Tools for Indie Authors: Scrivener

January 5th, 2018

Filed under: Self-publishing, Writing

If you have a Mac and want to write and publish a book, give Scrivener a try. Scrivener is a writing app that allows you to outline, research, write, and publish your book in a single app. Scrivener 3 was recently released for Mac, and it allows you to publish PDF, EPUB, and MOBI (Kindle) […]

Places to Publish: Smashwords

September 26th, 2017

Filed under: Self-publishing

Smashwords is a place to publish, sell, and distribute ebooks. Smashwords provides ebook distribution to many retailers, including Apple’s iBooks and Barnes and Noble. Pricing Smashwords charges no upfront fees. They take a percentage of each ebook you sell. For books you sell through the Smashwords bookstore, you keep 80% of the book’s list price. […]

Tools for Indie Authors: Canva

June 29th, 2017

Filed under: Self-publishing

Canva is an online graphic design app. Canva won’t help you write your book, but it can help you market and promote your book. Indie authors can use Canva to create the following: Book covers Logos Flyers and posters for book signings Twitter header images Images for blog posts and tweets Business cards Using Canva […]

Choosing the Line Spacing for Your Book

May 30th, 2017

Filed under: Self-publishing

Line spacing is the amount of space between lines of text in a paragraph. If there’s not enough space between lines, text becomes difficult to read. Place too much space between lines, and the lines in the paragraph don’t look like they belong together. The line spacing for paragraphs should be 120-145% of the font […]

Choosing Font Sizes for Your Book

May 22nd, 2017

Filed under: Self-publishing

If you’ve done any writing on a computer, you’re familiar with fonts and font sizes. Most writing apps have a control to choose a font and font size. Many Mac apps have an inspector bar to choose the font size, which you can see in the following screenshot: In the screenshot the font size is […]