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The Rejected Writers’ Book Club by Suzanne Kelman

Hilariously Off-The-Wall, Loved it. (5 stars)

The Rejected Writers’ Book Club. Need I say more? The title alone indicates that this book will be in direct opposition to every writer/author out there. But in what sense?

A humorous rollercoaster ride not unlike Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Who in their right in mind would be horrified at getting a letter for publication? Any of the ladies in the Rejected Writers’ Book Club, that’s who. These never-wanna-be writers come together to enjoy each others company, Doris’ delicious cakes, and each others terrible writing. In fact, they get a kick out of how bad they are, admitting with light-hearted humor that they are “horrible.” Continue reading The Rejected Writers’ Book Club by Suzanne Kelman

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QUICK TIP: Easily Switch between Curly Quotes to Straight Quotes in Word

Since I do a lot of technical as well as novel writing, I need both curly and straight quotes in word.

Thanks to Practical Typography, I found this extremely easy way to add “straight quotes” to text when needed.

How to override smart quotes

WORD   Type the foot or inch mark, which will come out curly, and then press [once] the key com­mand for Undo ⌘Z. The curly mark will be­come straight.

HTML   Use the ex­plicit code for the sin­gle straight quote (') and dou­ble straight quote (" or ")

 

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Author Branding using Author Central Account

Yippie! Your ebook is published. Now, you need to set up your Author Central Account.

When you received notification from Amazon on your publishing success, they included several links to where you can set up an Author Page. Below is how you can set up the page for Amazon.com (US), and then you can simply copy and paste the information into all the other Amazon accounts. Continue reading Author Branding using Author Central Account

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Author Branding using Author Central Account

Yippie! Your ebook is published. Now, you need to set up your Author Central Account.

When you received notification from Amazon on your publishing success, they included several links to where you can set up an Author Page. Below is how you can set up the page for Amazon.com (US), and then you can simply copy and paste the information into all the other Amazon accounts. Continue reading Author Branding using Author Central Account

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How Authors can Create a Basic Writing Template in Word

Excerpt from eBook Formatting & Publishing Guide 4.0

Many of you are picking up this book after you have your manuscript written and ready to publish. So you may have a little more work than others starting from scratch.

Before I get into how to clean up your manuscript, I want to share how to make a Writing Template – so you hopefully won’t have to go through this process again. Continue reading How Authors can Create a Basic Writing Template in Word

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How Authors can Create a Basic Writing Template in Word

Excerpt from eBook Formatting & Publishing Guide 4.0

Many of you are picking up this book after you have your manuscript written and ready to publish. So you may have a little more work than others starting from scratch.

Before I get into how to clean up your manuscript, I want to share how to make a Writing Template – so you hopefully won’t have to go through this process again. Continue reading How Authors can Create a Basic Writing Template in Word

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Word Formatting: How to Correctly Indent Paragraphs for Ebook Formatting

What is the biggest mistake self-publishing authors make when preparing their book for ebook conversion? Improper word formatting of Paragraph Indents.

Say No to Tabs and the Spacebar

Old school taught us to use the tab key to make paragraph indents. This can be a difficult habit to break—but break it you must.

NEVER use the tab key or spacebar to indent paragraphs

Now I am not saying you can’t use the spacebar, ever. But you should never EVER be using the tab key when preparing your Word (or other program) document for conversion—print or digital.

Auto Correct Improper Indents

When writing a manuscript it is best to start on the right foot. Even if you already have your MS completed and every single paragraph is indented with either a tab or the spacebar, have no fear—it can be corrected.

Removing Tabs ^t

You don’t want ANY tabs in your file.

(NOTE: the following is based on Microsoft Word; please note that some versino of Word can be buggy.)

1. Make a duplicate copy of your manuscript. Never work from your original. If you mess up the copy, then you’ll have the “master MS” to fall back on.

2. With the document open, open the Find and Replace function. (Under Edit or Cmd+F) (location depends on your version of Word or other software program)

3. Type ^t in the Find field; leave the Replace field blank.

4. Now here’s the scary part. Click “Replace All“. CAUTION: once you click Replace All, it cannot be undone. (Another reason for working from a copy of your Master file.)

All the tabs should now be removed.

Removing extra spaces

Never find and replace “one” space.” This will mess up your entire document. To remove the “extra” spaces used for indents input at least 2 blank spaces in the Find field, and keep the Replace field blank.

1. Hit the space bar twice in the Find field.

2. Keep the Replace field blank.

3. Click “Replace All“. CAUTION: once you click Replace All, it cannot be undone.

Setting the First Line Indent or how to change styles

You can set each paragraph individually, or your can modify the template used for the MS, so the change applies to ALL paragraphs.

Setting the first line paragraph indents depends on the “style” you used for your paragraphs.  If you were a good little author, you left the setting at “Normal”— the default style. But if you chose to make your own, then you can still modify the paragraphs so long as you consistently used the style for all your paragraphs.

