Showing posts from May, 2015

More Adventures in Formatting

I turned to the Smashwords Style Guide this week to see if ebook formatting would be explained better there. And it was. So, if you ever find yourself in the position of having to format an ebook and need guidance, get the Smashwords Style Guide. It's free and it has pictures.

Once again, I found that some of the instructions didn't exactly correlate with my version of Word, but after a bit of searching through my Word menus, I was able to figure it out.

Basically--I wish I'd paid better attention in Desktop Publishing in college.

For Smashwords, you format your file, you upload it to Smashwords, their algorithm thing determines if the document is formatted correctly--if it is and you get accepted, they can distribute your book to a number of vendors, including Amazon, Kobo, Apple, and B&N. That way, the author has a central place to make changes if need be, doesn't have to go insane changing the file to suit the various needs of the different vendors' require…

Cutting The Bloodline Book Tour: Creating The Future

Hi guys! We have another fantastic guest today--Angeline Trevena, whose book Cutting The Bloodline was released on May 12th.

Cutting the Bloodline is set in Britian, 2052. This is a world where people are tested for the criminal gene, where carriers are outcast, and babies testing positive are aborted.

I've always been a fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories. As a child, my father set me off on the right track by reading me novels by the likes of John Wyndham and H G Wells as bedtime stories.

Dystopian fiction relies heavily on catching the widespread fears of society. If you look at the trends, you can map a timeline of a country's paranoia. From early alien invasions, through big-brother surveilance, robots rising up against their creators, to zombie outbreaks caused by humans messing with genetics, or bio-warfare, or cultivating diseases.

While creating a future may seem like something pulled purely from the imagination, it's important to look to the past to create …

Chrys Fey's Ghost of Death blog tour!

Hey peeps! Today, author Chrys Fey is stopping by to tell us about her new release! Check it out!

Thank you, Michelle, for letting me take over your blog for the day to talk about my newest short story, Ghost of Death. Since this story, and Witch of Death which is available for pre-order, can be considered a bit odd because of their supernatural themes, I thought it would be fun to share some odd facts about me. Ready?
Ten Odd Facts about Me:
1. I love bats. 2. I have a witch’s cauldron full of writerly stuff such as pens and paper. 3. I’ve had dreams and other psychic thoughts that have come true. 4. I’ve used tarot cards. 5. I own all the Charmed seasons. 6. My favorite color is neon green. 7. Halloween is my favorite holiday. 8. Autumn is my favorite season. 9. I wanted to be cop/detective when I was in high school. 10. As a child, I wanted to be a witch.
SHARE: Something odd about you. :)

Title: Ghost of Death Author: Chrys Fey Genre: Supernatural/Suspense Format: eBook Only
Page Count: 41 (short s…

Your Future E-Book: Formatting for Kindle


I have found an editor and hired her to copyedit Pearl (I need to think of a title, don't I? Ugh).

I had emailed a few self-pubbed writing buddies, asking them where they found their editors and which platforms they went with, but I was on Facebook one day and a college friend, who is now an acquisitions editor at an academic press, said that she had a freelance slot open. So I jumped on it. She always left the most helpful notes on workshopped pieces :-)

Basically, for those of you thinking of going the self-publishing route or those who aren't writers but are forced to read this blog out of friendship (shout out!), there are three main selling outlets for self-publishing authors.

CreateSpace: CreateSpace is a free creation and distribution service catering to those who want to self-publish paperbacks. I haven't researched them extensively because I don't want to go the paperback route, but they print-on-demand when a consumer orders the book and the book is pu…

Why So Nitpicky?

Here's a thing I never really understood about fans of books or TV shows...

Some of them get extremely nitpicky. Why? I've never really been a participant in a fandom--more of an observer. I read, I'll watch videos, I look at websites and Tumblrs and I'll read fan fiction, but I don't take part in discussions.

That's partly because I'm fickle; see the Men I've Google-Stalked tag for proof. Once upon a time, I was super into Lost. I got my college roommate watching it because I had to watch it when it was on (this is before DVRs). But after a few years, I wasn't interested anymore. Still haven't watched the last season.

IWSG: The Emotional Impact

It's IWSG Wednesday. Time to post our writerly insecurities. 

I received a beta's remarks back on the Pearl novella. Thankfully, she liked it and while there needs to be some clean-up and a few additions and subtractions, the biggest thing for me was when she wrote in her email:

"I'm so impressed! I actually got a little teary-eyed at the end. It makes me want to go and hug my brother, even though I just saw him Wednesday."

So, yay! It's always been important to me that there's an emotional impact to a story. When my emotions are engaged while reading, that means I'm in. Sometimes that means I care about what's going to happen to the protagonist or I want to know if the couple end up together (I read a lot of historical romance; they always do, but the getting there is interesting) or I like the author's style or I'm interested in the little details sprinkled through that make that story and world come alive in my imagination.

But at the end…

Guest Post by Karla Gomez!

We are starting off May--which is turning out to be a month of many guest posts--with a quick interview with Karla Gomez, who is not only something of a writer herself, but also works at The Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

What is your typical day at the literary agency like? 

There are always things to do; seasonal projects that need attention, urgent matters to take care of, etc. Because of this, I don't have a typical day at the agency. Whether I'm making sure we have all reviews and blurbs for our new releases, fulfilling foreign interest requests on our titles, helping the financial department on various areas, providing crucial feedback on manuscripts, or handling the nitty-gritty of office upkeep, you can be sure that I am always busy and always learning.

What has working at a literary agency taught you about the publishing process?

You might relax on a Sunday afternoon by reading your favorite book, but the process of getting the book in your hands was not as peaceful. Pu…