General Updates, Poetry, Reflections of the Heart

Latest Decision in Publishing

Since the last time I have written, I have made several changes. For the last few years I have had four poetry books up for sale in print through CreateSpace and through KDP for Kindle. I thought about it and contacted CreateSpace and had those four titles retired. I decided I wanted to try and get my poetry books traditionally published. Poets and Writers Magazine (www.pw.org) has a great listing of publishers who are looking for poetry so I am going to go through there list and see what happens. I am starting with the small presses. Here is the link if you’re interested: https://www.pw.org/small_presses

I still have yet to remove the Kindle versions so you will still find them on Amazon.

Last November (2016), I finished a novel for NaNoWriMo. I have been editing that book and was going to traditionally publish, however, I found Tablo (www.tablo.com) and decided to try publishing through there and see what happens. I’m curious to see how the company does things. It depends on how things go if I decide to keep my book published through there, or pull it. But first I have to finish adding chapters. I hope to have it published before the end of February.

There is also another website I’d like to tell you about called Authors.me (www.authors.me). It’s a site where you create your profile, talk about your writing style, add any book projects you’re working on and then based on the information you put down for your book, the website will pull up agents and publishers who fit the criteria for your book and you can submit it to them. This saves a lot of hassle trying to find agents and publishers. Note that only the agents and publishers who are using Authors.me for submissions will show up in the search.

If you’ve exhausted your search results through there it would be a good idea to return to WritersMarket.com for more results. (You have to subscribe to Writers Market. If you can’t pay the full price up front for a year’s access you can pay $5.99 monthly which will renew each month. I like this because it makes it more affordable for those who need such resources.)

I hope these resources help you on your path to publication.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comments. I happy to hear from my readers! 🙂

So long for now!

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Bye Bye Smashwords

Okay, so I have been making some changes to where I have my books published. Smashwords….I gave the site a run for a year and made a whopping $7.46!!! Come on! What gives? So many places on the web I have read how great Smashwords is supposed to be at getting your books to Kobo, Apple, Sony, Barnes and Noble, etc. Sure it is great at doing that, but sales through those channels have not amounted to much. For the time, effort, and frustration I put into manuscripts for all their formatting rules…! Ugh I am taking the $7.46 and leaving! I am removing that extra frustration of formatting my books for Smashwords when I already have to do that for Kindle and CreateSpace. I can remove some stress and save a lot of time by cutting out Smashwords. I am not trying to badmouth the site, by all means if you are making it great on Smashwords, then great! It just wasn’t for me.

My books may be on Apple, Sony, B&N and a few other places for the next few weeks, but they will be disappearing soon. Sorry for anyone who uses something other than Kindle. I am thinking of offering my books for sale in these other formats directly from my own website. Something for me to think about.

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“Once Within A Lifetime” Book Formatting

Wow! I cannot believe how long it has been since I have posted something. I have been so busy helping an elderly friend format her book Once Within A Lifetime into Kindle and paperback forms via CreateSpace. I also worked with her ideas to create the cover of the book. A few days ago I finished the book cover and yesterday I finished formatting the book for Kindle. I have learned many lessons along the way just about publishing on Kindle.

When I first started publishing my own books on Kindle, I just formatted them the way a book would be formatted to go to a traditional publisher. I had no idea at the time that there was a specific way to format books to look there best on a Kindle. So this time, I used my PC Kindle Reader and used the book: Building Your Book For Kindle

Wish I had known of this book when I published my first Kindle books. I know I will have to go back and redo at least one of them.

Today I finished formatting Once Within A Lifetime for CreateSpace using a 6×9 book template from the CreateSpace website.

I finished the book cover using images from www.morguefile.com and the software programs Picasa and Gimp.

I still have a lot to learn in the book design and marketing/promotion area but I know that will come in time as I continue reading on the subjects and practicing.

Once Within In A Lifetime is available in Kindle format and soon to be in paperback format. The next format after that would be audiobook through www.acx.com.

God bless, and may God guide you through all your writing and publishing adventures!

 

Camp NaNoWriMo, General Updates

Back To It Again

Ah, so here we are again. I said I was going to take a break from writing and search out other things in life, like other interests, but there comes a problem when characters keep popping into my head and scenes play like moves, and story is just begging to be told. Characters sit in my head, acting out their stories, but their stories are not being heard. Why? Because I am not writing them.

It seems as though a writer cannot take a TRUE vacation from writing. It is in the very core of their being, part of what God built into them, into me. When I tried to pursue other interests, I realized that these other interests involved some kind of writing as well, so really, I wasn’t taking a break at all.

So I have decided to pick up one of the fictional stories I started last year for Camp NaNoWriMo called Lasting Shadow and see how much farther I can get with that. Finding my story and character sheets will be interesting. If I can’t find them already printed and sitting in my filing cabinet, I will have to print everything again, but that’s no big deal. I’ll just happy to write fiction and have fun doing it.

When my daughter is old enough, she’ll get to read my stories and that just brings a smile to my face. Also, to keep writing, is do not only what God built into me when he made me, but also to continue to pursue something my mother was very supportive of when she found out I wanted to be a writer in my early teen years. So in a way, writing is like honoring her memory as well. I’m sure she would be proud of me if I kept going, but perhaps disappointed if I stopped writing, but I don’t think that is an option for me. I have learned so much. Not just to write a novel, but how to social network, how to blog, how create my own book covers, how to publish via CreateSpace and Amazon KDP, writing press releases.

I have learned all of this and I am helping and elderly woman from my church by the name of Phyllis Georgina Rose who has just published her book The Rose Garden. I am using my skills to help her publish her books and help her books to become more known. All I can do is try my best and pray. God will have to take it the rest of the way.

You will find both Phyllis’ book and my books on www.goodreads.com as well as Amazon and other places online. I hope you check out our work!

We’ll continue to work hard so you have more to read. 🙂