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scrivener coach“How To Use Scrivener to Write, Organize, & Export  Your Book into Various Formats for Printing, Editing, & Publishing”

Thursday, May 21, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

I’m a great proponent of Scrivener,scrivener logo the “writing” program that lets you organize, format and export your finished work. Scrivener, in beta form, came along at a time when I was tearing my hair out trying to  get control of my first novel. For me, as… Continue reading

Digital Library Trends

libraryAs a writer, I think in terms of getting words on the page and telling the stories.  But I also realize that being aware of what’s going on in the business is important, especially since it seems to be changing so rapidly.   One area that has been discussed a lot by authors is how e-books fit into the library system.

Michael Kozlowski’s article Digital Library Trends for 2015 has some interesting information.  The report quotes a report by Library Journal that… Continue reading

PubSmart 2014

Mid-April in Charleston, SC.  Like many others, I attended the first PubSmart conference “Emerging Authors, Emerging Avenues.”  There were some traditional editors and agents present but mostly this conference concentrated on self-publishing and what authors need to know (as well as any number of vendors happy to tell you what they could do for you).Pubsmart Panel3

I learned a lot.  I’ve been through the traditional publishing process in my work life (i.e., the one that pays the bills for now).  So I was familiar with the editing process, the length… Continue reading

Self-pubbling #3: Platforms and Tips

So, you’ve decided to self-publish and you’ve created your cover. Now, you need to decide which publishing platform you’re going to use. There’s an enormous quantity of self-pubbing information on the net, enough to make your eyes glaze over. I’ll just mention a few sites that might be beneficial. Then, I’ll add a couple of comments.

Three sites I highly recommend are:

http://reviews.cnet.com/how-to-self-publish-an-e-book

An excellent overall and in-depth look at self-pubbing. Includes comparisons of the primary publishing services available.

http://www.self-publishing-coach.com/support-files/self-publishing-checklist-report.pdf

A review of steps to take from finishing your draft to posting your… Continue reading

More Self-Pub Decisions

So, you’ve decided to self-pub. That’s one big decision out of the way. Now for the next one: The Cover. Others may dispute putting this first on the list of must-dos, but it’s on mine because of the important impact it has on your enthusiasm level. After months or years of slaving over your manuscript, a cover is the first visible projection of what you’re working on. A cover says you’re at the point of launch or soon to be there. It says you’re a legitimate author. As you continue to perfect your book, you’ll find yourself frequently (and fondly)… Continue reading

Self Pubbing — The most important Decision You’ll Make

There’s been so much written about self publishing that new pieces are mostly out of date by the time they’re printed. Hopefully, this will be an exception.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard the following sentence, perhaps even ad nauseum. SELF PUBLICATION IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. The biggest decision you’ll make is not who you pick to design your cover and format the interior of your book or to conduct a publicity campaign for you.  The biggest decision will be whether to self-pub at all. And, as in so many things in life, that almost always comes… Continue reading