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Formatting: The Final Polish
Making your e-book look wonderful
Skipping that last step of properly formatting your e-book can undermine the professionalism of an otherwise polished work. Some distributors, including Smashwords, offer various tools (both free and for a fee) for file conversion (from Microsoft Word to EPUB, for example) and formatting. A popular, well-designed, inexpensive option is Joel Friedlander’s book design templates, which you can find at bookdesigntemplates ...
The Review Produced Magic
A Kirkus Indie Review Success Story
I would like to let writers know that it is possible—and in many cases advisable—to get a Kirkus review even if you have not yet published your book. In fact, a good time to submit your work is when you are ready to query agents. That is what I did, and it is no exaggeration to say that the review ...
Meghan March
A former corporate lawyer is now a big name in indie romance
A corporate lawyer by training, “unapologetically sexy romance” writer Meghan March started writing as a hobby until one book about the advantages of indie publishing changed everything. The USA Today bestselling author of the Beneath series has recently released a spinoff of her Dirty Billionaire series. March is a relatively recent recruit to the field of self-publishing but enjoys the ...
Dazzling!
A Kirkus Indie Review Success Story
I dreaded getting my debut novel reviewed. An introvert at heart, I equated the notion of sending my book out for review to being thrown to the lions. My expectations were akin to Vonnegut’s when he said this about critics: He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or ...
Critical Reviews Matter
A Kirkus Indie Review Success Story
After reading about the breakthrough success stories of, then, independent authors, E.L. James and Amanda Hopkins, I knew I wanted to self-publish my debut novel, Love Sick. Filled with inspiration and get-up-and-go, I gleefully thought— “I can do it too!” So I did my research, made a plan and set out to go solo. Besides, I felt I ...