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Setting up Your Book: Front and Back Matter

Setting up Your Book: Front and Back Matter

A short while ago, I posted a blog called, Setting up Your Book: the Basics. We looked at trim size, margins, fonts and more. Today, I want to take a look at Front Matter and Back Matter.   Quick explanation of what the Matter is Okay, any editors reading that title are currently having a conniption. For the rest of us, let’s dive in. The interior of your book is basically made up of three parts. Front Matter, the Body…

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Setting up Your Book: The Basics

Setting up Your Book: The Basics

When I started into publishing, much of the whole process seemed so complicated and so difficult. One of the reasons I started this blog was because I was having a great deal of difficulty finding helpful websites to walk me through the “how to’s” of publishing. I thought I could be a support and help to others on this process and provide clear, practical help in this area where there appeared to be a lack. Since that time, I have…

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Working with Your Proof Copy

Working with Your Proof Copy

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a blog, but with Christmas and New Years and snow and cold and more… I’ve had to step back just a bit. It’s time, now, to get back to posting blogs. One of the things I’ve been able to do over the Christmas Season is to proof my printed book from Createspace. It’s coming out in April and I needed to get through the proofing process quickly so I can move on…

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Setting up SEO for Your Blog

Setting up SEO for Your Blog

Let me just come right out and say this: I find the topic of SEO boring. I know that’s not the way to start a blog post. This topic is, however, EXTREMELY important and extremely helpful to bloggers.  In this blog, I want to give a clear, simple explanation of how to work through this as a WordPress Blogger.   I did not intend to write a blog about SEO, but I had to do all this research three months…

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Vanity or Subsidy Publishers?

Vanity or Subsidy Publishers?

In a previous blog, I wrote about The Self-Publishing World.  In that blog, we took a moment to see what Self-Publishing has looked like over the years, especially in comparison with Traditional Publishers.  In this blog, however, we want to explore something that is kind of half-way between a Traditional Publisher and full Self-Publishing. Self-Publishing (or Indie-Publishing) is, simply put, doing it all yourself.  You take care of editing or find an editor.  You take care of cover design or…

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When Do I Launch My Book?

When Do I Launch My Book?

One of the challenges a self-publisher faces is the question, “When is the best day/month to actually publish/launch my book?” The short answer is… on a Tuesday, on the first day of the month, but not in December. Simple? The truth is, there’s no perfect day to launch your book. There are, however, better times to publish. Publishing at the right time of year and, perhaps on the right day of the week, can help your initial sales. Here is…

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Telling People You’ve Written a Book

Telling People You’ve Written a Book

If you’re publishing a book… you need to tell people you’re publishing a book. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. If it does, sit down, take a deep breath and think it through. There are, perhaps at times, reasons to publish under a pseudonym. In that case, maybe you don’t want to tell people around you that you’ve written that specific book. Later on I plan on posting about why I specifically chose not to use a pseudonym….

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How to Pick a Fabulously Fun Font Type for Your Book: Part II

How to Pick a Fabulously Fun Font Type for Your Book: Part II

Alright, for Part II of our look at picking a fabulously fun font for your book, we want to consider Monospace fonts as well as talk a bit about Cover Fonts and then put this all together.  I hope the truth bomb that you have been hit with (that fonts actually matter) has been a wonderful experience for you.  🙂  In Part I, we looked at the difference between Serif and Sans Serif.  To Check out Part I of How…

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How to Pick a Fabulously Fun Font Type for Your Book: Part I

How to Pick a Fabulously Fun Font Type for Your Book: Part I

Let me lay a truth bomb on you. This blog post is about Font Types. This is a truth bomb because it is likely devastating to your world view to hear someone suggest that Font Types actually matter. I am sorry for crushing your world. Font types do matter and there are accepted Font Types for the body of your book, for chapter titles and for headings. There are also unacceptable ones. If you use an unacceptable one, someone may…

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