QUICK TIP: Easily Switch between Curly Quotes to Straight Quotes in Word

Since I do a lot of technical as well as novel writing, I need both curly and straight quotes in word. Thanks to Practical Typography, I found this extremely easy way to add “straight quotes” to text when needed. How to override smart quotes WORD   Type the foot or inch mark, which will come […]

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Word Formatting: How to Correctly Indent Paragraphs for Ebook Formatting

What is the biggest mistake self-publishing authors make when preparing their book for ebook conversion? Improper word formatting of Paragraph Indents. Say No to Tabs and the Spacebar Old school taught us to use the tab key to make paragraph indents. This can be a difficult habit to break—but break it you must. NEVER use […]

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Save 10% on Self-Publishing Books, Guides and Kits

From now until the end of the year (Dec 10-31, 2013), Save 10% off all our books, kits and templates. PLUS, you get FREE LIFETIME updates. So when we update a product, you get it free — no questions, no additional fees. Big News for Self-Publishing in 2014 Like every business we have our marketing […]

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Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott, First Steps Publishing Phone: (541) 961-7641 E-Mail: support@firststepspublishing.com Monday, September 22, 2013   Author explores and answers the age-old question, What is Man? CORONA, Calif. — Written from a biblical perspective, first time author, Thomas Sedaker has written a refreshingly new approach to a difficult concept and put […]

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NEW! Step-by-Step Ebook Formatting Videos Sigil 7.2

NEW! Ebook Formatting Step-by-Step Tutorial Videos; Sigil 7.2 Tutorial New, updated videos for basic step-by-step ebook formatting tutorial using Sigil 7.2 (open source epub editor): Take your manuscript from Word, to HTML and create a validated epub file you can convert to a mobi / Kindle ebook in one step. 1 hour of videos (8) […]

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Author Marketing Tip: Easy and Free way to promote and brand yourself

Gravatar.com What are they? Globally Recognized Avatar Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site? What this means for the […]

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Author Branding using Author Central Account

Yippie! Your ebook is published. Now, you need to set up your Author Central Account. When you received notification from Amazon on your publishing success, they included several links to where you can set up an Author Page. Below is how you can set up the page for Amazon.com (US), and then you can simply […]

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How Authors can Create a Basic Writing Template in Word

Excerpt from eBook Formatting & Publishing Guide 4.0 Many of you are picking up this book after you have your manuscript written and ready to publish. So you may have a little more work than others starting from scratch. Before I get into how to clean up your manuscript, I want to share how to […]

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NEW* Self-Publishing eBook, print Book, and Book Cover Design Templates

Ready-to-go Self-Publishing Design Book and eBook Templates Not only have we made the process of formatting your ebook easier, we’ve included an entire package to help you create your eBook, print Book, and Book Cover – all pre-designed and ready-to-go. Each Design Package includes: Pre-styled and formatted Word Template (.dot) (or Open Office file) Pre-styled […]

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Linkable Table of Contents

Below is the coding for a linkable table of contents.  OPTION ONE: LINKS TO PAGES IN YOUR eBOOK If you split your chapters into individual HTML pages, then your TOC would appear like this:   <p><a id=”toc”/></p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p><a href=”../Text/content.xhtml”>Chapter 1</a></p> <p><a href=”../Text/chapter2.xhtml”>Chapter 2</a></p> <p><a href=”../Text/chapter3.xhtml”>Chapter 3</a></p> <p><a href=”../Text/ack.xhtml”>Acknowledgements</a></p> <p><a href=”../Text/author.xhtml”>About the Author</a></p> […]

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The Assassins Club by Dixon Rice Bennett

The Assissins Club by Dixon Rice Bennett

table of contents). The conversion to HTML converted all the paragraph TAB indents to 10 “spaces”, which needed to removed. I used the “Find/Replace” feature to remove all the extra spaces and used my CSS to create the proper paragraph indent. Completion Project was formatted for both Amazon Kindle and Epub formats and Validated using […]

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The Sweet Smell of Flatulence. Interview with Author, Rodney Evans

The Flatulent Pumpkin by Rodney Evans

I can hear the suppressed snickers and giggles. There is just something about farting that puts a smile on our face. It’s a “magical tune” from a “magical fruit.” Rodney sat down with me and we discussed how his adventure began from a simple dinnertime story to a series of farting books so popular, the […]

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Marketing Tip: Easy Shortened URLs for Amazon Authors

Amazon has an easy and ‘short’ way to promote your Amazon products. And this isn’t new. Amazon quietly created its own URL shortener for all its products at least three years ago (2009). This move allows Amazon to take better advantage of the popular microblogging service Twitter as well as mobile texting. How it Works […]

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Le JOOLA: Africa’s Titanic, non-fiction narrative on martime accident

JOOLA, Africa's Titanic by Patrick Wiley

Bestseller in West African History This non-fiction narrative recounts one of the worst maritime disasters in history, the sinking of Le Joola – which tore at the soul of a country. Patrick Wiley’s interviews with survivors and extensive in-country research revealed the shameful loss of life and incredible accounts of survival that form the heart […]

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Embedding YouTube Videos in your blog

How to link to a Youtube video or embed the actual video on your WordPress / Blog site. OPTION ONE  – CREATING A LINK TO THE YOUTUBE VIDEO Go to the Youtube video you want to embed Choose “Share” Copy the http://…. Link in the field Go to your post where you want the video […]

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