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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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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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My First Effort…My First Mistake

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Well, this is my first post on my new blog.  I stated in my profile that this blog is where I will discuss my efforts, successes and failures in my self-publishing on Kindle Direct, and I already have something to discuss.

I started my first book project on KDP hoping to generate some interest that might encourage me to continue this effort without going weeks or even months before the next installment.  The format I’m using is that I’m publishing a series of short stories about my life in the mission field and each one is a separate publication.  I’m selling them each for $ .99, which is the lowest price I was allowed to pick, but it’s probably what I would have stuck with regardless.  The thing is, I’ve already made a mistake.  I played around with the title for the series and ended up putting the wrong title in the draft that I saved.  It was a simple oversight, but one that has cost me time and aggravation, because the title on my cover says one thing and the title on Amazon’s listing of the book says another.

I’ll say only this.  If you’re new at this type of thing, as I certainly am, go back and reread all that you put in the forms before you finalize the publication.  If you don’t do that you could be looking at some serious agitation.

Aside from that this has been a very exciting and fun experience.  I can already see that I will want to work a little more on my book covers from now on.  I have two more stories already written for this series and have the ideas for possibly five more.  Writing them isn’t the hard part, it’s figuring out all these blogs, publishing and marketing websites and other marketing methods to get the books seen.  I’ll be looking at other blogs and websites trying to get a handle on all this.  If you have any suggestions for me, please feel free to contact me.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Lost Flip Flop – Misadventures in La Mosquitia

Roger Engle's new short story, The Lost Flip Flop, begins a series of true stories about his life in the Mosquito Coast region of Honduras.

 

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