Indie Authors: Making the Most out of Scrivener

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Scrivener is an amazing tool for writers. You can organize your notes, keep your research all in one place, easily make edits or move around chapters, and even export all your work into other file formats.

At first, using Scrivener may seem daunting because there are so many features. But luckily, many people who use Scrivener regularly are willing to share their tips and tricks. If you are looking for some help, then try Beyond Paper Editing’s “Scrivener Cheat Sheet: Start Using Scrivener Now,” which also includes a downloadable cheat sheet.

And if you’re looking for templates to use, check out Justin’s “Free Scrivener Templates,” which has links to multiple templates for full length novels, short stories, and non-fiction books.

Last, if you want to use Scrivener to help you turn your manuscript into an ebook, then read Angela Quarles’ “Writer Wednesday: Creating an ePub file Using Scrivener + Dreamweaver + Sigil + Kindle Previewer,” an in-depth guide on how to use Scrivener in your workflow to create a clean ebook file.

Got any Scrivener tips? Please share in the comments! And happy writing!

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5 Fast Ways to Write an Ebook

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Today’s guest post is brought to you by Tanisha Williams, founder of ChatEbooks, a social media ebook marketplace that connects authors and readers.

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Indie Authors and ESingles

For a while now, people have been experimenting with different lengths for their ebooks. Because of their digital nature, the length of an ebook matters less than the length of a print book. Since there are no paper costs, they can be as long or as short as the author likes.

One new type of ebook that has come out of this flexibility is the single. Continue reading

How to Create a Basic Ebook in 10 Steps

After my short series on how to create a fixed format ebook, I thought I’d revisit the basic steps on how to create a regular ebook. This is for novels, or books with mostly text. There are 10 steps to creating an ebook, and if you find this useful, you might like to try out my online course, which has a number of videos that demonstrate the steps.  Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 4): Embedding Fonts

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So far in this series, I have covered how to setup a fixed format ebook, how to add images, and how to place text. In this post I’ll go over how to embed fonts, to make your ebook even more unique. You can use this trick for both fixed format ebooks and reflowable ebooks. Continue reading

How to Create a Fixed Format Ebook (Part 3): Placing Text

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In the last two posts of this series, I covered how to set up a fixed format ebook and how to add images to a fixed format ebook. In this post I’ll cover how to place text on specific parts of a fixed format ebook’s “page,” which includes placing text on top of the image. Continue reading

Ebook Review: Immortal’s Discord

Immortals_Discord_coverImmortal’s Discord (Second Volume of Chaos Rising) by Ron Glick

The threat raised by Tarinel’s Song has passed, but the prophecy is still unfinished. Once more, the unlikely heroes of the Eastern Realms are pulled into the path of destiny woven by this centuries’ old divination. With only two verses of eight fulfilled, great portent is now given to the ancient predictions, yet still none understand when and where the elements of the prophecy will come to pass.

A new dawn is coming to the Eastern Realms – a new God is destined to rise and a great tyrant is foretold to be defeated. But much must fall in the path of the prophecy, as well – including an extradimensional stronghold and even magic itself!

Can the heroes of Tarinel’s Song be able to reunite in time to save their world, or will the prophecy’s demands be too great for mere mortals to withstand? Continue reading

Ebook Review: The Memory Box

The_Memory_Box_coverThe Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello

What would you do if you searched your own past and uncovered something shocking?

In this gripping marriage thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name—which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia—upending her blissful family life—desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page-turning suspense cautions:
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New Ebook for HIMYM Fans: How I Met Your Media

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A couple weeks ago, something sad yet probably overdue happened: How I Met Your Mother ended its 9-year run.The series was so well-done, it attracted many loyal fans, including me. To help celebrate the ending of this great show, I wrote a short ebook about what made HIMYM stand out from all the other comedy shows on air. If you enjoyed all the websites, books, social media accounts, and all the other transmedia extras that extended the show off the air, then my book is for you. Here’s the official description: Continue reading

E-Book Review: Cinderella, an interactive EPUB3 book

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Cinderella by Charles Perrault, Stanislav Ustymenko

Cinderella – World-famous fairy tale accompanied by questions.

During the reading children are constantly interacting with the characters of the fairy tale, so they need to answer a small educational question to move to each next page. This turns reading into an exciting and entertaining process supporting comprehensive development of the child.

Languages: English, French, German, Russian. Continue reading