free copies to reviewers and journalists. You can create discounts in £ or %, name it anything you wish (using up to 15 numbers and letters) and schedule a start and end date. Redeeming them is easy, readers simply enter the unique code within the Autharium checkout coupon code box. You can track how popular these are and see the number of times each coupon has been used too.

Tips
 - Create something easily rememberable

 - Try different discount values
 - Create a different code for each marketing activity so that you can easily distinguish between those that work and those that don't e.g. a Facebook promotion offering an additional 20% off could be called Face20 and free reviewer copies could be called uberreaderfree.

 

Uploading and Formatting Your Work 


How to Upload Your eBook on Autharium

Before you get started with the publication process, you will need three things:  

·  An Autharium account (see How to Create an Autharium Account)

·  A book in electronic format (preferably DOC or DOCX; we also accept EPUB, HTML, LIT, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TCR, and TXT files)

·  A cover image (must be JPEG, PNG or GIF file, at least 1600 pixels wide and 2500 pixels tall, at least 72dpi, and no larger than 4MB)

Once you have all three, just follow the steps below to submit your book to the Autharium community for comments and reviews, or to go straight on to become a published author!

1.  Go to your Dashboard by clicking My Dashboard at the top of the Autharium website. 

2.  Under ‘My eBooks’, click the ‘Upload New eBook’ button.

3.  Click the browse button to select your cover image and your eBook files within the appropriate fields, and then click ‘Upload’. (Be patient! This may take just a few minutes, but is often super quick.) We will send you an email confirmation to let you know when your book has finished uploading and is ready to be reviewed within your ‘My eBooks’ area.

4.  Under the eBook Details tab, fill in the fields for synopsis, tags, category, and language. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

The synopsis will help give your book an identity, and will also provide a ‘first taste’ to draw in more readers. Make sure it is detailed, to-the-point, and doesn’t give away too much of your story’s plot. Try to keep it concise—around 100 words, and make sure to end it in a way that draws in readers. For tips on how to write a great synopsis, click here.

Tags are the main way people will be able to search for your book both on Autharium’s site and on search engines. When creating tags, carefully consider the key things you want to highlight about your story. It’s a good idea to include a genre and one or two sub-genres (i.e. fiction, dark comedy, fantasy) as well as some of the main concepts in your story (i.e. football, addiction, classical music). Keep your tags down to one or two words per tag, and don’t go overboard. As a guide you will probably only need to use five to ten tags. Remember to separate each tag with a comma and leave a space after each comma (fantasy, thriller, like Stephen King).

For the adult content category, use a bit of common sense. This does not mean that your book is only geared toward adult readers, but rather that it contains the sort of thing you wouldn’t want to read with your granny or a nun (or a young kid for that matter)… check the box if your story contains things like explicit sex scenes, depictions of extreme violence or excessive curse words. This will help keep from offending wary readers… and it may even help your book attract more attention!

Choose the category and subcategory that best describe your book. This will help readers decide if your book is the type of thing they want to read. If you think your book belongs to more than one category, then you can just click on the ‘additional category’ link to add it to more categories. 

When you are done filling out the information about your book, click ‘Save’. 

5.  Go back to your Dashboard and click on your newly uploaded book under ‘My eBooks’. You will need to click on your book in order to check that it has uploaded and formatted correctly without any strange errors. (Use the guidelines in the How to Format Your eBook After Uploading section.)

 

Formatting Your Book According to Autharium’s Style Rules 

You are not required to format your book before you upload it to Autharium because this can be done within the site (see Using the Autharium Editing Tools). It’s just a matter of your personal preference.

1.     First off, make yourself a nice cup of tea. Get comfortable and relax. If you follow the steps you will find it really easy.

2.     The most important thing when it comes to formatting for eReaders is to KEEP IT SIMPLE! eReaders use their own styles and a lot of the formatting choices available on common applications like Microsoft Word will not show up on eReaders.

 

The Do Nots – Formatting that will not show up on most eReaders includes the following: 

Font – eReaders use their own default typefaces

Font sizes – these are relative on eReaders to accommodate people who prefer to read larger text

Font colours – text will be in black and white

Margins and excessive indents – margins and indents will be left-justified and set by the eReaders

Page sizes and layouts – page sizes and layouts are relative to eReaders; keep your paragraphs justified to the left

Tables and columns – tables will not show up and columns will be formatted as paragraphs on eReaders; however, they can be changed to images and inserted into your eBook

 

The Dos – Formatting that will show up on eReaders includes the following: 

Paragraphs – If you are using block paragraphs, please have a carriage return between paragraphs. Otherwise, indent each new paragraph (except the first paragraph of a new chapter). 

