How to format your novel for Smashwords

I assume you’re a well-informed, well-prepared author-publisher and have your novel parts in order (with front matter, biography, etc.), so I will only discuss the technical part here: formatting only. For tips on how to structure your manuscript for an optimal ebook experience, please consult Smashword’s very own tips, or the thousands of online articles on self-publishing floating on the web. Now let’s getContinue reading “How to format your novel for Smashwords”

How To Clean Up Your Manuscript Formatting In MS Word

If you want to submit your manuscript to an editor, an agent, or a publisher, OR If you want to self-publish, and want to be ready for all the ebook & print formatting that come next, I’ve got some good news! You can stop googling and ripping your hair out now. Just follow these simple steps to clean up your manuscript. 1. The following thingsContinue reading “How To Clean Up Your Manuscript Formatting In MS Word”

Finding a strategy for NaNoWriMo

This year’s NaNoWriMo is going to be tackled by a well prepared, fiercely motivated and unappologetic me. And I’m going to goddamn finish it, holding a hefty chunk of novel draft in my cramped hands, or else! Because this November I’m diving into the horror corner of science-fiction, and that requires careful planning (yay), a lot of mischievous plotting (yay!),Continue reading “Finding a strategy for NaNoWriMo”

The ERROR Terror

Most normal people are afraid of spiders, heights, or clowns, or really creepy shit like this, but writers—we’re most afraid of making mistakes. Or rather, getting caught making mistakes in our books. Especially writers of genres that require heavy research and specialized knowledge, such as crime, historical and science-fiction. As if there aren’t already enough things toContinue reading “The ERROR Terror”

13 Things every writer needs to hear

We writers are incredibly creative when it comes to finding reasons why we suck, our work sucks, our career sucks, the whole goddamn industry sucks. It’s much harder to come up with good reasons why things ain’t that bad after all, why we aren’t the worst possible use of space and oxygen, why our workContinue reading “13 Things every writer needs to hear”