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I have spent months self publishing my own work, this is not an easy process but it is something that IS possible! It takes time and patience but your story is worth it!

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Using your 5 Senses to Descriptively write your story!

Our five senses are so important to our everyday lives but most of the time we take them for granted. We expect they will always work when we need them to.

When we write, we do this aswell. We forget about our characters using their 5 senses to describe a scenario or situation. Sometimes we don’t treat our characters as beings.

They are just characters we made in our minds, right? They aren’t breathing, living beings..

Download this free document on how to use your 5 senses to descriptively write your story! Using your 5 senses to descriptively write your story

Cover Designers!

Do you  need a cover designer who will listen and provide you with a book cover that will depict your story perfectly?

These three cover designers are the ones you want to talk to! All 3 provide Pre-Made or Custom ordered Covers!

Maialen Alonso

Drop Dead Designs

Jessica Dueck @ StarsColdNight

How to easily convert your manuscript into an eBook using Calibre!

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Starting off with Calibre.. you can easily download this formatting program for FREE by going to Calibre Download 

If you are new to Calibre, it may look like a massive headache waiting to happen once you load the program but I promise you – If I can do it, so can you!

First off, You will want to save your book as a Doc. or DocX. and please before uploading your file into Calibre make sure you have sectioned each one of your chapters, if you have not done this when you upload your file as one massive file with no section breaks, you will have problems rise when you go through all of these steps and end up at Table of Contents. Your Table of Contents will not detect any chapters.. You then will have to start over..

Step 1: Add book from a single directory..

step 1I suggest uploading one book at a time so this process doesn’t get confusing at first.. Simply go up to the left hand corner of your screen to “Add books” and select “add books from a single directory” – this will then open the box tab to select your book which would be best to format in a doc. or docx. format to begin with. Your book will appear in your library that is listed in the middle of your screen.. Before doing anything else go to Step 2 first and fill out the Metadata..

Step 2: Edit Metadata

step 2I secretly love metadata.. I love to say it, I love to write it, I love it because it is easy.. You will select “Edit Metadata” which is right next to your “Add Books” tab.. Metadata is especially important for your ebook, I look at Metadata as your books birth certificate, the ISBN is its SSN but without Metadata you truly do not know who wrote your book, the title, the series, what its about, its rating.. the list goes on.. You will select “Edit Metadata individually” and select your book from the library..

Step 3 metadata entryOnce you are on the Edit Metadata page, it will look like this.. It is very self explanatory, you will fill in your Title, Author(s), Series name, Author sort, Title sort, and lastly the book number in the series.. Once you finish the top section, you will go down to “Browse” this is where you will select your cover image, it will appear on the inside cover of your ebook, the first thing that your readers will see.. after they have already seen it when they bought it.. but it is important! Simply select your image you want to upload and then fill out your Tags, publication date, publisher (self), and the languages this book will be available in.. you then will go to the bottom of the box and select “Ok” ..

Step 3: Conversion.. (The part I hate the most..)

This slide show will show you the step by step options through the process and which tabs should be selected.. scroll below to get more details on what to input and output..

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1.) Insert Metadata.. all of your metadata information should be available here that you have already filled out but verify that it is correct..

2.) Ignore “Look & Feel” and “Heuristic Processing” .. these options should be set correctly already..

3.) “Page Setup” – I usually set my “output” to Kindle Fire, input I leave as “default”..

4.) Structure Detection – you have the option to remove the first image inside of the book, remove fake margins (I select this.) and the option to insert metadata at the start of the book which I usually do not do.

5.) Table of Contents – the only options I select on this is “Do not auto-detect chapters” because usually this will double your table of contents and that will result in you doing this all over again.

6.) Ignore “Search & Replace” – there really is no use for this.

7.) DOCX Input – This is what your original file will have done to it while it converts into Mobi or EPUB.. I select “Do not try to auto detect a cover from images inside of the book” – this will only cause problems and duplicates if it is not turned off.. and “Do not add a page after every end note”..

