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Writing and Publishing Workshops in 2015

This fall I am teaching two workshops for writers at the Island Savings Center in Duncan, BC. Contact ISC at 250-748-7529 to register. Creative Writing Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 – 4:00.  Learn some of the secrets of writing interesting stories.This workshop includes point of view, narration, description, characters and dialogue. You will learn how to give your stories strong beginnings, believable conflict and satisfying...

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Ebooks

Who makes ebooks? The easiest and cheapest way to get your book in print is to make it into an ebook. Publishing it through the many websites out there is free! As an independent publisher, you will learn to like anything for free. All the companies also offer a free author page that you can use to market yourself and your book. You simply format your book and upload it to a site that converts it into an ebook and puts it for sale on the...

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The interior design of your book is important too

When I gave a presentation about book design to the Federation of BC Writers on January 24, everyone asked for a copy of my material. I wasn’t prepared for giving handouts for more than 70 people, so I promised I would post it on my blog. I have taken my outline and turned it into a three part series about Book Design Inside and Out. The Most Common Features Inside Your Book The difference between professional design and amateur...

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Book Design Inside and Out

I made a presentation about book design to the Federation of BC Writers on January 24 and everyone wanted a copy of my material. I give my presentations from an outline, so I couldn’t just photocopy it. But I did promise to post it here on my website. In order to make it more manageable both for me to write and for you to absorb, I plan to put the information up in three different posts – Interiors – Ebook Formatting...

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Vancouver Island Self-Publishing Conference

I am giving a presentation on Saturday, January 24 at the Vancouver Island Self-Publishing Conference being held in Nanaimo, BC.  It is being presented by the Federation of BC Writers. You don’t have to be a member to attend and you don’t have to pre-register.  For more information visit their website http://bcwriters.ca/self-publish-vanisland/

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Why do I need an ISBN? What is it anyway???

A lot of my readers ask me what an ISBN is and why they need one. It’s actually a very important part of your preparation to publish. An ISBN puts your book on to lists and into data bases. It makes sure your book doesn’t get lost in the millions and millions of books in the world. It is used by booksellers and libraries to find, identify and order books. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) identifies your book as a...

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Why You Don’t Want To Use a Pen Name

The Nom de Plume A pen name, or nom de plume, is the pseudonym an author uses to conceal their true identity. Famous authors will often use a pen name when writing in another genre than that which they are known for. Sometimes famous people will use a pen name because they do not want the book to be associated with what they do, or they might  not want to use their fame to sell the book. So should you use a pseudonym? It is probably not a...

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