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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Starting out … publishing is not complicated

Posted by on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

Updated November 28, 2013: I assume, as you are reading this because of the title, that you’re a writer, a wannabe or already a self-published author and you think I might have some valuable information you can use to help you produce and/or market your book(s). I suppose this is true because I have learned […]

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Family Novels by J. Robert Whittle

Posted by on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 in Joyce's Blog

If this is the first time you’ve discovered our numerous (10) novels, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that they are amazingly read by all ages. Now, you might say that is a rather unique idea … novels that can be read by old and young alike, when did that last happen? Well, there […]

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Win a Contest – Accelerate your Success!

Posted by on Monday, September 21st, 2009 in Joyce's Blog, Self-Publishing

Self-publishers … I learned an important lesson in 2007 when, for the first time in 6 years I entered a contest with one of our books. In 1999, I discovered the Independent Publisher Book Awards and entered our first book, Lizzie: Lethal Innocence. In those days, it was a very new contest and didn’t even […]

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