I will get back to the series on formatting, probably next week. This week has been interesting, to say the least. My son was home for several days and, I’ll be honest, when he’s here, everything else takes a backseat. Then there have been a series of meetings that have taken time to get ready for. Best of all, my friend who has been on the transplant list got the call the […]

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Blogging at MGC today

I haven’t forgotten about the formatting posts. I promise to return to them Thursday. I’m taking the first of the week off to enjoy having my son home for a few days. In the meantime, I’ve a post about responsibility — as a reader and as a parent — up at Mad Genius Club.

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A change of pace

I’ll pick up the “Here a format, there a format” series Monday. Yesterday, I walked into my office and stopped. It was almost as if I had walked into a wall. I looked around the space and shook my head. Something was wrong. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but it felt wrong somehow. No, not like someone had come in and rifled through my stuff. No, not even like […]

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Here a format, there a format (Pt. 3)

(You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) You now have a story written, edited, proofed and formatted. What now? That’s easy and yet not so easy. You have a few business decisions to make. The first is where you are going to sell your e-book. There are four main sites most of us in the U. S. look to: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Smashwords. Related questions are […]

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Here a format, there a format (Pt. 2)

Yesterday, I began a series of posts on formatting. That post dealt with most of the nuts and bolts of formatting the interior of an e-book.  The basic rule boils down to being consistent, not using a lot of fancy fonts, and remembering that there are numerous different e-reader apps and e-readers. What that means is to bear in mind that keeping it simple is your best bet. Before we move on […]

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Here a format, there a format

It’s my morning at Mad Genius Club, so I’m cross-posting my blog on formatting for e-books here. I will continue the series here tomorrow with discussion of what needs to be in your e-book besides your novel and what steps to take then. A week or so ago, I mentioned that I was busy formatting and, in some cases, reformatting, my books for print release. If there is anything I’m slow to […]

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Monday Morning Blues

When I first started writing the book that eventually turned into Slay Bells Ring, I titled it Monday Morning Blues. Part of the reason for that was to tie it in, very loosely, with Wedding Bell Blues. Part of it was because I hate Mondays almost as much as I hate mornings. What I didn’t realize was that today would be one of those days I wish I could just skip. Well, […]

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Music as inspiration

A post linked on Facebook this morning started me thinking. I know. I know. That’s dangerous, especially when I have yet to finish my first cup of coffee. The post was an interview with John Carpenter in which he names the Top 10 Movie Soundtracks. It is an interesting list and it had me clicking the links to listen to a few of them. I think what surprised me the most was […]

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Houdini and Doyle – review

Earlier this week when I was setting up the DVR schedule for the family, I noticed a “new” show on Fox. Now, I’ll admit up front that I don’t watch much network TV and even less from Fox. But the title of the show, Houdini & Doyle, intrigued me enough to read the description and then to set the DVR to record. Last night, we sat down and watched the first episode. […]

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So many folks are up in arms this morning, reacting and over-reacting to the results of the primary last night. I’ll admit I’m not thrilled with what happened but it pales in comparison to the last 10 hours. Suddenly, I’ve been reminded that the world is still spinning — and will continue to do so — and the country will survive (as long as we don’t give up and given in). But […]

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