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I've finished formatting my manuscript and although I have Createspace's 6x9 format I can't get the Table of Contents to line up properly.

Is there anyone out there that provides this service and is familiar with Createspace?

Thanks JArae111

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A smart way to encourage influential people to read your book - think bloggers, book club moderators, social media addicts, etc. - is to offer to send them a copy. The cost to you will depend on how aggressive you are in your efforts (I've given away hundreds of books over the years), but here are three ways I've learned to save money:

1) Offer to email a digital copy.

If you can get a reviewer to read a Mobi or PDF version of you book, great! It won't cost you a penny. Some reviewers refuse to accept electronic files, but it's always worth asking.

2) Use the "send as a gift" option on Amazon for a Kindle or print version.

If the person you want to read your book will accept a Kindle version but isn't tech savvy enough to manage a Mobi file, offer to purchase a Kindle version of your book through Amazon. The reviewer will receive a link to download it within seconds, and you'll get a royalty on the sale! (The same goes for print versions, which can be a good option if you have Amazon Prime and the free shipping that goes along with it.)

3) Request the "book rate" at the post office.

I like sending books the old fashioned way because it allows me to include a personalized inscription for the reader, which I think is a nice touch. If you choose this option be sure to request the book rate, which will cut the shipping cost WAY down. The only downside is that to get the book rate you can't use the self-service kiosk and thus have to wait in line, but the money you'll save over time is worth it.

What are you waiting for? Get pitching!

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at

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Are you making this marketing mistake?

Marketing tip: Stay organized!

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Books; in Lonnie Fulbright Blog

Posted by USAF-SP-REAPER Apr 13, 2018

So now I have written and published three books, One through and the other two (Parts one and two) of "Valley of the Shadow." Now, to promote them. I have found that Face Book is not the optimal way to go, are there any other suggestions.


Thanks, Lonnie.

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Hatred in Independent Female

Posted by IrisJeanette Apr 12, 2018

The purpose of hatred is persecution and deception.  Blacks deceive other blacks into hating whites in order to exploit them for money, sex, or help.  Women similarly foment hatred of men for similar reasons.


Many different kinds of people have been good to me in my life, and many others have been benign.  Even though blacks and women have responded negatively to whites and men, respectively, I do not see the necessity to do so.


Read A Black Feminine Mystique, Iris Cooke,

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Outer Space in Independent Female

Posted by IrisJeanette Apr 12, 2018

Sci Fi about religion in outer space is the subject of the book, Universal Utopia.  George, a time traveler through a worm hole finds the planet Cathos, where they know about earthlings.  They have a utopian society based on Christianity.  He joins the ruling council that maintains Utopia and judges the children, who have to learn the rules in order to preserve the society.  He also rejoins his lost love, who is in heaven, near Cathos.  See Iris Cooke,

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Illicit Sex in Independent Female

Posted by IrisJeanette Apr 11, 2018

My boyfriend told me that women need men, but men do not need women.  This is evidenced by the fact that a man can survive off one-night stands, but most women want companionship.


Black men have approached me because they want revenge against my boyfriend, since he is white.  The revenge is misplaced, because George is not racist, and in fact is a champion of integration in the workplace.  They want to sleep with me to convince me that they are better, and to make me leave George.


A few white men also propositioned me, and some Arab men, too, as well as others.  They do not care that I have a relationship, which is wrong.  Cheating does matter, and they will, of course, tell me that it does not to get what they want.


Read A Black Feminine Mystique for more on black men and their social psychology.  Iris Cooke,

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Feelings in Independent Female

Posted by IrisJeanette Apr 11, 2018

I do not think that whites generally talk to me in a condescending tone of voice, but other blacks do.  Men generally are not talking to me about sex or otherwise demeaning me, but other women still say that they experience this.  My experience is unique, because blacks and women made numerous personal attacks against me over the years, while I had profitable relationships with whites and other kinds of men.


Read A Black Feminine Mystique for more.  Iris Cooke,

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Good evening fellow authors.  This is my first time on one of the CreateSpace communities.  I'm a new romance writer and I'm waiting on my proof copy of my first book.  I would by lying if I said I wasn't a lot nervous and a bit overwhelmed by all of this.  I've been trying to set up my platform, come up with my brand and learn how to become an internet marketing genious all while working on the second book in the series.


I guess you could say I'm an over-achiever, but really aren't all of us who dare to write and share our books with the world?  I am looking forward to connecting with others who share my passion for writing and learning.  I hope to give as good as I get.


