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Cristian Mihai

Ever since I wrote my first story eight years ago, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I self-published a novel when I wasn’t ready. Hell, even the damn thing wasn’t ready. At times I considered writing to be easy. It’s not. No matter how good you get at it, it’s never easy. I even considered myself to be a good writer, hiding inside a cocoon of shallow praise that sheltered me from the outside world. But there’s one mistake. The biggest of them all.

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Posted June 30, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

What is metadata?  Metadata is all the information you will give Amazon KDP, Barnes and Noble’s PubIt, and Smashwords when you publish your book.

I’m going to cover a list of metadata you’ll need to publish your book on the sites listed above.  If anyone can think of something to add to the list, please let me know.

1.  Book Title

You want a title that will intrigue your target audience.  Search through Amazon and B&N for titles in your genre and see which ones spark your interest if you’re having trouble coming up with a one.

2.  Book Cover

All I can say is make it attractive and gear it to your target audience.  We are doing posts on book covers already, so I won’t say more than that, except to say HAVE A BOOK COVER!  There is no excuse for not having one.

3.  Book description

You need…

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Posted June 26, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

A while ago I did a article about 14 Tips to Marketing and Promoting on a Shoestring, I thought to continue my thought process by writing an article about Publishing on a Shoestring.

I grew up in a poor family with parents who worked hard and didn’t have extra money to spend. Now I can go into a lengthy story of the whys, whos, and whatfores, but I’m not going to. Needless to say, we were a DIY family that lived on a shoestring. In most ways, now that I have my own family and business, I’m still a DIY person living on a shoestring.

In 2007 I was going the traditional route because the only thing I knew about self-publishing was from vanity presses and I wanted nothing to do with them.So I didn’t need to know anything about book cover design, interior book formatting, etc.

Fast forward…

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Posted June 25, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Posted June 25, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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Posted June 25, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

Sarah Kay: If I Should Have a Daughter   Leave a comment

Spoken word poet Sarah Kay tells the story of her metamorphosis and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.”

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Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

I’m posting this guest post for Sarah Kent. I’m not sure about you, but I could always use some help on how-to write a Creative Blurb for your Back Cover. Thanks!

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For many of your potential readers and reviewers, your book’s back cover blurb is essential. These days, blurbs appear everywhere, as a summary on your website describing your book, on Amazon and practically anywhere you may find people discussing your work. Book reviewers often use the blurb on their websites to show their readers exactly what your book is about too so you need to be sure it’s absolutely perfect.

Whether you’ve written an academic text book or a romping romance, the blurb you create needs to be appropriate for your audience. In more general categories, you can be a little more creative but there are some standard features which should always be present in your blurb, if…

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Posted June 24, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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