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Hi, My name is Victoria an I have just joined WA after having sold my small shop in the beautiful city of York, UK.

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Authoring & Writing Content

I have a word document which I would like to turn into an e-book. The e-book will need to have pictures as backgrounds as well as thumbnails. I would also want the content to b

You can use Microsoft Word PDF format. Check it out at Amazon.com.
Ed

Thank you.

Hi Victoria, this is a very good question; you've received answers that will be helpful to many WA members. I see from the answers than an e-book can be protected with a password. But it's also important to protect your work in another way, by registering the the copyright with the Library of Congress (if you're in the U.S.A.). Anyone can do this themselves; they have tutorials and FAQ pages on their website. You can do it online for a modest fee, attaching a copy of your work. Contrary to popular belief, there is no provision in U.S. law for a so-called "common-law copyright" where you mail a copy of the work to yourself, keeping the envelope sealed after you receive it.

Registering copyright should protect you if someone plagiarizes the whole work or significant amounts of it word for word. It MAY NOT protect you if someone steals not only the basic idea, but many specific ideas from your work, and is clever enough to change the writing style, the order the ideas are presented, and other details. Plagiarism is very difficult to prove in court unless someone copies significant portions of your work word for word, especially if they have a good lawyer. I know about this from an experience that happened in my family. I know I'm digressing and I don't want to be a downer. The chance of someone plagiarizing your e-book is negligible. Best wishes, Amanda :-)

Thank you very much for the insight Amanda - much appreciated.
Regards
Victoria

You're welcome!

For all my ebooks, I outsource and send them a word copy of my ebooks. They use InDesign and include my images and convert to PDF. The ebooks I charge for are protected with a password, revealed only to the buyer and InDesign allows protection against copying and pasting. I also outsource a graphic designer for stunning ebook covers. A great cover design (and title) will increase sales.

If you plan on writing ebooks learning to use InDesign is a great asset if you can't afford to outsource a professional. Personally, I've tinkered with InDesign but it's time consuming to learn and unless you use it on a regular basis it's easy to forget it's functions.

I'd be interested to see your book when you've finished it ;)

Keep up the good work...

George.

Thank you George - I will look into InDesign and see whether I would feel comfortable with it.
Great advice re outsourcing in order to get a professional end result too!!
I will let you have a copy once it's fully completed.
Thanks again
Victoria

Almost all eBook formats are in PDF. You can simply use Word to convert to a PDF but it will not be "protected" unless you pay for some software. Perhaps you could find someone on Fiverr to convert with passwords or whatever you would like for $5?

BTW, In the past I published a magazine - we always created it in PowerPoint and then converted it to PDF. The layout and pictures came out much better.

Thank you - I hadn't thought of using PowerPoint and then converting it to PDF - I will give it a try and see what I get. I considered Fiver but the ebook is quite long therefore would end up quite costly.

Thanks agai
Victoria

PowerPoint is a lot easier for layout. I am not suggesting using Fiverr to create it but to convert and have it protected. I am sure someone would do that for the $5.

Thank you. I tried Fiver but they quoted $5 per page to convert which is why I am hoping to do this myself. At least for the first book!!!

Vic. I find that somewhat hard to believe... I did a quick search using the terms: 'convert files password protect" and lots came up.

Thanks - I will request the job again. I thought it was a bit over the top considering that when all pictures are inserted - it will be around 40 pages long.
Thanks again
Victoria

Don't request a job - you will get taken. Look for someone offering the gig instead.

Great - Thanks for the advice.

Hi Vic, It depends on what you want to do with the ebook? place it on Amazon as a downloadable only? and/or Print on demand? You'll need to create it as an EPUB book. Or will you use it to sell on your own site? You can simply have it as a PDF on your own site or landing page. I have always used http://www.shutterstock.com/ for images since they are more economical than others with outstanding images.

Best of luck!

George.

Thank you for your suggestions. I will want the ebook to be downloaded from my website but also to be sold through the likes of Amazon. As far as images go I am all sorted so it's just a question of finding the best way forward.

