REGISTER AS AN AUTHOR
This step-by-step guide to registration assumes that you have read the terms and conditions for this side. By using this site, you agree to abide by the rules outlined in therein.
Registered authors will receive a folder on the website where they can publish their e-books. The hosting fee is $[TBD] per month.
1) INSTALL SYNCTHING
Syncthing is a program that allows two computers to share a folder. It is free/libre software with encryption. The software is available for Windows, MacOS, Android, and Linux distros like Debian and Ubuntu.
On your computer, you will have a folder connected to Syncthing. To publish your e-books on the Nantucket E-Book Website, just drop it into the folder. It's (mostly) that simple!
Once you have installed Syncthing and have it running, click Actions in the top-right corner, then click Show ID.
Next, copy the long string of letters on the screen, you will need it for Step 3.
2) PICK A USERNAME.
Each author using this site has a unique username.
An author's Nantucket E-Books are stored in a folder, labled
with this username. There are five rules for usernames:
It must be unique,
It must be lowercase,
It must have no spaces,
It must contain 20 or fewer characters,
It must not include a double-underscore ("__").
Check on the availabiliy of your preferred username using this hand search tool:
3) MAKE YOUR FIRST PAYMENT
Payment is accepted via PayPal. I plan to add additional payment options later.
To make your first payment, click on the button below. The hosting fee is $[TBD] USD per month.
In the description of your payment, add your username AND add the Device ID you copied in the first step. Usernames are not case-sensitive, so capitalization does not matter.
Payment for any given month is due on the first of every month, by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time. Yes, this means that if you make your first payment on the last day of the month, payment will be due again the following day.
You may pay in advance for any number of months of hosting.
Hosting is not pro-rated. If you submit a payment amount that is not divisble by $[TBD], it will not apply toward other months.
If you make a payment in error, please contact us, and we will issue a refund.
4) SET UP YOUR SYNCTHING FOLDER
Once I have processed your first payment, I will add your computer to my Syncthing registry. Then, I will create a folder on the server for your e-books.
I will then send a share-request to you. In Syncthing, you will receive a message saying that I would like to share a folder with you. Accept that request, and add the folder to your computer.
A WORD ABOUT SECURITY
I must emphasize that this process is 100% secure. Sharing is strictly limited to this one folder only.
Please note that anything you put in this folder will be visible not only to the site's administrators, but potentially the entire internet. For you, the author, this folder is a window to the world, but don't forget it's a two-way window.
Look inside your folder. You will notice that there is a folder witihn the folder, called assets. Any content included with your e-book, such as illustrations or the audiobook, goes in this folder.
Nantucket E-Books are loaded as HTML files. All these files are kept in the main area, or root, of the folder.
For more information on organizing your folder properly, watch this video.
You may now begin publishing your e-books on the site.
5) YOUR NEXT PAYMENT AND BEYOND
When you make your next payment, you only need to include your username. Do not include your Device ID on any payments beyond the first one.