August 26, 2013

Book updates

Posted in Books, Publishing, Self-Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

I have some exciting news to report. I’ve been spending much more time on my books lately. One week ago, I republished my four books with Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords. I worked on the formatting all day for three days to improve the look and readability. I also designed new covers for some.

I also republished my books with CreateSpace as smaller-sized paperbacks with attractive interior and exterior styling. However, the paperbacks are not ready yet. I’ve been making edits to them to make sure they look great, and each edit delays the process by at least a day. Right now I’m waiting to hear back from the CreateSpace staff about the covers, because they did not come out the same as the document I uploaded.

But my ebooks are all set and live at Amazon and Smashwords. In the near future, my books will be available in paperback from Amazon, and at Barnes & Noble (Nook), Apple iBookstore, Sony, and Kobo. Below are pictures of the book covers and links to the books:

Poetry for the Heart CreateSpace

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

Essays for the Soul Cover

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

My Not-So-Oridinary Life CreateSpace

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

Freelance Writing Guide Ebook

Amazon (Kindle)
Smashwords

You can visit the websites to learn more about the books.

Have a wonderful day,

Christine

August 12, 2013

Publishing Accomplishments

Posted in Editing, Freelance Career, Publishing, Self-Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

I titled this post “Publishing Accomplishments,” not because I want to share mine, but because I want to help you with yours. Are you a writer? Do you dream of getting your book published? If so, my freelance business, “Christine Rice Publishing Services,” can help you get published, whether your goals are to be traditionally published or self-published. The services I offer will help you during every step of the publishing process. If your goal is to get your book out to the world through the self-publishing medium, I can help you by editing and proofreading your book, formatting your book for print or digital publishing, and designing your book cover. Or, if you’re dying to get a publishing contract with a traditional publisher, I will edit your manuscript so that it will be in tip-top shape; write you a stunning query letter, synopsis, and/or book proposal; and format your manuscript how agents want them (I will even tailor the materials for the agents you wish to submit to since their submission guidelines vary – but you don’t need to worry about that, because I’ll do it all for you!).

Visit Christine Rice Publishing Services to view my resume, review my portfolio, learn what services I offer, and read my client testimonials. You will see that I am the best answer for all your publishing needs. Leave me a message on the “contact me” form on my website and I’ll get back to you right away.

Looking forward to helping you accomplish your publishing goals!

Christine

December 23, 2012

Review of “Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:28 pm by Christine Rice

Secrets to Ebook Publishing SuccessSecrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker is a thorough self-help manual about how to succeed as an ebook author. It is a good book for a soon-to-be-published author, but it is also helpful for an author who has already published a book, or several books for that matter.

This book covers a lot of information, which is pleasing since it is free. You usually can’t go wrong with free, and this book is no exception. It emphasizes the importance of writing a well-written and edited book with a great title and cover design. It talks about the value of connecting well with your readers, distributing your ebook to as many online retailers as you can, giving your book away for free, developing your author platform, maximizing “virality,” and studying bestsellers in your genre. It covers the most popular cycles or trends of ebook sales, how to deal with negative reviews, and how to set an appropriate ebook price. It goes into adequate detail about twenty-eight “secrets” to having a successful ebook; plus, there are additional chapters of other helpful information.

I have published four ebooks myself, and even though I have heard of most of the tips Coker provides – because of my five years of publishing experience – it is a well-written book with lots of insights that would help aspiring authors, new authors, and authors who don’t have much experience with editing, formatting, publishing, marketing, and networking, and anyone who is looking to learn a new tip or two to improve their ebook’s sales.

To get your own free ebook copy of Mark Coker’s Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success, check out the following links at Amazon and Smashwords. Cheers to being a successful author!

November 14, 2012

Interview with Pamela “Penlady” Jones

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , , at 12:54 pm by Christine Rice

I first met Pamela “Penlady” Jones on Twitter when she asked me for help with technical ghostwriting. I wasn’t interested in technical writing, but we’ve stayed in touch ever since. I love visiting her blogs and chatting with her about writing careers. She is an online writer who resides in Northern California.

Christine: How long have you been a writer?
Pamela:
I’ve been a writer for 17 years.

Christine: What types of writing do you do?
Pamela:
I’m very diverse in my writing. I write nonfiction articles; now I’m expanding my horizon to write nonfiction eBooks. I also do copywriting, blogging, and press release writing.