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Suggestions re creating an ebook?

Suggestions re creating an ebook?

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Authoring & Writing Content

I have a word document which I would like to turn into an e-book. The e-book will need to have pictures as backgrounds as well as thumbnails. I would also want the content to b

You can use Microsoft Word PDF format. Check it out at Amazon.com.
Ed

Thank you.

Hi Victoria, this is a very good question; you've received answers that will be helpful to many WA members. I see from the answers than an e-book can be protected with a password. But it's also important to protect your work in another way, by registering the the copyright with the Library of Congress (if you're in the U.S.A.). Anyone can do this themselves; they have tutorials and FAQ pages on their website. You can do it online for a modest fee, attaching a copy of your work. Contrary to popular belief, there is no provision in U.S. law for a so-called "common-law copyright" where you mail a copy of the work to yourself, keeping the envelope sealed after you receive it.

Registering copyright should protect you if someone plagiarizes the whole work or significant amounts of it word for word. It MAY NOT protect you if someone steals not only the basic idea, but many specific ideas from your work, and is clever enough to change the writing style, the order the ideas are presented, and other details. Plagiarism is very difficult to prove in court unless someone copies significant portions of your work word for word, especially if they have a good lawyer. I know about this from an experience that happened in my family. I know I'm digressing and I don't want to be a downer. The chance of someone plagiarizing your e-book is negligible. Best wishes, Amanda :-)

Thank you very much for the insight Amanda - much appreciated.
Regards
Victoria

You're welcome!

For all my ebooks, I outsource and send them a word copy of my ebooks. They use InDesign and include my images and convert to PDF. The ebooks I charge for are protected with a password, revealed only to the buyer and InDesign allows protection against copying and pasting. I also outsource a graphic designer for stunning ebook covers. A great cover design (and title) will increase sales.

If you plan on writing ebooks learning to use InDesign is a great asset if you can't afford to outsource a professional. Personally, I've tinkered with InDesign but it's time consuming to learn and unless you use it on a regular basis it's easy to forget it's functions.

I'd be interested to see your book when you've finished it ;)

Keep up the good work...

George.

Thank you George - I will look into InDesign and see whether I would feel comfortable with it.
Great advice re outsourcing in order to get a professional end result too!!
I will let you have a copy once it's fully completed.
Thanks again
Victoria

Almost all eBook formats are in PDF. You can simply use Word to convert to a PDF but it will not be "protected" unless you pay for some software. Perhaps you could find someone on Fiverr to convert with passwords or whatever you would like for $5?

BTW, In the past I published a magazine - we always created it in PowerPoint and then converted it to PDF. The layout and pictures came out much better.

Thank you - I hadn't thought of using PowerPoint and then converting it to PDF - I will give it a try and see what I get. I considered Fiver but the ebook is quite long therefore would end up quite costly.

Thanks agai
Victoria

PowerPoint is a lot easier for layout. I am not suggesting using Fiverr to create it but to convert and have it protected. I am sure someone would do that for the $5.

Thank you. I tried Fiver but they quoted $5 per page to convert which is why I am hoping to do this myself. At least for the first book!!!

Vic. I find that somewhat hard to believe... I did a quick search using the terms: 'convert files password protect" and lots came up.

Thanks - I will request the job again. I thought it was a bit over the top considering that when all pictures are inserted - it will be around 40 pages long.
Thanks again
Victoria

Don't request a job - you will get taken. Look for someone offering the gig instead.

Great - Thanks for the advice.

Hi Vic, It depends on what you want to do with the ebook? place it on Amazon as a downloadable only? and/or Print on demand? You'll need to create it as an EPUB book. Or will you use it to sell on your own site? You can simply have it as a PDF on your own site or landing page. I have always used http://www.shutterstock.com/ for images since they are more economical than others with outstanding images.

Best of luck!

George.

Thank you for your suggestions. I will want the ebook to be downloaded from my website but also to be sold through the likes of Amazon. As far as images go I am all sorted so it's just a question of finding the best way forward.

