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Hello all! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to S.K. Anthony for hosting me today!
For those who don’t know, I have a bit of a unique publishing experience. After being traditionally published, doing most of the work, and reaping little of the benefits, I decided to get my rights back. My author friends and I had the brilliant idea of publishing under the same name (or imprint) Acorn Publishing. This means, we share a logo, and are a part of a select group of authors that support one another, but we each maintain our own rights, make our own money, and control our own projects! (If you’re interested in joining Acorn Publishing check out our website: www.acornauthorservicesandpublishing.com)
That being said, this time around I didn’t have a publisher taking care of all the technical stuff for me. I had to learn to navigate the world of self-publishing.
One of the scariest monsters I faced was formatting my books for print and e-book. I felt like it was this big complicated secret, one I had no idea how to unravel. I imagined pages of code and expensive software. In reality it’s so easy I could do it while making dinner, juggling two kids and a hungry hubby…oh wait, that’s what I did.
Let’s start with print. You can format for print in Microsoft Word. Mostly it’s a matter of changing the page size, margins, line spacing, etc. The most important factor is adding section breaks instead of page breaks after each chapter. This allows you to have a different first page, which eliminates the header from your chapter title page. I won’t go into too much detail, but the point is, this should not cost you money or be out of your realm. I learned everything I know from DIYBookFormats: http://www.diybookformats.com/mswordtemplates/ (the videos are invaluable).
As for e-book formatting, I have to admit I totally cheat. If you haven’t heard of Draft2Digital (www.draft2digital.com) than you’re in for a headache free cup of awesome. They basically take the file you make for print and convert it to epub (NOOK e-book) & MOBI (Kindle e-book) for you. Then they distribute those files to all the book retailers (Barnes & Noble, Apple ibooks, KOBO, etc.) and pay you through direct deposit to your checking account!
For those of you who already know all of this, good for you! For those who don’t, I hope I’ve helped to ease your mind in terms of moving forward with your precious Manuscript. You’ve worked hard, and it deserves to be a book J
Don’t be discouraged by the unknown, and don’t pay someone hundreds of dollars to do something this simple.
You can do it!!
Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.
Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.
When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.
After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.
Only from the ashes can a new world be born.
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