My books have been updated and republished on Lulu!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I have updated the covers and interiors and republished the four books that I have on Lulu. You can view my books in the different formats here. They are available in paperback, epub, and pdf. And right now Lulu is having a sale: Free shipping and 25% off your order! Just enter the following codes: FREESHIP and HOLIDAY25. These sales expire on December 15th, so be sure to take advantage of the discounts before then. If you order by December 10th, you will get the items by December 24th – in time for Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy your new books!

Here are the books that I have available on Lulu:

Freelance Writing Guide  My Not-So-Ordinary Life Essays for the Soul Poetry for the Heart

You can view the descriptions and various formats here.

Happy reading!

Christine

“Freelance Writing Guide” is Now Published!

Hi everyone,

I’ve been so busy with the publishing and release of Freelance Writing Guide that I haven’t had the chance to blog! Let me backtrack to the last few days, so that I can share with you my publishing experiences. Late at night on August 13th, I finished the final edits on my book. I planned on taking the next day off to relax and enjoy the fact that I had finished my book. During the night of the 14th, however, I got bored. So I started reading up in the Lulu community about how to format for self-publishing with Lulu (i.e. cover image size, interior pages, etc.). Then I decided I would make the adjustments on my documents as I read about them so that I wouldn’t forget the next day what I had learned that night. I ended up publishing an ebook with Lulu, and after that I was driven to continue publishing in the different book formats with the different companies I publish with. I stayed up all night and the next day publishing my book everywhere!

The only significant problem I had was trying to increase the resolution of my front and back cover images to be compatible with CreateSpace’s requirements. I almost couldn’t figure it out and almost gave up, but then I had an idea to try opening the images in the Paint.net program (I had recently downloaded it but had trouble with it, so I had forgotten about it), which was referred to me from a cover designer, so I thought that maybe I’d be able to adjust the resolution with that program. Success! I felt so relieved. If I couldn’t get the resolution right, I wouldn’t have been able to use the cover I created; I would have had to use one of CreateSpace’s cover designs, which I didn’t want to do, because I thought an original cover would be better. So now I have the cover and back cover exactly how I want it. Yay!

The interior pages were pretty easy to do; I just had to follow the publishers’ manuals. It was time-consuming and a bit repetitive, because I had to take my standard book interior and format it each time for each book type and company. Since I published three different book types with Lulu, one with Kindle Direct Publishing, and one with Smashwords, I ended up with five different versions of my book! It was strenuous at the end, because I did everything all at once and was tired from being overworked.

I am happy with how the interior came out, and the process went smoother than in January when I published second editions of my other books. Ebooks are especially difficult, because the companies have different formats for what will upload correctly. For example, some require an active table of contents (there are two different versions), some say no table of contents at all, some allow hyperlinks (must include the http:// to work), some don’t have the capability of functioning hyperlinks, some want page breaks and some do not, they all want the title and copyright page formatted differently, and so on. The interior is what I always say takes a long time, because all the companies want it differently, and I want my book to come out right for my readers. And as far as I know it has 🙂

Okay, so here is my book information. Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Writer is available in paperback (Lulu), ebook format (Lulu epub, Lulu pdf, and Smashwords ebook), and kindle format (Amazon). Have a look! Soon it will be available in paperback on CreateSpace and Amazon, as well as epub at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more! There is now a page for Freelance Writing Guide on the right side of this blog. I hope you will check out my book and let me know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

Book Blogs and Publication

I recently joined Book Blogs – an interactive, lively community for bloggers and authors. On the website, bloggers get the benefit of promoting their blogs, gaining followers to their blogs, and finding authors to host on their blogs. Mostly, the bloggers have “book blogs,” which means they publish book reviews, giveaways, and author interviews on their blogs. While, authors can promote their books and find bloggers to host them. During my short time there so far, I have been using the website for both purposes, since my blog is part book blog and I’m an author.

I have also been organizing my blog tour. Getting a blog tour together is a lot of work! I have found a few people that will be reviewing my book (thank you!); plus others that will be reviewing my other books, which is wonderful. I am still waiting to hear back from other bloggers I have contacted about my September blog tour, so I’m hoping for more opportunities. If you would like to host me on your blog in September, I can provide a complementary ebook copy of my book, Freelance Writing Guide, for a review or an interview. I’m really looking forward to the blog tour and the publication of my book.

In fact, I will be starting the second (and final) revision this week. It looks like mid-August is when I’ll be creating the cover and formatting the book for publication in various formats. It will be available in paperback and ebook from Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Smashwords (who also distributes to various retailers). The ebook will be available before the paperback, since I have to approve the paperback’s proof copy, which Lulu will be sending to me to review (and as you may know, shipping a product takes some time compared to electronic transactions).

It may sound easy to self-publish a book, but it’s very time consuming. The last time I self-published (in January of this year), I came out with second editions of three books, and I worked on the publication for days. Hopefully, this time will be a little easier, because I will only be publishing one book and I’ll be familiar with the formatting guidelines for the different publishers from last time (I will have to create multiple versions of my book, one for each publisher, because each publisher has their own formatting guidelines).

But, that is still weeks away! For now I will be taking care of blog tour communications and reading, as well as my other normal online activities. Starting  Thursday, I will be focusing on reading, editing, and posting updates on my progress. Lots to do!

Lulu Earth Day Contest!

Hi friends 🙂

I could really use your support. I entered Lulu’s Earth Day Contest, which is a print book sales contest from April 18th to April 25th (yes, I’m a little late on this one too!). There are prizes for first and second place to the author who sells the most print books. The book I entered in the contest is My Not-So-Ordinary Life: An Autobiography. I’d love for you to learn about my life by reading that book. In fact, if I get first place in the contest I will raffle off the NOOK reader prize (just let me know if you bought my print book during those dates and I’ll include you in the raffle!). The link to learn more about my book, and purchase it if you’re interested, is here.

Thanks so much!

Christine

A new stop on my writing journey

Hi, my name is Christine; I’m an author and a professional writer, and this is my blog. I love to write and I love to write about it (writing). I enjoy any topic that is related to writing: mechanics, voice, style, freelance writing, publishing, reading, the writing business, editing, research, websites, blogs, etc., etc. 🙂 I love to talk about writing, so I created this blog.

I also created this blog because I am working on the beginnings of a new book, and I wanted a place to give updates on my progress. I’m hoping to write a book about what to expect in the first year of a freelance writing career (I’m coming up on my one year anniversary in April). I feel I have learned a lot (but still have a ways to go!) that I can share with others. Wouldn’t you, if you were thinking about becoming a freelance writer, want to know what to expect in the first year? There is not a book about this out yet, so hopefully I’ll be the first to write it!

I also want a place to let others know about my already-published books. Recently, while trying to help a fellow writer, I ended up helping myself too. I edited the ebook versions of my three published books in order to help my friend create hers (since I hadn’t created one in three years, I thought things might have changed). Well, I took that act of kindness and went above and beyond. I did second editions for two of the books, updated the print books, created brand new epubs and PDFs for all three books, and uploaded previews for all three books in every one of the three formats. Talk about a total renovation, and having gusto! All of my books can be found on my Lulu Spotlight (it is still updating with new changes, but should be correct soon).

I hope you will join me on this wonderful writing journey that I’ve been on for six years so far. I promise to keep you up-to-date.