Author Archive

Be Precise, Say it Simply: Seven Ways to Avoid Overwriting

Posted by on Friday, October 12th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

This is the title of a blog entry on Goodreads.com by Emily Craven. Emily is a witty, enthusiastic, and talented self-published author from Australia whom I adored the first time I heard her speak. Her talents include writing informative and humourous blogs and being the author of fantasy and YA fiction. Thanks Emily. Emily’s Blog […]

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Homeschoolers discover our family friendly books

Posted by on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 in homeschooling, Joyce's Blog

Ever since we began bringing our family friendly books to the public arena in 1998, adults interested in homeschooling have taken notice of us. Robert has met many executives of Canadian and US homeschooling organizations and they often purchase our books for personal use and they ask us to bring our books to their area. […]

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What is happening to eBooks?

Posted by on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog

What is happening to eBooks?   – Apparently, they are selling more ebooks at Amazon than paper books – not surprising when you hear that they have made a special arrangement with authors to offer their books FREE for 5 days within a 90 day period. Yes, Amazon has put a special pot of 600,000 […]

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Using Drop Caps in your ePub and Kindle eBooks

Posted by on Monday, May 14th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

I just discovered the Tips website of fellow member of LinkedIn and wanted to share … how to go that extra mile in formatting your book for ePub and Kindle. I have not tried this yet, but I’ve thought about it often and seen many old ebooks with this feature not working! I use MSWord […]

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How to format eBook Images in ePub

Posted by on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

Ah, the joy of it! We were having endless problems formatting our kids chapter books into ePub format with Smashwords. Today it was solved thanks to the very detailed tips by Paul Salvette. We had gotten so frustrated we had given up, but today I did a search for the issue and found Paul’s website. […]

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Marketing Self-Published Novels

Posted by on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

This is a handout from a lecture I gave on March 10th, 2012, for 3Penny Publishing in Victoria, BC. Getting Down To Business for Writers Workshop Having your own business takes discipline, stamina, and a computer! For today’s purpose, I’m going to focus mainly on using the computer as the rest is pretty basic, easy […]

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Book Covers

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2012 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

There are many ways to find great images for book covers and I have used several methods for our 12 novels:   1. An actual human artist (Victoria Chronicles – 3 covers); and Lizzie Series – last 3 covers of series);  painted by Barbara Porter to my specs via email.       2. An […]

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Books, eBooks and Links

Posted by on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 in eBooks, Self-Publishing

Here are some interesting book links I found recently. I haven’t checked them out thoroughly so make up your own mind on their value! New York Times – Jacketcopy Blog It has an interesting survey of ebook readers and Kobo was ahead of Kindle. Way to go Canada! _______________________________ BookGlutton – share your opinions with […]

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I needed more editing time … just get on with it!

Posted by on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 in Self-Publishing

Republished from our old blog but still time appropriate: Yes, the manuscript achieved its first deadline and went to the printer (Friesens in Canada). I mean, we don’t play around, these books are printed for real not POD (print on demand … translated aka one-at-a-time). We tried that with our first book and it wasn’t […]

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I love WordPress!

Posted by on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 in Self-Publishing

What a great invention!  Anyone in business knows that an impressive website is a must these days and I have been working on webpages for over 20 years (from the beginning of the internet). Finally our 2 websites are once again getting organized and I couldn’t be happier. They have certainly evolved since my first […]

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