I am looking for people to read and write reveiws of my novel on my Goodreads and Amazon page... if I could just figure out how to get my pages set up.  If you're interested in reading and reveiwing for me, please email me or respond to my post.

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Elite in Independent Female

Posted by IrisJeanette Apr 11, 2018

It is not only certain women who are allowed to be thin, or to learn, nor is it only certain blacks who are allowed to learn, or be powerful, or be with whites.  There was a problem with this in my life where women thought I had to choose between brains or brawn, and where blacks thought I was not the one to complete in society with all and excel as a fine example of my race.


Read A Black Feminine Mystique to learn about the women and blacks I have known through social psychology, religion, and relationships.  Iris Cooke,

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Money in Independent Female

Posted by IrisJeanette Apr 11, 2018

My boyfriend does not have to pay my bills, because he is not my husband.  Secondly, 'we help each other', is wrong because people chose not to participate in the economy or school of their own volition.  Others do not have the right to use my credit, and the attorney's general ought to declare this illegal except for spouses.


Read A Black Feminine Mystique for more of my views on money, and other issues, such as education, religion, beauty, and more.

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Went or gone? Refer or recommend? Here's a quick refresher on how to use these tricky words correctly.

Went vs. Gone

WENT and GONE are both forms of the verb TO GO.

WENT is used in the past tense (also known as the preterit/preterite tense):

  • I knew I needed to study, but I went to the movies instead.
  • Gloria wanted to go to the movies, but she was responsible and went home to study instead.



Simple, right? Yes! But read on.

GONE is used in the present perfect and the past perfect tense (also known as the pluperfect tense):

  • I should have gone home to study, but I went to the movies instead. (Present perfect tense)
  • I thought that all of us had gone to the movies, but later I found out that Gloria had gone home to study. (Past perfect/pluperfect tense)



Generally the mistakes happen when people think they should use WENT when they should use GONE.

  • Gloria should have went to the movies. (INCORRECT)
  • Gloria should have gone to the movies (CORRECT)

  • If Gloria had went to the movies, she probably wouldn't have aced the test. (INCORRECT)
  • If Gloria had gone to the movies, she probably wouldn't have aced the test. (CORRECT)

  • I should have went home to study instead of going to the movies. (INCORRECT)
  • I should have gone home to study instead of going to the movies. (CORRECT)
  • Remember, WENT is past tense only. GONE is present perfect or past perfect only.

Refer vs. Recommend

REFER means to direct someone to someone or something for treatment or information:

  • My doctor referred me to a knee specialist.
  • Can you refer me to an honest mechanic?

RECOMMEND means to endorse someone or something as worthy.

  • Can you recommend a knee specialist?
  • Gloria recommended her mechanic for the job.

What word pairs trip you up? Please share in the comments!

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at

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What next? in JGC Writing Blog

Posted by spooks101 Apr 9, 2018

Haldred Chronicles: Anna is out.  2 years of work and book 4 has at last been released.  I am happy with the result and it seems so are my readers!  So, after more than a month of resting, what now?




I’ve already completed one big task, and that was to submit a short story to sci-fi and fantasy publishers Black Library as part of their call for submissions.  With the able help of my wife Deborah, who proofread the submission, I sent off the 500-word extract and summary a couple of days ago.




The second big task now sitting on my to-do list is, of course, book 5.  I have taken some time to look through my various story ideas and have decided to go with ‘Haldred Chronicles: Twig’.  This story will concentrate on the Courier-fey, message passing creatures that have been a staple of Haldred Chronicles since the first book.  Now, with book 5, readers will learn a little more about these creatures.




I have a few other plans as well that I’ll work on when I have time.




I hope to go over my first 3 books and reformat the look of them.  Each of them featured slightly different font and paragraph design so I now want to re-edit them so that they are all the same.  In addition, I hope to use the re-formatted work to create better-printed copies of the books via Kindle Direct Publishing.




I’ve also been working on a synopsis of book 3, ‘Shade’.  Together with a recently completed introduction letter and the first 3 chapters, I hope to use this package as my way to advertise the series to potential publishers and agents.




There is plenty planned for the next few months.  I feel like the Easter holidays have allowed me to get back into writing and make my plans for the future of the series.




Till next time.

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hello, im andrea and i new here. i started to write a book the last year called beyond journey, emotional experience.

this book is travel in our beautiful country and if you see, and love to travel, you love it.

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Hi I'm vanessa in Share Your Work

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