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Self Publishing Guide: Barnes & Noble Nook

This is the second of my Self Publishing Guides and I’ll be focusing on the Barnes & Noble Nook. Most people will agree that Amazon (Kindle) is where it is at for books. The majority of all ebook sales go through the Internet giant. Now, again, I’ll mention that I am writing these from my point of view. That means as a US citizen, with his own business, with his own Tax ID number, and all that. That may mean that some of the problems you have, I won’t have encountered. If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you know that I respond. Feel free to post your questions and I’ll help you as I can.

Also, if you haven’t read my Amazon Kindle Guide, you’ll need to. This guide won’t make much sense without it. Please follow the formatting suggestions as it is going to make formatting for the Nook a breeze. And I mean that. A total breeze. If you found formatting and posting to Amazon painless, this is going to be like sipping coffee that is just a little too hot. Yeah, really. Continue reading

Self Publishing Guide: Amazon Kindle

This is the first of my publishing guides for how to self-publish your book. For those with specific questions about how to do X or Y or deal with problem Z, I’m not your guy (though, you can ask in the comments below). I can only report what I’ve done and how it has worked for me. I’m starting with Amazon because, basically, when I self-published Bob Moore: Desperate Times, it was the first one I used. I’ll also be reporting on how to publish to Nook, iBooks, Smashwords, and possibly others. I’ve already had some thoughts on Smashwords in the past as well as how they report (or don’t) statistics which is why I’m doing so much of my publishing manually. Scroll down to for links to my other guides (I’ll make them active when they are available).

If you are intimidated by self-publishing, Amazon is the place to start. Out of all the outlets, it is very nearly the easiest and certainly has the largest audience. So relax, sit back, and don’t worry. It may take you an hour or two to get all the formatting figured out, but, after that, it’ll be easy as pie. As long as you take a few elementary precautions, all the rest of your books will be as easy as running your manuscript through a conversion program (it will take seconds), going to the Amazon website, hitting the button “Add a title,” and uploading the file. So exhale, this isn’t rocket science. We’ll be covering three main areas: Formatting, Converting, and Uploading Continue reading

Being a Good Beta Reader

I came across a post on one of the creative writing forums from a member that was looking for a beta reader. Or readers I suppose. I don’t know. The genre and plot interested me and the member had a respectable number of posts. Not a lot, less than 100 for sure, but enough that I knew they had contributed. Rather than post on the thread directly, I went ahead and PM’ed (private messaged) them. They sent me the first two chapters of their work, which I edited and returned. They then sent the next three chapters, which I again worked on. After that, I gave them some overarching comments (things that needed to be addressed in what I’d read so far) and let them know that I would look at their revised chapters when they were done with them. This experience was as much a learning experience for me as (I hope) it was for them. They learned about where and how to improve their story. I learned a few things about being a beta reader. Here’s what I learned. Just so no one is confused, this is not a definitive list. I’m sure I have much more to learn and can’t wait to do so.
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Smashwords: A Review

Okay, I think it is time to put some of this Smashwords love-fest into perspective. I’ve read so many articles lately talking about how Smashwords is the best thing since sliced bread. Don’t get me wrong, most of what is said about them is true. It is a one stop stop for your ebook. You upload to Smashwords and they’ll send it to almost every online ebook site on the web (the notable exception is Amazon). Easy. Mostly. Convenient? Definitely. But it isn’t without its flaws. And here are the ones I’ve found.
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Listening to Myself

So I wrote a post saying not to beat yourself up about how much you do or don’t write. Well, no sooner did I finish that post than I found myself doing exactly that. Somewhere along the line I had decided that when I wanted to write at night that I needed to finish an entire chapter. I couldn’t just write a page or two. It had to be a whole chapter or I was some sort of failure. So I found myself not writing. Not because I didn’t want to but because I knew I was either too tired or too unmotivated to finish an entire chapter (which might be more than 5000 words). Why? Why did I do that to myself? Continue reading