To change styles

1. Go to Format > Style (the actual location of your style format may be in a different location)

2. Select Normal Style (or your content style) in the left column.

3. Click Modify.

4. Choose Paragraph from the Format drop down menu

5. Choose Indentation > First line.  The default is set to .5″ but you can choose whatever you wish.  I recommend not less than .25″.

6. TIP: Make sure the “Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style” is unchecked if you are adding space before and after..

7. Click OK to close the Paragraph window.

8. Click OK to close the Modify Style window.

8. Click Apply to close the Style window.

Word Formatting: Paragraph indents
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Word Formatting: How to Correctly Indent Paragraphs for Ebook Formatting

What is the biggest mistake self-publishing authors make when preparing their book for ebook conversion? Improper word formatting of Paragraph Indents.

Say No to Tabs and the Spacebar

Old school taught us to use the tab key to make paragraph indents. This can be a difficult habit to break—but break it you must.

NEVER use the tab key or spacebar to indent paragraphs

Now I am not saying you can’t use the spacebar, ever. But you should never EVER be using the tab key when preparing your Word (or other program) document for conversion—print or digital. Continue reading Word Formatting: How to Correctly Indent Paragraphs for Ebook Formatting

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Marketing Tip: Easy Shortened URLs for Amazon Authors

Amazon has an easy and ‘short’ way to promote your Amazon products. And this isn’t new. Amazon quietly created its own URL shortener for all its products at least three years ago (2009). This move allows Amazon to take better advantage of the popular microblogging service Twitter as well as mobile texting.

How it Works

Authors can now type “amzn.com/” plus a product number (ISBN or ASIN) to create a short URL, without needing sites like tinyurl.com and bit.ly.

For example, when promoting JOOLA: Africa’s Titanic on Twitter, I took the products ASIN number (listed on the product page) and added it to the end of amzn.com. JOOLA: Africa’s Titanic ASIN number (Amazon Standard Identification Number) is B00AM0G3L8 so the shortened URL would be amzn.com/B00AM0G3L8.

I then created a Twitter post and included the shortened URL link:

LE JOOLA capsizes 17 mi. off the African coast. The harrowing true stories and shameful actions of those responsible. amzn.com/B00AM0G3L8

Amazon Wishlists

This technique also works for Amazon Wishlists. Simply type “amzn.com/w/” plus the Wishlist ID number, which is usually located at the end of a person’s Wishlist URL. Continue reading Marketing Tip: Easy Shortened URLs for Amazon Authors

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Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott, First Steps Publishing
Phone: (541) 961-7641
E-Mail: support@firststepspublishing.com

Monday, September 22, 2013

 

Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

CORONA, Calif. — Written from a biblical perspective, first time author, Thomas Sedaker has written a refreshingly new approach to a difficult concept and put it into simple terms anyone can understand—exploring the very question King David asked—What is Man?

The Epistle of Paul states there are mysteries that have “been hidden from ages and from generations.” Sedaker delves into these mysteries and finds that although man was, most certainly, the focal point of what God was doing on earth, he was by no means the only thing God was concerned about.

Using the same process as a detective, Sedaker searches for clues leading to a greater understanding of what Paul said was God’s “eternal purpose, which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11).

Although the Bible starts out with a narrative of Adam and Eve’s creation, Sedaker shows this is not where God’s story begins—that there is a much bigger picture to what happened with Adam and Eve than what has been taught traditionally.

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were takes us back to the Garden of Eden unfolding credible answers to questions most never thought of asking.

  • Why was the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” in the garden?
  • Why was Eve not created immediately after making Adam?
  • If “Adam was not deceived” as the Bible states, then why did Adam eat the forbidden fruit?
  • If Eve was the transgressor, then why did Adam’s sin bring death upon all men?
  • How do God’s curses of Adam and Eve affect us even to this day?

Filled with interesting observations, each point offers one goal—to bring understanding to Where We Were, thus, positioning us to respond to God truthfully when asked, “Where Are You?”

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is the first of a three part study of Godly concepts and their influences. Through analysis and argument, Sedaker proposes convincing points of view into Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We are Going to Be.

Published by First Steps Publishing, What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is available through Amazon in both print and digital formats.

A first time author, Sedaker has been mixed with extraordinary spiritual experiences along with the contemporary trials common to all who work out their salvation in the midst of a dysfunctional world. His writings offer a unique perspective to those hungering for truth, a point of view born from one familiar with both success and failure.

What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him—Where We Were is Sedaker’s first book, and the first in a three part study of Godly concepts and their influences. Through analysis and argument, Sedaker proposes convincing points of view into Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We are Going to Be.

Sedaker currently resides in Southern California with his loving wife of 29 years, Jani.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Parrott at (541) 961-7641 or send an email to support@firststepspublishing.com

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