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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fun With Indie Publishing Part 6 - Uploading

You can find Part 5 - Promo File here.

You're files are all ready. Cover designed. Blurb and author bio written. You are now ready to upload your first book.

On File Formats. If you know how to create the different file formats have at it. Smashwords will only take .doc at this time. Barnes and Noble and Amazon will take different formats.

Smashwords
Smashwords only takes Word file .doc uploads. Log in to your account and click the Publish button in the navigation bar - http://www.smashwords.com/upload. Then you start filling in the fields:
Title
Short Description (your logline)
Long Description (your blurb)
Language of Book
Adult Content Yes/No
Set Your Price
Sampling Percentage (yes, you want sampling)
Categories (pick the two closest to what your book is)
Tags (this would be subject, like action/adventure, pirates, historical, unicorns, etc; anything which is in your book)
Ebook Formats (I select all except .rtf and .txt because they tend to mess up the formatting, but you can check them if you want them to be available, make sure all other boxes are checked)
Upload your cover image
Upload your book file
If you have a Publisher account you select your author from the drop down menu - if you have an author account don't worry about this part
Click PUBLISH.

Your book will then be converted into the different file formats. Depending on how many other books being uploaded at that time this could take a few seconds to up to an hour.
Once the files have been converted -
Go to your Dashboard.
Click on the ISBN Manager. Scroll down.
Find the new title and click on Assign an ISBN. If you already have an ISBN you would enter it here. If you don't have an ISBN you will pick for Smashwords to assign a Free ISBN. This allows you to distribute to Apple, Sony and Kobo.
Go Back to your Dashboard.
Click on Channel Manager.
Scroll Down.
Find your New Title. Make sure you are "opted in" for Apple, Sony, Kobo, and Diesel. Make sure you are "opted out" for Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Note: if you are outside the US you will want to opt in for B&N until they allow non-US authors to use them.
Scroll Down. Click SUBMIT CHANGES.

You are now uploaded and ready to go at Smashwords. It can take several weeks for your books to be Approved to be sent out to Apple, Sony and Kobo and then a few weeks once you've been approved.

Amazon
Amazon can take many file formats. A side note for uploading to Amazon (what I do): I haven't had much luck with directly uploading word .docs. Its meat grinder tends to add odd indents into the file. I use MobiPocket Creator, but haven't tried to upload in other ways so can't say how they work. Though I have recently seen several people say they have uploaded as .html without the weird indent problem. So, I might try that next time. But here is what I have been doing so far for MobiPocket Creator - Save As your word doc as Web Page, Filtered. Download MobiPocket Creator . Start MobiPocket. Click on: Import from Existing File - HTML Document. Load in your saved web page, filtered book file. Choose where you want the files to be saved. Click Import. Click Cover Image (on the left navigation menu). Click Add a Cover Image. Add the cover image. Click Update. On the top navigation bar. Click BUILD. Leave the buttons alone. Click Build. You now have your files to upload to Amazon.
 
Go to your KDP Dashboard - https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/dashboard. Click Add New Title.
You will not click the checkbox to enroll in KDP Select (remember you are selling to all top markets not just Amazon).
Now you will enter your info:
Book Title
Series Information (if applicable)
Blurb
Click Add Book Contributors (this is where you designate Author)
Book Language
Publication Date
Publisher Name
ISBN (this is not required, but is there if you have purchased them)
Verify Your Publication Rights
Add your Categories
Add seven Tags
Upload your book cover (uncheck the box if you already have the book cover in your book file)
Select if you want DRM or not
Upload Your Book File
Click Save and Continue.
Next Page: Select your Territory rights - click Worldwide unless for a specific reason (you want to get in all Amazon stores)
Select Royalty percentage - 35% for books under $2.99, 70% for books $2.99 and over. \
Pick your Price. You can check for all foreign markets to match your US price or enter in the amount you want.
Select on whether you want to allow Lending. (I do). This allows people who have purchased your book to lend it to another Kindle user for a limited amount of time.
Click the check box to Save and Publish.
CLICK Save and Publish.

