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Author Story: Sven Michael Davison

Traveling to seven continents in seven years is no small feat and certainly worthy of a book. Yet it is author Sven Michael Davison’s admission that he considers himself lucky whenever a stranger picks up one of his books and reads it, that caught this writer’s imagination. There is a fleeting paradox in the idea of escape through travel and writing, yet seeking connection and sharing with strangers. And connection also comes through strongly in Sven’s new book, 7 in 7: A Globe-Hopping Memoir of Disaster and Discovery, as he connected with himself and met his soul mate during his […]

When You Self-Publish, How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Bear with me…this really will be a blog post about the best use of your time as an author, entrepreneur, and indie publisher.

Print-on-demand companies IngramSpark and CreateSpace, and digital and offset printing companies, have very specific requirements for your book files, both cover and interior files.

In fact, the requirements for digital printing of cover files warranted an entire guest post from Sandy Gould of Color House Graphics on our blog a couple of years ago!

IngramSpark provides a 35-page guide (35 pages!) for file creation, which you can download here. On the same page you’ll […]

Self-Published Author Story: Sonia Panigrahy

When self-published author Sonia Panigrahy went looking for children’s books that featured a young girl superhero protagonist, she was in for a surprise. Nowhere could she find a book for young children that realistically identified females—especially ones of color—as intelligent, physically tough, brave and adventurous. Disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story, Sonia set out to create her own.

The result is Nina the Neighborhood Ninja, an illustrated book for children ages 3-6, about an everyday girl superhero who uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions. Through the book’s narrative and […]

The Parts of a Book: A Comprehensive List

Your manuscript is only part of the book—the most important part to be sure, but there are more. Inevitably, you will be ready to submit your book to the typesetter, and your editor or proofreader will say, “What about ______________ (fill in the blank with the missing piece)?”

We’d like to help you avoid that issue. Here’s a list of the various book parts in the order that readers expect them to appear. We’ve also provided you with a handy Parts of a Book Checklist that you can use to keep track of the pieces as they are […]

10+ Resources for Indie Authors

Authors often ask us for our favorite self-publishing resources and sources of information for writers. Over the years we’ve accumulated some favorites and in researching this article, came across a few new ones as well. Here’s our list of resources for indie authors. Let us know of your favorites and we’ll add them to the list.

IngramSpark: We’re particularly impressed with the practical and informative resources IngramSpark is adding to their website, and we reference their videos often. On the Resources tab of the IngramSpark website, you’ll find a list of their educational materials, including videos, blog posts from publishing experts, […]

Philip Muls: Author Story

This month, author Philip Muls celebrates five years of sobriety.

Looking back, Philip sees clearly the transformations he went through thanks to sustained sobriety, and it’s this improvement in the quality of his life, along with sharing his story with people on the same difficult journey, which motivated Philip to write his new book, Mind on Fire: A Case of Successful Addiction Recovery.

Mind on Fire is a gripping, authentic account of Philip’s first eighteen months of sobriety. The physical symptoms of withdrawal from a drug or alcohol addiction might last a month or two at most—but the psychological withdrawal can last […]

How to Self Publish a Book in 7 Steps

If you’re planning to self-publish your book, it’s a good idea to be aware of all the steps involved before you start. In this blog post we outline the basic process.

Step 1: Understand the Publishing Process

The publishing process involves a few moving parts. Understanding these before you begin will help you with the remaining steps. For example, it’s hard to choose the members of your publishing team if you don’t understand their jobs.

Basically, the publishing process involves:

  • Cover design
  • Interior page design
  • Editing
  • Typesetting
  • Proofreading
  • Printing and distribution
  • Marketing

You can read more about the publishing process here.

Step […]

Accessing Your Application Files with CreateSpace

Thanks to one of our intrepid authors, we’ve learned some more details about CreateSpace’s policies around the availability of your application files after April 20, 2018.

Those of you who have been following this space know that CreateSpace will no longer provide editing and book design (formatting, typesetting) services to authors after April 20, 2018. They will, however, provide print-on-demand services for the foreseeable future. Your book will not disappear from Amazon and you can still order copies of your book from CreateSpace.

If you’ve never used CreateSpace for book design or typesetting (i.e., you hired 1106 Design or another third-party provider […]

Lynda Goldman shares her roadmap to success

lynda-goldmanLynda Goldman, a native of Montreal, Canada, is an author of 40+ books, a publisher of health and wellness books, and a copywriter for the natural health industry.

With a fine arts degree but few job prospects, Lynda got a teaching degree and a job teaching English as a Second Language at the college level. She subsequently fell into writing (read more about her journey here), when a colleague asked her to co-author a book, and they were offered a contract by Prentice Hall to write a series. This led […]

AuthorU and Bublish: Book Marketing Tools for Authorpreneurs

Guest post by Grace Allison, Modern Mystic and author of Do You Have a Dream?, A Dream is a Wish the Heart Makes, and Einstein’s Compass, A novel of what if?

bublishIn the 1980s I was a sales representative for voicemail. In those days people relied on pink slips for messages. It could take days to connect with the person you wanted to talk to. So when I told people about voicemail they gave me the “huh” look. Send a letter with my voice? Why would I want to do that? We […]