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Pricing Your Print Book

“My cover designer wants to know my list price for the bar code. Where the heck do I get that price from?”

The Cast

Before we begin, there’s a cast of characters for you to meet.

The Author/Publisher: that’s you.

The Printer/Distributor: companies like CreateSpace, IngramSpark and many others.

The Retailer: bookstore and libraries.

The Reader: the end consumer of your books. Continue Reading »

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One More DIY Editing Tool: Hard Copy

Image courtesy of ningmilo at FreeDigitalPhotos.netNothing beats the benefit of a good editor to point out plot holes, sagging middles and blurry character development. I wouldn’t publish without one.

I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript, Word proofing options and fabulous websites and the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Read Out Loud function.

Another favourite tool isn’t electronic. It’s a print copy of my manuscript. I carry around and mark it up and pass to a trusted friend or two. Plus, it’s so good to get away from my desk.

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My #3 Favourite DIY Editing Tool: Acrobat Read Out Loud

Image courtesy of ningmilo at FreeDigitalPhotos.netNothing beats the benefit of a good editor to point out plot holes, sagging middles and blurry character development. I wouldn’t publish without one.

But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript. I’ve already talking about Word proofing options and fabulous websites.

My third favourite is using the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Read Out Loud function on my computer. Continue Reading »

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My #2 Favourite DIY Editing Tool: Websites

Image courtesy of ningmilo at FreeDigitalPhotos.netFor pointing out gaping plot holes, sagging middles and uneven character development, nothing beats the eagle eyes of a good editor. I wouldn’t publish without one.

But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript. My top fave is Word proofing options which I discussed in my last post.

My second favourite is a collection of many things; all the fabulous websites out there created to guide writers. Continue Reading »

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My #1 Favourite DIY Editing Tool: Word Proofing Options

Image courtesy of ningmilo at FreeDigitalPhotos.netFor pointing out gaping plot holes, sagging middles and uneven character development, nothing beats the eagle eyes of a good editor. I wouldn’t publish without one.

But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript.

This post takes a closer look at what Word has to offer.

Word Proofing Options

Word has a wide array of proofing options grouped under AutoCorrect, spelling and grammar checking, and writing style options. Continue Reading »

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Where the Duck Did My File Go?

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Yeah, you’ve been there. You’re typing like a crazy person, the scenes are running like a video in your head, you can’t type fast enough. Then… POOF! BLAM! ZAP! ARRRRGH! The file is gone, just ducking gone.

Your first step is to go to your desktop, but it’s so crowded with teeny tiny folder images that you can’t see a thing. You click and click and click and click some more. You KNOW your file is there–somewhere. Continue Reading »

Moving from CreateSpace to IngramSpark

cstoisWant to get into the library distribution systems with your self-published works?

IngramSpark is the place for you. Continue Reading »