Barnes and Noble
B&N excepts several file formats including epub and doc. Log in to your Dashboard go to MyTitles - http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?&a=mv&t=mytitles  .
Click Add a Title
Add Info (only items with Red * are required)
Title
List Price
Publication Date
Publisher
Contributor (this is where you designate Author)
Upload your Book file
Upload your Cover file
ISBN Yes/No
Book Part of Series Yes/No
Book available in print Yes/No
Book Public Domain Yes/No
Drop Down Box: Age Group
Language of Book
What Rights do you have?
Do you want DRM Yes/No
Add 5 subject Categories
Keywords for search engines
Book Blurb
Author Bio
Any Editorial Reviews You Have
Checkbox to confirm you own the rights and want to publish.
CLICK Put On Sale.

You now have your book up for sale. Smashwords will be available ASAP, Amazon and Barnes and Noble can take up to 48 hours (but usually just a couple of hours), and it will take several weeks for it to be distributed out to Apple, Sony, and Kobo.


Monday, February 27, 2012

New Release: The Plutonians by Angelia Almos

The Plutonians by Angelia Almos. A science fiction short story. 

Adalena, a Plutonian, has lived undercover with her team on Earth for over one thousand years. But when the New Horizons automated spacecraft arrives at Pluto and takes pictures of one of their cities, she knows everything is about to change.


Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Excerpt:

“They found life on Pluto!"

The shout went out on July 15, 2015 at 1800 hours. And my life would never be the same. I turned to look at the giant screen television mounted over the bar in the busy restaurant. The New Horizons robotic spacecraft had captured a perfect picture of Pluto. But the image wasn’t of just an empty planet. It clearly showed our ancient city on the surface.

I was horrified. There might not be Martians, but Plutonians are very real. I’m a Plutonian and have been on Earth for over a thousand years. A little genetic nip-tuck here, a little genetic manipulation there, and my kind can pass as human. It was easy for us to transition except for our longevity. Since one Plutonian year was roughly 248 Earth years I had only aged about five of my years since stepping on Earth soil. Someone bumped me and I realized I’d been staring blindly at the television. If the robotic spacecraft was close enough to see one of our ancient cities then those on Pluto could see the spacecraft. It had been so long since my team had contact with our home planet.

I pulled my gaze away from the television. My hands trembled. Fisting them I forced the tremors to stop. I had to consider what it meant that we had revealed ourselves to Earth.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - IMMORTAL by Angelia Almos

New Release: IMMORTAL by Angelia Almos. A fantasy short story.

Arianna seeks help from rogue adventurer, the Hawk, to save her criminal brother from the gallows. If her brother is hanged her entire family will be exposed as immortals when he doesn’t die. But is she willing to pay the price the Hawk asks in exchange for his assistance?

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet:

Before she saw him move, he had her wrist captured in his hand. Arianna pulled back, but abandoned the struggle, not wanting to call attention to herself. He drew her hand across the table and looked at it speculatively as he turned it over. She shivered. This was the first time in her short life a man had touched her without her permission.

The Hawk pressed his lips to her palm and met her eyes.


For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords,

Friday, February 24, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - IMMORTAL by Angelia Almos

New Release: IMMORTAL by Angelia Almos. A fantasy short story.


Arianna seeks help from rogue adventurer, the Hawk, to save her criminal brother from the gallows. If her brother is hanged her entire family will be exposed as immortals when he doesn’t die. But is she willing to pay the price the Hawk asks in exchange for his assistance?

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet:

The flickering torches of The Lucky Pony Tavern beckoned to Arianna in the darkness from where she paused at the base of the porch steps. Rowdy laughter and voices drifted through the closed door. She fought the compelling urge to step back into the safety of the dense forest behind her.

She trembled. Fear was an active ingredient in her blood. She took a deep breath and forced the fright back. Her hands brushed down the front of her skirt in an unconscious gesture. The gown was plain, but anyone with an eye would be able to spot the fine cloth despite the simple cut. That could cause problems in a place like The Lucky Pony.

Tucking her dark hair behind her ears, she pulled her cloak up over her head and around her dress and started up the steps.


For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I've Been Tagged

Been a while since someone has tagged me with a blog award or one of those other things. Not that I'm complaining. :-) Thanks, Taurean at Talking Animal Addicts and Kat at The World Crafter's Inkspot for the Tags.

The Tag rules:
1. You must post the rules!
2. Answer the questions and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them.

