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105-3-2B: (Indie): Did You Know Walnuts Cover Scratches On Woodwork?

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 16, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 


So you have uploaded your eBook (or are about to), you’re raring to go, but there may be a few snags: Pricing and errors. Let’s talk about pricing first.

How do you price your book? Well, this is why your prior research was so necessary. In all honesty, generally (in US$) you’ll want to charge about $0.000049 per word. So if your manuscript is 90,000 words it’s about $4.41.

However, humans respond better to numbers that end in 0 or 9, and yes, the human mind sees $9.99 and thinks it’s...

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105-3-1B: (Indie): The Carnival Games Are Rigged, But You Can Still Win

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 10, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

By now you’re ready to upload your eBook, and you know where you’re going to sell it. Generally they can be fairly easy to figure out, but each and every one is so bloody different it gets confusing. Let’s make it as easy as possible. As a note, the next lesson will cover manuscript format issues that result in needing to revise & resubmit (which if you followed the previous steps you should not have) and pricing, so please review that lesson before beginning.

Always start with Smashword...

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105-2-2C: (Indie): Ever Solved a Rubik's Cube Blindfolded In The Dark?

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, March 15, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

All right my fellow Indie authors. You have your manuscript, it’s formatted, justified, all headings and breaks centered, a table of contents, an about the author, a title page, a copyright page, and your author notes. All links work, you’ve checked and checked again.

 

Now we’re going over the formats you need for Smashwords, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook. There are others you can do, but in short the formats you make today will work on them all.

 

Let’s sta...


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105-2-2B: (Indie): Build With Bricks To Keep Wolves At Bay

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, March 6, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

We’ve come to arguably the most difficult process for the self-published author: formatting your eBook. It may seem easy. You can read all the numerous guides published y Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Oyseter, Google Play, iTunes and you still won’t get it right. Why? Because those who write the manuals and those who wrote the software are two completely different departments, and never the twain shall they meet.

Until you come along, trying to self-publish your first novel, yo...

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105-2-1A: (Indie): The Only True Fast Weight Loss That Lasts

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 27, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

In a world where all authors want to be noticed, but few are self-aware…

They wanted to lose themselves, he came with a book that took no prisoners…

Jane was a simple writer, unaware that her life was about to hilariously change forever…



What do these things have in common? Well, you probably read them in the movie-trailer voice. If you did, good, if you didn’t, try it. These are examples of what your catchphrase should never be. Movies can be cheesy, books cannot (chick lit is just…fu...

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105-1-3B: (Indie): I Can't Define Art, But I Know It When I See it

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 
Welcome back my Indie friends. You just finished editing and assembling the basic images for your cover. Feel like ritualistic suicide yet? If not, don’t worry, eBook formatting is yet to come. As my roommate and best friend will tell you, she’s known my twenty years, seen me in fistfights, and never has she seen me as angry as when I first dealt with Smashwords. 

But for now we get to ignore the looming dragon and assemble a cover! Let’s pull back. Did you study the psychology of color?...

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105-1-2B: (Indie): What Hotel Maid Services Really Do

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

Now that you have the images you want for your cover and a design in mind, it’s time to edit images. Before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s make sure you have all you need in place. Do you:

Have public-domain pictures, or have pictures to use with consent of the owners?

Have either Jasc Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop and a manual for your program?

Have a quiet place to work where you can say “Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!” without anyone bothering you?

Have about 8 hours to...

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105-1-1B: (Indie): Successful Hitchhikers Know Where They're Going & Show A Little Leg

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, February 6, 2015, In : Writing 105 - Indie 

For those of you who are self-publishing you have a lot of hard work ahead of you. So, to give you brain a break from editing and formatting, today we’ll talk the first step of covers.

Before we can get to that, will you be publishing a paperback? Do you even know your options? The best are Lulu and Create Space. Create Space lets you sell on Amazon where Lulu sells only on its site. Both let you control everything and charge you nothing….except for a proof. Lulu, last time I used it in 20...

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