Christine: What made you want to become an author?
Pamela:
I like having the freedom to choose the topics that I want to write on, so this was definitely a driving factor. Another reason I became an author is the joy I have in educating readers with valuable information. Plus I love writing eBooks – it’s my favorite type of online writing!

Christine: What interests you about writing nonfiction?
Pamela: I love research and writing, and nonfiction brings the two together perfectly. Even better, nonfiction writing offers me a chance to learn new things while I research and write on a topic.

Christine: What is the title of your most recently published eBook and a description of it?
Pamela: My eBook is entitled, “Virtual Love: Everything You Need to Know About Online Dating.” This is my first nonfiction eBook.

This eBook basically provides advice on how to be safe and successful with online dating. More people are logging on to their computers in search of love these days. Before they join any dating website, however, there are a few things they should know.

Christine: Where can we find this eBook?
Pamela:
It’s available at two websites:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Love-Everything-Online-ebook/dp/B009YC99MK/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/249555

Christine: What topic will your next eBook cover?
Pamela:
Child bullying. Although this problem has always existed, this is a problem that has worsened over time. So I’m working on an eBook that can hopefully provide guidance to parents on dealing with this issue.

Christine: In your spare time, what do you like to read?
Pamela:
My writing career keeps me so busy, that I hardly have spare time anymore! Nevertheless, whenever I do have it, I like to read about spirituality, health, relationships … anything that’s going to empower me with knowledge. I also like to read materials that entertain me such as romance novels, women’s fiction and biographies.

Christine: Where can we find you on the Web?
Pamela:
For starters, I have an Amazon Author Central Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009YJKA3A. My health blog is www.informationalhealthblog.com. I’ve also started two additional blogs: www.penladyebooks.com and www.goodproductreviewsblog.com. All three of these blogs have nonfictional information.

Thanks so much, Pamela, for stopping in at my blog today. Best of luck with your writing and your eBooks!

August 17, 2012

“Freelance Writing Guide” is Now Published!

Posted in Books, Lulu, Self-Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:05 pm by Christine Rice

Hi everyone,

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!

January 27, 2012

New e-publishers and a Kindle purchase

Posted in Books, Self-Publishing, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:40 pm by Christine Rice

Hello readers,

I just want to let you know, plus I’m purely excited, that my books are now available in Kindle format on Amazon and additional ebook formats on Smashwords. Now there are more options for viewing and purchasing my books and everyone likes more options in life!

On a side note, I (finally!) purchased an e-reader (Kindle Touch) for myself for research and occasional leisure reading. I waited to buy it until I felt like I would like it and that it would be worth the investment. Plus, the price of them went down and they now have touchscreens, so I’m kind of glad I waited. I can’t wait until it arrives. For those of you who have a Kindle, what do you think of it? Do you like it as much as a traditional paperback book?

I need to get back to writing my book as I’ve been busy with adjusting and uploading my books with different e-publishers. I figure this post is a good way to jump into writing again after several days away. Have a great day, everyone. Happy reading and writing!

Christine

January 23, 2012

My new office

Posted in Books, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:53 pm by Christine Rice

I am writing this from my new office :D I initially wanted to move into a living space that had three bedrooms, but, instead, I made my guest room into an office. Granted, I still have a twin bed in here (with lots of pillows–perfect for doing book research!), but I also have a large wall space for my desk and printer table, and plenty of room to feel comfortable. I’m no longer squished into a small corner of a bedroom and I have my own space. It feels great!

I also organized my entire bookcase in my office, putting all of my writing books on the top shelf where they are easily accessible. I do feel like a true professional now! I always was, but my cramped working space was hard for me to work in.

I made a correction on my last post: Becoming a Writer was first published in 1934, not 1981 which is what I put in my original post. 1981 is the date of the latest edition, the edition I have. It was an honest mistake, but I corrected it. I’m impressed with the book so far! When I read it, I feel more motivated to write and appreciative of being a writer. It really is great to be a writer!

I’m not sure what my next reading investment will be. I’m thinking of looking into ebooks. I like the format of ebooks and they are cheaper than paperbacks.

So, I’m content, for now, in my new office. Someday, when my career progresses more, I’ll think about moving into a bigger living space. But right now, I’m happy with what I have.