The coolest thing I’ve ever seen

I had another post I was working on but this was just too cool to put off.  Seriously, probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  It might not be all that big of a deal to anyone else, but it’s definitely high on my list.

Alright, I’ll start at the beginning.  A couple days ago I read a post about how Scrivener (the writing program I use) can format to different ebook types.  I started playing around with it and got really frustrated.  To format for Kindle you have to download the KindleGen program from Amazon, then go back and link Scrivener to the program before it’ll work right.  I’ll probably do another post specifically on that process later, it was kind of a pain.

So, I got all that set up and went back to trying to compile the manuscript for Kindle.  It asked what I wanted to put for the cover, so I messed around for a while and made up a draft cover.  I did the drawing by hand, edited it on the computer and did the formatting (1:1.6.  Best for Kindle is 2820 x 4500 according to their site, that’s what I used). Continue reading “The coolest thing I’ve ever seen”

A Few Thoughts on “Marketing”

One of the reasons that I started this blog was to interact with other authors and learn a bit about writing, publishing, and marketing a self published book.  I’ve only been on this site for a few weeks now, but I’ve been reading and researching everything I can find.  And now, I have a couple thoughts on some of the things I’ve seen and read.  Of course, take it all with a grain of salt since I haven’t published anything yet.

One of the reasons I decided to write this post is that I realized today that I have never, not once, bought a book because of something I’d seen on social media.  Maybe that’s just me, maybe I’m in the minority, but none of the “techniques” I’ve seen so far made me click the link to check out someone’s book.  Sure, I’ve only been on here a short while, but as soon as I signed up I was following every site I could find that might have anything to do with indie authors and self publishing.  I’ve seen countless interviews, reviews, blog tours, etc.  There have only been a few times I was tempted and that was because the author caught my interest, not the book, and I was curious to see what they had written. Continue reading “A Few Thoughts on “Marketing””

Amazon’s Unlimited program

I just read the newest post on the Smashwords blog, Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?  As it mentions in the title, the post is all about Amazon’s new program and potential effects on indie authors.  In case you’ve been under a rock for the last week and haven’t heard, Amazon has just started “Kindle Unlimited”.  It’s a subscription program where readers pay a flat rate and read as much as they want for the month.

The catch for authors is that if you want your book to be in the lending pool you have to be part of Kindle Select.  Kindle Select is fairly controversial in writing circles because to be in the program, and have access to the benefits, that book has to be exclusive to Amazon, you can’t put the book up anywhere else.  If you’re in the program you get access to promotional tools and benefits, and will be included in the lending library and the new Kindle Unlimited.  One of the most powerful promotional tools included is 5 “free” days every 90 days, where you can give away ebooks to draw in new readers.  Being included in the Unlimited program would be beneficial too, giving readers a chance to access your works without paying anything (yet the author will still be compensated for it). Continue reading “Amazon’s Unlimited program”

Started a new project

(Image from an interesting post on Good E Reads)

I hadn’t realized how tied up my brain is with my daughter’s book until last night.

I was really trudging through my writing time, just struggling to add a couple new pages to her story.  It wasn’t writer’s block, nothing that serious, but it was work.  The words were reluctant, difficult, and stubborn.  I got my pages done and then closed the word processor with relief.  Done for the day, whew.

But there was another document open. Continue reading “Started a new project”

Scrivener

The other day I was complaining about the many little frustrations I had with the basic word processing program I was using to write.  Once my draft got long enough, jumping back and forth between different chapters to reference previous scenes became quite the headache.

I was with a writer friend at the time who suggested I check out Scrivener.  She showed me a couple of the basics and it seemed promising, so when I got home I downloaded the trial version.

I played around with it and for the first fifteen minutes I absolutely hated it.  Everything was laid out so differently than I was used to I couldn’t figure out how to actually do anything.  Eventually, I looked up a “how to” on youtube that showed how to use the program.  That made a huge difference. Continue reading “Scrivener”