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Publication doesn?t have to be the goal of all writing.  We can write  (and illustrate) children?s books for our families, neighbors,  students, friends; and such writing is also valid and important.  Here  are a few hints for both writing and publishing book for young readers.

  1. Remember your child-self, your feelings, childhood memories, worries and pleasures. (Most picture books are for 3-10 year olds.)
  2. Create your writing time and mull?about what to write, about how to  write it, about how to be daring. Among your key resources are your love  of stories and language, your spirit, imagination and persistence.
  3. Be welcoming of your writing. Welcome your ideas as you would welcome a guest. Resist thinking negatively about your work.
  4. Read picture books both old and new.
  5. Visit bookstores and libraries. Become acquainted with the person in  charge of children?s books who may know about workshops, writing  groups, school visit opportunities.
  6. Create systems for jotting ideas and images.
  7. Consider taking writing workshops, attending conferences, joining the Society of Children?s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
  8. Many books are available about writing children?s books. Read at least one and read books on creativity.
  9. Start or join a writing group.
  10. Cultivate the habit of revision. The many books about writing help this essential habit.
  11. Know your goal. If publication is important to you, learn about the  field. Some writers find it helpful to know what?s being published. They  read reviews of picture books and browse in bookstores.
  12. Understand that picture book publishing is a collaborative process.  The collaborators are the author, the illustrator, the editor, the art  director, and sometimes the editor-in-chief and marketing staff. If you  need total control of the of the process, best publish your own  manuscript.
  13. Know that publishing is a business. Wonderful books get published;  wonderful manuscripts don?t. A publisher has to believe that a  manuscript will sell when it competes with 5,000 other books.
  14. Be prepared for rejection. Editors receive thousands of unsolicited manuscripts. Have I ever gotten used to the rejection? NO.
  15. Know the advantages and disadvantages of small and large presses.
  16. Submit your best work intelligently. Know the submission process.
  17. Be persistent. It is not easy to have a manuscript accepted.
  18. Never underestimate the importance of supportive friends and family.
  19. Share your work. This will give you and others pleasure and will encourage you to write more.
  20. Love your work. Care about the process of writing and the honor of  writing for children. Be committed to that. Having a book published  probably won?t change your life, but being committed to writing and  children can change your life and the life of your readers.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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What Genre do you write?

Posted by keerthi Jul 9, 2018

Books are classified into genres or types depending on what its theme is. The word genre is a French term used to denote kinds of any particular thing.

 

A book genre is actually a broad logical way to categorize books, contributing to a sense of community or class. Today books are available across a multitude of genres and people choose their books depending on the criteria of genre. With the advent of online sales, book stores too began to separate their books based on genres, so that it would be easy for prospective buyers to look for them, on their browsers.

 

Today it has become a common practice for books to be grouped based on genre, right from libraries to institutions and homes.

 

The genre of a book is often indicated on the front flap of the book to make it convenient for the readers to know the theme it belongs to.

 

The two broadest genres are fiction and nonfiction, which are very fundamental. The genres are classified further into sub genres, each of which has several categories. For instance fiction can be classified into several sub genres like mystery, science fiction, literary fiction, suspense etc. Children?s fiction is classified by many as a separate sub genre too.

 

The categories can be divided to further sub-categories which could then be classified further. As these distinctions go further, the level of sophistication and specialization is increased. For instance cooking books could be categorized to cooking books on non-vegetarian dishes, which could further be classified as books on cooking chicken dishes etc.

 

Book genre is an important criterion in book buying decisions, for many people. Someone who loves mystery novels would not be interested in romance literary fiction. Just like fiction, non-fiction too includes several genres, which can be further classified into sub genres, categories and sub categories.

 

An interesting aspect of genre is the concept of multi genre, which means that the theme of the book fits into more than one genre. For instance when the content of a book easily qualifies to be a science fiction or romance or mystery, the book is of a multi genre type.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Step 1) Realize that publishing is a tough business.  There are millions of books out there; countless more are published every year. The vast majority of these novels never sell more than a handful of copies. The odds of your novel becoming a bestseller aren’t much better than winning the lottery.

 

 

Step 2) Accept Step 1 and decide that you’re crazy enough to go for it anyway.  After all, some people have made it, so why not you?  Odds are, if you’re still here,  you will write your novel because you have to; to most writers, writing  is as essential as eating or breathing.