Questions:
1. If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be? (Taurean)
I always wanted to go to the world of Star Wars and hang out with Luke and Leia. But then again everyone they know either dies or is tortured so probably not the safest place to go.
1. If you could be a book character, who would it be? (Kat)
I wanted to be Sheila in the Secret of the Unicorn Queen series when I was a kid or Nancy Drew.
2. Do you read in noisy or quiet places? (Taurean)
Both. I read when I can.
2. Superpower? (Kat)
When I was a kid I always wanted to be the firestarter., but in thinking about it, what a non-fun power that would have been. I think the some sort of telekinesis would be cool.
3. What was the first book you ever read? (Taurean)
How the heck would I know? :-) I honestly have no clue.
3. Do you prefer illustrated or non-illustrated novels? (Kat)
I'd have to say non-illustrated. I rarely read comics, graphic novels, or picture books (for myself). But I don't dislike illustrated. 
4. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Taurean)
Hmmm. I have no clue. How could I pick just one?
4. Fantasy or science fiction? (Kat)
Hard one. I would have to Science Fiction Romance is probably my favorite at the moment. 
5. Favorite author? (Taurean)
Linda Howard 
5. Can you write in a noisy environment, or does it have to be quiet? (Kat)
I can not write steamy romance scenes if there is anyone around me. LOL But I do generally like noise. Radio, TV, etc. 
6. Do reviews influence your choice of reads? (Taurean)
Depends on if I came across the book by chance. I am more likely to read reviews for nonfiction than fiction.
6. How many books can you read in a day? (Kat)
I just had this conversation with my daughter and talking about how much I used to be able to read in a day. I feel lucky if I have the time to read a single book in a day. But I generally read adult novels. I can read several picture books in a day for bedtime. :-) 
7. Fiction or Nonfiction? (Taurean)
Fiction 80% - Nonfiction 20% 
7. Favorite author? (Kat)
Okay, go with someone different, to tie into question 4. Linnea Sinclair is my favorite SFR writer.
8. Have you ever met your favorite author (Linda Howard)? (Taurean)
No, I missed her, boo hoo, but I did get to meet several other faves at a conference. Linnea Sinclair, Sharon Sala, Jayne Ann Krentz, Heather Graham, Christine Feehan, and Suzanne Brockman. 
8. Favorite illustrator? (Kat)
I really enjoy the Pinkalicous illustrations, but can't remember the author/illustrators name.

9. Audio books or Paperbacks? (Taurean)
I can do audio books, but tend to want to read either paper or e-ink. 
9. Middle-grade or young adult novels? (Kat)
I tend to resonate more with middle-grade voice it's closer to my own writing voice, but I love romances in my books and those are usually in YA novels.
10. Classic or Modern Novels? (Taurean)
Modern. 
10. One person in the world you wish you could meet? (Kat)
I've got a fear about meeting my heroes and have found ways not to meet them when the opportunities would come up. Would the person be how I imagine them? No, I don't believe they would, so I would rather not meet them. If I admire someone without the hero worship than I'm good with meeting them, but I wouldn't call any of them the "one person in the world I would wish to meet."

11. Book Groups or Solitary Reading? (Taurean)
Solitary. 
11. One place in the world you wish you could go? (Kat)
Ireland, hands down.

The eleven bloggers I am tagging:
Kristen Schwartz - A Journey Illustrated 
Kristi - R.A.W.
Courtney Rene
KH LeMoyne - Fantasy Powered by Love
Lisa - A Tasty Read
Romance Mavens
Kaylie Newell 
Anne Johnson - Jester Harley's Manuscript Page
Claudine - CarryUsOff Books Blog
Ellen - Confessions of Character
inluvwithwords - Out on a Limb

Your 11 questions.
1. What is your favorite blog(s)?
2. What is your favorite past time besides writing or illustrating?
3. What is your favorite adaptation (movie or TV show made from a book)?
4. Dog or cat person?
5. What is your dream job (can't be author or illustrator)?
6. Do you own an ereader? What kind or why not?
7. What movie in 2012 can you not wait to see or if you already saw it what was it?
8. What is your favorite mythical creature?
9. What movie scared you more than anything?
10. Do you have any famous relatives? Who?
11. What genres do you read most often?


