Category Archives: Publishing Advice

Six Steps: Converting from E-Book to Paperback


scrnshot kcrI am finding that an author who is converting an e-book to a paperback has a lot of work to do. Fortunately, my publisher CreateSpace is a pioneer in the process and has honed it to perfection. My job is to type the manuscript into Microsoft Word according to their guidelines, edit it and get at least one other person to proofread it. By now I have learned how to scan pictures into my computer and use the picture program from the MW toolbar to size them and insert them into the manuscript. With more and more practice, I have become quite expert at getting them placed precisely!

When I am ready, I go into the CreateSpace website and click on the commands that let them know I am here to publish my Kindle e-book as a paperback. Because CreatSpace and Kindle are both owned by Amazon, they will convert…

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4 Common Sense Reasons it can benefit you to Self-Publish

The PBS Blog

Crazy Woman Drinking Wine

Twenty years ago, a book followed a routine process: You poured your heart and soul into a manuscript and when you finished it, you started calling agents and editors who most likely told you to send them a query letter. Next step was usually a book proposal, and a few sample chapters. Then the waiting game started, usually ending with disappointment. On the other hand, the option to self-publish was there, but it had a certain stigma; a stigma that still exists today: “Your book isn’t really published because you couldn’t get it accepted by a “real publisher”. A real publisher? Excuse me for not laughing my butt off, are we not  human beings? Or are Self-Publishers merely robots? Or are Traditional Publishers too stupid to know that the only difference between a Traditional Publisher and a Self-Publisher is that the Self-Publisher does everything themselves? Anyone can be a publisher…

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Time To Make A Literary Killing. . . .

(via writingcareer):

HarperCollins Publishers has debuted KillerReads, a new digital first imprint that will publish commercial crime and thriller titles. The acquisitions team has opened a special reading period to receive full-length manuscripts from emerging and underrepresented authors.

The imprint will publish not to two new titles monthly. Led by Sarah Hodgson, deputy publishing director, the team seeks any crime/thriller in the fiction genre, including detective fiction, crime drama, legal thrillers, and psychological thrillers.

Submission Guidelines:

– Submit a finished manuscript above 70K words written in English.
– A summary of the book, containing the story’s plot and ending (maximum 500 words).
– A one paragraph recap of the book.
– An author profile and credentials.

Reading period closes September 14, 2014. Learn how to submit your manuscript here:

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reading-5 ways to help an author

Shawn L. Bird

Most of a publishing house’s marketing budget goes to its most popular, A-list authors.  You know, the ones least in need of the promotion.  If you have found a mid-list or new author, you can become a crucial, and very appreciated, part of his/her success.  Here’s how.

1. Leave honestly positive reviews everywhere you can:  Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, your library, iBooks.  Tell people what you really liked about the books characters, themes, setting, style, genre, blog, Facebook, Twitter.  Reviews are key for a new reader to take a risk on an unknown an author.

2. Tell your friends!  If you have a friend who likes the genre, recommend the book.  But, do the author a favour.  If your friends read romance, don’t recommend a horror book, because it will probably lead to a one star review somewhere.  Some people shouldn’t read the book.

3. Submit a book acquisition request…

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25 Writing Tips for Tightening Your Copy

25 Writing Tips for Tightening Your Copy

~ The Write Life divulges 25 helpful tips for self-editing. Useful for those of us without editors of our own. 


Heather from The Write Life responded to this post and gave all of us a handy printable checklist version of the post here:

Thank you Heather! =)

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Plagiarism And Publishing Online

Plagiarism And Publishing Online

~ The Writing Cafe answers the following question: 

Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice on how to start a writing blog? As in, sharing it with people and showing how you write, just getting your writing out there without people claiming ownership of it? Because I am really interested in doing so, but I am worried about the repercussions of it! Any help is extremely appreciated – thanks so much. 🙂


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Advice: Place Names and Copyright

Advice: Place Names and Copyright

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squaryq asked: Hello, thank you for your help that you gave me for my last question however I am working on several different projects and I have come across a potential copyright issue. One of my other projects is set in my hometown and I am trying to set the scene in some chapters but am unsure whether shop names, park names and street names are copyrighted. Do you know whether I would be in the wrong for naming everything factually? (Sorry if this sounds silly) Thank you again. Smiley Face! -Squary Q


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Publishing: Building a Writing Portfolio

Publishing: Building a Writing Portfolio

~ The blog Writing Questions answers the age old question, ” How do I begin to build a writing portfolio?” 

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How To Write A Query Letter For A Self-Published Book

How To Write A Query Letter For A Self-Published Book



If you’ve self-published your book and are seeking a literary agent, you’re not alone. These days countless authors are taking the “publish first” approach to getting a book deal. Sometimes this method can lead to a traditional publishing deal. But other times, self-publishing before querying literary agents can make the query process a bit more complicated.

Here are our tips for writing a query letter if you have self-published your book (oh, and by the way, Writer’s Relief DOES help authors target self-published books to literary agents). We often help authors work through the tough decisions needed to make a strong pitch for a self-published book.

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Your Novel Doesn’t Always Need A Vampire

Your Novel Doesn’t Always Need A Vampire


In a world where over 390,000 titles are published a year (just in self-publishing alone), it’s hard to write a novel with a topic that stands out. Furthermore, it’s hard to pitch a book to a publisher that doesn’t tap into a hot market.


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