 

Step 3) Find your inner voice.  Find  the story that inspires you.  Find the characters you believe in.  Find  the book you must share with the world.

 

 

Step 4) Read more writing tips and study the craft.

 

 

Step 5) Find a good place to write.  I have a small, quiet office upstairs with nothing but a desk, a plant, and a laptop.

 

 

Step 6) When your novel is written,  revise it.  Polish the writing, rethink characters, cut out boring  scenes, write new ones, rewrite where necessary.                             I repeat this step several times.  For me,  Step 6 is much more work than Step 5.  For an hour I spend writing, I  can spend a day revising.

 

 

Step 7) Publish your novel.  Some  writers still submit their work to traditional publishers; most now  upload their novels directly to the ebook stores.

 

 

Step 8) Start writing your second book!

 

 

Good luck!

 

-keerthi

book publisher

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EPUB

 

The ePub format is an open format designed by the Open eBook Forum and developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum. Based on XHTML and XML, it was made with the intention to be a both source file format and end user format. Examples of software that can open this format are EPUBReader Firefox add on, Adobe Digital Editions, and QuickReader. Meanwhile, devices that can open this file include the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Sony Readers, Kobo Reader, and the Nook from Barnes & Noble.

 

AZW

 

This is an Amazon format used exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. It is basically a MOBI format that uses a high compression option. As Kindle apps have been released for devices other than the Kindle reader, AZW format files can also be opened on smartphones (iPhone, Android phones, and BlackBerry), computers (Mac and PCs), and tablets (iPad, Android tablets, and Windows 8 tablets).

LIT

 

This is an e-book format developed for the Microsoft Reader software. It is native to the PocketPC and Windows Mobile devices, and can also be found on PCs and the Hanlin eReader. However, content in LIT format was discontinued starting November 2011, while downloading of the Microsoft Reader software was stopped by the end of August 2012. Users may still use the Microsoft Reader on their devices but cannot add new content anymore.

 

PDF

 

The Portable Document Format was created by Adobe for its Acrobat products. This is a very popular e-book format since software support for this format exists for a lot of devices. Examples of PDF viewers are Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, Nitro PDF reader, PDF-XChange Viewer, Xpdf, and a lot more. Most of these are freeware. One downside of this format is that content in PDF is usually scaled for A4 or letter size, which becomes unreadable when reduced in order to fit the small screens on smartphones.


ODF

 

ODF stands for OpenDocument Format. It is an XML-based file format and is the default format for OpenOffice, an open source productivity suite that is becoming a popular alternative to Microsoft Office.


MOBI

 

The e-book format used by the MobiPocket Reader, MOBI was originally made as a PalmDOC format’s extension. It can be opened using MobiPocket’s reading software, which can be installed on a lot of PDAs and smartphones. There are limitations of the MOBI format. For example, sizes of images cannot be scaled with the font size; tables display differently on different readers, especially if the table covers more than one screen; and there is an absence of support for nested tables. Third party readers such as Stanza, FBReader, Kindle for PC and Mac, and STDU Viewer can open MOBI files.

 

One thing that an e-book user should know is that formats can be unprotected or protected by a digital rights management (DRM) wrapper. The DRM, which is used as an anti-piracy tool to protect authors, can prevent you from opening an e-book file even if the format is compatible with your reader.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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BOOK COVER DESIGN

 

You've finished your final edits and you?re ready to share your story with the world! Don't forget in your excitement that the cover of your book is equally as important as the content inside. As the the front face of your book, it?s the first thing readers see when browsing the shelves of their favorite store or shopping online. Your cover also gives your work an identity. The distinct colors and fonts of your design distinguish your book from its surrounding titles and establish a fan connection to future releases.

 

Investing in a professional cover design with  ebooks2go can help you truly make a lasting first impression with readers. Our talented designers will collaborate with you to choose a book cover template that is just right for your book.


Tips for a brilliant book cover design

 

*Think like a reader, not like a writer.

*Think of your cover as a key piece of a puzzle.

* Nail your audience.

* Avoid cliches.

* Stick to your key message ? and write it down.

* Make your readers feel something.

* Stay open-minded.

