The Book Nook

Click here to edit subtitle

Blog

view:  full / summary

So you wanna be a writer?

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Years ago, that might have been called a flight of fancy, an unattainable goal. Certainly you mother would have told you to stop thinking such foolish thoughts!

Today, however, with the advent of computers and the ability to easily write, format and edit an 80,000 word novel as easily as you would write an email, becoming an author is not so much a flight of fancy anymore.

Becoming published by a large, established publishing house, unfortunately, still is.

Enter the POD or "print on demand" publishers like Lulu (http://www.lulu.com). These days, with the help of Lulu, all you need is the dream to see your name in print and the ability to work a computer and you can easily make your dream come true. Thousands have already done so, with thousands more waiting in the wings. 

I use Lulu.com to create my books, so I'll tell you a little about my experiences with this company.

Your first course of action of course is to summon your inner F. Scott Fitzgerald. Once you've chosen your story, it's time to tell it. This involves not only writing your story, but getting some critique, which can be done in one of three ways; having a friend with a keen eye read your first draft and point our errors in your story line and with formatting, call on some help from fellow writers, which can be done through Lulu.com's forum, or hire a good editor, such as Ken Anderson or Hazen Wardle.

Once you are happy with the final result, it's time to choose a POD publisher. Lulu.com enjoys a well-earned reputation for quality, pricing and customer service and would be an excellent choice for the beginning (and veteran) author.

Lulu's wizards help streamline the process and literally walk you through publishing your book, whether you choose to do so in print, EPUB or both.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Ken Anderson can be contacted at http://www.kenandglen.com/publishing_1.shtm.

Hazen Wardle can be contacted at http://smallmarkbooks.yolasite.com/services.php.

Welcome Peter and Joseph

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Nor Cal book Nook would like to take the time to welcome two new authors, a poet and a writer, Peter Kent and Joesph Russell, Jr. to the house.

Welcome Anthony

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (1)

The Book Nook would like to take a moment to welcome Anthony Hulse to the house. Anthony is a writer of fiction with a ton of great books to choose from! Just click on his book listed in the product section to check all of them out!

Welcome Abhisek

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Call Book Nook would like to take a moment to welcome Abhisek Vyas of Dell Services to the house. Catch Abhisek's new book on our products page.

Cover Art

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

So you've finished your first (second, third, fourth) book and you find yourself looking around. Now what?


Ah. The Dreaded Cover Art.


Sigh.


If you are like me, and drawing a stick fugure is a near impossible feat, then you need to outsource. But once again, if you are like me (currently unemployed) then money is a major concern and hiring an artist to do the work is not an option. So what do you do?


Thankfully, there are several options


Option One: Friends and family.


Somewhere in that line of friends and family memebers you have is a budding artist just waiting for a challenge. Offer to give him credit in your book - "cover art by so-and so" and if he has a website, include that and display then both prominently at the bottom of your title page (the same page your name is displayed).


Option Two: Go onto an art website forum and explain your circumstances - I just wrote a book but I need art for the cover. I'm unable to pay for an artist to do this for me, but if someone would work with me, I'll credit them in the book (see above) and send them a finished copy of the book (with their artwork on it.)


There are millions of artists out there, who are creating works after works that are never seen that would love to get their artwork on the cover of a book (or books), especially on that might just show up on Amazon.com and google, to name a few. Access to them is better these days than ever before in our history thanks to the internet. Do a shout out. Someone will be interested, if nothing more that something to pass the day with.


-Michael


Note: these are examples of option one - by egnar t. seinnhoj.


       


Welcome Kevin

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Book Nook would like to welcome Kevin Lomas to the House. Kevin hails from the U.K. and is a mulitalented writer and artist. We have a link to his wonderful website on the home page. Look for the purple buttone that says "Out of My Mind" and check out Kevin's work.

Welcome Egnar

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (1)

The Book Nook would like to welcome Egnar T. Seinnhoj, artist, poet and philosopher to the house. Egnar is well known for both his incredible cover art and his powerful and provaacative poetry, and we are honored to have his work displayed here.


-Michael

Welcome Kimberly

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Book Nook would like to welcome author Kimberly Fuller :) to the House. Kimberly takes a sobering look at the effect and affect that bullying can take on a young man in her provacative fictional account of a school massacre. Thought provoking and timely, H.A. Carter: Three Years Later is a must read.


-Michael

Welcome Connor

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Book Nook would like to take this moment to welcome author Connor Kaeb to our house. Connor's new book An Utterly Perilous Journey is in the Book section this evening. Connor writes in the form of ballads, an unusual and utterly intruiging format. I think you'll like it.


-Michael

 

Links

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Don't forget to check out our links page for great websites and articles designed to help you along with your book project.


- Michael



Rss_feed