September 3, 2013

New book published – Articles for the Mind

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

I have good news this week too. I compiled a book of all of the articles I have written and published it. It is called Articles for the Mind. It consists of 58 short articles that are informative and sometimes advising, on the subjects of beauty, health, careers, education, family, pets, financial planning, frugal living, money, food, holidays, home, psychology, self-help, values, and writing. The book is grouped into chapters with those subjects as the chapter titles, so the book is easy to navigate and easy to find what you need. There is also a foreword, an afterword, and an about the author page. The cover is below:

Articles for the Mind - CreateSpace

It is published on Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords. Eventually it will be available at Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBookstore, Sony, and Kobo. It will also eventually be published in print and available as a paperback at Amazon. I’m really happy that all of the valuable information in this book is available to the public. I hope the advice and information helps people.

Thank you for your support. It is because of you that I enjoy publishing books.

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)

Essays for the Soul Cover

Amazon (Kindle)

My Not-So-Oridinary Life CreateSpace

Amazon (Kindle)

Freelance Writing Guide Ebook

Amazon (Kindle)

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

Have a wonderful day,


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 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!

July 1, 2012

Book Sale and New “Essays for the Soul” Ebook Cover!

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , at 3:18 pm by Christine Rice

For the month of July, all three of my books are 50-75% off at Smashwords. You simply enter the coupon codes that are on the individual book pages. My Not-So-Ordinary Life is $1.00 and Essays for the Soul and Poetry for the Heart are $1.50. This is a unique opportunity to read my work at a terrific price. I hope you will take advantage of the sale, which is ongoing for the entire month of July.

Also, please take a look at my new cover design by Farah Evers for Essays for the Soul. I am impressed with the look of her design. Thanks, Farah!

Have a great day, everyone, and welcome to July!

March 16, 2012

Reflection and gratitude

Posted in Books, Personal, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:22 am by Christine Rice

I can tell it’s been a while since I’ve last written, when I don’t know what to say. I get involved in the actions of the day and forget what matters most – being grateful for what I have. It is important to reflect on what I do and what I feel, so that I can see the movement of my life and heart, rather than remain trapped in the whirlwind of activity. In other words, I have been busy, and have forgotten to stop and reflect and show gratitude for my readers.

Let’s reminisce since my last update…I had an event for my books on Smashwords last week, published a guest post on my friend’s blog this week, edited a friend’s article today, and in between it all I’ve been reading (200 pages) for an upcoming book review, and writing (5,000 words total) in my works-in-progress. Now that I’ve written it down, I can see I’ve been accomplishing, and progressing with my writing; but in the act of living, and the realization of the tasks I need to do to accomplish my goals, it is hard to see that I’m getting…anywhere!

I keep records and charts of everything, and even so, it seems like I’m not getting far. But I am. I can only do so much in one day. Today, for example, I read 25 pages for my upcoming book review, edited a friend’s article, got the shopping list and coupons ready for tomorrow, and cleaned the bathroom top to bottom. I also kept up with my published books, business records, and forum discussions, and messaged a good friend.

I want to let you know that I am grateful for all of you, and I would like to show it by publishing this post on reflection and gratitude.

March 4, 2012

Great deals on my books this week!

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by Christine Rice

Hello everyone,

I just want to let you know that all of my books are marked down on Smashwords this week (! Poetry for the Heart is FREE (coupon code: RE100), Essays for the Soul is $1.50 (coupon code: REW50), and My Not-So-Ordinary Life is $2.00 (coupon code: REW50)! If you like my writing and are interested in getting a copy of my books, this is a great opportunity!

Thank you all for your support!


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!