Monthly Archives: April 2011

Formatting and panic

So I talked myself into finishing up the last edits and have launched into the exciting (and new to me) world of ebook formatting. I read a post this week recommending that writers start publishing first with Smashwords. (I can’t … Continue reading

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Revising Today

Sometimes when it comes to revising works I’ve written, even when I’m working with notes from a beta reader and I get to decide what to change or not, I have huge resistance to the work. Something in me hates … Continue reading

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Monday Links

A new week, and more stuff popping up around the ‘net: • Best story of last week was this fascinating look at Amazon’s book sellers and what happens when auto-pricing goes wild—Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies, by Michael Eisen. • … Continue reading

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Monday Links

So, did everyone catch HBO’s first episode of Game of Thrones last night? I thought it was fantastic. Scary, beautiful, full of weirdness and fascinating characters. Everything a fantasy should have. Can’t wait for it to continue. Anyway, in various … Continue reading

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Final cover test

I liked the face-off aspect of the other photo, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. So I looked at more photos and chose this one, which is far more dramatic. I think this expresses the feel of the story … Continue reading

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Cover Test 5

I’m playing with the faces, making them less realistic, more fantastical. I like this one. My beta reader sent back my manuscript with a number of questions and errors and suggestions on it, so I’ll work those out next. Onwards!

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Last Night — Test Cover

So, here’s my test cover for Last Night, the short story I’m going to use as a test run in e-publishing. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I ended up working mostly in Photoplus, as Paint Shop Pro … Continue reading

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Monday Links

Good morning, writers and readers! Some interesting things I’ve picked up as I wandered the Internet recently. • Would you pay $5900 to appear on Lifetime TV network and discuss your book? Buyer beware! A new business strategy targets self-published … Continue reading

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Covers

My task next week will be to create cover art for Last Night, while the story itself is being edited by my beta reader (i.e. my very smart and well-read husband). I have a general idea, I’ve picked out some … Continue reading

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More on sales

I’ve found a few more writers who are publicly tracking sales of their self-published ebooks. These aren’t top sellers, so give a different view of sales than what you hear of the media sensations. First up is Tobias Buckell, an … Continue reading

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