* Use social media to get input from fans ? and listen!

* Use your first contest to find the perfect designer for future books.

 

 

Hope this helps!

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/book-cover-design

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Finally, you have some free time to  write! You sit down, put your  hands on the keyboard anndddd ? nothing.  Hmmm, that?s funny. You  reposition yourself in your seat and try again.  Still nothing. I could  use my imagination and try to guess what happens  next?maybe there?s a  few expletives or some crumpled up sheets of paper.  Regardless of what  actually ensues, frustration certainly sets in.


I  didn?t actually poll the entire  population of the world, but I?m pretty  confident every single writer  that has ever lived experiences writer?s  block. It comes with the craft.  It can?t necessarily be prevented, but  there are ways to overcome  writer?s block once it hits!


7 Ways to Overcome Writer?s Block


1. Nibble on Some Brain Food


Foods  with natural sources of energy  give you a quick boost to sustain your  body over time. Excessive sugar  and caffeine can give you that quick  boost as well, but your body will  crash shortly afterwards. Try  energizing brain foods to keep you going longer such as fresh fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, spinach, beans, salmon, quinoa, and kale.


2. Change It Up


Routine  can be good for productivity,  but sometimes it causes us to just go  through the motions. Break up  your routine to get out of your writing  rut.


  • If you do  most  of your writing on your laptop or tablet: Switch things up by  grabbing a  spiral notebook and write pen to paper. Slowing things down  with  handwriting stimulates and engages your mind more than typing out  your  words.
  • Leave your   usual writing space and go somewhere new like a library, a coffee shop,   or a park bench. Just having a change of scenery can give you a new   perspective.
  • Find your  focus  by listening to some mellow music. Studies have shown classical  music  increases productivity. Ambient sounds from electronic music can  relax  the mind and quiet noisy distractions.


3. Get Active


Get  your blood flowing! This is one  of my favorite ways to overcome  writer?s block, but I understand some of  you will need some convincing,  so here we go ? When you increase your  heart rate, your body pumps  more oxygen into your brain. I?m no  scientist, but that seems good for  creativity. If you?re into it, take a  walk, go for a run, lift some  weights, play a sport, or do some yoga in  your living room.


4. Clear Your Head


Get  all the nonsense out of your  head. Find something peaceful that allows  you to release some of the  jumbled up mess in your mind.


  • Get some fresh air and enjoy nature.
  • Fast for a day. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin fasts once a week to inspire creativity.
  • If you?re spiritual, head to your church, temple, or worship location to release any stresses or worries you?re carrying.
  • Pour yourself a couple drinks! Just not too many, otherwise your editor is in for a long day


5. Interact with People


Since  writing is such a solitary  activity, interaction with people can  re-engage and stimulate your  brain. Meet up with friends for lunch or  call a family member on the  phone who you haven?t spoken to in awhile.  If you are an extrovert, go  to a coffee shop and strike up a  conversation with someone.


6. Take a Break


Often  times, we get so focused that  our minds get tunnel vision and  completely block all creativity. So  don?t think about the writing piece  for awhile. Depending on the  severity of your writer?s block, it might  be only a day or it might be  month or two. Just put it aside for a  bit. By taking a break, you?re  allowing your brain to refresh so that  the next time you sit down to  write you?ll have a fresh perspective and  new ideas.


7. Lose All Distractions


Consider  this: You might not have  writer?s block at all. You may just be  suffering from chronic  distractions. Your phone won?t stop buzzing, Friends reruns are on TV, a cute dog keeps walking by your house, or THE UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS ARE REALLY LOUD!


Silence  your phone, turn off the TV,  disable the Wi-Fi connection on your  laptop, and if you must, leave to  find your ideal writing space. Lose  the distractions and regain your  concentration.


Free Your Creativity


The  upside to writer?s block is that  it?s only temporary! So don?t worry  too much about it. Once you succumb  to the frustration of writer?s  block, it tends to snowball and  eventually spiral out of control.  Instead of overthinking it, try one of  these creative ways to overcome  writer?s block. Your greatest  creativity will come when your mind is  free from worry!


Looking for further ways to spark your creativity? Writing warm-ups can do just that!


