Here is a stack I arranged yesterday for a photograph.
All posts in category My Indie Publishing Experience
Posted by Diane Tibert on December 7, 2013
After working with this tool for almost a week, I’m believe it will be well-worth the money I paid for it. It gives me every reason to believe that I will be able to illustrate my children’s picture books with it…after much practice. But I’m okay with that because I love to visually create.
Here is the castle I’ve toyed with during my free time.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 27, 2013
In my goal to illustrate my own books, I’ve purchased a Wacom Inutuos Small Creative Pen and Touch Tablet. Tonight we were playing around, learning the basics of creating an image and seeing what we could do with no experience using a pen with a computer.
First, let me say that holding a computer pen takes a little getting used to. I’ve sketched for several years and am fairly familiar with a pencil and ink pen, but…the computer pen doesn’t exactly work the same way. However with practice I know I’ll be able to work it to make recognisable pictures. My kids will too since they really like the idea of drawing on the computer.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 22, 2013
I’ve always been a matte girl. Back in the early 1990s when I worked at a processing lab I realised I could choose matte over glossy prints. I was hooked. Fast forward twenty years and I thought I’d be stuck with glossy book covers until I took the leap from CreateSpace to a ‘regular’ book printer. I was wrong.
Last week I received an email from CreateSpace announcing a new print options for covers: Matte.
Here’s what they have on their website: You can choose between custom matte or glossy finish for your print book. Both cover options have their advantages; you might want to purchase a sample of each cover to help you decide. You can choose your cover option during Title Setup, and even when your book is already for sale. Some things to keep in mind when choosing a cover:
- There is no extra charge for either finish
- You can change the cover option even on a book that’s already for sale
- For existing titles, you won’t need to repeat Content Review, and the book will remain available for purchase during the cover finish change
- Orders placed before the change will still ship with the previous cover option
- Your change will take effect within 4 hours for Amazon sites, and up to 6 weeks for EDC
Matte covers are less glaring, easier on the eye and are great for novels.
To learn more about this great option and learn how you can choose matte book covers for future and current titles, check out CreateSpace.
Do you want to self-publish a book? Does self-publishing look too complicated and confusing? It does to everyone when they first begin their journey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
If you can use a computer, you can publish your own book. To learn more, visit Diane’s Self-publishing Consultation.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 18, 2013
I’ve received news that the lines are now open for Canadians to call and get their Employer Identification Number (EIN). When the government in the United States shut down a few weeks ago (as reported in this post), it became impossible for anyone to get through on the telephone lines. For many, this was the only route available, so getting an EIN came to a sudden stop.
If you’ve been trying to get an EIN and have given up because of frustration, give it another try. From the report I received it was business as usual.
If you’re looking for information on EINs or interested in learning how to get one, visit Canadians, Stop Paying 30% to the IRS.
Posted by Diane Tibert on October 29, 2013
Today I wrote the final 2,000 words to Throw Away Kitten, a children’s book I’ll publish under the pen name Candy McMudd. As any writer knows, these moments are special. It’s time to celebrate. Another draft is completed.
Throw Away Kitten was inspired by my youngest son, the cat lover. He’s always preferred cats over dogs, but many of the chapter books he’s read are one-sided. The majority of the stories involving kittens have female lead characters whereas puppies have boy characters. Well, being a cat lover, that didn’t sit well with him, so he asked me to write a story about a boy who owed a kitten.
Throw Away Kitten was born.
Posted by Diane Tibert on October 17, 2013
Over the weekend I ran a promotion at Amazon for Nova Scotia – Life Near Water. It was only the second time I had enrolled a book in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program (KDP). The first time was back in 2011.
This time I watched the numbers as readers freely download the anthology to give me an idea of how things worked. Over the course of the three days, my book went from cricket-chirping land (I had published it only a few days beforehand) to number one in Canada in the free anthology category.
Here are the overall results of books downloaded:
United States: 27
United Kingdom: 6
Only 53 books were downloaded, but that was enough to drive me to the top position in Canada and 458th place overall across all categories. The highest point in the United States had me sitting at 35th in anthologies (6,169 overall).
