• DIY (Do It Yourself)

    Mini Makeover Files

    After many months of putting it off, I finally changed the blog! Nothing dramatic, of course, obviously, I don’t like change. I tried to do something dramatic a couple of years ago, but it was too complicated, and it didn’t even fit my personality or anything. In my wildest website fantasies there’s an explosion of vines everywhere, but that would require someone who can actually build a website – i.e. not me – and this is a DIY project, so…no vines. Obviously I could have 2-D vines, and I tried to get that effect last time, but in fantasy land, the vines sway when you scroll. I know right? I…

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    Adventures In Formatting A Poetry Book

    Guys, I was in FORMATTING HELL last week!! Poetry is a beast messily slain for I had dull spears to fight with. 😛 One dull spear being the editing one, because I have legit never really edited poetry in my life. Sure, I sometimes change a line or two, but I’ve never rewritten that crap before. It was a good experience though, and I learned some things, mostly about myself. Lol! Creatively speaking, things have been at a standstill the last few weeks because I’ve been stressed about formatting the poetry book. I finally talked myself into sitting down one afternoon and figuring it out. It took me several hours…

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    The Low & High of Project Juggling

    As you may or may not know, I’ve been kind of multitasking projects since last October or so. Drafting one, editing one. The first time it wasn’t so bad. I had already done some editing, and I’m a slow starter anyway. This second time has been a little rougher. The good news is that I always have something to work on, which is good for my brain. The less stellar news is that it’s sent my inner editor into overdrive. I mean, we’re friends and everything, but OMG, it’s annoying. By the time I got going good on “Winter’s Siren,” I was so freaking sick of editing NO REST FOR…

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    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Five

    MONTH SIX This was a busy month! Since my last update, I’ve gotten to hold physical copies of my books in my hand, and the energy coming off of them feels so good! ^_^ I got proofs from Createspace and NookPress. NookPress uses Ingram/Lightning Source as their printer. In case anyone was wondering about the print quality differences between the two, here are my thoughts: The print quality in general is very, very similar. Createspace flattened my interior graphics a little, which made them look a little textured. This doesn’t bother me, but NookPress/Ingram didn’t do that. Createspace uses slightly lighter ink and heavier paper, which means the books weigh an ounce more…

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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…