August 21, 2012
Anywhere but Here by Sherri Fulmer Moorer is an intriguing story about a sweet recent college graduate and her experiences after her application to a Master’s program is denied. She feels hopeless and empty, not knowing her life’s direction anymore. She goes to work and looks for friendship there, but nothing is what it seems. She tries to get promoted at work, because of her recent college degree, but it seems that everything is holding her back from what she is trying to accomplish. Will she ever move up in the corporate world? Will she find love again? Reading the story will tell you.
Anywhere but Here is an exciting story, because of the twists and turns in the plot. It speaks of the aggravating and drama-filled social politics that comes with working in a business office. The main character is in hell with what she is dealing with at work and in life. A small gift from her best friend allows her to visit another world in her dreams, which she enjoys more than her real life. In general, the story is realistic with a fantasy spin to it.
I recommend Anywhere but Here to all readers in favor of a quick, easy read that will take them to another time and place. Most people will be able to relate to the main character, especially young women trying to find their place in the world after college graduation and those experiencing heartache. This is an enjoyable read and the ending left me feeling satisfied.
August 17, 2012
I’ve been so busy with the publishing and release of Freelance Writing Guide that I haven’t had the chance to blog! Let me backtrack to the last few days, so that I can share with you my publishing experiences. Late at night on August 13th, I finished the final edits on my book. I planned on taking the next day off to relax and enjoy the fact that I had finished my book. During the night of the 14th, however, I got bored. So I started reading up in the Lulu community about how to format for self-publishing with Lulu (i.e. cover image size, interior pages, etc.). Then I decided I would make the adjustments on my documents as I read about them so that I wouldn’t forget the next day what I had learned that night. I ended up publishing an ebook with Lulu, and after that I was driven to continue publishing in the different book formats with the different companies I publish with. I stayed up all night and the next day publishing my book everywhere!
The only significant problem I had was trying to increase the resolution of my front and back cover images to be compatible with CreateSpace’s requirements. I almost couldn’t figure it out and almost gave up, but then I had an idea to try opening the images in the Paint.net program (I had recently downloaded it but had trouble with it, so I had forgotten about it), which was referred to me from a cover designer, so I thought that maybe I’d be able to adjust the resolution with that program. Success! I felt so relieved. If I couldn’t get the resolution right, I wouldn’t have been able to use the cover I created; I would have had to use one of CreateSpace’s cover designs, which I didn’t want to do, because I thought an original cover would be better. So now I have the cover and back cover exactly how I want it. Yay!
The interior pages were pretty easy to do; I just had to follow the publishers’ manuals. It was time-consuming and a bit repetitive, because I had to take my standard book interior and format it each time for each book type and company. Since I published three different book types with Lulu, one with Kindle Direct Publishing, and one with Smashwords, I ended up with five different versions of my book! It was strenuous at the end, because I did everything all at once and was tired from being overworked.
I am happy with how the interior came out, and the process went smoother than in January when I published second editions of my other books. Ebooks are especially difficult, because the companies have different formats for what will upload correctly. For example, some require an active table of contents (there are two different versions), some say no table of contents at all, some allow hyperlinks (must include the http:// to work), some don’t have the capability of functioning hyperlinks, some want page breaks and some do not, they all want the title and copyright page formatted differently, and so on. The interior is what I always say takes a long time, because all the companies want it differently, and I want my book to come out right for my readers. And as far as I know it has :)
Okay, so here is my book information. Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Writer is available in paperback (Lulu), ebook format (Lulu epub, Lulu pdf, and Smashwords ebook), and kindle format (Amazon). Have a look! Soon it will be available in paperback on CreateSpace and Amazon, as well as epub at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more! There is now a page for Freelance Writing Guide on the right side of this blog. I hope you will check out my book and let me know what you think.
Have a great weekend!
August 13, 2012
I designed my cover for Freelance Writing Guide today! Here is how it turned out:
So, what do you think? I was going for a simple design that reflected the technological aspect of freelance writing, since freelance writers spend a lot of time on the computer.
Honestly, I find it very hard to design a cover, because I’m not a graphic designer and because I have high expectations – I want the background image to be perfect and the overall design to look really great. I’m not a very good judge of my own work, so let me know if you think it’s okay.
I also started working on the blog tour banner, but because it is not complete yet – I’m still figuring out the final details of the tour – I cannot show it to you yet. But it is awesome and matches the cover design.
The publication date for Freelance Writing Guide will be on August 22nd or before. If you want to read it when it comes out but won’t be able to afford it, if you can write a review for it I can give you a free ebook copy. Just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day!
August 11, 2012
The Zul Enigma by J M Leitch is a refreshing story, as it is not like any other. It doesn’t fit into a certain genre and has lots of twists and turns in the plot. I can tell Leitch put her heart and soul into this book, as it is a high-quality read. The plot is solid, the characters are memorable, and the storyline will keep you guessing.
The multifaceted story covers politics, religion, relationships, secret service, government, and outer space. It goes into the depths of betrayal and lies. It takes place during a time when the end of the world is near and it is evident with all the conflicts and problems occurring.
Because the plot is solid, it is clear that the details were thoroughly researched to make it so believable. The characters are distinct and vivid, and some of them held my heart. The optimist in me wanted everything and everyone to be okay, but in actuality, it was quite the opposite.
This is a very long book, and I would have liked to see the author make it into two books. And there is a lot of alcohol drinking and alcoholic behaviors in this book, which I’m not fond of. However, those two minor setbacks did not keep me from enjoying the story or change my feelings about the book, because I give it five stars.
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy conspiracy, science-fiction, action, and thought-provoking storytelling. This book will take you to another world, and the action will keep you turning the pages.
Pick up your own copy here. Note that it is available in both paperback and kindle edition. Enjoy the read!