Watching out for Pitfalls in Indie Publishing

I haven’t wanted to be this long since my last articles, but there is really enough to be found on Amazon and Smashwords to keep you busy for a couple of months. They answer questions readily and well, and these two will be your best bet for indie publishing that works well, looks good and is helpful in seling your work.

I’ve been gathering info on a few of the pitfalls of getting starting in indie publishing. I had written for publishers like Harlequin, BET (no longer in action) and one other major women’s fiction publishers for almost twenty years. Then e=book publishing opened up for freelancers and I jumped on it. Ah, freedom has been wonderful. Now it is dimming somewhat, but is still good. But you need to be on top of it, to know, to ferret out what is good and what is bad. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Best Bets for Info on Indie Publishing

Please know from the beginning that some of the best information in indie publlishing comes from Amazon and from Smashwords. www.amazon.com, and kdp.amazon.com. www.smashwords.com. Both will publish your e-books free. Play it wise and spend time studying, then going over and taking and saving notes on what you learn. Amazon employees are courteous and immensely helpful. Yo can access Help from the bottom or the top of most pages. Patience, patience, and more patience will be needed here. You know the old saw that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Please don’t expect to become a successful indie publisher in a month. It helps to prepare for the long haul.

Foorms are there to ask for help. Be specific. Be couurteous. You will receive an answer within 24 hours or they will tell you why you don’t. Remember, you are dealing with fellow humans here, not automation. It pays to be kind. Read the rest of this entry »

More Useful Websites to Help you Succeed in Indie Publishing – Part 2

Whatever you do, please don’t let anyone else’s thinking replace yours. You’ve written your book(s) — quite an accomplishment. Now you want to get it in the hands of readers. Truly good editing and proofing are absolute necessities. Google or the word of a trusted friend who has used the editor and proofer will help. If Google, be sure to check for complaints and kudos for your choice. If it’s to be an e-book, you’ll need a specialist in this to save pulling out your hair.

The best people to prepare your edited and proofed manuscript for e-book publishing will do it for both Amazon and Smashwords for the same price. Again, work with Google on this. They have the formats, etc. I’ve known writers who do their own, but I can’t sweat it These two companies are premier in the field and give a world of support and publicity. From them, you get worldwide distribution and special articles to keep up with what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Helpful Websites to Make Your Writing More Successful (Part l)

In this list, I put Google at the top. It has proved to be a wonderful aid to accessing information of all kinds. But do be careful, Google can be wrong at rare times. I cross check, double check, ask librarians and social scene friends. But by and large, Google delivers. Let me suggest that if you don’t get a desired answer, rephrase your question several times. I have gotten just the info I needed on the third or fourth try. www.google.com

If it’s blogging you want to do, know that it’s an excellent aid to publicizng all types of books. Put on your best English cap. If you’re not good at editing, engage one. You don’t have to be a top drawer writer to be an excellent blogger, but you do need to know your writing basics. Of course your own website is excellent for blogging and you control that. By all means pick a subject that totally engages you, one you feel passionately about. Do a rough draft. let it cool, then do your best work on it. I like blogging one to two times a week. Some do it ever day, your preference. One of the best places to blog is at this website. They will guide you into setting up and further direction. You will have a huge audience. www.blogspot.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting into a Right for Writing Frame of Mind

Greetings Blog Friends! Sometimes we sit down with a mind full of what we want to write – and our mind goes just about blank. It’s a bummer and can consume a lot of lost time. I’ve learned to first concentrate on putting myself into a right frame of mind. Since I’m spiritual and religious, I spend a short while praying. Prayers work fantastically well for me. You might chose to just sit and reflect on what you want to write. I pray that God will direct my hands and my mind to help and to heal others. I’ve never failed to feel my mind clear and focus well on what I want to say. I’ve already jotted down the gist of my blog. Put my confidence cap on and then I begin.

Is this working for you? If not, you may be so independent you want to try your own way of doing, and so be it. Try doing it your way a few times and see if this works better for you. It is just so important that your mind work with you and not against you. By all means learn to say what you mean and mean what you say. Read the rest of this entry »