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fun With Indie Publishing Part 5 - Promo File

You can find Part 4 - Cover Design here. Each week I'm covering a different aspect of Indie Publishing and sharing some of my experiences to help other people skip some of the mistakes I've made. :-)

Okay, your files are formatted for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. Your ebook cover should be designed. Now I want you to make a promo file: Title Promo. In your promo file, you will put in your Blurb (Back Cover Copy), Logline, and Author Bio. These are your marketing tools for selling your book. This is the last thing you will need before you upload your files.

Blurb
You will want to write an engaging blurb telling the basics of your story. Go out and read the back cover copy of books in your genre. Get an idea for how they are written. A good rule of thumb is to write your blurb in active present tense. This gives it tension. You can go long or short with your blurb. I tend to go shorter, but I know a recent study released pointed to longer blurbs being better. But go with what you are comfortable with. I use the same skills I used for those query letter blurbs for my back cover blurbs. Some difference is you might be putting more "telling" information about a character in a back cover blurb than you would in a query letter blurb. Writing blurbs takes lots of practice and I continue to tweak and usually have a couple of different versions for each book

Here are some examples from my own books. Ask yourself, do you want to know more or buy the book when you read the blurb?

Horse Charmer 
A gifted princess. A special horse. A quest for the truth.

At sixteen years old, Cassia would rather spend her days in the royal stables than in the royal court. But as the eldest child of King Robet and Queen Sarahann she obediently performs her duties as the Princess of Karah.

Her safe world changes forever when her father is murdered in the neighboring kingdom of Vespera. Cassia grapples with his loss as her mother prepares her for her new role as queen. Her first task - she must travel to Vespera to marry a prince she barely knows to fulfill the treaty her father signed just before his death.

Nothing is as simple as it seems with political intrigues and unusual powers shadowing Cassia on her search to find out who killed her father and why.

Spectors
Space pirate Kristy Ryan is having a bad day.

First, her pilot and lover, Andrew Bennet, picks a fight with her.

Second, the Military Space Alliance comes across her ship when she’s running a not-so-legal job.

Third, she finds out her father, a notorious space pirate himself, disappeared while working for the MSA.

Fourth, and the final straw, the MSA is blackmailing her to continue the dangerous mission her father started.

What else could go wrong?

Immortal
Arianna seeks help from rogue adventurer, the Hawk, to save her criminal brother from the gallows. If her brother is hanged her entire family will be exposed as immortals when he doesn’t die. But is she willing to pay the price the Hawk asks in exchange for his assistance?

Whitelighter
Lily Conner is a witch with an unusual side affect to her powers – she glows like a neon white light to all supernatural creatures. A vampire who kills her will absorb her light gaining the ability to use magic. Two years ago her family was killed when a pack of vampires followed her home. She barely escaped with her toddler sister in tow. Now she lives on the run with her four-year-old sister and a vampire bodyguard.

Reyes Vega lost his whitelighter sister to vampires several years ago. When he meets Lily and her sister he knows he can’t let another whitelighter fall victim to the vampires and sets out to protect her from the same fate as his sister.   

Logline(s)

Loglines are very important sales tools. If someone asks you about your book, can you tell them what it is about in one to two sentences? That's what a logline, and sometimes called an elevator pitch, is called. You'll need your logline for your "short description" for Smashwords (they have both a short and long description section). My trick for loglines has been to take my three to five sentence query letter blurb and keep editing it down until it is one or two sentences. Loglines should always be written in present tense with active and descriptive words. Generalizing is good. Instead of saying, Lily Conner a witch; I would say "a young witch." I don't use character's names in loglines unless the name is important for a particular reason. Screenwriting books have lots of great tips on how to make a logline.

Here are some of my loglines to give you an idea. I often have several different loglines, shorter ones, longer ones, etc. for each book. But I try to have one, my main, logline memorized for each book so if someone asks me, what's your book about? I can immediately give them a clear and concise answer. Sometimes your logline will need to include the title and the genre. When you do that, you would say/write "TITLE is a GENRE about LOGLINE."

Horse Charmer - A sheltered princess discovers her remarkable gift with horses while on a dangerous quest to find who murdered her father.