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Website Development & Programming

Hi

Would anyone know if membership plugins are now accepted by WA since the availability to purchase domain names here?

I previously had to move a website away from

Good question. Thanks for asking!

I can't report any further yet as I am still awaiting a reply.

I would contact support and ask them, especially since buying domains here is very new

HI Katie, I have sent in a support ticket now and they have passed it onto Carson- so I will wait for his reply.
Thanks
Victoria

Due mostly to security issues, certain plugins are not permitted at WA. , that was the explanation I received from Kyle, as WA hosting does boast the highest security measures
Hope this helped
Joseph

Hi Jozeph and thanks for the reply. The Plugin I must have on my website is Private Content - so hopefully either Mark Tait or someone else can let me know either way

Thanks again
Victoria

Hi Victoria.

I'm not sure about the connections not allowed here - I have had issues in the past with plugins that connect out to other services - but I understand that those may be restricted, as they could cause unknown bandwidth to be used, which could affect other people using the services.

As for membership plugins, if you have one in mind, post it here, or to support - and I'm certain anyone that's tried to use it will confirm if it works ok here.

All the best, Mark

Hi, thank you very much for replying to my question. The Plugin is Private Content and InstaMember.

I would love to be able to move my hosting to WA or this particular website but without the plugins - Private Content in partiular, I can't run the website.

Thanks again

Victoria

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Does anyone know if we can have membership plugins?

Does anyone know if we can have membership plugins?

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Website Development & Programming

Hi

Would anyone know if membership plugins are now accepted by WA since the availability to purchase domain names here?

I previously had to move a website away from

Good question. Thanks for asking!

I can't report any further yet as I am still awaiting a reply.

I would contact support and ask them, especially since buying domains here is very new

HI Katie, I have sent in a support ticket now and they have passed it onto Carson- so I will wait for his reply.
Thanks
Victoria

Due mostly to security issues, certain plugins are not permitted at WA. , that was the explanation I received from Kyle, as WA hosting does boast the highest security measures
Hope this helped
Joseph

Hi Jozeph and thanks for the reply. The Plugin I must have on my website is Private Content - so hopefully either Mark Tait or someone else can let me know either way

Thanks again
Victoria

Hi Victoria.

I'm not sure about the connections not allowed here - I have had issues in the past with plugins that connect out to other services - but I understand that those may be restricted, as they could cause unknown bandwidth to be used, which could affect other people using the services.

As for membership plugins, if you have one in mind, post it here, or to support - and I'm certain anyone that's tried to use it will confirm if it works ok here.

All the best, Mark

Hi, thank you very much for replying to my question. The Plugin is Private Content and InstaMember.

I would love to be able to move my hosting to WA or this particular website but without the plugins - Private Content in partiular, I can't run the website.

Thanks again

Victoria

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Getting Started

I wanted to go over the Certification course material again but I can only see Course 1. Are courses 2 to 5 not available any longer? If yes, how can I access them?

Thank

They should be on the left, under where you go to log into your websites and upgrade to yearly buttons are . If you don't see them then contact support for help.

Thank you - I eventually found them. Must have been having a senior moment!!!

What they said :)
Gary

Click on Certification Courses on the left. It will bring a drop down menu listing all 5 levels.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

On your bio to the left

Right

Thanks

You bet

In the left column of your profile page, find the "Certification Courses". Click it and it will give you the drop down list of courses. 2 and 5 are there. (at least they should be, they are on my screen)

Thank you.

Look under the green, blue black buttons on the left, there is certification courses, there you can choose which one you like to see
Training

My History
Classrooms
Certification Courses

Thank you Loes, Not sure why I didn't see them - but they are all there!!! I must have been having a senior moment!!!

I am here now 18 months and still find new things now and then:)

Thank you -

Hmm nope I can se it. Try to go one by one on clicking on free button.

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Can't find certification courses 2 to 5, where are they?

Can't find certification courses 2 to 5, where are they?

