Thursday, August 25, 2011

#Back to Business - Conf 677



It's been a long, long time but nearly ready.....

The story of #amwriting

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ebook to POD Print

Ten Good Reasons To Lie About Your Age is now in print and on Amazon in the US and UK.

Here's a great free promo tool - the Good Reads giveaway scheme, Good Reads members just have to click to enter:



Goodreads Book Giveaway





Ten Good Reasons to Lie about Your Age by Stephanie Zia



Ten Good Reasons to Lie about Your Age


by Stephanie Zia



Giveaway ends September 19, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.




Enter to win


How To Publish An Ebook On A Budget - UPDATES from August 2011

AS FROM 3RD SEPTEMBER 2011
UPDATES WILL BE LISTED AT BLACKBIRDEBOOKS.COM

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER UPDATES



Welcome to the update page for my ebook writing and formatting guide:  How To Publish An Ebook On A Budget - An Author's Guide.

As the whole ebook scene moves so fast I regularly update the ebook versions of this guideWhen updates have accumulated I also make new print versions, but not so often. The updates are categorised into promotion/techie etc and gathered under the date inserted. For information that isn't in your copy you only need to scroll down to the date you purchased. If you have any questions - if anything's not clear (or you spot any typos!) - please comment and I can then adjust the Master next time I'm updating.

PROMOTING YOUR EBOOK

September 3 2011

I'm still getting the hang of forums. Am shy to comment and threads I start nearly always peter out into nothing.  Have just struck gold however.  My question on Kindleboards' Writer's Cafe forum:

Ebook Advertising: does it work? Any success stories?

Brought about a fascinating tutorial by total advertising whizz Jonny. 

Read about ins & outs of ebook advertising here.


August 25 2011

PROMOTING YOUR EBOOK

This is a really good, intelligent and informative blog for indie authors:

The Indie Book Collective http://indiebookcollective.com
They're on Twitter at @IndieBookIBC
Use the hashtag #IBC for all indie book discussions.
Kait Nolan's Selling Your Book guide
http://indiebookcollective.com/IndieBookCollective/Selling_Your_Book.html



August 4 2011

INSERTING PICTURES INTO YOUR EBOOK

ANCHORING PICTURES IN WORD

Reader Melvin has pointed out the Word picture anchoring instructions didn't work on his version of Word.
1. On very old versions of Word:
Click Layout.
Click Advanced
You'll see 2 options at the top: Picture Position/Text Wrapping
If you click on Picture Position you get the Lock Anchor option.
2. On other Word versions the procedure might be:
Click Format.
Click Position.
Click More Layout Options.
Click Lock Anchor
(thanks to Melvin)

WORKING WITH TEXT EDIT
Note that pictures cannot be placed in TextEdit. They have to be reinserted after you have cut and pasted your Plain Text words into your new Smashwords Word Master.

MAKING EBOOK COVERS

Free Simple Photo Editing Site For Editing and Resizing Photos And For Making Ebook Covers:

PIXLR







Ebook to Print - Conf 676

Ten Good Reasons To Lie About Your Age is now in print and on Amazon in the US and UK.

Here's a nice little promotional aid - the Good Reads giveaway scheme. Just a click to enter!



Goodreads Book Giveaway





Ten Good Reasons to Lie about Your Age by Stephanie Zia



Ten Good Reasons to Lie about Your Age


by Stephanie Zia



Giveaway ends September 19, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.




Enter to win


Thursday, August 04, 2011

Florence & Giles by John Harding

Nicola Morgan has just reviewed this book on her Help! I Need A Publisher blog, reminding me of what a great book it is. I meant to review at the time, well daughter was going to, but somehow we got side-tracked. Anyway - if you're looking for a special summer read there's a special 99p Kindle offer on at the moment:
99p

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Florence-and-Giles-ebook/dp/B003ATPQWK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1312453493&sr=1-1



Florence and GilesFlorence and Giles by John Harding

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Lots of love for this book in our house. My teenage daughter also loved this so much. She cottoned on to solving the mystery at the centre of this story long before I did and actually rang me from where she was reading to talk about it! A complete classic. Why wasn't it in the Booker list?



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