Crowd Funding Tips You Can Really Use

I am considering using a crowdfunding platform but I’m not sure how. Robin Rivera is offering tons of tips for writers regarding some of the popular crowd funding platforms and whether or not it’s right for you. http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/166913138

6 Tips for Author Crowdfunding

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Lulupinney As we head into Week three of 2015, I’ve seen many writers talking about their yearly goals and most have included a publishing benchmark on the list. Some are looking to become the next big Indie success story and chasing that publishing dream may require more money than these writers initially expected. Believe it or not, there is a cost to self-publishing. In a tight marketplace, it often takes a successful looking product to be a successful product. That means new authors may need to cover the costs of editing, buying an ISBN number, acquiring cover images, hiring someone to design and layout the cover. And lastly, one really should have the EPUB professionally formatted, an expense too many new writers try to
skip with mixed results. And that is not addressing the costs associated with print books, especially those with lots of color images. Even if the author manages the production expenses, they will still need money for marketing to sell at books. So where will all that money come from? Well, many authors are turning to Kickstarter, Pubslush, IndieGoGo or one of the other crowdfunding facilitators to pay for it all. If you don’t know what crowdfunding is you can learn more here. In short it’s a way for anyone to raise capital through organized social media campaigns. READ MORE HERE!

Plan and Structure Your Writing

If you want or need some tips on how you can put your best book forward, with regards to writing fiction, then it will benefit you to stop by Bookbuzzr for some information you can use.

The Definitive Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Fiction Book

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers

Get It Into An EPub Format

If you are having trouble getting your word document into an epub format don’t fret. Janet Friedman offers simple tips to get you there.

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How to Quickly Create an EPUB File From Word (And Then Edit It)

Here’s the situation: Your book is sitting in a word processing system (such as Word), and you’d like to get that material translated into EPUB format without using the automated meatgrinder process of Amazon or Smashwords. Let’s assume you’re not a coder or programmer, but can figure out some some simple HTML. These are the options I’ve found that don’t involve purchasing software or going through coursework to learn code. Caveat: These methods will really only be helpful if your book is predominantly text, with few images.

For Mac Users: The TextEdit to Sigil Method

Sigil is a free, open-source editor for EPUB (ebook) files. It’s intuitive even for a beginner, especially if you know a little HTML from blogging. To use Sigil, you can’t start with a Word file—but it can handle basic text or HTML files. So what we need to do is appropriately prepare our Word files to import into Sigil while retaining our basic formatting. This process requires using Mac’s TextEdit software, which is installed for free on every Mac.

  1. Open TextEdit preferences.
  2. Adjust the HTML Saving Options as shown below. Select “XHTML 1.0 Strict”, “No CSS”, and “Unicode (UTF-8)” and check “Preserve White Space.”
  3. Open your Word document in TextEdit, then save it as an HTML file.

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Selma Movie Trailer: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

I went to the movies to see Selma. I thought I would be very emotional but I wasn’t. There are many things that have changed but some things that still need a lot of work and attention. If you haven’t seen the movie take a moment to do so. See the trailer below.

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers

ISBNs: CreateSpace freebie or own ISBN? Pros and cons

Kristi Bernard:

A little food for thought for the new year.

Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:

tadsonI’ve had this question from Daniel Vertrees, who is making his first print edition, and it turned into a pros and cons discussion so I thought it would make a useful post.

Did you use one of the Createspace ISBN? I want to be able to sell directly (like book signings) and wonder if it is better to buy the ISBN?

A what?

The ISBN is a unique digital identifier for a book (oh here’s the Wiki entry). Traditionally, publishers buy them in batches of between 10 and several thousand, and allocate them to each edition of any book – even ebooks. If you’re UK based you can get them from Nielsen, in the US from Bowker. CreateSpace offers you the option of a free ISBN or you can input one you’ve bought yourself. If you use the other main indie publishing print-on-demand company, Ingram Spark, you…

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By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writers