Colorado Gold Conference Master Class — Formatting and Distributing to the Big Three: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks

We'll be featuring information about the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference and the Friday morning master classes throughout the month.

Formatting and Distributing to the Big Three: Amazon, B&N, and iBooks
Instructor: Jessica France
Friday, September 20, 8:00-11:50 Ballroom A

Join author and publishing consultant Jessica France for a step-by-step workshop on how to take your manuscript from a single Word or Pages document to clean, compliant e-book formats for the top three digital markets. At the end of the workshop, you'll leave with knowledge of a reliable conversion process based on freely available software that will quickly get your book exported to files for the Amazon KDP, Barnes & Noble, PubIt, and Apple iTunes marketplaces. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops with a finished manuscript, although it is not required. Bonus instructions will include how to further create a clean file for Smashwords submission.

Attendees will be leaving the class with lots of cheat sheets and shortcuts for working with Microsoft Word, and some bonus info on how to create their own covers for free (or very low cost). Those who arrive with Amazon's Kindle Gen and Kindle Previewer software already downloaded, the Calibre software, and Google Sigil will have a head start on the rest of the class.

Jessica FranceJessica France is an independently published author who provides publishing assistance to new and established writers across all genres. She has been writing web content and mastering the digital sphere for over 10 years and continues to do so as a business partner at Mission Marketing and Content Systems. Jessica's brain child is the indieBook Library, a website which aims to provide a wealth of free resources for independent authors and presses to help them produce the best books possible.

The registration link for the Colorado Gold Conference, scheduled for September 20-22, 2013, is The deadline to register is September 15th. The cost of each workshop is $50 add-on to the regular conference fee.

Additional information on the conference schedule, hotel accommodations, and presenters is available in the brochure at: If you have additional questions, please contact Susan Brooks, Conference Chair,

Patricia Stoltey
Blog Editor
Patricia grew up on a farm in central Illinois so naturally had to use the old farm in her first mystery. The second Sylvia and Willie tale takes place near and in the little touristy gold mining town of Oatman, Arizona. Patricia's third novel, a standalone suspense called Dead Wrong, was released November 2014. Dead Wrong was a finalist in the thriller category for the Colorado Book Awards. Visit her blog at