“Adolescent Angst” is in the Publishing Stage!

I’m so happy to report that “Adolescent Angst” is in the publishing stage! I’m currently finalizing the details with the publishers and I will provide links once the different editions are live. In the meantime, here is a description of the book and the cover:

Ever wonder what the mind of a teenager is like…especially a rebellious, troubled teenager? The poetry in this book, which I wrote in my teen years, honestly shares my thoughts and feelings when I was a teen struggling to live with my parents’ strict rules. Poetry was my “therapy” at the time.

If you are a teenager and wish to connect with someone who is going through the same tough times that you are, this is the book for you. Poems such as: The Chamber, Expression, Authority, and My “Other” Side, reveal my inner-workings as an independence-driven, identity-seeking adolescent.

This book contains twenty-two free-verse poems, written when I was a teen, and a Foreword, Afterword, and About the Poet, written by myself twenty years later.

Get a glimpse into the mind and emotions of a distressed teenager. Learn what it’s like to have overprotective parents and emotional turmoil, and be able to connect with someone who does. Whether you are a parent with a struggling teen, or you are that struggling teen, this book will help you get through your challenges.

Adolescent Angst

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

New News!

It’s been a long time since my last post and that’s because I’ve been working hard on my books. After publishing Articles for the Mind, and republishing my four other books, I became very busy with letting the world know about them – through interviews, book listings on websites, social media, book reviewers, and probably more!

I also resumed editing Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, and started a book of my teenage poetry called Adolescent Angst:

Adolescent Angst by Christine RiceIn addition, I designed a book cover for Freedom from Fat:

Freedom from Fat by Christine Rice

Lastly, I started a newsletter. If you would like to read the first issue, here is the link. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, which is an occasional email about really exciting news and book discounts, fill out the form in the top-right side of my website here.

I’m really excited about my future publishing projects, and I’m really happy to be sharing the news with you!

New book published – Articles for the Mind

I have good news this week too. I compiled a book of all of the articles I have written and published it. It is called Articles for the Mind. It consists of 58 short articles that are informative and sometimes advising, on the subjects of beauty, health, careers, education, family, pets, financial planning, frugal living, money, food, holidays, home, psychology, self-help, values, and writing. The book is grouped into chapters with those subjects as the chapter titles, so the book is easy to navigate and easy to find what you need. There is also a foreword, an afterword, and an about the author page. The cover is below:

Articles for the Mind

It is published on Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords. Eventually it will be available at Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBookstore, Sony, and Kobo. It will also eventually be published in print and available as a paperback at Amazon. I’m really happy that all of the valuable information in this book is available to the public. I hope the advice and information helps people.

Thank you for your support. It is because of you that I enjoy publishing books.

Book updates

I have some exciting news to report. I’ve been spending much more time on my books lately. One week ago, I republished my four books with Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords. I worked on the formatting all day for three days to improve the look and readability. I also designed new covers for some.

I also republished my books with CreateSpace as smaller-sized paperbacks with attractive interior and exterior styling. However, the paperbacks are not ready yet. I’ve been making edits to them to make sure they look great, and each edit delays the process by at least a day. Right now I’m waiting to hear back from the CreateSpace staff about the covers, because they did not come out the same as the document I uploaded.

But my ebooks are all set and live at Amazon and Smashwords. In the near future, my books will be available in paperback from Amazon, and at Barnes & Noble (Nook), Apple iBookstore, Sony, and Kobo. Below are pictures of the book covers and links to the books:

Poetry for the Heart

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

Essays for the Soul

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

My Not-So-Oridinary Life

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

Freelance Writing Guide

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

You can visit the websites to learn more about the books.

Have a wonderful day,

Christine

Publishing Accomplishments

I titled this post “Publishing Accomplishments,” not because I want to share mine, but because I want to help you with yours. Are you a writer? Do you dream of getting your book published? If so, my freelance business, “Christine Rice Publishing Services,” can help you get published, whether your goals are to be traditionally published or self-published. The services I offer will help you during every step of the publishing process. If your goal is to get your book out to the world through the self-publishing medium, I can help you by editing and proofreading your book, formatting your book for print or digital publishing, and designing your book cover. Or, if you’re dying to get a publishing contract with a traditional publisher, I will edit your manuscript so that it will be in tip-top shape; write you a stunning query letter, synopsis, and/or book proposal; and format your manuscript how agents want them (I will even tailor the materials for the agents you wish to submit to since their submission guidelines vary – but you don’t need to worry about that, because I’ll do it all for you!).

Visit Christine Rice Publishing Services to view my resume, review my portfolio, learn what services I offer, and read my client testimonials. You will see that I am the best answer for all your publishing needs. Leave me a message on the “contact me” form on my website and I’ll get back to you right away.

Looking forward to helping you accomplish your publishing goals!

Christine

Cover Reveal

How are you all doing today? I’ve been enjoying the spring weather and trying to get outside as much as possible. Some news: I’m pleased to announce that my book cover for Chronicles of a Troubled Girl has been created. I won the free cover design on a giveaway courtesy of ErmisendaDESIGN on Ermilia Blog. I am very pleased with the cover and I think it represents my memoir very well. None of my published books have people on them, but I knew the cover for Chronicles needed a teenage girl on it. If you like my cover, visit ErmisendaDESIGN and contact Ermisenda for your own book cover. You can also visit Ermilia Blog, where she has giveaways and free book covers. Take care!

Chronicles of a Troubled Girl

“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!

Review of “A Graphic Guide for the Self-Published Author”

A Helpful Tool for DIY Authors and an Enjoyable Read – 5 Stars

A Graphic Guide for the Self-Published Author by Farah Evers is an instructional and informational book that shows the everyday person how to create their own book cover. You do not need to have any formal education in graphic design to understand the concepts; it is written in layman terms but also creatively written and edited well. It is amply supplied with pictures of book covers that demonstrate the messages Evers provides.

The book is full of all the knowledge you need to design a book cover, so you will literally be able to create a book cover after you read the book. There is additional information on how to design bookmarks, business cards, flyers, and websites. This book is a helpful tool and an easy-to-understand manual that is communicated with lighthearted language that makes it energized and a quick, enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone who likes DIY and wants to create a book cover. You will save a lot of money by buying this book and creating your own cover than if you pay a designer to do it. Great book!

You can pick up your copy here!