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    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Four – The Basics

    Here are some things I’ve learned over the past few months: How to find a Cover Designer Cue mini rant – Never under any circumstances should anyone put their book out into the world without a cover. I read a story on the Absolute Write forum by someone who actually put her book up on Amazon without a cover on it!! Someone felt sorry for the poor girl and made a cheapo, but pretty, abstract cover for her to slap on there, but REALLY?! End PSA. There is always Google, but I found it more helpful to do three things: 1) Ask your writing friends who have published a book where…

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    Formatting Tales + A Cover Reveal (The Elysian Prophesy)

    Hey!! Dudes! After having a meltdown over formatting (haha), I finally used my brain and rewatched some of the YouTube videos I found so helpful last September. Because I was thinking, “Surely someone talked about formatting.” And they did! About the meltdown (bless my family, right?), I was trying to use a free trial of InDesign along with a template and a video tutorial. Yeah, no. It was so not something I could figure out in a reasonable amount of time. And before that experience, I tried to use a few different templates and MS Word. Maybe they’re all fine and it’s just me, but those accompanying videos sounded like gibberish.…

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    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Three

    Volume One and Volume Two Other Volumes Linked Below Diary: MONTH THREE Did not do much, I have to say. I did poke at the work-in-progress some, but mostly I wrapped myself in a blanket and binged on Netflix and Hulu. Somewhere in here I got my line edits in the old inbox. In typically me fashion, I skimmed over my notes and thought, “No problem. Piece of cake.” 😂 I’m clearly a comedian in disguise. Of course, now that it’s over, I’m like, “I could do that again.” LOL! Diary: WEEK SEVENTEEN Finished up line edits this week. I would like to declare that I’m going to pace myself…

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    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Two

    Diary: WEEK FIVE The productivity high wore off this week, leaving me feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and like I hadn’t learned anything over the past month. This is when I decided to stop adding new things to read and do and just work with what I already had. This didn’t include articles, but it did include new books and webinars – I could always read more stuff later. Now, I really needed some sleep, and I really wanted to catch up on the few shows I watch. I kept up with Youtube, which was great, but I do like watching TV, too. This week, I also did beta edits on my…

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    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume One

    Wassup, peeples! ^_^ So, it’s really happening! “No Rest for the Wicked” has a publication date of May 10, 2017! 😆 I was going to wait until fall, but it’s like, everything is on schedule to be done by March, so…why wait? Then I can put my next book out in the fall. 🙂 Two weeks ago, I mentioned an unnamed project that started all of this. That project is a book of mostly dark & whimsical poetry. And in fact, the poetry book is why I rearranged the menu bar last month. The goal is to get this out by January 2018 or sooner, but that will depend on how…