-keerthi

Self publishing | eBook Publishing and Distribution | eBooks2go

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When a writer envisions publishing their book, the scene in their head typically involves holding a physical copy of a newly printed book. While it’s a great image, it’s not the only way that authors become published. In fact, there’s an easier, cheaper, and arguably more beneficial way.

 

 

eBook conversions can serve an independent author just as much, if not more, than a printed book. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that authors should sell print books. A majority of readers still prefer holding a physical book as they read, and you must produce what readers want. But I do believe, and the industry agrees, that it’s absolutely necessary to offer eBooks as well as print books.

 

 

Here’s why an eBook conversion is your best friend …

 

 

Cost to Publish


When you elect to publish print books, you can mass print hundreds of books at a lower production cost in the hopes they will eventually sell, or you can use print-on-demand to print each book order as it is placed. Regardless, printing a book can be expensive for indie authors who don’t always have a large budget to work with.

 

 

eBook publishing, however, you pay for one or two eBook files and that’s it. There’s the Mobi file, which is compatible with the Amazon Kindle. Then there’s the ePUB file, which is compatible with all other eReaders. Learn more about the differences between Mobi and ePUB files from our informational blog post here. Whether you convert you book into both an ePub and a Mobi file, or just one of the two, an eBook conversion is a very cost-efficient way to make your title available to millions of readers worldwide.

 

 

Simplicity

 

One of the challenges of traditional publishing is the timeline. It often takes months and even years once the manuscript is finished before the book actually hits the market. Self-publishing an eBook is as simple as it gets. Once your manuscript is written, edited, and finalized, your title can be converted and made available in the marketplace in as little as five business days.

 

 

Here’s how simple it is:

 

 

Upload your manuscript.

 

 

Select the eBook file(s) to convert your manuscript into.

eBooks2go or another eBook conversion service provider converts the manuscript into your selected eBook file(s).

Choose the retailers to distribute through.

 

BOOM! Now readers all around the world can buy your book.

 

Global Reach


Worldwide eBook distribution is only clicks away. Today, more books are purchased online than in stores. This makes the eBook market the perfect opportunity to reach people globally. As an indie author, you have several options for distributing your book. One being to join forces with a distribution service that already has partnerships with retailers in place, giving you access to any and all of their retail partners. Your book then becomes readily available to many of the largest and most prominent online retailers in the world.

 

eBooks2go offers worldwide distribution in over 200 countries at no upfront cost (however we do receive 10% of the royalties from sales). With our distribution network, your book would be distributed through Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo, hoopla, EBSCO, OverDrive, and many other large retailers and libraries.

 

 

Price Flexibility

 

As a new author hungry for any opportunity to develop your author name, you’re always looking to build and grow your readership. eBooks offer a less expensive way for readers to buy your book. If they’ve never heard of you and haven’t read any of your work before, the cheaper your book is priced, the more likely readers are to test it out.

 

 

The common industry standard is to have eBooks priced about 30 percent under the price of a paperback copy. However, you also have the power to change the price of the eBook as you wish. Since you aren’t dependent on covering the cost of printing, you have the ability to maneuver the price of your eBook, depending on how sales are going. One common strategy is to run a promotion that lowers the price of their eBook to 99 cents. Once the book gains momentum and its demand increases, the ends the promotion and raises the price.

 

 

Free Giveaways

 

With eBooks you’re able to offer free giveaways for a limited time or for a specific amount of books. Again, with the only expense being the initial conversion, you have added flexibility. The strategy here is to increase your readership and gain online reviews. When your book gains reviews your search ranking in online bookstores improves. You also start to encourage word-of-mouth marketing, which continues to be extremely effective.

 

A simple way to offer giveaways is through Goodreads and Apple iBooks. Hosting giveaways on Goodreads allows you to select the giveaway’s details, such as the amount of books to giveaway, the time period for the giveaway, and how the winners are chosen. With Apple iBooks, you are given free promo codes to send out to up to 50 readers. You can even create book contests to generate more engagement and excitement.

 

 

Improved Reading Experience

 

Print books are awesome, but they can only offer so much for the reader. Electronic books on the other hand can be much more personalized for a specific reader to improve their experience. There are two different eBook formats: fixed layout and reflowable.

