E-Book Publishing

Happy Thanksgiving!
More about the self-publishing, but First:

Last Clichés:

Hit the Spot—To satisfy or please extremely well. This American slang dates from the mid-19th century. It was widely popularized through a commercial jingle heard on the radio in the 1930s and 1940s: “Pepsi-Cola hits the spot, twelve full ounces, that’s a lot.” It remains current.

Nuts and Bolts—The essential components of something. This alludes to basic machine parts. Dates from the mid-20th century and is a bit puzzling. Why the use of nuts and bolts and not nuts and screws or wheels and gears? T.E. Allbeury used it in A Choice of Enemies (1973).

Chasing Rainbows—Trying to achieve impossible things, pursuing illusionary goals. Comes from the old tale about finding a crock of gold if one digs as the end of the rainbow, where it touches earth. Expressed in 19th century. A popular song – words by Joseph McCarthy and music by Harry Carroll – “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” based on Chopin’s C-sharp minor Fantasy Impromptu was published in 1918. Used in several motion pictures, including Ziegfeld Girl with Judy Garland and revived in 1946.

How many did you find?

I’ll drum some of the same ideas from Print Publishing into your head with an overview of E-Book Publishing:

  1. Determine your goal
  2. Find-tune your manuscript
  3. Hve it proof-read by at least two people (besides yourself)
  4. Make corrections
  5. Add the “necessary” pages
  6. Write the book “blurb”
  7. Create cover graphics
  8. Set up a KDP Account at Amazon
  9. Prepare the manuscript for online e-book publishing (KDP, for example)
  10. Preview online
  11. If you make changes, upload the new file
  12. Determine price and distribution channels
  13. When it is exactly the way you want it, release it for online publication
  14. Review and tweak any errors or problems as they come up throughout the life of the book

As you can see, the first 7 steps are the same as Print Publishing.

Now, let’s be your own person. #8 is set up a KDP account at Amazon. Just follow their step by step instructions. And you’ll have to sign on the dotted line to receive your royalty checks. You’ll be paid every month (at the end) for book sales from 60 days prior. i.e. January royalties will be paid end of March.

Download free Amazon KDP instructions available at kdp.amazon.com. KDP stands for “Kindle Direct Publsihing.”

After you get your manuscript formatted, preview it. If you make changes, you just upload the corrected version.  EVERYTIME YOU MAKE CORRECTIONS EITHER FOR E-BOOK OR PRINT –RENAME THE FILE AND SAVE AND BACK UP ALL OF THE VERSIONS.

Don’t tear your hair out trying to do this on your own. It’s easy, but if you find it frustrating, then hire someone to help. I use Debora Lewis at Arena Publishing for my cover design and probably will use her for formatting from now on.

References for Print and E-Book self-publishing:




Search for “royalty-free” images. There are several photo sites out there.

Good Luck and Keep Writing,



Self-Publishing on a small budget

Went to a great talk the other day. But first–

Last Clichés:

Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth—Accept a gift in good faith. Dates from St. Jerome’s biblical commentary (c. A.D. 420) on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. It’s based on fact that a horse’s age is revealed by its teeth. Looking inside a horse’s mouth therefore will tell you if someone is passing off an old nag for a spry colt. The same expression is found in French, Italian, Portuguese, and other languages.

Captive Audience – An audience that cannot escape a particular presentation—a play, speech, sermon, etc. I.E. “the preacher always makes his sermon twice as long on big holidays—he knows he’s got a captive audience.” Originated in the U.S. about 1900.

Did you find them?

Heard JoAnn Bassett the other day. Her talk on Self-Publishing: Professional Results on a Shoestring Budget hit the spot. (See: www.joannbassett.com).

She spoke about Print Publishing and ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to speak about E-book Publishing.