Spectors - A space pirate is blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Whiteligher - A young witch's special powers make her a target to any vampire who catches sight of her.

Immortal - A young immortal seeks help from a rogue to save her family. 

These are all examples of shorter loglines. You can go a little longer adding in some description or complication to the plot, but I generally find shorter is better for my memory (the longer loglines tend to get tangled up when I try to say them). 


Author Bio

My least favorite part is probably the author bio. :-) Maybe if I lived a more exciting life I'd find it a little funner. I have been altering my bio for each book to make it a little more interesting. I start with my basic, who I am, an example can be found in the section front and back matter. I might just leave it at that, but for a few of my books I have gone a little farther. For Horse Charmer, I included a few sentences about how the idea of Horse Charmer came to me. For Spectors, I talked about growing up watching Star Trek and Star Wars. Read other author bios to give you an idea of the type of information to include and only include what you are comfortable with.

Okay, that's what goes into your promo file. Next week we'll tackle the actual uploading.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - IMMORTAL by Angelia Almos

New Release: IMMORTAL by Angelia Almos. A fantasy short story.

Arianna seeks help from rogue adventurer, the Hawk, to save her criminal brother from the gallows. If her brother is hanged her entire family will be exposed as immortals when he doesn’t die. But is she willing to pay the price the Hawk asks in exchange for his assistance?

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet:

He was just as Mother Serena had described. Shaggy blonde hair, warrior’s body, and a pretty face making him look younger than his years. What she hadn’t described was the inner menace leaping off him in an aura making him far more threatening then all of the other men in the tavern combined. Squaring her shoulders, she walked determinedly across the floor to his table.

The Hawk didn’t look up from his ale, “Keep walking.”

Ignoring his clear warning, she sat down in the chair across from him.


For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords,

Friday, February 17, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - SPECTORS by Angelia Almos

Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet:

She just wanted to get this summons over with. It didn’t make sense that the MSA would be looking for her. She worked her butt off to stay under their radar. There was more profit to be had by not being on a most wanted list. The MSA didn’t go to the trouble of tracking down a single ship for smuggling. They focused their attention on the consortiums and the privateers.

Which meant it had to be about her. She didn’t like that idea any better and would have preferred a different conclusion. She finished up her preflight check and fired up the engines of the Gryphon.

For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fun With Indie Publishing Part 4 - Cover Design


Thanks for stopping by for part 4. You can read Fun With Indie Publishing Part 3: Front and Back Matter here.

Cover design can be one of the funnest and most agonizing part of the indie publishing process. You have complete control. Yay! Your vision is the one which will be picked. Yay! But your idea could be bad or you might not have the skills needed to pull it off. Bummer.

But that's okay. 1) You can hire out for a cover or 2) You can design it yourself.

Hiring Out
1st Tamra cover.



2nd Tamra cover.
3rd Tamra cover.
4th Tamra cover.
There are many, many talented cover designers out there available for you to hire to design your cover. Cover design fees can range from $20-$1,000+up. It depends on if you're using stock photography and already made images or if you're having custom images made (drawing, painting, photography). Fees will also be based on if you are contracting for just an epub cover or if you also want a print cover. I recommend you look around and price and compare. Consider books in your genre (checking Amazon is very helpful). What types of covers are you drawn to? When choosing a cover designer, make sure to look at their previous work and check references. Don't buy a cover you can't afford. Find out how often is it included in your fee for a cover to be redone if you are unhappy. Make sure you get a cover in both 72dpi (for ebooks) and 300dpi (for print books) even if you aren't sure yet whether you want to do print. You want the high resolution image just in case you do decide otherwise you will have to start from scratch. The high res can also be used for advertising should you decide you want to.

My own experience with hiring out has been a good one. I found a cover designer who designed for an e-press as well as freelance (my 2nd Tamra cover was through the e-press she also works for). Queried her and found I could totally afford her fee. http://www.tarawest.com Tamra's fast, easy to work with, and will come up with her own concept if you aren't sure of what you want. So far I have used her for my novels and novellas, but design my own short story covers because on how long it would take to recoup the cost. She is a lot more in demand so I need to contact her farther in advance than I used to. She also designed an ad for my first novel release:


Doing It Yourself

If you already have graphic design and artistic skill and experience then you are one step ahead of many people. The first thing you will need is a general idea of how you want your cover to look and the graphic skills to pull it off. Some sort of graphic program. Here are the ones I have heard people using: Photoshop, Gimp, Powerpoint (yes, several authors use powerpoint style programs), Paint Shop Pro, and any other photo editing software. A photo viewing software will not do the job. But you don't have to race out and buy software. Gimp and others like it are open source and do the job perfectly well. I personally use Gimp and Paint Shop Pro. Depends on what I want the cover to do. Pain Shop Pro is easier for me to use, but doesn't do quite as much as Gimp.

