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New tools make self-publishing e-books easier – USATODAY.com

New tools make self-publishing e-books easier – USATODAY.com.

I think anyone aspiring to have their writing published will enjoy this article.  I found it useful and full of good information.

 

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Trifextra: Week Two

I found this blog today and figured I’d try their Trifextra Challenge.  I’m always looking for some good writing exercise in which to engage.  The challenge is to “give [us] a complete story in three sentences.”

I attempted to make this an ode to the approaching holiday; to honor lovers everywhere, while bringing to mind the euphoria that accompanies the reward for having bested every obstacle in the path of young love.  This is entitled “First Kiss”

 

 

First Kiss

Peter waits as Kelly’s lips, poised in a perfect kiss, hesitate just fractions of an inch from his.  He braved the torturous deriding of his competition, even a thrashing from her strongest pursuer, Bill Simmons, and conquered the fears and insecurities within his own heart to be under this apple tree, on this secluded hill on the backside of Mr. Hastings’s orchard watching her as she brings her lips to his to reward him.  Now his senses explode as his head swims, his heart pounds and he, lost in time and space becomes nothing but lips, tongue, the smell of blossoms and co-mingled bliss!

 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Who likes Hemingway? *raises both hands*

dethoan

Write drunk; edit sober.
— Ernest Hemingway

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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Authors, Challenges, Editing, Inspiration, Writing

 

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Pride’s Prison

Pride’s Prison

This story is an absolutely wonderful sci-fi approach to understanding the life struggles of an awkward child.  the sci-fi element is not obtrusive.  It is only employed to make the story possible.  The story is more about self-improvement, forgiveness and understanding than scientific wonders of any kind.  I recommend you read this and allow it to inspire you to write a short story of your own.

It’s a 4 part story with links to the next part at the bottom of each page.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Authors, Short Stories

 

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Flash Fiction Online

Flash Fiction Online.

I’ve been looking at flash fiction lately.  Maybe I’ll get involved.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Authors, Blogs, Poetry, Prompts, self publishing, Short Stories

 

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George Angus, Tumblemoose Writer – What Downton Abbey Can Teach Us About Writing

Gmail – George Angus, Tumblemoose Writer – rogerkatrina@gmail.com.

Although I have never seen the show Downtown Abbey, I like George’s blogpost because he does something I like to do myself.  He takes an everyday situation and makes a lesson out of it for himself and others.  In this case he points out that the TV series possesses three universal components for a good story.

Keep up the good work George!  I love reading your blog and learn lots from doing so.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Authors, Blogs, self publishing

 

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A Good Word About Kindle Direct

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I was a little surprised to see how quickly Kindle fixed my problem with the title of my new publication.  It was quite quickly, to be honest.  All I did was go to my bookshelf, click on the title and change the series title on the next page.  It effectively took my title out of circulation for “up to 18 hours”, but within two or three hours of having made the change, I logged back in and looked at the book and saw the series title had changed on Amazon and my book was back in circulation.

This leads me to talk a little more about how easy it was to publish my book on Kindle Direct.  I won’t say it was as easy as I had thought it would be.  I hadn’t realized all the questions I would be asked and, not knowing how to answer some of those questions sent me on long web-surfing expeditions to find the answers.  I would like to give special thanks to another author, whose blog I have been following for about a year now, George Angus.  He helped me with one of those tough questions by replying quickly to an email I sent him.

The questions, although it was tough for me to know how to answer them because I had never done anything like this before, were not purposely difficult.  Nor were they posed in a way that was not easy to figure out their intention.  Kindle Direct, I believe, has done well in designing their website to be user-friendly and as easy as possible.  After having published through that website, I know I could do it again with little or no problems.  The difficulty, for me, was the same problem I have had with some of the “purchase online” websites I’ve used.  Simply knowing what was the proper format for each field and which ones to fill out for my needs.

The one other problem I had, was learning how to format my book properly so that it would look nice on the Kindle.  Not having a Kindle myself, I had to download the Kindle Previewer and then that didn’t want to work for me.  The simple online previewer in black and white worked better for me.  The KindleGen file converter was hard to find a link to for downloading.  What’s more, the ReadMe file that came with it, which is the same one there’s a link to on the Amazon website, was not very well explained and I couldn’t get it to work.  All I know about that experience is that anything I have to open a C: prompt and enter commands in order to use is probably not for me.  The KindleGen app, (if you can call it that), seems a useless peripheral.

That’s okay though.  The short story was already written in Word and was easily uploaded in .doc format.  I just had to preview it about a dozen times to make sure the cover, the copyright page, the dedications page, and the first page of each chapter, (in this case it was a short story with only one chapter), all showed up where they were supposed to and without having to click through a bunch of blank space to get to them.  I’ll post more on formatting in a future post.

I also need to say that, were it not for Kindle Direct making things so easy, I would still be sitting at my desk, surfing the web, looking for a company or a website that would take an interest in my book even though I was an unpublished author.  I’m very glad this option was available to me.

 

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