Category: Dead Tree Books

Self-Publishing Physical Books

Jan 03

The Art of Making a Book

Dec 10

Indie Publishing: Best software for creating eBooks

Question: What Windows application can I use to create beautifully looking e-books, withe possibility to export in both PDF and Kindle? Answer: There are a few options. But first: PDF isn’t an ebook format. Please don’t make the mistake that others have by trying to sell a PDF file. If you want to create an …

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Oct 17

Kindle Scout has officially rolled out!

Kindle Scout is a “reader powered” publishing program offered by Amazon where authors can submit their new never-been-published books and be considered for a publishing contract by Kindle Press. Books that make the cut will be published by Kindle Press.  They’ll receive a publishing contract with 5-year (renewable) terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty …

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Jun 10

Burying the Hachette

Keith Cronin posted a great article about the ongoing Amazon/Hachette nonsense over at Writer Unboxed.  Personally, I firmly feel that Hachette is doing all of their authors a HUGE disservice by continuing this idiotic business war, and I feel that it’s making them look bad.  My favorite observation from this article: “This is something that …

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Mar 11

Chili Cooking the Ninja Cooking System way

I’m a chili snob.  There.  I said it.  A little personal insight into the twisted mind of Shawn E. Bell. For decades I’ve cooked chili, attended chili cook-offs, sampled great (and not so great) chili, and traveled wherever there was chili to be had.  I’ve amassed hand-written notebooks and computer directories that are chock full …

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Mar 10

Self-Publishers Should Not Be Called Authors

…and other stupid blog post titles. To say that the landscape of publishing has dramatically changed over the last five years is an idiotic statement.  The landscape of publishing has been dramatically changing since it’s inception.  Just because someone finally noticed — after the printing press dramatically changed the landscape; after offset printing dramatically changed …

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Mar 05

Camp NaNoWriMo set to start up in April and July of 2014!

Chris Angotti, the Director of Programs over at NaNoWriMo sent out an email blast to everyone on the mailing list for NaNoWriMo about the summer program.  If you’ve never tried to write 50,000 words in month you should.  That’s what NaNoWriMo is all about.  Camp NaNoWriMo is the off-season alternative to the ginormous November writing event, …

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