A little of this, a little of CreateSpace

Getting a manuscript ready for publishing is hard work. Don't let anyone tell you it's not (unless, of course, you pay someone else to do it for you - not a bad idea now that I think about it). But what it really takes is patience (a lot), a large bottle of Advil, and the …

Published: A Guilty Mind

Well, it's done. Although A Guilty Mind has technically been available for several days (a few snags with the linking, etc. kept it under wraps), today is officially my personally designated publication day! Hooray! So here is the announcement: A GUILTY MIND is available for sale on Amazon (of course), your handy IPad, Smashwords, Barnes …

Coming Soon…

I know it's been a few weeks since I've posted but...writing suddenly seems easier than publishing. Writer's block even sounds good. Any writer going through the publishing process with Amazon (KDP, CreateSpace or both) and Smashwords knows exactly what I mean. Page Breaks. Typeface. Blocking. Table of Contents. Front Matter. All tedious and time consuming! …

Can You Really Tell a Book by It’s Cover?

Every forum you read and every bit of advice you get as an author is that the cover of your book (whether in print or digital form) is very important. Not just very important but REALLY, REALLY important. Why? Because apparently in the publishing world today, where there are more authors and more books than …

Formatting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

As I attempt to format my novel for CreateSpace, I'm wondering if I need an autosave function in my Word files...so many changes and uh, mistakes. Of course, I have a version of my file that is "clean" and edited BUT it is not formatted appropriately for publication. I know it shouldn't be a difficult …

Summer Reading (Update 1)

First, I will apologize for being MIA for a month. Family circumstances throughout most of June kept me from my computer, my blog, and my book. This was followed by a much-needed vacation with the entire Murphy clan. As a result, my timeline for publication of A GUILTY MIND has been altered slightly (that's life!) but I'm …