Oh, My! How the Self Publisher Brain Flies! 4.22.19

No SOLO flights on the SELF-publishing journey!

Thank goodness for extra sets of fresh eyes to review spelling! ✅

Remember! The eyes often. see what SHOULD be there!

Example: I changed one town from

North Charllestown to

N. Charllestown

and never noticed there

were two L’s in

Charlestown! Tsk! Tsk!

🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Received a “print” copy

Of

After the Rooster Crows”,

“My Personal Journal”

today!

🌟🥳🌟

Wow! Looks good!

🌟🥳🌟

Over 150 pages for people to journal on! ✅

Photos are clear ✅

Title page ✅

Copyright ✅

Table of contents was updated the final time! ✅

Author/Publisher introduction(s) no typos! Punctuation, ok! ✅✅

Listing of Contributing photographers-

Looks Great!✅

NOW!

I will let it simmer

another night. 😴

Sending out hugs to all!

❤️Kind Regards

and #winning- K

My Publishing Journey- My Three “E” approach 4.18.19

The margins and gutter are set!

I have re-learned the areas of word set up, I obviously 🙄 have forgotten since the last time I self published!

Everything transfers perfectly to PDF, then uploads lovely to Amazon publishing.

Pages paginated? ✅

Table of Contents on right hand side ? ✅ 😁

Copyright on back of Title page? ✅

Author/Publishing prose readymade and in place for introduction? ✅

NEXT?

When I publish, I look at it as an adventure! As with the set up, I need my THREE E’s!

🎈Experience!

🎈Experiment!

&

🎈Expand!

(or shrink) upon

the next step!

I now go through and look at the journal through the eyes of someone who loves to journal! ME!

Tooo long! 😝

Time to go through and shrink it down a bit!

Better too much than too little!

Still working on it! 🥳

Kind Regards

and #winning – K

Self Publishing- A Cover 4.11.19

Still creating the personal journal splashed with photography. Fun project, mostly!

Finally decided on a cover!

Uploaded it and realized it needed to be 300 dpi! (Dots per square inch!)

Found a wonderful “free” drag and drop link on line that converts photos!

FREE!!

DPI converter

#winning!

This is a photo of a screen shot placed in a word doc printed on plain paper! 🤣

You didn’t want it simply simple, did you?

Lol

More to come…

Kind Regards

and sunshine-K

❤️❤️❤️

The Publishing Journey 4.5.2019

BRIAN GAGE LANGDON NH

 

Happy Rainy Morning from Troutman, NC!

 

Yes! I am still working on the personal journal, AFTER THE ROOSTER CROWS, I talked about in my earlier posts. The one with some photography scattered throughout!

The lines are drawn on the pages!

The “This Journal Belongs to:____________________” is awaiting for YOUR name.

 

The automatic table of contents has been created and updated numerous times!

BUT FIRST-

I  give a thumbs up to  the Amazon templates you can download! That definitely has been a time saver!

Currently, I have just sent off the two prose pieces, I plan on including,  to my ol’ English teacher from High School!

Editing! Verification! Double checking! Proof reading!

I cannot stress enough the importance of the proofing!

Take it from a true human! YUP!

Just as the title page should be on the right hand side of your published manuscript so should the Table of Contents be on the  right hand side, right after the title page!

The first book I published, Where the Cows Still Play, It was on the left.

Opsee!!

Also, the first time I published it had a number of errors. I had to pull it back and fix some things and re-publish!

WHAT A PAIN!

So, if you are planning on doing your own thing!

To Self publish!

Make sure you have more than one set of eyes checking things over!!

Well I am off to figure out what I am going to use for a cover!

Have a fantastic Friday!

#winning!

Kind Regards  – K

 

 

 

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Where The Cows Still Play

ORDER K’S BOOK HERE!

Photography Copyright- Brian Gage- Langdon, NH

My Favorite Free Photo Editing App and more 2.7.2019 (A 40 second read)

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Happy Thursday!

A quick shout out to my son.

Happy Birthday!!  

I cannot  believe it’s been 32 years since the first time I held you in my arms. 

D, I hope you have a fantastic day!!

Love,

Mom ❤

 

First of all I cannot take credit for the discovery of these  two gems. That pat on the back, goes to BGage, The  Black wall blog’s photographer!

Most of us love to take pics. I am not fond of pictures that are played with to the point, they no longer look real. Simple lighting and the option to go Black and White or make my blue just a touch bluer is all I need.  The best part? THEY ARE FREE!

SnapSeed – A Photo and Video app. I truly enjoy the photo options with this free app. I noticed the crop restriction is a lot more rigid than my Iphone photo app, so I generally have my photo cropped prior to opening it in Snapseed.  You can modify your clicks a variety of ways. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Adobe Lightroom CC – I only use this application to add the copyright to the bottom of my photos. It has the option to purchase more high end modifications features, I chose not to. I will sometimes hit the auto enhance just to see what it does.  THE BEST part of this app is when you share your picture, it automatically adds a copyright to it. You have control over the size, font style etc.  Look under settings/sharing options.

Normally, I just share it to myself in messenger and then download it. Let me know if you have tried it and what tricks you use.

Before

chief without copyright and what a love 2.7.19

After

chief with the copyright logo at the bottom what a love

 

Both of the apps that I mention are all that was used for the photography in our “Where the Cows Still Play”, Coffee Table book we published. Please, check it out on Amazon when you have a chance. It makes an excellent gift!

Kind Regards and #winning – K

 

note: I was not paid for mentioning or writing this blog post on these two apps. They are just a couple of fun apps I wanted to share. 🙂

Self publishing, Marketing and Warmth 9.27.18

Good morning!

🍁Self publishing tip

Amazon paperback

This one got me! (Ouch)!

Do research on the dimensions of your book!

I chose one size up from a

6 x 9, then added margins.

My thought process-

My FINAL WOULD be 6 x 9!

Unfortunately, this decision, kicked my book out of some sales areas. Bookstores etc!

OOPS!

If I had chosen 6 x 9, then added my margins it would have been a “standard” size!

PLEASE! Do your research on what is considered “standard”!

IF you don’t pre- research:

Amazon will let you know the impact of your size selection!

Unfortunately, it’s not until a later step, when you have put days, weeks, months into your beloved masterpiece! 🤨

* Always learning! 😃

🍁Marketing tip:

What do you think of this?

I started an Instagram set of photos with a fun set of posts like the above and started getting followers.

It has added at least one sale per day!

DO NOT forget to let your followers know where it can be purchased!

Not bad for a country bumpkin, eh? 😉

🍁 DO NOT GIVE UP!

Sooo, DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR COFFEE TABLE is Missing?

As one review states:

PURCHASE YOURS HERE

Isn’t he a cutie?

🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾❤️

Kind Regards

And wishing you

Much success – K

🍁photography by K 9.18

Photofunia app fun and a little ingenuity! 🤗