things of 2016

things of 2016

2016 is a bit odd to look back on because things have changed so much. It feels like years have passed between now and March and yet, oddly, things in December are beginning to look a little more like they did earlier in the year. I know, cryptic. It’ll all make sense once I get through the months. Suffice it to say, where 2014 was the year of traveling and 2015 was the year of author events then 2016 is the year of change; of building new paths to create new futures. And I like change! January I guess I truly began as I meant to go on since January […]

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Blog Evolution

Blog Evolution

What?! A new post, finally! I know, I was so good about posting every week (or mostly every week) for almost two years now but I assure you I haven’t returned to my old ways of posting… intermittently at best. There are reasons for this most recent lack of posts (and social media and not reading or commenting on your posts – though that’s not entirely new). Partly life and family has kept me very busy. And even more, I’ve been plotting a blog evolution for several months now and therefore spent my time getting those pieces in place rather than working on weekly posts. I am starting a monthly […]

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DIY Publish Your Paperback

DIY Publish Your Paperback

It’s easy to take paperback publishing for granted. We’ve had the opportunity for years and there’s a number of different options and possibilities. The great thing about it, though, is with the ability to make your book available to the major book distributors, the only difference between you and a traditional publisher is your level of professionalism. And while paperback publishing is fairly simple, taking the time to get the details right and you’ll have a beautiful, professional book in the end. Account Like ebook publishing, the first step is to set up an account with the distributors you want to use. Nook Press will make it available at Barnes […]

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DIY Publish Your EBook

DIY Publish Your EBook

When it comes to the “publishing” in DIY Publishing, the hard part is everything that you’ve done thus far. Now that you’ve got all the pieces in place, the final step is basically clicking a button. Ok, a little more than clicking a button. But you’re to rock ebook publishing in no time. Accounts The first step to publishing your book is to set up an account with every distributor you want to use. Whether you use each of these distributors, use only some of them or go with KDP Select is a whole other conversation. For now, here are the links you can use or not at your discretion. […]

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Down with show don’t tell

Down with show don’t tell

‘Show Don’t Tell’ is one of the most common pieces of writing advice around (followed closely by ‘Kill Your Darlings’ which is daft but that’s another post). The problem with show don’t tell is that it’s unspecific. And also just kind of impossible. Let’s start with the impossible (and I’m going to be very literal for a moment). When writing a book, I am going to tell you everything. I am going to tell you what the character does and what they say and where they say it and how. When it comes down to it, I’m using words to convey the story so telling is really all I’ve got. […]

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DIY – Format that book

DIY – Format that book

When most people think about DIY publishing, formatting the ebook is possibly the biggest void they’re unsure how to tread. And I struggled with how to provide the important information in this step and keep it from being the most boring post ever. So, if you’re in the process of DIY Publishing, read on. If not, enjoy the first chapter of the Tattered Heart audiobook. Interior Design Chapter Divisions If you don’t already have it, you want a manual page break at the end of each chapter and each section. Then you’ll need to decide how you want your chapter openings. Do chapters have a title? Or is it just […]

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#AmCurrently 8.16

#AmCurrently 8.16

I’ve barely turned on my computer all last week. At some point (Mon or Tues) I decided I wanted to find the blog I read years ago with all the contract details, publishing insight and overall exceptional information. I had to look through some old notes too find a link but I made my way back to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Blog. #AmRecommending I kid you not, it’s a Masters class in publishing. The kind you get from an internship instead of a university because it’s filled with hard truths, detailed info and the personal, real world experience of someone who has walked in pretty much every part of the business. […]

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DIY Book Front Matter and Back Matter

DIY Book Front Matter and Back Matter

You’ve got your manuscript in top shape, but there’s more to a book than the story when your publishing it yourself. While you may have never heard of book front matter or back matter (who decided on “matter” anyway) they’re the first step to turn your hard work into a professional book. This is where you lay aside the author in you and dig into the business of your book by adding the following sections before and after your narrative. Quick formatting note before be we begin – include a manual page break at the end of each section. It’ll save you a step when we get to fully formatting […]

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Why I Want You to Care About Pinterest

Why I Want You to Care About Pinterest

If you’ve read my earlier social media posts, you’ll know I didn’t think too highly of Pinterest. Repinning seemed like nothing more than vanity marketing, raising people’s awareness of me. And hopefully they liked me. But it didn’t translate into clicks back to my website or increased book sales or reviews. Then, just before Christmas 2015 I came across a post by Stephanie at thesepaperhearts that turned my whole outlook on Pinterest around. It’s worth the time to read it because there’s a lot of great information, but one idea stood out for me. Pinterest isn’t just about curating pretty pictures. Pinterest is a search engine. Researching Georgian era culture […]

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DIY Book Cover

DIY Book Cover

We all know we judge books by their covers. Browsing through Goodreads, skimming over ebooks, drifting through the library… a good cover makes you want to read the synopsis; can convince you a book might be more interesting than it sounds. When you’ve got a rockin’ novel, you want to rock that book cover too! Covers are a different beast, though. Having written a novel you probably used Word or some variation thereof. So most authors can figure out how to format their ebook and paperback; how to write their synopsis and bio. Creating a book cover doesn’t involve words or writing or formatting. Covers are the most likely area […]

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