You also don't have to pay a fortune for graphics. You can take or paint your own pictures. Or utilize stock photography websites. Most of these you will pay anywhere from $1-10 for an image which can be used on ebooks and print books up to a certain number sold (I believe it is 10,000). Stock sites:  http://www.dreamstime.com, http://www.bigstockphoto.com, http://www.istockphoto, http://www.shutterstock.com. For romance writers there are also these sites (the photo fees are higher), http://www.romancenovelcovers, http://www.razzdazzstock.com, http://www.hotdamnstock.com. You can also find lots of art at http://www.deviantart.com, but you will need to contract with the individual artist for the art or design.

Once you have your artwork it is time to put it together and add in effects and text. If you will only be doing an ebook cover for short stories or nonfiction the graphics can be at 72 dpi, but if you are doing a novel or novella or nonfiction book I highly recommend you do it at 300 dpi even if you currently don't think you want to do a print edition. The key to remember is your book cover needs to look good as a thumbnail and a big image. So always reduce the image down in viewing it before finalizing any cover. The cool thing with the stock sites is you can download a trial image with watermarks to play with before you commit to purchasing the picture and doing your final design. Your ecover size needs to fit within the range Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords requires. My cover designer uses 776 x 1200.


Try to pick fonts which go with your genre. Stay away from super scripty fonts as they can be hard to read. Block works best, but I do like to play with my fonts. :-) I usually choose the font last. Sometimes you will be able to find an image where you can just use it. Other times you will need to merge photos, erase backgrounds, layering, changing colors, etc. Immortal is an examples of me playing with layering photos and erasing backgrounds. The more you do it the better you get at it. My first attempts at layering were --- laughable. And were why I ended up hiring a cover designer for my other books. But I have continued to work at it and gotten more comfortable at the skill.

Here are some examples for the cover I designed for Immortal:

First I looked for a girl which fit my story. I then added some text for a super simple cover. But decided I wanted to do more. Layers. I erased the background.

I then needed a background to put my girl on.











I put the girl on the backgrounds and started experimented with the fonts and made these four mock-ups. 
       


Then after getting some feedback from my home and online friends, and checking the prices of the images I was considering, I designed the following cover.



This post is getting awfully long so I should wrap it up with just one more thought. Don't break the bank. Same philosophy as with hiring out for editors. Work within your budget. Do what you can on your own. Trade if you can. Or hire out if you can afford the fee. Your first cover attempts might not be works of art, but with practice they will get better and better. 


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet - HORSE CHARMER by Angelia Almos

I could have sworn I scheduled a post for today, but it seems to have disappeared. Hmmm. So sorry this is a couple of hours late.

Horse Charmer by Angelia Almos. A young adult fantasy.

A sheltered princess discovers her remarkable gift with horses while on a dangerous quest to find her father's murderer.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet: 

Steeling her nerves, she tiptoed across the room to the door, her eyes on the sleeping lump. It appeared she wasn't the only one to go to sleep early. At the door, she hesitated. What if there was a guard standing right outside? She huffed out a breath and pulled the handle as silently as she could. The door hinges creaked lightly and she flinched as the sleeper stirred.


For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com

Available as an ebook from Sony, iBooks, Diesel eBook Store, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

Available in print from Create Space, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet:

“Fine.” She turned to him with an overly sweet smile. “I apologize.”

“That’s better,” Wilhelmina purred. “Don’t you both feel better now?”

Kristy was given a reprieve when the comm beeped. Glenn Cadoc’s voice came over the speakers. “Kristy to the bridge.”

She jumped up and headed out the opposite door more eagerly than she would have normally to see what Glenn wanted. Anything to escape the touchy-feely session Wilhelmina was gearing up for.