8.) Mobi output. – This is what your final file will look like ..  the only options I select are “Do not add Table of Contents” (this is for the reason that you are going to convert your Mobi file to an EPUB – you cannot edit a Table of Contents to any file unless it is an epub first.) and I usually turn on “ignore margins” for the fact that it will alter your margins and could result into having to edit more..

9.) FINALLY, select “ok” .. at the bottom right corner of your screen will be a number under the metadata for your book that says (1) you can select this and watch your file convert.. You will then have to go through this process once more to go from a mobi file to an epub file to edit in your table of contents, the great thing about this process is that the table of contents will be added to both your mobi and epub because you converted the mobi to an epub.. this will not show on your mobi ebook when you open it through Calibre but if you end up having to upload MOBI to Amazon or another source it will automatically have your Table of Contents.

Step 4: Phew.. Hope you’re still with me after Conversion! – “Adding the Table of Contents through EPUB”..

Now you have converted your book which was the biggest challenge, you can now work on your Table of Contents which like I said will be used in your multiple formats but you can only edit your ToC through EPUB..

Simply select “Edit book” and it will open another screen where you will also have the option to edit your book through HTML .. I would suggest re-reading your book BEFORE you even add the file into Calibre because the last thing you want to have to do is edit through HTML .. I have for minor adjustments before but if you don’t have to, you really do not want to..

1.) Your blank Slate… This is what your table of contents looks like at first “blank” .. you will select “Create an entry” this will open the window to a side panel of your unnamed chapters.. Select your first entry which will most likely be your cover, You then on the right hand side of your screen will have a box for “Title of the entry”.. You would name this “Cover”

2.) For every chapter you will need to select a starting point of detection for the ebook to detect where to direct the reader when they choose to navigate with your ToC once they purchase your eBook.. You do this by scrolling over to your entry, a green bar will appear and you will go to the top of the page where you chapter or other page will start and select this.. This will become your navigation after your ToC is created.

3.) Once you finish your first entry you will select “OK” and be navigated back to your Table of Contents page, you will then select on the right hand side of your screen the button that says “Create a new entry below this entry” .. this will make sure your chapters are all separated and not consider “inside” of eachother..

4.) You will repeat this until you have every chapter detected and named.. Warning: You will regret ever creating a 50 or more chapter book..

5.) Once you are finished with your Table of Contents select “OK” and you will be navigated back to the editing html screen, you will scroll up to the top bar to “File” and select “Save” .. if you exit this screen without having saved, it will not keep your Table of Contents and I promise it will make you cry..

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FINALLY! The most fulfilling moment will be navigating back to your library and selecting “EPUB” that is your file format under the selected book in your libraries cover image.. This will open a screen that is in the shape of a tablet and you will be able to select the “T” button and see your Table of Contents..

Your files should save under a folder named “Calibre Library” when you are asked to upload your manuscript to Amazon or another source you will simply go to this folder and select EPUB or MOBI.. whichever they ask for..

Phew! You don’t realize how long of a process something is until you write it out! I hope this helps with formatting your eBook and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a message and I’d be happy to help out in any way that I can!

Best of Luck!

SETTING YOUR GOALS FOR 2018!

When setting your goal for this year think of the S.M.A.R.T. goals you want to set –

S. Specific. Set a specific goal

M. Measureable. Decide how you will know when you have met your goal. (i.e if your goal is to write 10 pages a day for the next 30 days, this is your measureable goal.)

A. Attainable. Think, “How am I going to achieve my goal?” – (i.e Plot out your story, write an outline, how will you achieve your goal? what is your process?)

R. Relevant. Relevance keeps you focused and prevents you from getting sidetracked. (i.e Set aside what is distracting you from achieving your daily goal during your time you have set aside for writing.)

T. Time-Bound. This is your personal deadline for your goals. Set multiple deadlines for your goals. If you want to finish a chapter in 30 days then that is your goal for your chapter. Think of your time and how it relates to your goals.

Do you need to change your manuscript into a the right layout for a paperback interior? Here is a presentation to how to create your paperback margin using WPS Writer!

Download here: How to Create your Paperback Margin

 

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