The nuts and bolts of her print publishing talk:

  1. Determine your goal and budget
  2. Fine-tune your manuscript
  3. Have it proofread by at least two people (besides yourself)
  4. Make corrections
  5. Add the “necessary” pages: i.e., a information page at beginning or end to establish your ownership and prevent lawsuits. It includes the copyright and ISBN number of your book
  6. Write the book “blurb”
  7. Set up the interior pages for on-demand printing (Adobe Acrobat) Do on your own by using CreateSpace templates or have someone do for you.
  8. Create a cover: graphics, text, and photo: You can either create your own cover or hire someone to create the cover for you. Make sure you get FREE graphics or photos that say “royalty-free” images.  Text for your cover includes: Title, Sub-title (if any), author’s name, a very short synopsis of the book (the book “blurb”), author photo, a short author bio, barcode, isbn and spine.
  9. Do the on-line set-up on CreateSpace.com: Getting your book into print using CreateSpace is easy and free. There’s a step by step process and even have templates for you.
  10. Set a per unit price
  11. Order a preview copy and review and reread for errors and/or omissions
  12. Order copies to have on hand for book signings or reviews

Using CreateSpace.com to self-publish your book is not chasing rainbows. It has how-to do information for all the above.  It’s free and they walk you through all the steps.

I used it for my two books: Night Terror and Vanity Killed. I will use them for my next book, but I may have my cover designer from Vanity Killed do not only the cover design again, but she also formats the interior for an inexpensive fee. Would be well-worth it.


Keep Writing,




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,


Still Proofing

Well, I’m still reading Vanity Killed Proof!

First, last clichés:

Make or Break you—To bring on ruin or success. This phrase began as make or mar, which dates from 15th century (see John Lydgate, Assembly of Gods). Dickens was among the first to substitute the current rhyming cliché (Barnaby Rudge, 1840).

In the same boat as—Be in similar circumstances or in same position. This expression alludes to risks shared by all those present in a small boat at sea and dates from the time of the ancient Greeks and has been used figuratively for many centuries. Often stated as all in the same boat (See Artemus Ward, the Draft in Baldinsville, 1862).

Get wind of something—Hear a rumor; acquire knowledge. This expression transfers the ability of animals to detect the approach of others from their scent carried by the wind. Originated in 1800, the term appeared in print in B. H. Malkin’s translation of Gil Blas (1809).

Inside track—A position of special advantage. This term comes from racing, referring to the inner or shorter track of a course, on which it is easier to win. Originated in America in mid-19th century. See Oliver Wendell Holmes, Guardian Angel, 1867.

So, how many did you find?

Well, I’ve been going over my proof book of Vanity Killed with a fine-tooth comb. Yes, I’ve found a few mistakes I missed and will be correcting them.

I now worship the ground my book designer walks in. I think it would have been worth it to pay her to do the interior. Maybe there wouldn’t have been so much time and effort involved.

Am I having the time of my life? No, however, I am learning so much and I also believe that maybe my book designer would not have caught some of the corrections I need to make. And, of course, maybe she would have caught a lot more. Therein, lies the rub, but I will keep proofing!

I might even have someone else who is not familiar with the book read my proof before having it published.

Until next time,

Keep Writing,



Proofing your Book

Vanity Killed has been uploaded and I’m waiting for the “proof” book to arrive shortly.

First, let’s do the Last Clichés:

Have the Upper Hand—To be in a controlling position or dominating. This has been around since the 15th Century. It’s derived from an ancient gambling game where each player in turn puts one hand on a stick, beginning at the bottom, and the last one able to put his hand at the top wins. See Miles Coverdale’s translation of Psalm 9:19.

Throw a Monkey Wrench in the Works—To sabotage a plan or operation. In Britain, the monkey wrench, called an “adjustable spanner” reminded someone of a monkey’s jaws, which loosely resemble the sliding jaws of this very useful tool. This name was acquired about the middle of the 19th Century. Not until the early 20th Century that it became associated with sabotage. This idea first appeared in print in 1920 in Philander Johnson’s story, Shooting Stars. This phrase caught on in America and was adopted in Britain as well, but it was in the form of throw a spanner in the works.

Second Nature—A deeply ingrained habit that makes one behave as if by instinct. This is very old – used by Plutarch, Montaigne, and other early writers.  Modern version dates from early 1900s. See The Confidential Clerk, T. S. Eliot (1954).

