Monthly Archives: March 2014

What’s Next (and why?)

I expect that the question I’m about to address is one that every self-published author has spent some tough moments grappling with at some point during their creative journey. If you haven’t already guessed what that question is, here’s a … Continue reading

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Review: The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (Richard Conniff)

The Species Seekers is based upon two main themes. The first is that the people that became obsessed (or sought their fortunes) by discovering new species were a remarkably strange and interesting lot, and Conniff substantiaties this contention amply through … Continue reading

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To Advertise or Not to Advertise?

One of the ongoing quandaries a self-published author faces is whether to dedicate part of her hard-earned cash to advertising. That’s a tough one, since advertising is rarely cheap, and may often fail to generate more in immediate profits than … Continue reading

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ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 3 – What a Difference a Decade Can Make

Read this book from the beginning In 1980, Microsoft was a small software vendor that had built its business primarily on downsizing mainframe programming languages to a point where they could be used to program the desktop computers that were … Continue reading

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ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 2

This is the second chapter in a real-time eBook writing project I launched and explained last week.  The following is one of a number of stage-setting chapters to follow.  Comments, corrections and suggestions gratefully accepted.  All Microsoft product names used … Continue reading

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ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words

My last post – Why Johnny Can’t Format [a book] attracted enough attention (over 900 reads so far, plus many comments, tweets, and other social media pass-along) that I thought those that read it might want to learn more about … Continue reading

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Why Johnny Can’t Format [a book]

One of the big frustrations of writing a book is that while Microsoft Word can be used for creating and formatting a book, it’s a real pain in the neck for ordinary mortals to use it for that purpose.  In … Continue reading

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Millions More Free Images (just be sure to read the fine print)

A couple of weeks ago I reblogged and added to a very helpful blog post by Catana at Tracking the Words. That post included lots of helpful links to sites that had large stores of images that you can use … Continue reading

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Rediscovering GoodReads

One of the frustrating things about learning your around the self-publishing landscape is that there’s a flood of data but no way to qualify it. Given that for every possible category of interest (print on demand publishers, community sites, promoters, … Continue reading

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