So I just heard back from the Clinton-Macomb Library. They will be waiting for me with a projector to present to the group. Now I’m getting nervous. Apparently, there are 20 people signed up for the class. I’m excited! If you haven’t gotten your copy of How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way! yet, here’s the Amazon link: http://amzn.to/153bfK3. It’s also available on Smashwords, Nook, and Amazon UK.
It is done. Sometime tomorrow How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook the Easy Way! goes live. Thank you all for joining me but it’s not done yet! Wednesday, I should be on WROM radio (still waiting on a few details) and Friday I should be on a podcast in the afternoon and on Zombiepalooza Radio Dead Again at night. I WILL be giving away a few copies on each show so stay tuned.
Every author who has something to say needs a proper venue to say it. When I first started writing with the intention to publish, the only places I knew of were Cemetery Dance and Asimov’s Science Fiction. Since I’m not really a sci-fi writer I went with CD and after a grueling, 9 month process, finally got a generic rejection letter in the mail.
What could I have done differently? Had I known at the time about websites like Duotrope I would have found many more horror publishers, many of which allow dual submissions (Cemetery Dance at the time did not). But after finding the site several years later, I actually was able to locate many publishers, on-line and in-print, who eventually published my work, including the now defunct Alien Skin Magazine that actually took the care to tell me exactly what was wrong with a submission so I could correct it and resubmit. It’s also the site I used to find the publisher for The Ghost Toucher.
But now Duotrope has turned into a pay site and if you’re a newbie author like I was, it could be discouraging to have to pay for something you want to eventually make money from. But don’t fret, there are still plenty of places you can look up that provide the same service as Duotrope for free. I didn’t look these up myself, just passing along info I found through a quick Google search. If you’re where I was 10+ years ago, by all means make use of that link. Oh, and happy Memorial Day!
Don’t forget: How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way! will be out this Tuesday. Join the FB page to make sure you don’t miss out on the updates.
Want to check out my books?
When you write all the time, you need to be able to write all the time. 5 years ago it was my Neo, 2 years ago it was my flash drive. Over the last couple months I’ve been experimenting with dictating directly into my phone using the Quickoffice app.
Using this app allowed me to write everywhere without carrying a semi-bulky piece of equipment around or having to wait until I was at a PC before I could write. Okay, a Neo really isn’t bulky- it’s only about 3 pounds. But in this day and age where everything is smaller and faster, anything that doesn’t fit in the palm of your hand that is meant to be on the go is big.
I recently got back into Google Docs which has been rebranded as Google Drive. I used it on a collaborative project that fell through two years ago where I can create a doc on any computer with an internet connection and be able to edit and add to it from anywhere. The programmers were smart by making it as close to MS Word as legally possible so anyone who uses it will instantly be familiar with the format. Now that I have a Kindle and a smartphone, I can use both with Drive as well. My Droid has a specific app and I can use the internet with my Kindle. A truly great feature to Drive is the auto-save feature which updates continually. The drawback to Quickoffice was the app tended to crash unexpectedly (especially when I hadn’t saved in 3 or more paragraphs) and that I could only edit that document on my phone unless I emailed it to myself.
With Drive I can use my phone, Kindle, and PC, which is great because detailed editing just isn’t convenient on my phone. I don’t have to worry about overlapping versions of one document. I even had my phone and my Kindle the other night, working on a doc and what I typed on one, updated to the other.
I’ve downloaded Drive for my phone and PC, but as of yet I have not seen the app for Kindle. There are some editing shortcomings with Kindle, like the inability to bold or italicize text, but hopefully that gets figured out soon (or at least get put in a more conspicuous place).
Want more great tips to help your writing? Join the Facebook page for How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way! here!
The date has finally been confirmed! I will be at the Troy Public Library on July 22nd, showing new writers how to #publish their own work! Look for more dates soon! Like, really soon.
Keep up with all the new information on How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way! by joining the Facebook page.