For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fun With Indie Publishing Part 3 - Front and Back Matter

Thanks for stopping by for part 3. You can find Part 2 here.

Now, I'll talk about the front and back matter of what to put in your master file.

I put my cover on the front page.

Page Break. 

Title page comes next. Example would be:

WHITELIGHTER
by
Angie Derek
****
Smashwords Edition
****
Page Break


Published by Thoroughweb Press.
Whitelighter
Copyright © 2011 by Angelia Almos
Cover design by Tamra Westberry.

All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the author or publisher except for the use of brief quotations in critical articles or reviews.
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This is a work of fiction. Names, places, businesses, characters and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, actual events or locales is purely coincidental.
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License Notes
 Each retailer has a different license notes requirement and will be added in when we get to that point.
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Acknowledgements or Dedication Page
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Table of Contents
Hyperlinks to all chapters in book and sections (good instructions are within the Smashwords Style Guide if you've never done this). You don't want to use the Table of Contents feature within Word according to the style guide so you will need to do it manually.
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Chapter One
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About the Author (example)

Angie Derek writes steamy paranormal romances and romantic suspense. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two dogs, and one pony. Connect with Angie:

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Sample from other books or bonus material (this is up to you whether you want to include any extras). I included the blurb and an excerpt from my other Angie Derek title The Beast's Redemption along with a spot for the "buy link" (you'll insert the actual links in the next round of files).

Save the file. Then Save As three times: Title Smashwords, Title Kindle, Title Pubit. There will be very little to do in those files. Just some minor adjustments for each file.

Smashwords:
Front Matter: You'll put "Smashwords Edition" on the title page. You will use their License Statement. You can find it here: http://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq#avcopy and in their Style Guide. They require you to use their license statement or your book will not be approved.
Back Matter: You can add in links to other books you have for sale, but only to the Smashwords editions (no links to Amazon or other retailers). If you don't have books for sale through Smashwords (traditionally published books would be an example), you can list them and include a link to your website for your reader to learn more. You'll use the hyperlink tool in word to create an outside link. The same button that you used to create your Table of Contents links, but the link will go to a website instead of within your document.

Amazon: 
Front Matter: You'll put "Kindle Edition" on the title page. You can use any License statement you choose. You can find several here http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ and use them with their permission.
Back Matter: Same as above, you can add in sample chapters and links to other books. But again you want the links to go to Amazon.

Barnes and Noble:
Front Matter: You'll put "PubIt! Edition" on the title page. You can use any License statement you choose. You can find several here http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ and use them with their permission.
Back Matter: Same as above, you can add in sample chapters and links to other books. But again you want the links to go to Barnes and Noble.

I'll go over some tips on cover design next week - you can do this before or after you format your files since you can insert the cover either within the master file or within the other files depending on where you are. Part 4 is here.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - Whitelighter by Angie Derek

Whitelighter by Angie Derek. A steamy paranormal romance novella.

A young witch's special powers make her a target to any vampire who catches sight of her.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet:


Everything Brenda had taught her flew right out of her head. Pure terror filled her as if she was drowning.
He stepped over Brenda’s lifeless form, his gaze sliding past Lily to where Sophie continued to make small keening sounds. “She’s a tasty morsel, but you’re delectable. I'll save her for dessert.”
The terror fled as the power within rose up at his words. 

For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com

Available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel.



Friday, February 3, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet: 


He had to at least try to get the Marauder up and flying. The sounds of metal sparking greeted him and he cursed. They were cutting his hatch to pieces with a torch. He’d almost made it to the bridge when he heard the unmistakable sound of metal ripping and a huge crash. They’d gained entry.
There was a second of silence as he spun to face the new threat. He hesitated and lost his chance to get to the bridge as a shadow moved in the opening. It would take a full minute to warm up the Marauder’s engines. He opened one of his crew’s quarters and placed himself in the doorway on one knee raising the rifle to his shoulder and waiting for the first one to come through the door.

For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Naming Characters

My series on the Fun of Indie Publishing will be back next week. Since I had posts Monday, Tuesday, and a guest post today I decided to push it back a week. Until then head on over to Anne E. Johnson's blog to see how I named some of my characters and some tips on naming characters.