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ePublisher Guide

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Note that this guide was last updated in 2004. It contains tons of useful advice for new publishers so we continue to offer it.

The definitive guide to electronic publishing for the RPG/Game Industry.

With over 80 pages packed (no art) of information on how to startup and run your new business from many well known names in the industry. Detailed information on how to be successfully budget, market, create, and sell your product as an ePublishing. Tons of tips and trick to help you along the way as well as recomendations for getting it right the first time.

With writing or contributions from many known industry people: 

Sandy Antunes, Clinton R. Nixon, Monte Cook, Jim Butler, John Nephew, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Greg Porter, Phil Reed, Mark Bruno, Brett M. Bernstein, Jim Butler, Mark Arsenault, Chris Davis, James Mathe, Aldo Edwards, and Cynthia Celeste Miller

This release includes:

  • Acurate expected sales figures for your budget forcasting
  • Cost/Budget Analysis Excell Spreedsheet
  • Over a dozen contract samples
  • Access to our private forum of e-Publishers to share information with other publishers and future publishers
  • Also includes a primer article about the PDF industry
  • and more..

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    • Forward from Monte Cook
    • Best selling topics
    • Love of it
    • Do the research
    • Format
    • Content & Page Counts
    • Budgeting
    • Product Pricing
    • Expected Costs
    • Funding
    • Editing
    • The Staff
    • Freelancers
    • Royalties vs Flat Fees
    • Your Company
    • Copyrights & Trademarks
    • Taxes
    • Using open gaming licenses
    • D20 System and WotC OGL License
    • Licensing a brand
    • Obtaining commercial licenses
    • Choosing a Title
    • Cover Art
    • Interior Art
    • Review of Publishing Software
    • Creating the PDF
    • Table of Contents
    • Bookmarks and comments
    • Columns, Fonts, Tables, Art and maps
    • Full Bleed
    • Indices
    • Your website and Demo
    • The art of pre-press hype
    • Reviews & Comments
    • Online Ads
    • Per-per-click Search Engines
    • Advertising Tips
    • Print Ads
    • Conventions
    • Forums & Community
    • Directories, Top Sites, WebRings
    • Banner Exchanges
    • News Releases
    • Specials
    • e-Malls
    • CD Sales
    • Freebies
    • e-zines
    • UseNet Posting
    • Deleting Stock
    • Teaming with Publishers & Branding
    • RPGNow Specifics
    • Pre-Orders
    • Potential Sales
    • Processing
    • Release schedules
    • Life cycle of a PDF vs Print
    • Publisher Forums
    • Mail Lists & Yahoo Groups
    • Layout/Design Forums
    • Freelance Resources
    • CD, POD & Print Publishing
    • Free/Open Game Systems
    • Directories
    • Review Sites
    • News Sites & Submission Links
    • D20 System Links
    • Internet Marketing Tools
    • Major Conventions
    • Associations
    • Hosting and Forums Services
    • Other Primers and Helpful Articles
    • Interesting Message Threads
    • Customer Survey Results
    • Excell Spread Sheet
    • Contract Templates
    • ePrimer
    • Distressed Design

NOTE: Majority of information in this documents are useful for non-d20 and even print publishers.

"'s GREAT! I'm especially appreciative of some of the crunchy data bits that are spread throughout -- graphs, solid sales figures on different product categories, etc. This is something of significant use to me as an established print publisher, and it would be a godsend for someone just starting out, PDF or otherwise." - John Nephew - Atlas Games

"I've been looking at it, and if I'd had the opportunity to do so two years ago, I would have paid $50 for this product without flinching. It's great... you should get it. No question. Even if you want to publish print products, there's a lot in here you can use (budgeting, incorporating, layout advice, sample contracts... the list goes on). - Monte Cook

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Michael T. [Featured Reviewer]
April 26th, 2011
Back in 2004 when the D20 system was still booming and the Open Game License was encouraging publishers to experiment with their own compatible systems, it seemed anyone could be a PDF publisher. This book goes beyond being a RPG PDF publisher and is [...]
January 24th, 2006
A vital resource for anyone who wishes to publish electronically.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Substantial information on epublishing processes and concerns.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: It needed a stronger alignmen [...]
September 23rd, 2005
This should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting to start in pdf publishing. There's a lot of good advice on a wide range of subjects. There will be something you didn't think of that's covered here and worth your money to know it.<br><br [...]
August 3rd, 2005
This is a useful resource for those thinking of getting into the PDF business or looking to study it. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: The contracts and other documents were quite useful and as informative about the pdf business as the tex [...]
March 5th, 2005
Very useful guide. The forms are great for a new publisher. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Boilerplate forms, templates, advice. <br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Not enough info :) <br><br><b>QUALITY< [...]
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