Inspired

Started the day writing a little frazzled as I realised there was a typo in my publishing logo. A half hour later and all fixed, but it always puts you on the back foot when that happens. But it didn't stop me from writing another couple thousand words on my latest novel. So it made me think about being inspired to write. I work with other writers and one day they saw me at my day job writing while amongst a crowd and I got all excited because I broke 40,000 words. They were amazed that I could write in a crowd while other things were happening around me. I realised then they saw writing in a different way. I've said before that writing is work. Fun work but still work. When you first start

Formatting your Interior Manuscript​

The more I look around at what is to offer it seems that people pay someone else to work on the different aspects of publishing their books. I don't know if I am just a cheap skate or I like a challenge, but I set out to do it all myself. Here are some tips I learnt along the way on formatting your book. Tip #1 Don't reinvent the wheel. Places like createspace give you places where you can download templates for all sorts of sizes of books and it is a pretty good place to start. Tip #2 One size does not fit all. You will need to tweak those templates. If you have a pretty large book then you will need to increase the gutters. Actually expect to have to increase the gutters. Make sure you do

Creating your own Book Cover

So when I first started I was a bit of a cheap skate and there are some very convincing websites that say that you can make your own cover on word. Well you can but very low resolution. I would invest in photoshop if I were you. It is not hard to figure out at all. Here are some tips I discovered making my own covers. Tip #1 Size matters. Photoshop is one of the best ways to change the size and make sure your image maintains it resolution. But if you want to use something else I recommend image converters. Here are some jargon you might need to know about size. DPI stands for dots per inch. You need at least 300 DPI for most publishers. Resolution is just how grainy a picture is. The better

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