Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

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You can reset your password by logging in and then selecting View Profile on your author dashboard. To retrieve a forgotten password, select "Already a Member? Sign In!" link at the top right of the page. The Sign In form will display. Select the "Forgot your password?" link and follow the displayed steps.

Click on the "view by" in the bottom middle of the book bubble. You can also view the bubble stream by genre or by the latest bubble created.

Only books in the .epub format can be uploaded into Bublish. Other formats, such as .pdf or .mobi currently cannot be used, although this may change in the future.

One of the main benefits of Bublish is that you can use the text of your book to share hundreds of book bubbles to share with readers. Each highly visual, highly shareable book bubble contains an excerpt accompanied by an author insight (what we like to call "the story behind your story"). For this reason, you need to upload your entire book into Bublish.

Readers do not have access to your book, and only see the book bubbles that you publish and share with them. Most authors on the Bublish platform have uploaded their entire book so that they can create book bubbles from every chapter. However, if you prefer not to upload your entire book to Bublish, you can create and upload an .epub file with a few sample chapters. If you have a paid Authorpreneur account, you can simply cut and paste excerpts of your manuscript into the Bublish ePub Creator and create book bubbles from there.

No, you do not have to upload your entire book to Bublish, though it is recommended and most authors do. The only requirement for Bublish is that you upload a file in the .epub format. That allows Bublish to work it's magic. Most authors do upload their entire book so that they can create book bubbles from every part of their books. However, you can upload sample chapters as long as they're in the .epub format.
No. Your book is password protected and stored in a hardened, Tier 4 (the top level) hosting facility that is monitored 24/7 for uptime and security by onsite operations personnel. You are the only person able to view your entire book. Readers can only view the excerpts that you select and publish in the book bubbles you create and share.
Currently, Bublish only accepts books in the .epub format. To see how to convert your PDF to the .epub format, read this article: Free Software to Create EPUB Digital Books.
Here are some links to some free conversion tools and resources:

Please note that Bublish does not endorse or provide technical support for these tools.

Currently, there are two plans available on Bublish: our Free Emerging Author Dashboard and Bublish's subscription-based Authorpreneur Dashboard.

The Free Emerging Author Dashboard allows authors to upload one book (in the .epub format) and create and share unlimited book bubbles to promote their book across multiple social channels.

Our subscription-based Authorpreneur Dashboard allows you to upload five books, create unlimited bubbles from all of them, track engagement with through a variety of real-time metrics, access exclusive content and programs and share your author profile with readers. As of July 2014, the Authorpreneur Dashboard will enable authors to write their book in Bublish and use book bubble to start promoting their book while they write. Shortly after the release of this feature, authors will also be able to capture pre-orders and reader emails. If you are currently using the free Emerging Author Dashboard you can upgrade to Bublish's Authorpreneur Dashboard.

It's easy to change your book’s cover on Bublish. Go to your Author Dashboard and select Book Info for the book whose cover you wish to change. In the Book Info window, select Change below the image of your current cover art, and follow the steps.

Sometimes a book cover is not available after you upload a book due to slight variations in the formatting of ePub files. To add the cover separately, select Book Info screen on your author dashboard. In the top left-hand of the Book Info window, you will see a generic cover image instead of your book cover. Select Change and follow the prompts to upload your book’s cover image.

No. Your book is password protected and stored in the Amazon Cloud, one of the safest cloud environments on the planet. You are the only person able to view your entire book. Readers are only able to view the excerpts that you select for your the book bubbles.

Yes, you can use a pen name on Bublish. You can sign up with a pen name or change your name once you have signed up for your Bublish account. In order to change your name, select Edit Profile on your author dashboard. Change your name information and select Submit at the bottom of the form. This will update your name site-wide on your existing and future books and bubbles.

The length of the excerpts you select can vary. Since the author insight is designed to enrich your book excerpt and tell the story behind the book excerpt you select, it is best to select an entire scene or conversation rather than decide upon a set length. In every bubble, you should give readers a long enough excerpt to get a good taste of your writing as well as a great author insight that will show what went in to crafting the part of your book you are sharing.

Currently, Bublish can only work with one author name per account. If you write under several pen names, you'll need to open a separate account for each name. Each account will require a different email address.

To create a book bubble, go to your author dashboard and select Create Bubble below the cover image of the book with which you'd like to work. Follow the three steps to create a bubble:

  1. select an excerpt from your book
  2. write the author insight (this is the "story behind your story" and is what turns an excerpt into an engaging piece of fresh content)
  3. preview your book bubble

If you are ready to publish your bubble, use the social icons at the bottom, right-hand of the "Preview" screen to share your bubble to Twitter, Facebook or via email. The moment you share your book bubble socially, it is also published on bublish.com. If you'd like to create a book bubble, but are not ready to publish it, just select "Back To My Books." A pop-up will appear letting you know that your book bubble has not been published, but will be saved on your author dashboard in an unpublished state.

On your author dashboard, click the "edit" button next to the title of the bubble you’d like to change. Once the bubble has opened, use the back arrow at the bottom of the bubble to go back through the creation process and fix the parts of your bubble that need attention. (Note: You can't change your bio, book synopsis, photo or cover art in this process. In order to make those changes, you must either visit your bio or book info.) When you have finished updating your bubble, you must publish it again via the social icons in the bottom, right-hand corner of the preview. Once you have done this, the bubble will be updated.

Buy links are added by the team at Bublish - all you have to do is indicate which online retailers are selling your book and we take care of adding the links.

When you are uploading your book, you will be asked to select the online retailers where your book is available. This action alerts the team at Bublish to add the buy links. We add special links to improve how your book is tracked in the Bublish system. It usually takes no more than 24 hours for us to get those links live. You can still create book bubbles while you are waiting for your buy links to be added. Once the links are live, they will appear in all the book bubbles you have created for your book, even those that you've already published.

Yes, you can. We strongly encourage authors to open a Twitter and/or Facebook account. Growing an audience via these channels is much easier with Bublish. Book bubbles provide highly visual and shareable content that authors can use to start conversations with new social followers, grow their audience and build a strong author brand. Having a Facebook and Twitter account will allow you to maximum your Bublish account. However, even without these accounts, you can still share book bubbles with your friends via email. You can also embed book bubbles on your website.

Currently, book bubbles do not present the same way on a Facebook fan page as they do on a personal page. There are, however, a couple of workarounds for this issue. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to your author dashboard and select View Bubble to pull up a previously published book bubble.
  2. Click the Twitter icon (yes, we know that's weird) and when the window pops up, copy the link in the window.
  3. Open your fan page on Facebook and post what you want to say to introduce your bubble as well as the link you've copied. (The preview will show you how the link will display).

You can also use the "Comment on this Bubble" feature to post to your Facebook fan page. To do this, sign in to Facebook then select the bubble stream as a reader. Find the bubble you'd like to share on your fan page. Select "Comment on this Bubble." Below the "Leave a Comment" area, you will see the words "Posting as..." You can select to post on your fan page here.

Readers and authors who are not connected on Facebook can use this feature to leave comments on a bubble. This feature is integrated with Facebook, so each person who comments on the bubble will see their comment appear on their Facebook timeline. To use this feature, make sure you are logged in to Facebook.