This may not be happening, but what if it did? Today I received an e-mail update from Mark Coker because I am a Smashwords member (that is, I have published to Smashwords and they see fit to send updates my way about their company). Mark Coker, president of Smashwords.com, which is a wonderful vehicle for self publishers to publish their work for free in every format at once, is adamant that Amazon Kindle may be destined for a slow death. He had many observations about the
I’ve thought about it for a while, and have decided that on Monday my blog will no longer have the word “wordpress” in my URL. It will only cost me $18 a year, and here are the benefits I will reap: 1. Professional Image – My blog will no longer be “just another WordPress blog”, but will have a more professional look. I have already started by changing the look of the blog so that more articles are visible and so that the archives are more easily accessed. This will make t
I use a little program called Scrivener created by the wonderful folks over at Literature and Latte (click the link to the right for more info). It is a fantastic word processing program that meets all of my novel writing needs. Today I wanted to you how easy it is to plan and outline a novel using this program. Sometimes Scrivener has some unconventional uses like the one I am about to show you. First of all, the program has three sections when you create a new document.
When I talk to self-publishers out there, I find that they have several misconceptions about e-books. Here are the myths: 1. My book will do much better as an e-book because it will be more accessible to readers. 2. Most people have e-readers now anyway. 3. Customers can check out e-books from the library with no strings attached, just like print books. 4. E-books will allow me to finally get published and noticed by the major publishing houses. 5. E-books make people be
I just finished my fourteenth year of teaching English at the high school level and look forward to a fifteenth. I think back to when I started, and how I was roped in to teaching a yearbook class because I really needed the job and thought that if I took on some electives, it would go well toward keeping me on for at least three years until I earned tenure (back when tenure existed). Today I don’t teach yearbook. I’m too busy to do that. My career has taken more satisfyin
As a fiction writer, it is important to know your audience. If you have never done any research to discover what demographic your proposed novel might reach (or not reach) then you may be wasting valuable time writing a novel that no one will read. At a glance you can see what subjects trended on Google News. Google Zeitgeist is a fantastic engine created to show researchers at a glance what subjects people are typing into search bars on a moment to moment basis. The 2011 n
You all know how I feel about Scrivener, but it is truly the best program for novelists out there. For $49 it’s a steal and it is really not that complicated to use. Today I thought I would show you how to format a Kindle .mobi file and an .epub file that is used on most other digital readers. Front matter tells Scrivener what to insert as the first few pages of your book. First thing is front matter. In the Scrivener “binder” which is the cool side bar on the left of your
A short story I submitted to Kindle Singles is now up. It is available on Amazon Kindle and on the Nook. I formatted the book for Kindle and for Nook using Scrivener. …and hey, it’s only .99 cents! The Kindle version is found here. The Nook version is found here. If you buy a copy, please write a review of it. I’d appreciate that very much! #writing #nook #amazonkindle #gadgets #literature #scrivener #shortstory #technology #kindle #flashfiction #SelfPublishing #books #com