Vanity Killed published!

Well, Vanity Killed is finally up and running on Amazon, POD and e-book.

But, first, last clichés:

Pass Muster—Meet a required standard. Began in the military and once meant to undergo review without censure. George Gascoigne used it figuratively in 1575 ( The Making of Verse). By the time Jonathan Swift included it in Police Conversation (1738), it was already a cliché, and it remains current.

Rub It In—Stress something annoying or unpleasant in a teasing way. Add insult to injury. It, probably refers to salt in the term rub salt into a wound, which dates from late medieval times (or earlier) and is still current. Rubbing it in is American; T. A. Burke used it in 1851 (Polly Peaseblossom’s Wedding). Another related term is: Rub someone’s nose in it, which means to remind one of a humiliating error or experience. See P. Hubbard (Flush as May) 1963. Alludes to rubbing a dog’s nose in a mess it has made.

Toed The Line—(or mark the line). Conform strictly to a rule; meet a particular standard. This term comes from track, when the runners in a race line up with their toes placed on the starting line or mark. Used in early 19th century. See Diverting History of John Bull and Brother Jonathan (1813) by “H. Bull-Us.”

Best/Worst-case scenario—The best or worst possible outcome for a situation. “scenario” is used in the sense of an imagined situation or sequence of events, a usage that has become common since about 1960. See David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (1999), which probes improbable mishaps and emergencies, i.e. escape quicksand or how to land a pilotless airplane.

So, how many did you find?

Did all my changes come out correctly in my conversion to e-book? Of course not. When you go on the kdp e-book site to convert, then preview, it gives you different e-book formats to review. When you reviewed your manuscript in the different e-reader formats, it was like a three-ring circus. Fire HDX was perfect.  First paragraphs no indented along with scene change first paragraphs. However, when you viewed in I-pad format, those same paragraphs were indented 5 spaces instead of the 2 I had for the rest of my paragraphs.

I tried changing those paragraphs to no indent to first line “0”. You’d have another guess coming if you thought that worked. So I finally changed the e-book look totally different from my print on demand book.

My font size was 18 for the chapter headings and 14 for the text. The first letter of every first paragraph of each chapter and scene change for my e-book now is in bold and the size of that first letter is 20. I also changed all of the indents to .3, and the first paragraphs of each chapter and scene change are now .1.  The I-pad version now works ok. Not like my print on demand, but it works and readers will be able to see the scene changes.

So today, I published both on CreateSpace for the print on demand and wend to kdp publishing and loaded my e-book.  They are now available on Amazon.

I also changed the price of Night Terror to $8.00 for POD and $2.99 for e-book. Vanity Killed is priced on Amazon as $12.00 and $4.99.

Hope you enjoy Vanity Killed!

Until next time, Keep Writing.


Converting Manuscript To e-book format

I’ve been busy working on Vanity Killed.

 First, last clichés:

Ahead of the Pack— Doing better than the others, in advance of the rest of a group. Pack refers to a group of people since the 1400s, but for about 400 years it was a derogatory connotation as in “pack of thieves.” A related phrase would be “ahead of the game.”

Down to Earth—Realistic, practical, forthright. Term dates from the first half of the 20th century. See the Canadian Forum in 1932.

Draw a Blank—Unable to find something or remember something. Refers to a losing ticket in a lottery, which has no number printed on it, i.e. it’s blank. Appeared in print in early 19th century.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with my blog, I always embed clichés into the body of my work. Then, the next post, I will tell you what I used and what they mean. So, how many did you find?

I received my second proof of Vanity Killed and I started converting the manuscript to e-book format. However, when I did that, the conversion caught a few spelling errors, that nothing else had caught. So, I’m redoing the pdf file for my paperback in CreateSpace!

So how do you convert your book to e-book?

1.  I copied and pasted the word document into another file and marked it for e-book.

2. Then I deleted the headers and footers.

3. I deleted any scene markers and made sure all were double spaced, where rest of body was single spaced.

4. In word, I put the document in full screen and edit page mode—I checked the view option on the right top and edit mode. Then I went through and made sure there were no spaces other than the scene changes.  Why? Because when I converted to CreateSpace book format, I made sure that the top line of every page had more than one sentence. So that lead to having some spaces created where there should not have been.

5.  I had to change the ISBN numbers to my e-book numbers not the print on demand book numbers.

6. Then I prepared a table of contents. You can check on Kindle e-book on how to do that.

7. For all of the chapter headings, I made sure they were all the same “style” and correct font and size –make sure they are all the same to pass muster.

I don’t want to rub it in, but I did all of this and now it’s time to upload it. The conversion will tell me whether I toed the line.

Next time, I will let you know the best or worst-case scenario.

Until then, Keep Writing,


Listening to Speakers on Writing

Went to a speaker meeting on Monday and listened to a talk about publishing options.

But first, last clichés:

Stand my Ground—To refuse to give in; to hold your position. This comes from the military (from about 1700) it was used referring to holding one’s position. Figuratively it was used from the early 19th century on. See J. S. Mill, On Liberty (1859).

Not a done deal—Done deal refers to a final decision or compact, or an irreversible agreement. This new synonym for the long-used fait accompli dates only from the late 1970s. “Done thing” surfaced about 1700 and Dickens used it in A Christmas Carol, 1843. And done deal is often used in the negative.

No Sweat—No extra effort will be required (to accomplish what you ask), No trouble. This has been around since about 1930, maybe earlier. Several lexicographers (incl. Eric Partridge) to the contrary, is nearly always used in the sense of the perspiration that might result from overexertion. Closely related to “No Problem”, but does not mean “okay” or “You’re welcome” as “No Problem” does.

So, let me know how many you found?

If you want to stay ahead of the pack, you must keep learning your craft and the business of writing. How does one do that? One way is to go to listen to other writers. The writing group I belong to has a speaker at our local library once a month on the first Monday of the month.

This month was Lynn Wiese Sneyd from LWS Literary Services Her talk this month was about Publishing Options.

She gave a down to earth talk from the traditional publishing to self-publishing options. The main things she covered were: Questions to Ask Yourself, Questions to ask a Publisher, and Types of Publishers. She gave us a handout so we would not draw a blank at the end of her talk.

What should we ask ourselves? Who is going to read my book? How am I going to market it? And How soon do I need a book?

What should we ask a publisher? How long will it take for my book to be published once I submit a completed manuscript? Will it cost me anything to have my book published? What will my royalties be? What editing, bok design, and marketing services are provided? And What distribution channels are available?

Types of Publishers: 1. Traditional Publishing—There are 5 big publishing houses and you need an agent for these. Then there are small houses, and university presses. 2. Self-publishing. 3. Print-on-Demand (POD) – such as Wheatmark, Morgan James (Travis Angry), Balboa Press (inspirational books), SheWrites, Book Baby. 4. Hybrid Publishing – such as CreateSpace, BookTrope, IngramSpark, Author Consortiums (Conquill Press), Publishizer, InkShares, PubLaunch, Unbound (UK). 5. Ebooks – Kindle Direct Program, Smashwords.

Each POD has different criteria and you need to study their websites.

Of course, she also told us we need a platform- who are your readers, and who are your contacts.

One thing she passed on to us was that if we are overwhelmed, you can always ask for help. One of the best forms is to get an intern. Some you pay for, some are for credits. You can call the universities, high school, junior colleges. Use them for setting up your websites, social media, and anything you might need. A great idea!

Go listen to other writers to obtain great ideas, not only for your writing, but for your business.

Until next time,

Keep Writing,