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David Kudler
David Kudler is an expert provider of publishing services and a consultant to independent and self-publishers. An author himself, he lives just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife, actor/teacher/author Maura Vaughn, their author-to-be daughters, and their (apparently) non-literary cat.

He serves as publisher for Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, for which he has edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell's previously unpublished work (Pathways to Bliss, Myths of Light and Sake & Satori) and managed the publication of over fifty print, ebook, print, audio, and video titles, including the third edition of the seminal Hero with a Thousand Faces. He is honored to serve as the president for the Bay Area Independent Publisher's Association (BAIPA).

A published author, he is currently working on a young-adult historical adventure novel set in sixteenth century Japan.

Entries by David Kudler

In the Picture: Prepping Images for Your Ebook

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 3:17 PM

Last month I discussed how to clean up your manuscript to prepare it for ebook conversion. This time I'm going to be looking at how to do the same thing with images.[1]

There's one big difference, however: where the advice that I gave...

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Manuscript to Ebook -- A Deep Cleaning Guide

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 11:14 PM

This is the third installment in my series of posts about ebook creation. Like the others, it was originally posted on Joel Friedlander's wonderful resource for indie publishers,

Over the last couple of posts, I've been talking about just

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4 Ways to Create an Ebook

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 1:07 PM

This is the second in my series of blog posts about ebook creation. It was originally posted on Joel Friedlander’s wonder resource site,

Last time I talked about just what an ebook is -- a website in a box. Ebooks come in a...

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Review: The Shepherd's Crown

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:02 PM
The Shepherd’s Crown: the final Discworld novel
It is difficult to know whether the elegiac mood I felt while reading The Shepherd’s Crown was due to the book itself or to the fact that the...

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What IS an Ebook?

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 8:48 PM

Recently, I was honored to have been invited to post on Joel Friedlander's The Book Designer on the subject of ebooks -- a subject I love talking about, having been designing ebooks since 2010. (In this industry that makes me practically an old-timer.) This is the first of...

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Authors: 6 Reasons You Need to Be on Goodreads

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Books by telmo32 ( past Saturday at a meeting of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, I led a roundtable about the reasons that every independent author and publisher (as well as every “dependent” author) needed to have...

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Getting Grammatical: What's the Big Deal With the Passive Voice?

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:01 PM

An author I work with recently asked me, “What’s the big deal with the passive voice?”

My first instinct was to answer, “Well, would that question have made as much sense as ‘The big deal with the passive voice is about what?’” Three things stopped me:

  1. First of all,...
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How Can I Promote My Book for Free?

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 5:43 PM

Bookstore by Natalia Romay; used through a Creative Commons LicenseEvery author wants to know how to get the word out about his or her book — and most are frightened that it’s going...

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You Can Sit With Us: Teens Make Sure No One Has to Eat Alone

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 1:26 PM

Sometimes, our kids can show us the way.

When Regina George's gang turn on her in Mean Girls and say, "You can't sit with us," it's comedy.

When it happens to a real teen, it's a tragedy -- and not just for that kid. Social isolation isn't just a kids-will-be-kids, temporary thing. Start with the fact that all teens and pre-teens feel a bit like freaks and mutants -- there's a reason that the X-Men franchise has been so popular over the years. When that view is reinforced, it can do real, lasting harm. Kids who have been socially isolated tend to do worse at school, tend to have more psychological challenges, and are more likely to have physical and medical problems over the years. Cliquishness can be damaging not just for those who are excluded, but for the kids who are desperate to maintain their positions in the In Crowd -- that's the story that Mean Girls told so well.

Four years ago, my youngest daughter joined fifteen other local teens here in Northern California as part of a group they called Beyond Differences. The core of the group had been friends of a young woman named Lili Smith who had suffered and eventually died from a disfiguring genetic disorder. Through middle school, Lili's friends had felt increasingly uncomfortable to be seen with her -- she looked different. Frequently, Lili had to sit alone and eat her lunch in solitude. Her friends, who had loved Lili, decided that no one should ever have to suffer as she had. With Lili's parents, Laura Talmus and Ace Smith, they created a group that went into local middle schools and talked to the students about stopping social isolation in their schools. They held assemblies and retreats, and encouraged the middle schoolers to create clubs to promote inclusion. My daughter and her friends spoke to thousands of ten- to fourteen-year-olds. It was really inspiring. But they were frustrated that they could only reach a limited number of kids.

A few years ago, Beyond Differences launched an initiative called No One Eats Alone at four local middle schools, reaching around two thousand students. The idea was to encourage the kids to sit with people other than their usual table-mates, to give them activities that would help them get to know more of their peers and include them -- to make sure that no one felt that they had to eat alone.

Friday, February 13, 2015, was the first National No One Eats Alone Day. Nearly half a million kids at over seven hundred schools across 38 states participated in the event. Big schools, small schools; urban schools, suburban schools, rural schools; private schools, parochial schools, and public schools. This initiative, launched by my daughter and her friends, has become a national movement, largely driven by the students themselves. I'm in awe.

Here's a representative of Sandy Hook Promise, which has been a partner in making this a national event, discussing the event and its importance:

Image and "Be the One" video copyright © 2013 Beyond Differences. Used with...

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How Much Can a Self-Publisher Make?

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 5:20 PM

More retro clipart at’s a question I’ve been asked a number of times: What’s the average income from self-publishing a book?

My answer isn’t necessarily a terribly helpful one. It truly depends one what you mean by average —...

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Video in Enhanced Ebooks: How? Why?

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Video pixelsEnhanced ebooks have been a cause of much excitement over the past few years -- and with good reason. One of the things that an ebook can do that a paper-and-ink book can't is to add embedded video and sound....

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One Thing You Shouldn't Put at the Front of Your Ebook

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 5:58 PM

I've written about six things you should be including in your ebook (and probably aren't) what you should put at the back of your ebook.

Over on LinkedIn, Denise Wakeman raised the issue, sparking...

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6 Great File Formats to Submit to Ebook Designers (And 2 Awful Ones)

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Express Delivery by Kamyar Adi/ Used through a Creative Commons license.So you’ve decided to have an ebook designer convert your book into ePub (iBooks/Nook/Kobo) and mobi (Kindle) formats. Great! What formats are...

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A Plea to Book Designers: InDesign Is Not a Linotype Machine

(8) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Lead Type by Andre Chinn (andrechinn) Used through a Creative Commons license.This is a plea from the heart to all of the page-layout/book-design folks out there on...

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Advice to the Self-Publisher

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Last week, I gave an interview to Inkspokes, a website dedicated to independent authors and their readers.  The interviewer, Nelson Suit, who is a writer as well as one of...

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Can't Upload Your Ebook 'Cause It's 'Encrypted'? Here's Why.

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:19 PM

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In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had three separate friends come to me grumbling about not being able to upload their ebooks to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or one of the other online stores...

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What is an Independent Publisher?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:48 PM

So, I was astonished earlier this month to find myself elected president of BAIPA — the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

You may call me Mr. President. (Actually, please don’t.)

Born in the early, heady days...

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Review: I Know (Je Sais) by Ito Naga -- Observing Through Science and Poetry

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 9:18 PM

We usually think of science and poetry as inhabiting very...

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From Proof Sheets to Royalty Reports: What a Self-published Book Can Earn

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 6:36 PM

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A client just asked what she could plan on making per copy of her book — she’s trying to put together a budget, which is always...

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Tending the Spark

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:26 PM

The Unfortunates
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There’s the intoxicating flame of creating, of feeling inspiration hit you. And then there’s the equally heady, very different feeling of watching someone you’ve inspired -- a child,...

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