Evaluating your yearly goals ahead of setting new ones

The holidays are upon us. Before we know it, 2020 will make its entrance.

Every time I say 2020, it makes me think of the song “In the year 2525.” Yeah, I know, you’re probably clueless. Those older than 50 might remember it. It was a #1 hit in 1969. I was the ripe old age of 13. What’s this have to do with today’s blog? Absolutely nothing. Just adding a tidbit of fun and history of my life.

Since partnering this year with my friend Tamara Clymer in her publishing business, CrossRiver Media Group, my time has been [Read more…]

Formatting an eBook

Unshakable eBook displayed on cell phone.Formatting an eBook isn’t hard. What you have to remember is the conversion process involved.

An eBook is read on a device such as a Kindle Fire, a Nook, an iPad, and more. Many of the devices have proprietary coding—Kindle is one, and it comes with a .mobi extension to the file.

Here is an excellent article that explains the varied eBook formats.

An eBook is a reflowable file. The text is fluid—not constrained to a specific page size like a print book is. This reflowable aspect to eBooks means you don’t create page headers or page numbers for your book. But it also comes with some definite requirements. [Read more…]

How to Format a Book – Part 2

How to format a book, 8-page signatures awaiting assemblyLast week in part 1 of “How to Format a Book” I covered trim size, margins, and fonts and their sizes. This week, we’ll look at page headings, chapter beginning elements, and page count.

Whether you’re doing the layout or you’ve hired a designer, the elements discussed last week are essentials you must determine before you begin. If you don’t, then you’ll be spending time making adjustments.

Now let’s look at the importance of page headings, chapter headings, and page count. [Read more…]

How to Format a Book – Part 1

How to format a book, 8-page signatures awaiting assembly

Pallets of 8-page signatures awaiting assembly into a final coloring book.

How to format a book seems to give indie writers more difficulty than writing the book itself.

In my world as an editor and book designer, the word format means several things. When a writer contacts me asking for book formatting, I always have to clarify exactly what they want.

I covered formatting the text of your book in the following posts:

How to Format Numbers, Dates, and Times in Your Manuscript

Should I Use Italics or Quotation Marks? A Style Guide to Formatting Titles

Before formatting your book for publication, there are several things you must consider and decide first. [Read more…]

Pantsers, how do you do it?

A pantser at the keyboard, writing.What are pantsers?

Writers who write by the seat of their pants—no outline. They just sit down and start to write. Or so, that’s what I’ve been told. Surely they have some kind of story idea, but maybe not.

Pantsers, if you’re reading this post, I’d like to pick your brain.

Ten years ago I was taking a writing class that required me to write a fiction scene. Just one scene.

Later, I decided liked that scene and the characters I had created. So, I took it and started writing a full novel.

I did some initial plot work, but didn’t plot the entire book. I got around 14,000 words written before I [Read more…]

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