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Draft2Digital Adds Ebook Templates

I’ve used the Draft2Digital converter to make epubs out of docx. After testing a few converters, I liked the results from D2D best. I’ll try those templates next.

How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks

Draft2Digital templatesFormatting ebooks has always been a challenge for self-publishers. Smashwords, the original ebook distributor, literally wrote the book on universal formatting with the Style Guide that teaches authors to do it in ways that will convert and be readable at any retailer. Their system is all about keeping things simple, using basic structure and avoiding fancy aesthetics for assured conversion. A functioning solution that was perhaps a bit plain, plus the instruction was difficult for many authors to follow.

Years later when Draft2Digital came out as an ebook distribution service, it distinguished itself from Smashwords by accepting virtually anything uploaded and made an ebook from that using the artificial intelligence of its automated system. Big surprise, a lot of crappy-looking indie ebooks got produced.

Now D2D has done a smart thing, adding ebook templates where authors can display more creativity in titles, chapters and more. Obvious question: does it work?…

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How your writerly brain works

This very cool. How our writer brain works.

The Merry Writer

Writing every day has many benefits, as a writer by trade one of those benefits may very well be getting paid and being able to eat, but there are some more.

According to some sources writing every day will grow your vocabulary, make you more organised, banish writers block, and improve your memory. But how it does this is something that not many people know or discuss.

In 2014 Dr Lotze from the University of Greifswald in Germany conducted a small study using functional Magnetic Resonance (fMIR) which had interesting results (which are published in NueroImage). They found, in fact, that professional/expert writers have many aspects of their brain activity in common with professional athletes.

The 40 volunteers (28 experienced writers enrolled in/who had taken creative writing classes, and 20 raw beginners) first completed a copying exercise so that Dr Lotze could get a baseline for brain activity…

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Moving some things around

This blog feels neglected and I have tried to understand why it is so difficult for me to write for this blog.  For one thing, this was meant to be a group project of writing advice and writing events. But that never took off.

I still have thousands of posts reblogged and collected on my tumblr but replicating that kind of resource on this blog would be more work than one little human here can manage. If you’re interested in writing advice, look at my tag page. As I always say when I come across questions: “I have a tag for that!”

Another thing I could use this site for is as an author page. But that doesn’t really work, does it? It doesn’t have my name in the URL and the title is misleading. I started a blog for me with my author name but it’s not exactly alive yet.

Once that lives, I’ll move Tempting The Dragon over there and continue it from there. This site will see the occasional update about writing and I still hope to convince someone to do it with me but it won’t become a collection of writing advice. I have my tumblr for that.

I’ll still link to all the projects I’m doing, like the fairytale anthology and the erotica short piece I wrote. And when I’m finally done with designing my plotting workshop, it will go up here too.

5 Steps to Sizzling Sex

This is really good advice for writing sex scenes with good resource links. And I’m especially tickled pink for seeing AO3 linked.

The Merry Writer

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Sex isn’t sexy; it took me too long to figure that out.

Desire is sexy, tension is sexy, and foreplay can be arousing, but sex, the mechanics of it all, is not inherently sexy. That’s why it’s so hard to get right, and that’s why it’s a common failing point for writers of all levels of skill. In order to write really sizzling sex scenes you need to consider many things; some of them, like knowing where they are appropriate and how detailed they should be, are not covered here. It has as much to do with genre as the age of your target audience, needless to say. Knowing your characters is key, though, as you’re still operating in the spheres of plausibility and suspension of disbelief that cover all fiction.

There are five things you can do to increase the quality of your sex scenes quickly, though;

  1. Characterisation…

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Our book, our authors

New Tales From Old Yarn

Barbara here with an update:

Our book is still available for free everywhere (amazon, ibooks, kobo and more).

It has gotten great reviews, I’m glad that readers seem to enjoy it. My favorite review from amazon.com says:

This anthology absolutely kicked my ass from start to finish! There are so many fresh takes on familiar stories and tropes here; it would take an hour to write out my love for all of them. Long story short, if you like fairy tales, fantasy, speculative fiction, but you’re looking for something different? You need this book.
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Thank you, Kat, whoever you are, you made my day!
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Over the coming weeks, we’re going to feature our authors here on the site, what and why they write and what kind of things we will see from them in the future.
We have some talented writers here and I’m sure we’ll…

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Free Ebook! Fairytales and myths in a new light.

