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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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Amazon Kindle Publishing- book cover issue

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The other day I published my short story, Fireflies: A Vampire Story, on Amazon Kindle Publishing. The weird thing about the process is that I hoped to removed a listing of an old attempt at publishing Into the Shade. I forget the reasons why I didn’t publish or edit the file, but suffice to say, the old version continued to sit on my ‘bookshelf’ (the page you view your listed books on Amazon Publishing).

It irked me to no end, so yesterday, I opted to edit the file and make it a listed short story. Unfortunately, the book cover refused to change. It was listed as Fireflies, but the book cover was Into the Shade. Even more weird was that if you clicked on the preview, it showed the correct book cover and file. Only on the list page did it show the wrong cover.

I tried to get help but still wait for a response. I ended up unpublishing (you can’t delete) and re-published with a fresh file. Now it’s all worked out.

As for the unpublished file, I uploaded a basic graphic to illustrate it can no longer be used. Take note of ‘Do Not Use’. I just can’t trust it will work with editing.

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Had any issues with publishing via Amazon? Post in comments to share your story.

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Writing journeys; downs and ups

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My personal NaNoWriMo challenge isn’t working out as well as I hoped. I don’t reach my word count, but I find I’m still writing more fiction than I have in the past.

I even adjusted the challenge- 500 words of fiction and 500 of non-fiction, since I have a non-fiction eBook idea that keeps nagging at me.

Either way, I’m writing more towards my goal than before, and anything is better than nothing. After all- 250 words is a page in a paperback. (if in Courier font). Specifically, it is .7 of a page. Five hundred words make 1.4 pages.

CaptureWant to know how to calculate it? Use this link to Words to Pages. Its an online calculator where you add the word count, and font, and it calculates the number of pages. It’s free!

I got my first considerable check from Amazon the other day. I realized when I got it that it includes all book purchases on my Amazon account. Its not all ‘my’ money, however. The funds are primarily from the anthologies, so they go towards the meetup group.

I got about $25, and that doesn’t count the print-on-demand via Createspace. I haven’t earned enough yet from there. Its not a lot, but will help in paying the Organizer dues at Meetup.com, food, and printing fees.

I also get a small sum from blog subscriptions via Kindle Publishing for Blogs. Since I blog anyway, it doesn’t hurt to get a bit extra money. (less than $2 monthly) Unfortunately, where my blog subscription is posted doesn’t list my name, nor does it show other blogs I’ve added.

A Writer’s Journey Blog

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I’m hoping to post my personal blog, just in case someone might find it fun to read.  I write about writing, blogging, crafts, photography, funny things my family said/did, my pets, and I share resources, tips, and links, too.

There’s no cost either, although you need approval, and you just need to know your blog RSS feed. I use a site called Feedburner to list mine, and get an RSS feed from there.

If you have a blog about writing, link in comments. I’d love to see it.

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An Interview of My Short Story (from the past)

myinterviewI’m not sure if I ever mentioned I was interviewed by a fellow writer, Roxanne Crouse. I high recommend you read her short stories on Amazon. She writes in the paranormal genre.

This interview happened after the writer’s group published our short stories, after the anthology we intended to publish went bust. I encouraged members to get out there and publish the short stories, and did so myself. The interview is about the Into the Shade short I published in 2012.

Her blog, SoMuchToWriteSoLittleTime, offers author interviews, book reviews, and her own take on her writing journey. Don’t forget to subscribe to her blog, and read her stuff. Its very good stuff.

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