Don’t Lose your Cool (Cool It)—To calm down. This is a slangy Americanism and emerged about 1950. It caught on rapidly. Came from the usage of “cool” to mean calm and unflustered. See E. Gilbert, Hot and Cool, 1953. Related expressions: keep one’s cool=remain calm, antonym= to lose/blow one’s cool= losing one’s composure.

How many did you find?

I went to a J.A. Jance reading and she said that the Indians always said you should have at least one mistake in what you do, because only the Creator is perfect.  I thought that was very interesting.

So, did you catch the mistake in my last post?   “Because wants you upload it…” try: once.

And those are the kinds of mistakes the will make or break you in publishing.  When you finally get your cover and manuscript uploaded into CreateSpace, you order a proof of your finished book. You can get a pdf, digital and print on demand copy. I did all three. The POD costs less than $10.00 (depending on the size of your book) to have one shipped to you. Then you read the book from cover to cover and look for mistakes. All kinds of mistakes, because you don’t want to be in the same boat as those who don’t look for mistakes, because they think they are perfect.

Hopefully you’ve gotten wind of my blog that tells you how to and where to go to learn to create your manuscript and book for self-publishing. I had to read my blog from 2013 to remind me what to do to publish. CreateSpace has detailed, step by step instructions for you. They will give you the inside track on how to succeed.

Follow their instructions and no matter how many times you have to, re-edit, re-edit and re-read and re-read your book to avoid mistakes that will make your book amateurish, do it.

Keep Writing and Reading,


Preparing Your Manuscript for CreateSpace

I’ve been working on Vanity Killed and getting it ready for publication.

Last Clichés:

Blissfully ignorant (or ignorance is bliss)—Sometimes it’s better not to know your outcome, or fate. The idea was stated by Greek playwright Sophocles (c409B.C.) It was also quoted by Erasmus in early 16th century. However, the precise wording comes from the closing lines of Thomas Gray’s poem, “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” (1742)

From Stem to Stern—Entirely; from beginning to end. Nautically, stem is an upright at the front (bow) of a vessel and stern is the back end. This counterpart of “from head to toe” and “from soup to nuts” was quoted by the Roman writer Cicero as a Greek proverb. In English, term was used literally from about 1600 on; figuratively soon after.

Take a Leap out of my (someone’s) Book—To follow someone’s example; to imitate some person. Literally, this phrase alludes to either vandalism (tearing a page from a book) or plagiarism (copying someone’s work). Figuratively, this dates from about 1800. B. H. Malkin used it in his translation of Gil Blas (1809).

So, how many did you find? Send me an email or leave a comment to let me know.

Since I supposedly have the upper hand here, let’s me tell you how to prepare your manuscript to use in the CreateSpacetemplate of the book size you decided on. I use 6 x 9 and have downloaded that template into my computer.

In my doc. file I have used “justify” text to type in. I’ve also picked my font style for my book as Garamond and converted my doc file to another one from the New Times Roman I usually use. Also, you need to know that the paragraph indentations normally are .5. However, for the book, you need to have them at .2. Sometimes you can use .3, depending on the size of your book and the font. So you will need to change all the paragraphs. Also for the book at this time, each first paragraph of every chapter should have no indentation. Also there is a double space and no indentation of the first paragraph of a scene change. Before you paste your manuscript into the template, you need to make sure that the above is corrected and ALSO you need to have your manuscript single spaced and with no spaces between paragraphs. You can go into the paragraph section in word and make sure you mark single space, the indent for first line to .2 and there is a box that says: don’t add space between the paragraphs of the same style. You must check this box.

Since you don’t want to throw a monkey wrench in the works, you cannot “select all” and copy and paste your manuscript into the template. You have to put it in chapter by chapter and paste by hand. For some reason the “select all” changes something in your manuscript. Even when I did this, I had problems. My font changed from Garamond to Calibri and the size also changed.

Don’t forget to have your quotes and apostrophes in smart quotes. If they are not, you can select “all” and change them to smart quotes. However, you will have to check these as for some reason, some of them went in backwards.