Bold and italics – you should still check that these have worked after you have uploaded your book to Autharium

Images – these should show up, but there are a few eReaders where they might now (use .jpg, .gif or .png files)

Hyperlinks and other links within your book – these work just like bold and italic formatting, but be sure to check your links after uploading.

o Create a dynamic Table of Contents for your book. This is easy to do using Autharium Online Edtior. From the Format drop-down within the online Editor just highlight the title, chapter or sub-chapter and select the corresponding format from the drop-down box. Once this has been done for everything you wish to appear in the table of contents click save and it will be created dynamically within the Reader.  This allows readers to navigate through your eBook on eReaders, so it’s very important to get it right. 

If uploading a word document the Autharium digital publishing press recognizes Heading 1 as a Chapter and Heading 2 as a Sub Chapter. Only create headings for items you want in your Table of Contents. 

If you have not created a Table of Contents prior to uploading your eBook, follow the Table of Contents instructions above or under step 7 of Using the Autharium Editing Tools.

 

Using the Autharium Editing Tools 

Follow the instructions below to format your eBook using your Autharium dashboard. Remember, you can also edit you book before you submit if you want. Be sure to use the style rules listed under Formatting Your Book According to Autharium’s Style Rules.

1.  From your dashboard, select the eBook you want to edit.

2.  Click on the ‘Review and Edit’ tab at the top of the page.

3.  Note that you can view and make comparisons between different versions of your eBook file using the drop down ‘Version’ menu.

4.  Click the blue ‘Edit’ button at the top of the reader.

5.  Use the toolbar at the top of the page to make formatting changes (hover over each button with your mouse to learn what they all can do). Highlight the text you want to modify and then click on the editing button you want to use.

6.     Type within the eBook window to make text changes.

7.     To create a Table of Contents, highlight the text you want to appear (chapter titles) in your ToC and select ‘Chapter’. To include subheadings within chapters, change the desired text to ‘Sub Chapter’. Remember to only add headings to text you want to see in your Table of Contents. You can remove text from your ToC by highlighting it and changing it from a Heading back to Normal text.

8.     To save and view your eBook, click on the blue ‘Reader’ button at the top of the Modify page.

 

Submitting to the Community and Getting Work Published on Autharium

Now that your book has been edited and is properly formatted for Autharium, you can decide whether to submit your book to the community or to go ahead and publish and sell. Remember, the choice is yours. You can learn more about the differences between the two below:

 

How to Submit to the Community on Autharium 

When you submit your eBook to the Autharium community, it is not published… yet. The community can add comments, make suggestions and write reviews about your book. This is a great option if there are areas of your book that you are unsure about, or if you want to get an idea of how readers might receive your work. You can even comment on sections of your own book if you want to ask specific questions. If you submit your eBook to the community, you can still publish and sell your book later. You will not be asked to pay anything to Autharium for use of the site whilst we are in beta. Publishing, FREE ISBN's, registration, FREE profiles, FREE global distribution, FREE eBook creation, carry no other cost than the 15% net royalties we receive from the sale of your eBooks - you receive the other 85%. We think it is always a good idea to get a bit of editorial advice on your book. A second pair of eyes never hurts. If you want to submit to the community first, then follow the steps below:

1.  After you have uploaded, formatted and saved your eBook, click ‘Release to Community’ at the top of the Reader.

2.  That’s it! Await comments and reviews. Talk about your book in our forums and connect with other Autharium users. If you want feedback from them, be sure to send feedback on their work as well!

 

How to become Published and Sell Your eBook on Autharium 

Publishing and selling your eBook works in 4 easy steps:

1.  After you have Uploaded, Formatted and Saved your eBook, click ‘Publish Options’ at the top of the Reader.

2.  Choose a list price and/or a selling price for your eBook. The list price is the full or highest price at which you want to sell your eBook. The selling price allows you to offer a promotional price for your eBook (you can change this at your leisure).

3.  Autharium will perform quality control checks.

4.  Once your eBook passes quality control checks, we will publish and distribute your eBook throughout the Autharium Retail Distribution Network.

 

Receiving Your Royalties 

1.  You will receive 85% of the net revenue from a book, i.e. 85% of the money we receive from the retailer after taxes and transaction charges have been accounted for. The amount taken by the retailer tends to vary from around 30% of the cover price to up to 50%. If however, you drive readers to your book page and your book is sold directly from Autharium, no retailer charges are applied! This means you receive 85% of a much higher amount!

2.  Add your Paypal account email address to your Autharium account on the My Account page within your dashboard. This is how your royalties will be sent to you. Adding your Paypal account email address does not give Autharium access to your Paypal account, it just lets us know where you want the royalties sent. 

3.  Any royalties for books you have published and sold will be distributed to your PayPal account on a monthly basis. The only exception to this is the first payment, which will come through 3 months after your first sale. This extra waiting period is to allow for refunds, cancellations and the transfer of royalties from partner sites within the Autharium Retail Distribution Network.

 

Reading and Being a Part of the Autharium Community 

How to find an Author on Autharium

1.  Click on Community at the top of the page.

2.  Either type a name in the Community Search bar, or change the ‘Sort By’ and ‘Filter By’ options using the drop down menus.

