Writing a Series

A lot of authors write series. Some make all their money writing long series rather than stand-alone novels. A few are even paid by their publishing companies to keep writing series even after the story has gotten old and there are no new ideas or places for the characters to go (*cough* *cough* James Patterson…

How To Write An Epilogue

In my last post, I wrote about writing prologues. I thought I’d follow that up by writing about epilogues. I would like to begin this article by stating that prologues and epilogues, while at opposite ends of the book, each require different needs to be fulfilled in order to be written effectively. Let’s explore that,…

How To Write A Prologue

Not too long ago, someone commented here asking for an article on writing prologues. I was saddened to reply that we did not have any articles on the subject (I checked), but I promised we’d have one soon. I’m making good on that promise now. Many authors start their novels with prologues, which they use…

Creating Character Names

What’s in a name? Contrary to what William Shakespeare wrote in Romeo & Juliet, a name can say a lot about you. Certain names have certain associations or ideas linked to them. A character’s name can excite, terrify, or bore a reader (can you imagine Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes sounding interesting if their names…

How to Use KDP’s Cover Creator

The other day I posted How to Publish in KDP and mentioned that I would cover how to use the new KDP Cover Creator. Here is that post. (Click images for full size if you need to) If you want to know how we got to this step, please check the previous post, otherwise I…

Another Way to Make a Table of Contents for Kindle

An author emailed me to say that the previous post on how to make a linked table of contents for Kindle didn’t work for her. I don’t know if it depends on what version of Word you use, or even what mood Amazon is in when you submit, but here is an alternate method. Microsoft has taken…

Your Book’s Metadata (ex. author bio, book description)

What is metadata?  Metadata is all the information you will give Amazon KDP, Barnes and Noble’s PubIt, and Smashwords when you publish your book. I’m going to cover a list of metadata you’ll need to publish your book on the sites listed above.  If anyone can think of something to add to the list, please…

Links to Creating Book Covers

Rather than re-posting the book cover posts that Joleene Naylor has done over the year, I thought it would be easier to just put all the links in one place. So here they are: Judging a Book by it’s Cover How to Get a Cheap Cover – Part I How to Get a Cheap Cover – Part II…

Formatting Your Ebook for Kindle, Barnes and Noble (or Epub), and Smashwords

Thanks to tips from Melanie Nilles, Stephannie Beman, and Rose Gordon, I was able to put together this post. I start out with making my book a paperback version for CreateSpace, so my original formatting looks like this: I have tabs, monotype corsiva font size 24 for the chapter title, use a picture I buy from a stockpohoto site,…

Guest Post: Editing for Self-Publishers by John C. Goodman

If you are a self-publisher and have read any of the advice available online, you will know that most commentators recommend having your book professionally edited and proofread. There is good reason for this as it is extremely difficult to see the flaws in one’s own work. Proofreading is especially hard as we will often…