Posted September 29th, 2013 by Francine Craft
This is the second and last part of the article on indie publishing by noted author Lynn Emery who has been a writer for Harper Collins. She is now the very happy indie publisher of several successful — and beautiful — books that I have richly enjoyed. Also, a number of her print books have been turned into e-books. Lynn is truly a helpful author, and I am so grateful to call her my friend. She tells a smashing, romantic tale of suspense that is sharp, witty and oh, so wise.
If you decide to go the indie author route, then make sure you do it right. The world of being an indie author is now in the 2.0 version. You must decide, and be truly honest here, if you can do your own covers and editing. Creating an attractive book cover requires serious design skills. It’s not just finding great stock photos or art that you like and arranging fonts around them. The fonts should be right for a book cover, not regular fonts you’d choose in a word processng program. The arrangement of the cover art, be it a photo or drawings, is more than just knowing how to stick them on the right size background using a photo editing application. Self-published books are held to the same standard as any book, and now your book will be seen around the globe. You want to have the best looking product possible. Same goes for the content. Few of us can successfully edit, copyedit and proofread our own work. Why? We miss a lot because we know what we meant to say and we see it even if it is not there or wrong. You need someone to set fresh eyes on what you’ve written to catch those glaring, and sometimes embarrassing boo-boos. Readers will certainly see them, and won’t cut you any slack. Trust me, I’ve got the t-shirt. Read the rest of this entry
Posted August 12th, 2013 by Francine Craft
Please watch this space for posts coming up on self-publishing that I think will be helpful to you. There will be guest authors — beginning with former Harper Collins writer, the excellent Mrs. Lynn Emery. There will be others you’ll love. I will leave them on long enough for you to take notes and study and I will give you what I learned in what is now almost four years of self-publishing.
I sincerely hope you’ll come back to visit soon.
Posted April 25th, 2013 by Francine Craft
I just want to tell you that I’m gathering new info to present on self-publishing! I think you’ll be interested in guest blogs by people who are successful in this field, and so know what it’s about. We all can give you tips to save you time, money, and the worst headaches of your life. No, you won’t like all of it, but you will learn and you’ll be glad you came to visit!
I’m looking forward to seeing you at this spot!
Posted March 2nd, 2012 by Francine Craft
I’m really sorry to have been away from you so long, but I had totally unnecessary computer problems and was out of business for over three weeks. Now I’m back and hope you’ll continue with me.
I could be linear about this and tell you all the things you’ll need to be to self-publish, but I won’t because you’d get bored. I’m going to hit the highlights and tell you what’s good and what’s bad about this indie business. Let’s be positive and hit some of the good spots. By now, you know that e-books have just about taken over the lead role, taking it even away from paperbacks. I’d say, however, do get at least few paperbacks if your books is especially important to you, and yes, a couple of hard covers too.
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Posted April 28th, 2010 by Francine Craft
Self-publishing is more than a notion. You can make it harder than it needs to be, or you can make it much easier for yourself. Begin by keeping at your fingertips basic guides like www.google.com. I think you already know you’ll get a world of knowledge here, including Wikipedia. But I cannot caution you enough to check everything thoroughly by cross checking your information.
Of course, Google is one of a kind, but it also can be amazingly helpful to log into publishers that want to help you do what you’re doing, self publishing. Most have good websites, and you can pick up a lot of useful tips about self-publishing, marketing, editing, what makes a good book and other helpful resources.
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