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Written by Peter Armstrong and Len Epp

Leanpub looks interesting, but why is there a 45-day royalty hold?

Do you really hold royalties for 45 days? This seems risky to me.
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

Is there a way to connect an external domain to the book landing page?

Domains, DNS and book landing pages
Written by Peter Armstrong
Updated over a week ago

I would like to translate a Leanpub book. What should I do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I import from a WordPress blog?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I'm trying to upload my own EPUB file and it's failing epubcheck. What can I do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I set my book to save with UTF-8 character encoding on Windows in Notepad?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I hide any information about my book from the public? I don't want my book to appear on Leanpub's website yet.

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Someone got a refund for my book but did not leave an explanation. What can I do?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I sell my book on Leanpub and on Amazon at the same time?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Should I worry about piracy? Does Leanpub do anything to protect me from piracy?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Switching on UTF-8 character encoding

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I know how much I earned in royalties last month, but this month's payment was for a different amount. Why are the two amounts different?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

When and how do you make royalties?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago
Selling and Royalties

How and when do you pay royalties?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I sell my book on Leanpub and other sites at the same time?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I receive royalties by some other means than PayPal?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can a book have multiple authors who split the royalties?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I use Leanpub to create print-ready PDFs for third-party print-on-demand sites like Lulu and CreateSpace?

This article explains how you can use files provided by Leanpub to create print books using third-party services
Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I change the price of my book after creating it? For example, start cheap, grow the book based on feedback from readers, and increase its price as it's getting more valuable?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

OK, Leanpub doesn't require I get an ISBN for my book, but should I get an ISBN anyway? Do I need more than one ISBN, for example do I need separate ISBNs for EPUB, MOBI and PDF versions of my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can libraries buy Leanpub books? What is your policy for library purchases?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What happens if a library wants to buy my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What about marketing? Will Leanpub market my book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What if a traditional publisher is interested in publishing my Leanpub book? What if I want to remove my book from Leanpub and publish it elsewhere, like on Amazon, for example?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Is it possible and permissible to take the .mobi file and directly upload it to the Kindle Store under our own name?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I pay Leanpub to publish my book(s) to the Apple iBookstore and the Amazon Kindle Store?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

If I signed up with you, would I be free to have my finished book printed and sold, separately? I'd get my own ISBN as well as copyright.

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What do you guys think about Amazon and Apple's bookstores? And what do you think about competitors that either charge a flat fee or take a cut to help to put books on the Amazon and Apple stores?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago
Markdown and Markua

Do I put all the posts I want into one file can call that chapter1.txt? Do I have to create the Book.txt file in the order I want them to appear?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I'm writing in plain text and I'm still a bit confused in terms of how to actually go about the layout, formatting and editing part. Can you help?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I use files that have extensions besides .txt, such as .md?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

What program should I use to edit Markdown files?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I don't like any of those text editing options. Can you suggest others?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I don't actually want to write Markdown by hand; I want a WYSIWYG editor for Markdown! Does such a tool exist?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I created an account and a book, found it in my Dropbox and I edited the Book.txt file. I then returned to the Leanpub website and generated a preview. However, the preview didn't have the contents of Book.txt that I just updated. What's up?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

Can I use AsciiDoc / Asciidoctor instead of Markdown?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

How do I switch between different languages, in the same book?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago

I am using Vim to write my Leanpub book and I'm having issues with code snippet markup. Can you help?

Written by Len Epp
Updated over a week ago