3.  Note that you can change how many authors appear per row using the ‘View As’ options.

4.  Find the author you are looking for and click on the photo to view their profile.

 

How to find an eBook on Autharium 

1.     Click on Books at the top of the page.

2.     Either type a title in the Book Search bar, or change the ‘Sort By’ and ‘Filter By’ options using the drop down menus, or click on a category or rating from the left side of the page.

3.     Note that you can change how many authors appear per row using the ‘View As’ options.

4.     Find the book you are looking for and click on the cover photo to view more information about the book.

5.     To read, save or share the eBook, select from the options on the right side of the page or under the book cover.

 

How to Comment On an eBook Overall 

1.  Select the eBook on which you would like to comment. (See How to Find an eBook on Autharium.) You need to be logged in to comment on a book.

2.  Enter your comment in the box and then click on the 'Comment' button.

3.  Click the orange save button when you are finished.

4.  To delete a comment, click the x button at the bottom right of the comment, or go to the Comments page on your dashboard.

5.  To like or dislike a comment, click the Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down button at the bottom left of the comment.

6.  To add a sub-comment to another comment, click the Speech Bubble button at the bottom right of the comment, type your comment and click Save.

 

How to Comment On a Specific Portion of Text in an eBook 

1.  Select the eBook on which you would like to comment. You can comment on any of the books that have been Released for feedback by their authors. (See ‘How to Find’ an eBook on Autharium.) You need to be logged in to comment though.

2.     Click Read it Now at the top right of the page.

3.     Highlight the portion of text on which you want to comment, and click the yellow Comment button at the bottom of the reader.

4.     Type your comment and click Save.

5.     To delete a comment, click the x button at the bottom right of the comment, or go to the Comments page on your dashboard.

6.     To like or dislike a comment, click the Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down button at the bottom left of the comment.

7.     To add a sub-comment to another comment, click the Speech Bubble button at the bottom right of the comment, type your comment and click Save.

 

How to Review an eBook  

1.     Select the eBook you want to review. (See How to Find an eBook on Autharium.)

2.     Click Read it Now at the top right of the page.

3.     Scroll to the bottom of the page to the ‘Reviews’ box.

4.     Type your review, the number stars you rate it and then click the blue ‘Add Review’ button.

 

How to Purchase an eBook from Autharium  

Please note that this only applies to published eBooks that are not listed as Free.

1.  Select the eBook you want to purchase. (See How to Find an eBook on Autharium.)

2.  Click the orange ‘Buy Now’ button in the top right of the page within the price details box featuring the Autharium quill. The item will be added to your shopping basket.

3.  Repeat step 2 for any other books you wish to buy or

4.  Click on the orange ‘My Shopping Basket’ button at the top right of the page.

5.  Make any changes you want to the items in your basket, and then click ‘Checkout’ on the right side of the page.

6.  Select your preferred secure method of payment – either Credit card or Paypal – then enter the details as they appear on your card. Click Pay Now. All transactions are secure and encrypted by the Paypal payment gateway.

7.  In a few seconds your payment will have been processed and you will be presented with the order confirmation and download page. From here you can download your book or books in either ePub, Mobi or PDF formats – or all three. This book will also be added to your ‘My Library’ area for you to download or read online at a later date if you wish.

 

How to Become a Fan and Connect To Other Autharium Users 

1.     Select the person you want to connect to. (See How to Find an Author on Autharium.)

2.     Click the Follow orange '+' button under their photograph on their profile page.

3.     You can view and manage your connections in the Connections page of your dashboard.

 

How to Send and Read Messages to and from Other Autharium Users   

1.     From your dashboard, click on ‘Message Center’. To read messages from other users, click a message in the ‘Received’ section. To send messages to other users, click ‘Click Here to Send’ in the ‘Send’ section. Select the user you wish to contact, type your message and then click ‘Send Message’.

2.   OR you can view the profile of the person you want to send a message to. Click ‘Contact User’ white speech bubble under their profile photograph, type your message and click ‘Send Message’.

 

How to Make the Most of the Autharium Community   

The best way to use everything Autharium has to offer is to simply be a part of the community! To get the most out of the community we recommend the following tips:

 

·  First and foremost, be nice to other Autharium users. The point of this community is to help others who want to publish their books, and we want to foster a friendly and positive social experience.

·  Read, comment on and review other books on a regular basis. Not only will this help inspire you in your writing, but also it will make you more prevalent in the community and other users will likely do the same for you. Offer constructive criticism and suggestions when you think you can help someone, and let others you know like a book by adding a review.

·  Comment on your own books with questions to help get the conversation started. If you are unsure about a passage or theme in your book, ask for suggestions.

·  Answer messages and queries about your work promptly, and be sure to be a part of the conversation. People will continuously go back to read and help you polish your books if you keep the discussion alive.

·  Follow users with similar types of books as you, but also try to explore a diverse mix of the eBooks on Autharium. You might open up to a new genre you never knew you liked, or you might do the same for someone else!

·  Share authors and books you like on Facebook and Twitter to help Autharium writers gain more publicity.

 

 

 

 

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