CreateSpace – Final Things to Check

Jo Robinson of LitWorldInterview provides us with a useful and informative article about the final things to check on Createspace. Thank you, Jo!

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So you’ve finally got your page numbers right. Check that you’ve Justified your text for your CreateSpace book. I know that some authors choose not to justify text in their eBooks (not me), but a paper book really must be justified or it’s going to look messy. Choose your font and font size. You have lots of fonts that you can use in your paperback, but it’s a good idea to stick with something plain, other than for dropcaps or chapter headings.

Decide what trim size your book is going to be and set your manuscript’s size accordingly. From the Page Layout tab, click on the little arrow to the right of Page Setup, then select Paper from the three tabs at the top of the page setup box. Change the Width and Height settings to 6” x 9” or 5” x 8” or whatever size your book will be…

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November/December 2016 Writing Contests

A HUGE Thank you Rachel! once again to Rachel Poli who collects the writing contests for Novemberand December this year and publishes them for us. You are amazing, Rachel!

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November December 2016 Writing ContestsNovember 2016

Type: Fiction (Short Short Story)
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: November 15, 2016 (early-bird)
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Fiction (Fall)
Hosted by: The Masters Review
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Fiction/Nonfiction (Fall)
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $24

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted by: WOW-Women On Writing
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $2

Type: Nonfiction (Dreams and Synchronicities)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Military Families)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

December 2016

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: So To Speak
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Flash fiction
Hosted by: The Conium Review
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Fiction (Short Short Story)
Hosted…

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How to Write Endings that “Wow!”

Kristen Lamb provides us with excellent guidance concerning the endings of our books. I find this article extremely useful. After all I’d love to sweep my readers off their feet and would like them to come back to my next book, right?

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The End (2)Once again, I invited blogger and copywriter Alex Limberg to spread his nuggets of wisdom amongst us. Today, he is closing in on closings. He is showing us several “typical closing styles” you can use as templates for your own stories. Yes, just rip them off mercilessly. Alex brings in a few famous authors like Agatha Christie, George Orwell and Bret Easton Ellis, so you can see one brilliant practical example for each closing. Make sure to download Alex’s free checklist of “44 Key Questions” to make your own stories awesome. And here is the beginning of the end…:

The beginning, so they say, is the most important part of your story. And that might very well be true. Or how do you think your reader will get to experience your genius climax, if a sleep-inducing beginning has put her into a coma long ago…?

However, the end is…

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