 

Fixed layout is similar to a print book: the content on each page is set in place and cannot be altered. But a reflowable eBook allows a reader to change certain aspects of the eBook such as font type, font size, spacing, and more. As the reader chooses their preferences, the eBook then seamlessly rearranges each page to flow properly. 

 

You are also able to add in different enhancements and features depending on your book and its characteristics. For example, you can add internal and external hyperlinks, video, audio, read along, animation, and much more to turn reading into an interactive and even hands-on experience for your readers.

 

Reader Convenience

 

While a majority of readers still prefer print books, that doesn’t mean eBooks are unnecessary. Many people who prefer print still read eBooks because of their availability (me, for example).

 

 

When someone has a few minutes of free time, an eBook makes it possible to pull out a book and read a few pages on a variety of mobile devices, no matter where they are. The convenience of having a book in your pocket at all times is reason enough for many readers. And if there is reason for the reader to read it, there is reason for you to produce it.

 

So when you picture your book at last becoming published, envision your scene in a more digital way with an eBook. Imagine the heights your book dreams can reach! Start your eBook conversion today!

 

-keerthi
-ebooks2go: www.ebooks2go.net

 


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Making sure the manuscript is compatible to the submission requirements is a daunting task, for some writers. The way the manuscript is submitted for publication is equally as important as the content to be published. Most publishers have their own set of rules for submission of manuscript and it is easy for writers to subconsciously breach one or more of them; thus diminishing their chances of being accepted.

 

 

Although publishers may have their own manuscript submission guidelines, certain common features are emphasized among most of them. One of the important aspects of your manuscript is identification. You need to be easily identifiable with the manuscript submitted. Your name, address and contact numbers need to be mentioned in the cover page. A running header, consisting of your last name and the proposed title, could also run across all the pages of your book.

 

 

This is to make sure that you are still identified even if the title page gets separated from the rest of the manuscript. Numbering the pages is also important as it helps the manuscript reader to access the length of the manuscript or even comment on certain portions of your manuscript. The page numbers could be provided at the bottom center or right. Alternatively it can also be combined with the page headers.

 

 

As for the manuscript, ensure that it is double spaced so as to make it easy for it to be edited. Take care to ensure that there are no spell mistakes by using the spelling processor. Spelling mistakes would send a message of carelessness.

 

 

With regard to margins, try and stick to rugged right rather than justified margins. It is difficult to read with justified margins. Book publishers use advanced tools and procedures for justification, which isnâ??t possible by word processers. Also try to indent the first line of every paragraph at about 5 spaces. This way manuscript reader can identify a new paragraph.

 

 

Avoid stapling or binding of the manuscript for it makes it difficult for the editors or agents to make copies of it. So it would help if you could only use a clip or something that facilitates making copies.

 

 

Keep a copy of your manuscript. Copyright of your manuscript is secured with a notice like Copyright © 2001followed by your name and All rights reserved

 

 

-keerthi

Book publisher | www.ebooks2go.net

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Hello All,

 

I hope this message finds you well. This is my first time publishing and I have a few questions I wonder if you all may help me answer?

 

1. When publishing with Create Space does a Copyright page automatically generate with data I plug in? Or is this something I need to draft or complete on my own?

 

2. I will send my manuscript to individuals that I will ask to make a comment for the back of the book. Am I able to add those comments after publishing?

 

 

I thought I had more but that'll do for now. Thanks all!

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Pages in Your Book

Posted by jpb3 Jan 16, 2018

Hey everyone,

 

I just wanted to post something quick about how you publish you pages. I just published my book "Goal Setting: Your Weekly Workbook" and I had to make sure certain pages were on the left side of the open book while others were on the right side. The pages I'm talking about are for people to actually fill out themselves.

 

I wrote the book on a Word Document. Word does not have the same "view" as Createspace when it comes to where your pages are on the physical book. Be sure to use Createspace's view as your final revision rather than Word (if you're using Word). Createspace shows you exactly how the book will look while Word simply moves their pages shown on the "Side to Side" portion from the right page to the left.

 

I made the mistake in thinking the pages were being flipped in the "Side to Side" mode rather than just transitioned from right to left. This was a beginner mistake, but thank goodness I got to see it when I ordered my proof!

 

Good luck to you all! Especially the beginners like me learning a lot as we go.

