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“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, 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
As 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.
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).
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
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.
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
There’s been so much written about self publishing that new pieces are mostly out of date by the time they’re printed.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