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Publishing through many outlets

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I came across this interesting article on publishing with the various on-demand publishing sites. Don’t forget to bookmark the page since it lists some great sites to look into publishing.

The author makes a good point to spread out over many publishing outlets, but bear in mind that for Amazon ‘s KDP Select program, you may not be able to join other sites under their terms of service. You can publish elsewhere if you’re an Amazon author, but not if you are a member of the KDP select service.

Also bear in mind that you may need to re-format your manuscript for each service you choose. Some authors find that a daunting task since the mundane chore of formatting correcting can be frustrating for one, let alone multiple styles.

I would suggest looking into the various sites to see if they offer better pricing, distribution, or marketing features.

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The writer I was yesterday….

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This quote felt right since the past few years left me very uncertain of my writer ability. My confidence waned after I published and found so few wanted to buy my short stories for only a $1.00. If I couldn’t get friends and family to purchase, how can I find strangers online?

I remind myself that I can’t stop writing. After all, the stories continue to rattle around in my head. The characters want their stories told. I just need to muster motivation- or better yet, resolve, to complete and publish again.

One other issue that’s made writing difficult is my eyes. I’ve always had bad vision, but as I get older, and now require bifocals, it’s like looking through binoculars at the world.

I’ve been told the risk of retinal tearing also increased with aging, when I already had the potential of going blind since I was a kid. (I have thin retinas as well as very bad astigmatism, and the shape of the entire eyeball is wrong). Two eye doctors said it was the worst astigmatism they’ve seen in their careers. Needless to say, reading is a chore now.

I figure ‘slow and steady wins the race’ so even if I can get a few hundred words in fiction done each day, it is better than nothing. I hope it will be enough to satisfy the writing gods (and my characters).

Currently, I’m working on the following:

A sequel to Into the Shade, my short story published on Amazon Kindle Singles. You can also find my other short story, Fireflies: A Vampire Story. I have three anthologies I published but don’t have stories in some of them. See my Amazon Author Page.

I have three other short stories all vying for attention, as well as a novel series with vampires, and two e-workbooks I want to publish before the end of the year. I’m not sure if that will happen, but I’ll keep at it.

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Don’t forget to check my Programs page!

I’m not sure if many readers know I have a page dedicated to various programs for writers.

If you have programs you think I should add, please post in comments below.

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https://frootbat31.wordpress.com/writing-programs/

 

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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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