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Published our fourth anthology

Anthology cover 2016

 

My writer’s group publishes an anthology of our writing each year. Members submit, then I take their stories and assemble the book, design the cover, and upload to Createspace and Amazon Kindle Publishing.

The steps to publish an anthology is as follows;

  1. Edit and revise your stories so that it is the best it can be. As editor, this often means I go through to remove indents, line spacing, spellcheck, and run through punctuation. I then make sure the Title is formatted to HEADER 1, and the author’s name is HEADER 2.
  2. I add pages: Page Numbers. Title page that includes all authors. Copyright page for the book and include book cover design copyright as well. Book dedication page, which often is to the authors who submit, my writer’s group in general, and all would-be authors out there. TABLE OF CONTENTS- This gets added when I add all stories into a single document. This is where the HEADER settings are added into the TABLE OF CONTENTS field. I double check its layout and if its correct.
  3. I revise again for formatting issues.
  4. I download a pre-formatted file from Createspace that includes the gutter (that’s the book seam of a printed book) and margins. I cut/paste the book, then go through the document to check for formatting again.
  5. I send this out to all writers to check their bio page and story, and if they want, they can also check the rest of the book. It is always a good idea to get fresh eyes on the manuscript.
  6. I make revisions again.
  7. I work on book design while authors check the manuscript. Once I get their feedback, I put everything together and upload to Createspace.
  8. I often have to make more revisions if it doesn’t look correct under the online revision screen. This generally includes how the pages look in the book format.
  9. If it looks good, then I click ok, choose ‘channels, which includes book stores or online stores that might want to order the book, libraries, and of course Amazon and Createspace stores online.
  10. I adjust price. I generally keep this as low as possible since the anthology is meant to get the writers some exposure.
  11. Add the eBook version. I have to go through a similar process to get the eBook version up, editing the book cover as well. What I find frustrating is that Amazon and Createspace doesn’t play so well together and you can end up with two listings of the printed version and the eBook version.
  12. I then announce to group and hooray– we have another book released.

Printed anthology 2016

EBook version of anthology 2016

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How to create an index (MS Word)

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I write mostly non-fiction, which doesn’t often utilize the element of an index. If you write non-fiction, however, or intend to some day, this post might help.


What is an index?

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Non-fiction books often require the author to establish one, and old-school publishing may ask you to include an index or list of words to be included. This can also cost you money.

If you self-publish, you want to create the index so your reader and cross reference information.

This video shows a basic tutorial on how to create and edit an index in MS Word;

I recommend you browse their channel playlists for more tutorials that are helpful for writers.

Click here for a PDF that includes a basic outline on how to add an index.

But don’t worry, Openoffice (free word processor and office software suite) can also can create indexes much the same way. Here is a PDF document which shows you how to add index, but also table of contents.


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Online Author Platform

Building an online platform is basically your online precise as an author. Agents and publishers will look you up on the Internet, and you must consider what impression you present as an authority and your following.

The challenging I found was to find branding for myself. As a flake creative person, I tend to want too many things, change things too much, and scatter myself too thin online. I try too many hats, as it were. This leaves me muddled and ineffective with goals

This year, I’m learning to focus (which is a Herculean endeavor) to brand myself as a writer, graphic artist, and web designer.

I hope the following links will help others to streamline their author platform building;

The 6 Components of an Online Author Platform

This is an excerpt of a lengthier tutorial on components of an online author platform. Even the 4 minutes or so provides some insight, and gives you a taste of what the full tutorial offers. ($16.99 for this video tutorial or $16.58 to subscribe per month to all Writer’s Digest library of tutorials)

Or view this Google Hangout (1 hr. long) discussing the Author Platform. (free)

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What do you find the most challenging in building your author platform? Do you have a website? Blog? Social sites? Do you find them effective? Post in comments your thoughts.

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Children’s Books

One of my fondest memories reminisces to moments I read books to my son. I’d come home in time to read bed time stories, or spend afternoons sharing the pages with him. We read Little Critter books, to nature themed picture books, to the classics of fairy tales and folklore.

Sometimes I’d change the characters around, to keep my son his toes (or make him laugh). Once the Three Little Pigs became the Three Little Aardvarks living in houses made from food, with a pig that would eat the houses instead of blow them down.

So lately, I’ve considered extending my writing into the genre of children’s books. I’m compiling ideas, considering graphics, and weighing the time away from other writing to explore this.

I’m sharing some things I found that I think will help, and might help others do the same.

Bruce Jones- author of Mandela Happiness 2, and other books. Check out his video How to Make a Children’s Book in PowerPoint.   Check out his channel. He has tons of tutorials on the subject of publishing children’s books.

 

This video how to use by Olivia Bright, author of Becoming Lady Beth, shows you how to use the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator program. Creating Picture Book Tutorial 3: Amazon Kids’ Book Creator.

(Download page) Kindle Kid’s Book Creator

 

Do you write in the Children’s Book genre? Considering doing so? Post answer in comments (feel free to post links to your blog/books).

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