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Getting Started

I wanted to go over the Certification course material again but I can only see Course 1. Are courses 2 to 5 not available any longer? If yes, how can I access them?

Thank

They should be on the left, under where you go to log into your websites and upgrade to yearly buttons are . If you don't see them then contact support for help.

Thank you - I eventually found them. Must have been having a senior moment!!!

What they said :)
Gary

Click on Certification Courses on the left. It will bring a drop down menu listing all 5 levels.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

On your bio to the left

Right

Thanks

You bet

In the left column of your profile page, find the "Certification Courses". Click it and it will give you the drop down list of courses. 2 and 5 are there. (at least they should be, they are on my screen)

Thank you.

Look under the green, blue black buttons on the left, there is certification courses, there you can choose which one you like to see
Training

My History
Classrooms
Certification Courses

Thank you Loes, Not sure why I didn't see them - but they are all there!!! I must have been having a senior moment!!!

I am here now 18 months and still find new things now and then:)

Thank you -

Hmm nope I can se it. Try to go one by one on clicking on free button.

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Getting Started

I am trying to join Linkshare (now Rakuten Marketing) but I just can't see how I can become an affiliate. Can anyone please point me in the right direction?

Thank you

Denise is right. I'm with Rakuten and did it by finding a Rakuten member first and then applied to their affiliate program through Rakuten. Why don't you try www.chroniclebooks.com and see if you can access them through that member link. Good luck

Thank you.

I have link share but it's through a company that I applied to as an affiliate. My suggestion is to find an affiliate with your website niche. Your chances are better to get approved. Hope this is a help.

Thank you - I had joined and all is well. I just wasn't sure whether I would be classed as publisher - which it seems I am.

I also am a Publisher at linkshare... but I have so many others I use it very little.

Hi an thanks your reply.I too am an affilaite for a few others but someone suggested Linkshare so thought I would browse through and check what was available. If you have suggestions of good programs I would appreciate your advice. Thanks

Hello Barry, I am a Rakuten affiliate. Check below. Perhaps it may help.

Go to the Rakuten Affiliate Network Publisher Help Center: https://rakutenlinkshare.zendesk.com/hc for more tips and information on ways to increase your commissions!

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact us via Email using this form: https://rakutenlinkshare.zendesk.com/hc/articles/201695777 or contact us by phone at 888-880-8430.

Did you go here?
https://signup.linkshare.com/publishers/registration/landing

Hi Barry and thanks your reply. I have been to that page but thought that was specifically for Publishers. I would like to become a affiliate - do you think that would that be on a separate link?

You ARE a publisher.

Ok - great. Thank you.

Have you tried this page already? http://marketing.rakuten.com/affiliate-marketing

That looks like the place to go.

Hi and thank you for your reply. I have been to that page however I can't see where an affiliate can sign up. I can see a place for Publishers to sign up but not affiliates.
Thanks again
Victoria

Hey, Victoria! It's possible "Publishers" in this case is the same thing as an affiliate.

Some companies just like to use fancy wording, like those terrible MLM companies like to call their victims things like "Sales rep", "business partner", etc.

Sorry, a bit of bitterness there! I know Linkshare is obviously not in the same basket as those companies.

Anyway, try going through the sign up process and see what it's all about. It may be just as I said about, a different name for us, or something entirely different.

Thank you. I will try it now and see how it goes.

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Trying to join linkshare, can someone please help?

Trying to join linkshare, can someone please help?

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Getting Started

I am trying to join Linkshare (now Rakuten Marketing) but I just can't see how I can become an affiliate. Can anyone please point me in the right direction?

Thank you

Denise is right. I'm with Rakuten and did it by finding a Rakuten member first and then applied to their affiliate program through Rakuten. Why don't you try www.chroniclebooks.com and see if you can access them through that member link. Good luck

Thank you.

I have link share but it's through a company that I applied to as an affiliate. My suggestion is to find an affiliate with your website niche. Your chances are better to get approved. Hope this is a help.