Finishing a Rough Draft: a Retrospective

Yesterday at 3:17pm I finished the rough draft of Book I: The U.S. of After, the first installment of a larger novel This Broken Earth.  The novel is about the lives of several individuals on a trek to find their way to New Orleans from Norman, Oklahoma after the events of World War 3 and a vicious pandemicContinue reading “Finishing a Rough Draft: a Retrospective”

5 Myths About E-Books Busted

  When I talk to self-publishers out there, I find that they have several misconceptions about e-books. Here are the myths: 1.  My book will do much better as an e-book because it will be more accessible to readers. 2.  Most people have e-readers now anyway. 3.  Customers can check out e-books from the libraryContinue reading “5 Myths About E-Books Busted”

Serializing Your e-Novel: Pros and Cons

I read an article today which about authors Sean Platt and David W. Wright whose self-published post-apocalyptic serial, Yesterday’s Gone: Season One has just surpassed the 100 customer reviews mark this week. Until reading this article, I only thought about writing a novel in the more traditional way: uploading it to CreateSpace and then sendingContinue reading “Serializing Your e-Novel: Pros and Cons”

How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook

You all know how I feel about Scrivener, but it is truly the best program for novelists out there.  For $49 it’s a steal and it is really not that complicated to use.  Today I thought I would show you how to format a Kindle .mobi file and an .epub file that is used onContinue reading “How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook”

The Importance of Kindle Direct Publishing

I have three books on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Here are the advantages: 1. Wider Audience – Kindle Direct Publishing can place your book on thousands of lists and search engines around the globe. They can format your book for Kindle, but I recommend uploading to Nook and Smashwords as well. Kindle is by farContinue reading “The Importance of Kindle Direct Publishing”

Self-Publishing: Some Advice About Marketing from Scott Steinberg

There is a great article on porfolio.com about Scott Steinberg whose recent book “The Modern Parent’s Guide to Kids and Video Games” is generating buzz in the self-publishing world because it is so varied in price.  There is a printed copy from Lulu.com for $17.99, the iBooks, Kindle and Nook versions are $3.99 and he is alsoContinue reading “Self-Publishing: Some Advice About Marketing from Scott Steinberg”

My New e-Short Story is Up

A short story I submitted to Kindle Singles is now up.  It is available on Amazon Kindle and on the Nook.  I formatted the book for Kindle and for Nook using Scrivener. …and hey, it’s only .99 cents! The Kindle version is found here. The Nook version is found here. If you buy a copy,Continue reading “My New e-Short Story is Up”

When Is My Novel Too Long?

You may have heard the story of author J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote The Lord of the Rings as one book before his publisher looked at him from across the desk and said “I’m sorry, John.  This book is just too long.  Break it up, will you?” I am not saying that a massive tome will notContinue reading “When Is My Novel Too Long?”

Paying Someone to Publish Your E-Book: Pros and Cons

I’m pretty tech savvy, but this is not true of everyone.  There are a multitude of services out there that will produce an e-book for a decent price.  Be wary of some of them because they are a scam, and always get everything in writing even if it is an e-mail.  Remember: Amazon Kindle Direct willContinue reading “Paying Someone to Publish Your E-Book: Pros and Cons”

Successful Self-Publisher Offers Good Advice

Today I read an article about Charles Orlando and how he turned down the traditional publishing houses to self-publish and had fantastic success. He published through Amazon Createspace and then spent a lot of time blogging and networking through social media, building a fan base and promoting his books through them.  He has already publishedContinue reading “Successful Self-Publisher Offers Good Advice”