In your template, you need to check that your book is in uniform. This uniformity should become second nature. What do I mean? This pertains to a fiction novel: All your headings should be in the same font and same size. All your manuscript should be in same font and same size. If you use: Chapter 1, then all should read same, but if you use CHAPTER 1, ALL SHOULD BE IN CAPS. Remember, there is only one space after a period to begin the next sentence. Also, all your spacing’s down from the Chapter heading to the first paragraph should be the same. All in uniform.

Make sure all double hyphens are changed into an em dash and between numbers is an en dash. Ellipses have no space after the word and the ellipsis, but after the ellipsis, there is a space, i.e. but… really.

After you get the manuscript into the template and like you want it and save it, then you publish it as a pdf. Then you upload the pdf copy intoCreateSpace interior of your new book.

Now don’t lose your cool because it has taken me days to complete my manuscript, publish it in pdf format and upload it. I’ve uploaded it several times! Because wants you upload it, then you can use CreateSpace’s neat tool for review. Then you find mistakes and start all over.

This is tedious, but well worth it, because you get the manuscript exactly how you want it and it will look professional. Or of course, you could just have someone do the interior for you. My book designer Debora Lewis at www.arenaublishing.org does that for a small fee.

Keep Writing,



Interior reviewer for CreateSpace

Proofing your Book


Using CreateSpace to self-publish

I’m in the process of publishing my next novel Vanity Killed.

But first, last week’s clichés:

Get back into the swing of things—To take a very lively part in, To become active. This is a 19th century change for the phrase in full swing (which means already very active in something). In full swing dates from 16th century.

Eat my Hat—To declare readiness to consume headgear if a statement should prove false, an event should not occur, etc. Of course it’s presumably remote that you would not eat your hat, and the analogy that the event would not occur, etc. would prove false. This appeared in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers (1836).

Champing at the bit—To be eager to get going, to express impatience at delay. To champ= bite, chew, or grind upon since 16th century,–precise origin is uncertain. Comparing the cliché to a racehorse chewing on the bit at the start of a race—anxious to be off. This term still used literally in 19th century. Washington Iriving, 1820, Sketch Book. Used figuratively in 1900s.

See You Later—Goodbye. Loose phrase (might not intend to see a person in future) dates from the latter part of the 19th century and has been widely adopted as farewell. Children popularized it in rhymes – See you later alligator, and went into a song by R. C. Guidry in 1956 in film in Rock around the Clock.

How many clichés did you find?

CreateSpace has templates you can download to copy your manuscript into for your book. They have one for every size book you can think of. And if you are blissfully ignorant they give you detailed step-by-step instructions. CreateSpace will guide you from stem to stern in the process of creating your book from cover to cover.

You need to decide what font you want to use, what size font you want, what size book you want, and make sure your manuscript is complete. Not just your story, but the typing, unless you want to hire someone to convert the interior for you, which my book designer, Debora Lewis at arenapublishing.org does, too.

However, if you want to create the interior yourself, take a leaf out of my book, and follow my blog and I’ll let you know exactly what I did to do my interior for CreateSpace. Go to CreateSpace and they have detailed guides to creating your book you can read up on

Next week, I’ll give you the details on what I did to create my interior.

Until next time,

Keep Writing,


proof editing your book


Night Terror published

Well, I finally did it! I’ve been writing on my arson book since 1989. I’m pleased as punch that I published Night Terror.

First, last week’s clichés:

At long last– Finally, after a long delay. Goes back to 16th century and put as “at the long last,” ‘last’ = noun, meaning duration. The most famous use – Eric Partridge in opening words of the abdication speech of King Edward VIII in 1935, when he gave up the British throne to marry a divorced woman.

Next to nothing– A very small amount, hardly more than nothing at all. “Next” = almost, a usage dating from the 17th century. Example: “She ate next to nothing” or “I earned next to nothing”

Up to speed– Attaining an adequate level of performance. Dates from the first half of the 1900s. It originally referred to automobile racing and meant achieving full speed at the beginning of a race or after a fueling stop.  Of course over the years it extended to other activities.

