SELF PUBLISHING

Writer’s Insight, Q2’18-Indie Publishing Part 2-Overwhelmed is an Understatement

My “Word of the Day” on Tuesday was OVERWHELMED. My target release date for the 1st installment of my Living Between Dreams series was fast approaching, and everything that I didn’t know about publishing was on my “To Do” list. How do I use this InDesign book template to format my paperback? How do indie publishers …

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Writer’s Insight, October: Copyright Permissions

While I appreciate and respect laws, especially copyright laws, I don’t know everything about them. That’s most writers, unless you’re also in the legal field.  The most that I’ve learned about the law I’ve learned from re-runs of Law and Order and Drop Dead Diva (which, FYI, did an episode about copyright infringement with a “50 Shades”-like novel). …

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Writer’s Insight, August: Starting Over Doesn’t Mean Looking Backward

So, if you’ve been following my blog for the last month, you probably know about my latest struggles with my first novel manuscript. But in case you need a quick refresher: Feb 2017— Beta Reads and feedback. Major rewrites needed for first half of book Mar-Apr – Did the major rewrites on first chapters for a contest …

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Something new (aka Why Am I Scared?) – Your input needed

Readers, I need your help. I’m feeling a build up of apprehension and anxiety today. It’s stupid; I have no idea why. I’ve decided to do 2 things (well, completely decided 1, and almost decided 1): I’m going to move my website to here. (That’s completely decided. It’s just daunting the volume of work I’ll need …

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Writing Insight February: Congrats, Ana Spoke-SHE GOT A BOOKBUB!!!!

Ana Spoke (@SpokeAna), author of Shizzle, Inc and Indiot, has a great (and optimistic! and hopeful for all of us self-pubbers!) blog post about getting a novel accepted by BookBub. For most writers, especially us newbie indie authors, the writing is the easy part. It’s right-brain, creative, fun stuff.  The marketing and publishing parts are the nasty …

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Writing Insight-January 2017: Don’t Judge a Book by its Author-created cover

Creating the cover for my first published story was a challenge I hadn’t anticipated. I had a picture in my head of how I wanted the cover to look, but because I am not a graphic designer or much of a photographer (I luck upon a good shot every now and then), I tried to use …

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Steam what. . . ? Some fiction genre terms defined

I’ve learned (and am still learning) a lot of stuff about publishing and categorizing books from my so far brief query/self-publishing journey. While I feel my first novel is squarely in the “women’s fiction” category, I have looked into romance agents and publishers because of the novel’s romantic elements. I’m finding a lot of different categories of romance …

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