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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Writer YouTube Channels

As a writer, you might want to consider creating a YouTube channel to promote your writing. I’ve considered it myself, but hate the way I look on camera, and when I did a blog-a-day challenge, I learned I didn’t like the editing part. But it does gain viewers and potential fans to your writing.

Here are some writers who have some interesting channels:

Eva Deverell

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This channel shares mostly writer prompts, which include write-alongs where she writes and you watch her process. This is an example where you don’t have to show yourself, or even talk.

Jenna Moreci– author of Eve- the Awakening.

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This channel I find very entertaining with her videos on quarterly goals, her easygoing tone, her openness of her writing process. She shares upcoming novels she will be publishing, and provides many videos on the writing craft.

Vivien Reis– author of the Elysian Prophecy

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This channel includes topics on writing, publishing, goals, and tips. She speaks well, directly, and shares her experiences as an author.

Writer’s Digest- Writer’s Digest Magazine.

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Highly recommended to subscribe! This channel covers many aspects of writing from drafting to publishing and marketing. You can also find interviews with published authors, and lots of topics. Many videos are preview videos, but there is so much information here that is valuable.

Vlogbrothers- John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars, and Hank Green, his brother who  helped created Nerdcon, and works with Crash Course and SciShow.

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This channel isn’t exclusively about the bestselling author, John Green of Fault in Our Stars, but his videos will include his writing process. The channel started between the two brothers vlogging to one another that build an amazingly huge fanbase.

ShaelinWrites- authored 7 novels and shares about her process.

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This channel includes tutorials and her writing process, but also collaboration videos with other vloggers. This is a good example of sharing topics and the process of writing and she shares her process in simple, frank language.

If you decide to start vlogging, remember to include these features:

  • An about page that links back to blog/web sites so visitors can order your book
  • Add videos mentioning your writing you will be publishing.
  • Add playlists to sort your videos into groups such as ‘writing’ and ‘character’ and ‘publishing’.
  • Add tags/keywords when publishing so people can find you through searches.
  • Add your videos to your blog/website.
  • Avoid ‘um’ when you speak. Talk in a firm, direct tone.

Do you have favorite youtubers you follow that are about writing? Share in comments.

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Writer Gift Ideas

It’s getting to be that time of year again to think about the writers in your life, and what to get them. Here is a list of suggested ideas you might enjoy. (Some are affiliate links but you can look them up yourself if you like);

A subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine provides ample information and incentive for the writer in your life. I’ve found each and every magazine provided valuable information on writing craft as well as publishing in today’s market. $19 year)

Also consider any number of books by Writer’s Digest on the topics of writing, publishing, and marketing.

The Writer’s Market can help the writer in your life to look at publishing markets. Each year, Writer’s Digest released a new book, so you might be able to find a previous year. Ideally, you would want to give a current copy to have fresh markets. ($20)

A fancy fountain pen offers support in a writer’s craft. It doesn’t have to be specifically a fountain pen, but a special or high-end pen they can use. ($15)

 

A pen holder is perfect for the writer who carries a notebook around with them. These easy stick on pen clips are perfect to affix to any notebook, journal, or book.

 

Notebooks come in many shapes, sizes, and covers to choose from. Moleskin notebooks include lined, dotted, or blank pages for journaling or writing, or select of the special notebooks listed in my online store.

Mug with quote are perfect for writers. This is just one example, but you can get mugs with specific quotes and graphics on them, or even design your own mug through sites like Zazzle or Cafepress.

Some other ideas include:

T-shirts with quotes on them. These are always popular. If the writer in your life has a book published, consider having a t-shirt made with their book cover and title put on the shirt so they can show it off.

Books (printed or ebooks) that help with the craft of writing, publishing, or marketing of the writer’s specific genre.

Storymatic Classic is a game writers can use to prompt their writing.

 

 The Writer’s Toolbox is another writer inspired game that uses cards and popsicle sticks with prompts and plot ideas.

What’s on your wishlist this year? Post in comments.

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Link: NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

Linkshare- NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

National Novel Writing Month is closing in fast, so I wanted to share links and resources for my fellow writers that will endure the NaNoWriMo.

Keeping a journal not only helps keep you on track, but it turns into a resource book to keep on hand at your desk. Boho Berry provides some nice tips, showing you some of her pages, and many can be worked at any time of the year, not just November.

Her channel provides many tips for planners, so if you want to get into bullet journaling and planners, this is good resource.

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