I was perfectly happy with the name I’d had for 40 years. Unfortunately, my publisher had other ideas …
Indie authors can now present their self-published works to their local library. This is great news! Be sure to stop by Elizabeth Spann Craig’s site to learn more.
SELF-e Gets Indie Books Into Library Catalogs
The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition opened yesterday, Thursday (25th June, #alaac15), in San Francisco with something unprecedented being offered at this year’s gathering: Library SELF-e’s first-ever national curated collection is now ready, an array of 200 indie ebooks that librarians can peruse and consider carrying for their patrons to check out and read.
Big thanks to Elizabeth for letting me jump onto her blog today to tell you about it.
It’s difficult to stay focused during the summer season with your writing. Writers will be interrupted multiple times from vacations, the kids being home and with the warm weather you may want to be outside. Books & Such Literary Management has provided 6 helpful tips for writers to help keep you moving your writing forward during the summer.
Summer Tips: What’s a Writer to Do?
Filling in for Janet Grant who is at the International Christian Retailer’s Show in Orlando, Florida.
Summer’s here and if you’re a writer with children, visitors, spouses, or other interruptions, how are you supposed to keep working on your manuscript?
Continue writing your project, of course, but there are other things you could do with your family around to keep your moving toward “the end.”
Six tips for writers in the summer. READ MORE HERE!
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
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.
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.
- Open TextEdit preferences.
- Adjust the HTML Saving Options as shown below. Select “XHTML 1.0 Strict”, “No CSS”, and “Unicode (UTF-8)” and check “Preserve White Space.”
- Open your Word document in TextEdit, then save it as an HTML file.