 

JPB3

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I wanted to share my experience with Createspace and the timeline for working with the site. Overall, it's been an amazing thing to watch my MS Word File come to life as a real-life book in my hands. So mind-blowing!

 

 

Dec 2016       Manuscript complete

 

1/20/17          Created Createspace Account

 

1/20/17          Received call from Createspace for help on their publishing packages. Considered them over the weekend, but decided to do this on                     my own, since I had a strict timeline. I was invited to speak at a Christian Women's Conference on Feb 18... they said that a 4 week                     turnaround would be really tight.

 

1/22/17          Worked on my own Cover using Canva (free and absolutely amazing!)

                     Uploaded Cover to Cover maker (couldn't figure out how to make the back cover, so uploaded just the front & used CS Cover Maker                     for back).

                    Worked 20+ hours over the weekend to format interior of book - uploaded interior

                    Submitted book for approval in the late afternoon

                    Applied for LCCN # through Library of Congress - free

 

1/23/17         Technical Specs approval received at 10:00 am

                   Ordered First Proof via regular shipping (US) - expected 1/31/17

 

1/27/17         Jumped for JOY!!! Received Proof and held it in my hand while I jumped around in my kitchen!

 

2/1/17          Took forever to figure out why the gremlins had attacked the interior formatting of my book - when you fix one little thing, have to fix                    everything + re-do the Table of Contents!!! Re-submitted changes for approval at 7:00 pm

 

2/2/17          Obsessively checked e-mail until approval received at 12:31 pm - Drove my husband nuts.

2/2/17          [15min later] ordered SECOND Proof since I changed margins, gutter, format. Asked for RUSH Shipping!


2/6/17         Proof came on a Monday - made changes (minor & annoying ones) & submitted for approval review at 9:00pm

 

2/7/17         Thought I was compulsive before... checked website, e-mail & refreshed every 20 min.  Approval received 2:45pm

                  3:15pm - double & triple checked PDF proof (too late to order a copy now)

                  4:30pm - published to Kindle (without realizing I needed to format it differently! Whoops!)

                  9:00 pm - Received e-mail that it was approved from Kindle

 

2/8/17        Book was on Amazon... no kidding!!! Giddy with disbelief! Told everyone I knew!


2/8/17        Ordered my first set of 50 copies for the Women's Conference with RUSH delivery


2/13/17      Still waiting for my books to show up - expected date is Feb 14, but checked delivery status & shows they should be delivered today!

 

Thoughts: Steep learning curve & countless hours at the computer, making my eyes go beary. Now I know why CS does this for you. Advice: Pay them the $400 to do your interior! Wow!!! What a pain in the rear! Never realized what went into that. The headers were enough to make anyone scream. Glad I did all though because:

1. I am cheap & have a minimum budget

2. You learn how to do this on your own so you can do it again for the next book (of course there's another one... too addictive)

3. You can share ups/downs with others.

 

Hope you found this helpful, especially on how quickly CS turns things around. 24 hour approval is quite amazing, since my friend who published traditionally said it can take weeks.


Mona

 

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From Isa to Christ - A Muslim Woman's Search for the Hand of God

https://www.amazon.com/Isa-Christ-Muslim-Womans-Search/dp/0998637807/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486563040&sr=8-1&keywords=from+isa+to+christ

 


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It is not easy writing and publishing off an IPad 4!  But it keeps me honest so to speak.  Every word is suspect, and could be distorted by

the iPad's self correct function.  But I have had to buy help from Createspace in formatting, image making, and now transferring the paper back to Kindle Direct Publishing.  Any experiences you have had might help me navigate these labyrinths! 

Dialogue seems to be a problem for formatting software.  If a character speaks more than one sentence, the software makes a paragraph out of the second or third sentence!  But it does not add a quotation mark, so the poor reader thinks another person has interrupted!

  This has been criticized by my readers and reviewers. 

   Incidentally, the above effect is called "widows and orphans" by the editors in formatting.  Any sentence that is interrupted and created into a new paprgraph is  a widow or orphan.   Apparently, these effects happen when transferring your manuscript from, say, Apple to Windows. It is the toughest part of self publishing, at least for me.  Thanks for any input for my future indie pubs.  Zandy Clark, Missing Danny, stories of a Runaway.  Young adult, middle grade. 

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This is about the book I wrote, love to hear comments.

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