The book is here!

New Tales From Old Yarn

As with everything, it took way longer than we expected. But it’s finally here:

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Download it for free at Amazon and many more stores.

Or, if you want to avoid the stores, you can download the pdf version New-Tales-From-Old-Yarn.pdf right here.

Please leave us a nice review if you liked the book.
Thank you.

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It’s here! Our free book of rewritten fairytales is here!

In case your’re wondering what I’ve been doing…

New Tales From Old Yarn

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Roughly a year ago, Lorna Davidson put out a call on tumblr for the writers of writelr, to submit short stories with the theme of rewritten fairytales and myths. The project faced a multitude of problems, and Lorna had to hand the project over to me (Barbara) at some point.

In my hands it also suffered from lack of time and distractonitis but now, finally, it is getting published.

This anthology combines short stories and a poem by eleven talented writers from tumblr. Never before published retellings and reinterpretations of well known tales and exciting new tales and myths from all over the world to read and enjoy in a new light.

I’m still waiting for the amazon link to go live but you can already find our book, for free, at Kobo, Barnes&Nobles, iBooks and many more stores.

I hope you’ll enjoy this anthology and…

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Camp NaNoWriMo reboot

Yes, it’s Camp NaNoWriMo time for April and I’m getting back into writing!

Wait a minute… *pulls out spreadsheet* there is no “going back to” because I did write!

I wrote 10290 words in March! That may not be much for some people but it’s still nothing to sneeze on. Especially with all the other stuff that is going on daily in my life.

I can only recommend to keep a spreadsheet or a page in a notebook to write down what you do for your craft every day.It may be a sheet full of plotting and ideas, a blog post, or a page of glittering dialogue — all of it counts. Even that sketch for the cover or the character you would love to see one day, it counts. I named my spreadsheet “Creativity” and I’m putting everything in there.

It’s important to encourage ourselves. Too easily we forget what we did and how much we do every day. It all counts.

Heat up your February with Red Hots: A Valentine Anthology #romance #erotica #giveaway

D.E. Haggerty

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Red Hots: A Valentine Anthology

by Caitlyn Lynch + 17 others

GENRE: Romantic Erotica

BLURB:

Red Hots is a steamy collection of Valentine’s Day themed stories by 18 new and established romantic erotica authors. From a lonely lighthouse keeper’s strange encounter with a ghostly sea captain to a husband surprising his wife with a sexy game; from an alien discovering just what Valentine’s Day means to her human lover to a store owner receiving an unexpected Gift With Purchase that makes her best friend look at her VERY differently, there is something here for everyone who loves the Valentine tradition!

Grab a copy here!
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Excerpt

From Power Outage by Caitlyn Lynch:

It wasn’t long at all before the doorbell rang; Raquel hurried to answer it. The electrician was tall, with dark hair, high cheekbones and blue, blue eyes. Stubble shadowed his strong jaw, giving him a rough-and-ready sort…

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Author Animal Farm—New York GOOOOD, Self-Pub BAAAAAAD

Brilliant take-down by Kristen Lamb.
I can’t believe I still have to read posts by bitter writers about how only traditional publishing is “real” publishing. Get with the times.

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Original image via Kabsik Park courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons. Original image via Kabsik Park courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

Okay at first I wasn’t going to say anything regarding the latest Let’s Bash Self-Publishing rant over at HuffPo, but (like all “real” writers) I am in the business of serving my audience—YOU—what you want to hear and after about the tenth person who sent me Laurie Gough’s Self-Publishing—An Insult to the Written Word, I figured y’all might want my take 😉 .

For another angle on this controversy, I strongly recommend Fisking the HuffPo’s Snooty Rant About Self-Publishing.

Moving on…

Consider the Source

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First of all, am I the only one to see the laughable hypocrisy of anyone who writes for Huffington Post lecturing anyone about real writing? Huffington Post is a predatory business, a literary parasite that has made hundreds of millions of dollars by paying writers in “exposure dollars.” And, by doing so, has…

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