Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right, pt. 3

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This is the last post in my self-publishing series. I hope you enjoy it. My apologies for the accidental posting yesterday. I somehow accidentally scheduled it for yesterday instead of today. Enjoy the guest post about Interior Formatting!

The Art of the Interior

Greetings, fellow writers and readers! I’m Aubrey Hansen, a newlywed living in south Chicagoland. My list of credits includes owning three cats and a snake, being a self-published speculative YA author, being Faith’s friend, and co-owning Penoaks Publishing. Through Penoaks my husband and I make our living helping other indie authors get their books ready for publication. Our specialty is interior formatting.

Wait, what’s interior formatting?

Sadly, many authors don’t understand what is involved in interior formatting, which causes disasters for indie publishers because interior formatting is such an essential step of the book production process. Interior formatting, often referred to as “layout” or “interior design,” is the art of arranging the body of the book for printing. Pick up any paperback book and look at the chapter titles, page numbers, etc.; all of that had to be styled by hand from the author’s original manuscript. Even ebooks need interior formatting to ensure the text shows up properly on your Kindle screen. Some layouts are more elaborate (like a cookbook with pictures) and some are simple (like a mass-market paperback), but every book needs to be formatted before it can be printed. Continue reading

Now and Forever: A Review

Now and Forever

Introduction:

I read the first book in this series, Tried and True about nine months ago. Although not my favorite book, when the opportunity came for me to review the second book, I decided to try it.

Characters: .75/1

Each book by Mary Connealy does seem to get better in the character department, but there still seems to be something lacking. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I still liked Kylie, but she was barely in this book. Shannon and Matt were definitely interesting, especially when Shannon was making Matt’s pants and holding them hostage so he couldn’t get out of bed before his leg healed. Continue reading

Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right, pt. 2

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Today’s Self-Publishing post is part 2 of 3 in the “How to Choose What’s Right” posts. Today I will concentrate on editing and proofreading, as well as a few marketing tips I have learned. As always, feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them.

Editing and Proofreading-What’s the difference?

When I first got into publishing I thought that editing and proofreading were pretty much the same. Then I heard other terms being bandied about: Line editing, copy editing, content editing, and proofreading. So, what is the difference and why are some more expensive than others? Continue reading

Not Abandoned Blog Tour

Today I have the honor of hosting a new author who is launching her debut novel, Not Abandoned. She hits on a pretty hot topic as well as one that is difficult to discuss and also one many people don’t want to think about or discuss. MacKenzie Morganthal isn’t afraid to talk about it. Today I’ll be sharing about MacKenzie, her book, and an author interview.

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About the Book

Two words….human trafficking.

Four different lives…are altered forever. Continue reading

A Worthy Pursuit: A Review

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Introduction:

Three exceptional children, one feisty schoolteacher, a bounty hunter turned “retriever,” an unscrupulous man, and a jealous man make for one interesting book. Kidnappings, acting, gorgeous piano playing, inventions, romance, and all out brawls (from the schoolteacher no less) are all involved in this story. Will Charlotte convince Stone to let her keep Lily? Will they be able to keep Lily safe?

Characters: 1/1

The characters were diverse, amazing, and well developed. I felt like I was right there with them, witnessing everything they saw and seeing them in the flesh. Continue reading

Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right, pt. 1

Sel-Publishing Post 3 Today is the third post in my Self-Publishing blog series. If you missed the first two posts find them here and here. Today’s post is the first part of three discussions on what to pay for and what to do for yourself.

How to Choose What’s Right pt. 1

AKA: What to do for yourself and what to pay for?

ISBN numbers- free or paid? For ebook only people, this is irrelevant since ebooks have ASIN numbers rather than ISBN numbers. However, if you do a hard copy of your book, you will need to have an ISBN number. Createspace (Amazon’s affiliate for self-publishing your hard copies) offers a free Createspace assigned ISBN. This is personally what I have used for each of mine. You can also choose Createspace’s $10 Custom ISBN option which allows you to use your imprint name. If you want to have yourself listed as the publisher rather than Createspace, the $10 option would be the way to go. Continue reading

Creighton Hill Release, pt. 2

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As I mentioned on Monday, Morgan asked me to do two posts. Today, we have a character spotlight for George. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Character Spotlight: George

Appearance: Dark hair and brown eyes. He is tall and lean.

Time Period: 1800

History: George grew up on a Georgia plantation in the early days of America. As the second son, it was unlikely he would ever be master of Creighton Hill, thus, he wished to go to sea, a wish that was denied him. He often helped out the slaves on the plantation, never feeling himself above them. He is a loyal patriot, and is quite devoted to the idea of a representative republic. Continue reading

Self-Publishing: How to Get Started

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Welcome to the second week of my Self-publishing series. Last week I talked about what some of the differences between traditional and independent publishing are and why I chose the indie route. This week I’ll share some of the first steps on how to get started on publishing your book.

What are the first steps?

With everything, there is always a place you should start. So, when your getting published (indie or traditional), what is the first step?

I’m so glad you asked!

Step #1

paper-535969_1920My answer is write. Write, write, write, and write some more until you are TIRED of writing, and your characters, and your writer’s block, and everything else, and your story has come to an end, then you can stop. Continue reading

Creighton Hill Release, pt. 1

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A new friend of mine is releasing her book today and asked if I could be part of her blog tour. I ended up with two blog posts for her tour, so we have a Part 1 post for today, and a Part 2 post on Friday. Today’s is a super fun interview with 10-year-old Joey Hubbard. But first, here’s a bit about the book.

About the Book

Creighton Hill Cover Front“No one can mysteriously disappear leaving no trace. It isn’t realistic.”

“You’re right, Emily,” her grandfather said thoughtfully. “It isn’t realistic. However, a good many things happen in this world that are not realistic, things supernatural.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna have grown up on their grandfather’s tales of ancestors who mysteriously disappeared from Creighton Hill, the plantation home that has been in their family for centuries. When Grampa’s death forces them to move into Creighton Hill, the truth about the supposed disappearances is the first thing on their minds. Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna’s, that is. As for Emily, why must they keep at their supernatural hogwash?

Could it be that their family really does just have an unusual history of early deaths? Most people seem to think so. But Grampa’s research has uncovered something different. Continue reading