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My musings about the world, self publishing, living abroad, and my author career.

self-publishing 19: front & back matter

self-publishing 19: front & back matter

Your front and back matter are all the pages you put in your book that aren't the text of the book itself. These are different for ebooks and printed books, so you need different versions of them for each type of format you are creating. At the front of the book you...

A new look!

A new look!

 If you are a regular reader then you will no doubt have noticed that I have updated the theme on my blog, so that it is a bit sleeker. It is the latest in a series of steps to make my blog more of a website with a blog attached, as I have more static content and as I...

Self publishing 18: formatting

Self publishing 18: formatting

For my next instalment of this series on self-publishing I am going to look at formatting. Once you have your manuscript finished, edited, proof-read and polished to perfection you then need to make it look as good as it can for publishing. And you need to choose if...

Today is the day!

Today is the day!

Realms of Fae and Shadow is live!  This book contains eight stories, one by me, which all lead into full fae series. I have read all of the other stories and thoroughly enjoyed them. I've also read some of the later books, those which are published already, and I am...

Self-publishing 17: Blurbs & cover copy

Self-publishing 17: Blurbs & cover copy

For the next instalment of my series on self-publishing here is a short post on book blurbs. Once you are preparing to upload your manuscript and sell it you need to have a blurb - this is the few paragraphs of text that show on the book page on each retailer and give...

New books coming soon!

New books coming soon!

If you've been following me on social media you will have seen hints that I have been working on a series about fae. And earlier in the year I mentioned it in my post on my publishing plans for the year I am now pleased to announce that the first book in the Lost...

Think Like A Writer In 10 Minutes A Day

Think Like A Writer In 10 Minutes A Day

Guest post by Katharine Grubb from 10 Minute Novelists Are you a writer? Or are you not one? Do you see yourself as a writer?  Have you fallen in love with the written word? Have you ever savored a story, wondered how words came together, longed to see your name...

My ideal week: 2020 version

My ideal week: 2020 version

I find the start of a new school year to be a good time to work out how I'm going to structure my week and to come up with a vision of what my ideal week would look like. I start with the big things that can't be moved, add in all the everyday things that need to get...

Self-publishing 16: ISBNs

Self-publishing 16: ISBNs

To isbn or not to isbn? The answer to this isn't as easy as you might think. Every book needs to have an international standard book number, as an ex-librarian (gosh that sounds weird to say!) I know it is important and ties into your book being able to be catalogued...

Valuing myself through a low FODMAP lifestyle

Valuing myself through a low FODMAP lifestyle

For the last few years, or so , I have been struggling with my digestion. And so at the end of last year I started seeing a dietician. On their advice I have been following a low fodmap exclusion diet. For those of you, probably most of you, who aren't sure what that...

Self-publishing 15: Amazon

Self-publishing 15: Amazon

Whether you choose to publish your ebooks exclusively to Amazon, and so join their KDP Select and make your books available through Kindle Unlimited, or you decide to make you ebooks available wide across multiple retailers, you need to learn how Amazon works. Amazon...

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it

Things here in the Netherlands have started to open up again after what has been described as an "intelligent" lockdown. Primary schools have been back for a few weeks with half sized classes, as the children did half school at school and half school at home. From...

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