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 30, 2013
Wonderful news! Thanks to everyone who has downloaded my first anthology Nova Scotia – Life Near Water the book is ranked 2nd in Anthologies in Canada (Amazon.ca). It’s number 628 overall in the free Kindle store. (as of Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:50 pm Atlantic Time)
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. I appreciate your overwhelming support.
The short story collection ends its Free promotion at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) today (Sunday September 29th). If you haven’t downloaded the book and would like to, Canadian residence can click here. Those in the United States click here. If you’re in another country, visit the Amazon website designated for there.
I’ve also have downloads in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Japan.
Again, thank you to everyone who has supported me and downloaded my book.
UPDATE: As of 5:25pm Atlantic Time, my anthology is number one in Canada. Wow. This is amazing! Thank you.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 29, 2013
My search for one thing brought me to a clear and concise answer to a question that doesn’t always have a straight answer. Or at least the answer is still defining itself in the ever-changing publishing world.
Victoria Bindery—a book binding company in British Columbia—defines self-publishing on the FAQ page #14:
What is self-publishing? Self-publishing is the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher. The author is responsible and in control of entire process including design (cover/interior), formats, price, distribution, marketing & PR.
That is exactly the way I defined self-publishing in my post Four Types of Publishing except I used more words.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 28, 2013
I received a surprise today when the mailwoman showed up at my door with a package I hadn’t expected to arrive until tomorrow. The small box contained six books, all of which are in the proof stage. I thought I’d share them with you here.
The most difficult part of getting the books published is the colour tones on the cover. I’ve done enough interior designs to know exactly how to lay out a book the way I want, and I’ve created enough covers to get the layout correct the first time. However, the colour…well, that’s hit or miss.
You see, what you see on the computer screen isn’t exactly how the printing press at CreateSpace sees it. Often the printed version is darker. Now that I know this, I purposefully make covers lighter than I desire. However, the actual tone is difficult to reach without experimenting.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 23, 2013
In my last post I answered the question “How much does it cost to self-publish a book?” My answer ranged from $0 to thousands of dollars.
The question that usually follows this answer is: How can I self-publish my book at rock bottom prices?
The answer is: long hours of work
This is quickly followed by: “Who gets to do all that work?”
The answer is: the author
Honestly, if you don’t want to pay someone to format your book, then learn how to do it yourself. It’s not rocket science. If you don’t want to pay your editor double the fee, learn how to edit your work, so when they get the manuscript they don’t spend hours correcting punctuation, capitalisation and basic grammar. If you don’t want to pay someone to upload your eBooks to distributors, then learn the ropes.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 19, 2013
“Once everything is in place, it will cost nothing to publish an eBook and only about $15 to publish a paperback.” Actually if you were a risk taker, it would cost nothing to publish a paperback, too. But I’d advise against it.
Insane isn’t it? But if I had little to no money to invest in my writing career, I could still do it for the bare minimum price. Still, I put the money I do have to good use, in places of the self-publishing journey where is serves the book best.
The ceiling to how much you could spend to get one book published is high. Thousands upon thousands of dollars can be spent on various editors, designers, printers and marketers.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 12, 2013
Below are several posts I wrote about things to consider when self-publishing.
Things to Think About
…I’ll list more relevant posts to self-publishing in the coming days.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 2, 2013
Over the past two and a half years, I’ve written a lot of posts about self-publishing and my experience with the publishing business. I’ve discussed things such as editing, ISNB, EIN, CIP, cover design, illustrations and eBooks. New visitors to this blog might not know this or visitors who’ve only recently discovered me may not know how to find all this information.
One method is to enter a search term in the search box in the right margin. For example, entering the word ‘editing’ into the search engine brings up a list of posts. Some do not necessarily deal with editing. The word, however, is used in the post.
Posted by Diane Tibert on September 1, 2013
When I first learnt about Goodreads Giveaways, I thought it was a great idea, a wonderful way to get your book into the hands of new readers. So far, I still do see it as a wonderful avenue for writers to explore.
If you’ve never participated in this option in Goodreads, let me share my experience (so far) with you.
Only paper copies of books (hard cover, paperbacks) are permitted in giveaways. I didn’t mind this restriction since I had planned to release a paperback version of Shadows in the Stone. Obviously, paperback giveaways cost more to do than eBook giveaways.
Posted by Diane Tibert on November 4, 2012