So, how many did you find?

I’d like my book Night Terror to pan out.  I hope that when people read it, it makes their hair stand on end. After all, my editor said it was a psychological thriller. This is very exciting and the process has been a learning experience.

I went through CreateSpace and used their formatting program for a 6×9 book.  They have formats for all sizes.  I used garamond 11 point and was informed that if you used all caps for a word, i.e. for modus operandi = MO, that you should make the font one size smaller. So I made them 10 point.  After uploading the book to CreateSpace, they give you an on-line proof, and they also let you order a proof of your book.  I highly recommend both.  Not only is it exciting to see your book in print, but you can catch a lot of mistakes much easier on the printed book version.  You can see that all of your paragraphs begin with the same word much easier.  Or perhaps the indent is incorrect and you can catch that much easier on the printed out version. I used both.

Then I copied and pasted the CreateSpace formated version over to a word document and looked at Amazon Kindle formated guidelines for an ebook and began that process.  However, I discovered that when you copied and pasted it – chapter by chapter. [Do not use select all and copy and paste. For some reason this messes everything up.] – the font size changed for all of my Caps in 10 point. the 11 point stayed the same, but all those caps became 12 point. I have no idea why this happened, but you need to be aware that it might. I had to go through my entire manuscript again and change all of the 12 points back to 10 points before I published it as an ebook. When I did publish it, they, too, give you a proof to read and I recommend that you go page by page and proof.

So Night Terror by J. A. Winrich is on Amazon Kindle in paperback: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Night%20Terror%20by%20J.%20A.%20Winrich

and it is available for a Kindle version: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Terror-ebook/dp/B00E3FOV1W/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1374758158&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Night+Terror+by+J.+A.+Winrich

I hope all you writers out there publish your book.  I can’t thank all of the people who helped me get this far enough.

Keep Writing,



Proofing your new book

Well, it’s been awhile again, but here I am.

Clichés first:

Chew the fat–To chatter informally. Chewing the rag-19th Cent.- was used in Great Britain-a colloquial term for grumbling or complaining-some say it was an army term for persisting in an argument. The rag in question was a piece of cloth used when soldiers ran out of tobacco. Chewing the fat is more common in America-might have meant chewing on salt pork or fatback when supplies were low. Today they mean talking in a relaxed manner.

No sweat–No extra effort will be required, no trouble doing what you ask. Been around since 1930, possibly earlier. Several lexicographers – this term referred to sense of the perspirationg that might result from overexertion. Closely related to “no problem”, but does not mean okay or your welcome like it does.

From rags to riches–From poverty to wealth thru one’s own efforts.  A self-made man or woman. Horatio Alger (1834-99) used in is over 130 books where the heroes always rose from their meager existence by virtue of hard work, thrift, etc. to win great wealth and of course, happiness.

Did you find these in my last post?

I finally sent my pdf of my novel and the cover design to CreateSpace. They then sent me a proof of my book. It looks great. So now I’m going through the book to make sure everything is all present and accounted for. How am I doing that? CreateSpace gives you ideas on how to “proof” your book, which is helpful. You should peruse it three times.
1. Make sure Title, etc. is correct and you have all the correct page numbers and name and book title on the pages.
2. Go through the book and make sure all the indents and spaces are correct.  First thing I found wrong was on Chapter 10-the first paragraph was indented one space instead of flush like all first paragraph of chapters should be. Also, I used to type for a living and after a period I had two spaces instead of one, so am correcting those mistakes.
3. Have someone read the entire book to make sure it is all there and no misspellings-even though used spell check.

Another suggestion someone told me was to make sure that when you transferred it over, no words or sentences were dropped, like sometimes can happen.

So I am making headway and I’m halfway through my proof looking for indents and spaces. I have found several. All things considered, this will be worth it in the long run. I will have a more professional looking book. Does it take time? Yes! But I don’t want to come to grief over a glaring mistake in my first self-published book.

Until next time, Keep writing,