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Hello everyone, here is the preview Chapter to my book The Red Frontier. It will be released soon, and I am already working on Book 2.

 

The Red Frontier is a new Science Fiction Fantasy series by Joseph Cruz. Traditional genres collide in a sprawling epic loaded with deep lore and a whole new universe of expanding potential. In the future, humans have populated Mars, but after a sudden mysterious event on Earth, the people on Mars are stranded on their own. When new cultures arise and factions clash, and the planet becomes both a dangerous and exciting frontier of possibilities. Raymond Redmin, a terminally ill doctor from our own time, mysteriously awakens from cryostasis on Mars, hundreds of years in the future. His arrival sparks a planet-wide conflict. Cowboys, mutant spiders, zen androids, savage cannibals riding giant rats, super-soldier armies, a charming robotic fox companion, and chivalrous knights piloting gargantuan mechanical battle suits are just a few of the genre-blurring characters awaiting Raymond on his epic journey. Welcome to the new world. This is the Red Frontier.

 

 

Coming 2017

 

Enjoy!

 

https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1211631

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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

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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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Players With & Without Swag

Posted by Babygv Sep 2, 2016

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

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Publishing on Kindle.

Posted by mickjugrim Jul 19, 2016

Hi, can anyone help? I published my book, Short, Short Stories for Busy, Busy People as a paperback on Createspace no problem. When I published it on Kindle Direct Publishing however, the numbers in the contents page wer all over the place giving a very unprofessional look to the electronic version of the book. I downloaded the interior and removed the numbers. when I re-uploaded the interior, I discovered that there are now two versions available. One with the numbers on the contents page and one without. (Each has its own ISBN number) Has anyone else experienced this or can anyone advise me of a solution.

 

Thanks and best wishes.

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Author T. L. Ellis

Posted by specialangel May 25, 2016

Hi everyone, A little about my self, I am a single mom of two grown boys, I have four beautiful grand children, They are my angels!!!I love to write children stories and am in the process of making five books into a series called Mystical Forest.They are learning exsperienced. They teach to listen ,trust, make friengds. I truly hope that you enjoy these stories and if you have any questions you can always contact me here or at terriellis2114@mail.com. please check out my book called( Mystical Forest Michael learns a lesson)  It is available on amazon, createspace. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. T L Ellis

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Write your Story

Posted by Debera Feb 17, 2016

My first blog. Im not sure how to use this or what its for, but im going to learn now. Thanks for reading. Deb

I am writing about my life and its triumphs and tragedies.

I hope to make the reading, not only unique and interesting but also inspiring.

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POEM NUMBER THREE,  To Emily  This burst is enough just as life isn't. But I digress like the crab to meet you In that time beyond boundaries where all Are immortal but not equal to the Task sublime, nor patient to please Unborn poets and writers and readers of skill.

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My challenges and successes

Posted by Mauratee Dec 18, 2015

Hi pals, I've been quite busy for a while trying to get my book published since the last time I visited here, now it's got to the final stage, I've managed to juggle work, kids, family and working on the book, it's not been easy but it's worth it, I am now thinking forward to the next stage of my writings, but I find some occurrence tend to creep in to deter my efforts, I only work two days a week and be off the weekend, so u try not to let the baggages and stress at work mar my weekend, emotionally, otherwise, I cannot function properly, hence productivity is low. I therefore came up with a strategy to help me get through this ordeal, just a trial at first and this happened to work for me, I try as much as possible to deal with each troubling issue as much as possible before the end of each day, then, I don't go home with it, one of the most challenging issue is giving good answers back at colleagues and senior workers who try to undermine you, this happens almost at every work place, standing up for myself and being extra assertive. This is really difficult when you work in the healthcare sector where you have a lot of hierarchical order. I will post later, some specific examples with the appropriate responses or better put, the responses I gave that worked. If you've gone through similar experiences, you can share them then, they could be of help to me or other people who are having problems in this area, thanks

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Learning How To Slow Down!

Posted by annija Nov 12, 2015

I am so glad that I revised my book and even happier that nobody bought it!! After I actually slowed down and read what I had wrote I saw that not only was I impatient but had made mistakes that nobody saw. Thank God for the more experienced authors who took the time to point out my errors!

Not only was I able to add a little more action to my story but also to take my time and think things through so the reader can understand what I'm trying to say.This time when I read the story I enjoyed it and hope the reader does too! I found that by meditating, I can remain calm and not get over excited about writing my first book. This helped me out a lot!

Again, I want to thank the writers who helped me to refocuse!

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PERSONAL FINANCE

Posted by accountinghour Oct 2, 2015

Statement of Financial Position

 

Your personal net worth is the best way to determine what you worth and where you are in finance. Your net worth is determined by deducting your liability (what you owe) from your assets (what you own). Statement of personal financial position shows all the assets you have and the liability you incurred as at a particular period. The components of statement of financial position are assets and liabilities.

 

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Parallel Aklila Kedan's Except

Posted by Kedan May 24, 2015

WITHIN THIS WORLD, each human being is a metaphysical entity,. This means our physical actions, appearance, and words represent our inner invisible beings. Not only does the outer reflect the inner, but we are also living hieroglyphics an aspect of a greater idea. But even further the righteous and elect of the All Powerful are for and of the Anointed Messiah.

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Parallel-Aklila-Kedan/dp/1511410949/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1432462969&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=parallel+aklila+kedan

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sit and be bored?

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I have been finding it a bit hard to navigate through some of the things I need answers to.

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