Category Archives: Nuts and Bolts

These posts will be about the mechanics of writing and blogging. Discussions of software used, hosting services, printing services, etc.

Tips for Newbies: Making Your Characters Believable

What do you do to make your characters three-dimensional, so they seem real to the reader?  One key is to think about the characters’ lives BEFORE they enter your plotline.  Sure,  every author comes up with names and physical descriptions, … Continue reading

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Tips for Newbies: What is all this ISBN stuff?

If you are considering self-publishing (SP), you’re probably hearing about ISBNs. First off, let’s define it. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It’s the number that goes with the bar code on the back of your book. It is … Continue reading

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Tips for Newbies: What is “Published”?

In the old days–you know, just a few years ago–publishing a book meant producing a volume printed on paper, using an offset press (ink on paper). Offset was expensive to set up, involving editing of multiple galley proofs, so  minimum … Continue reading

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Future of the Book

(notes from panel at Spring 2011 Gaithersburg Book Festival) Participants: Michael Norris, Editor, Book Publishing Report Jed Lyons, President & CEO, Rowman & Littlefield (publishing) Geoff Shandler, Editor-in-Chief,  Little, Brown & Co. (publishing) Mark LaFramboise, Book seller and lead book … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: The 10 Commandments for Authors (re: Legitimate Publishers)

Today’s entry is a guest blog by Hank Shrier of GBN publishing, who graciously agreed to allow me to use it for my first guest blog. It was originally posted in the LinkedIn group: Independently Published Author’s Marketing Association. 1. … Continue reading

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Learning to Blog 2

Progress! I’ve learned how to install widgets and plugins. WordPress makes it pretty easy. I’ve added a “Subscribe to my blog” link — see it over on the right in the navbar? That was a public domain widget. I had … Continue reading

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Learning to Blog

I thought blogging would be easy, but it’s harder than I thought. Oh not the writing — that part is easy. It’s the darned software that’s the problem; it keeps eating my posts. I checked with other authors online and … Continue reading

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