Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review of Author Publisher Entrepreneur- How to Publish a Book

Author Publisher Entrepreneur or APE is a how to guide written by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch. It is published as a digital book which is available on Kindle. This means that if you want to, you can access the information inside it almost immediately. The text caters to people who have a love for a particular subject and want to share that with others through words.

Like many other persons who are interested in getting the guide, you may want to know more about the content. You can do that by looking inside it using the feature which Amazon has provided, which allows you to read the Contents page and pages from the first chapter for free.

The authors answer a lot of questions that first time authors, self publishers and entrepreneurs often have. These are a few of the topics that they cover:
  • Reasons to write a book, such as mastering a new skill
  • How agents and publishers work in traditional publishing
  • Face to face conferences, DRM and other aspects of e-publishing
  • Building an enchanting personal brand
  • Controversial issues, such as whether you should write a book to meet a gap in your finances
The content is well written and visual learners will appreciate the pictures that are used to illustrate different points. The drawback of publishing on kindle is that the charts and images that are embedded in the pages are sometimes tiny. You can get around this problem by highlighting and selecting the graphs that you want to look at.

There are lots of links to additional resources presented all through the guide. The advantage of using the Kindle to read it is that you can immediately click on and go to any one of these external resources that interest you. There are about 400 hyperlinks in all throughout the content. It makes Author Publisher Entrepreneur a bit of a mini library and a good tool for anyone who plans to write and publish a book in their lifetime.

The link to “Links to additional resources” is an affiliate link and I will earn from any sales generated through it.

Tips on Getting Over Writer’s Block

These tips on getting over writer's block should help you if you are having difficulty completing a novella or some other form of writing. Writer’s block may be caused by tiredness. This tiredness can be emotional as well as physical and may even come after a long period of intense writing, as you poured out your energy into your work.

It may be caused by the stress of having to deal with regular, everyday events. Your mental energy may be drained from driving for an hour in traffic, waiting in lines, solving problems at work or home, worrying about your deadlines, etc. There are many things which can distract you from writing and leave you in a place where your creativity seems to have gone for a walk.

You have to develop ways to put yourself back in the place where ideas come and are useful to you. In the first place, you need to identify the things that harm your creativity, stopping you from writing. Some things can’t be avoided but your reaction to them can be modified, so that you still produce the quality fan fiction or other work that you desire.

For example, if you are writing a fictional novella, you might find that writer’s block temporarily puts you in a world outside of the one inhabited by your characters. It draws the curtain on the thoughts and feelings of the characters.

When getting over writer’s block, picture yourself on a stage. It’s dark and you know the characters are there. You walk up to the curtain. In your mind, picture yourself pulling the curtain back. Do it gently. You don’t want them to be aware of your presence. You just want to observe. Picture the spotlight turning the focus on each character. Write down what you see them doing.

That technique, unaltered, may not be as useful when writing something factual, as your block may stem from a lack of information or even information overload. If you are interested in getting over writer's block, continue or start your work from the most interesting angle in that case and do further research or eliminate information based on the angle you decide to take.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Write Novels Online Free with Writing Software Applications

You can write novels online free with software applications developed for that purpose. Online writing software is available from different providers. Not all of these are available for free. However, those which are free give you an idea of whether these computer applications can help you.


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As a writer, you have probably heard lots of different methods of novel writing promoted by successful authors. I think that there is a method that will work for each individual, helping them to become more productive. By learning more about each of the methods that writers are using, you can choose the one that will help you achieve your writing goals.

Hiveword Novel Writing Software
Hiveword novel writing software is one of the more popular applications for completing book length fiction. You can try this software at Hiveowrd.com from your computer or smart phone. You have to register with the site and are required to have an email address for registration.

Hiveword is built to make it easy for writers to organize their characters, setting, plotline and other parts of their work. There is a blog which keeps authors updated of the latest improvements to the software, such as scene insertion. Scene insertion allows you to insert a new scene exactly where you want it in the list of scenes.

LitLift 
LitLift is different from Hiveword. It is ideal for writers who are ready to write. However, it also allows you to prepare for books that you don’t even have a general plot for yet. If a character idea comes to mind, you can store the information for the character in LitLift. The writing software is available at LitLift.com.

LitLift offers useful tools for researching environments, weapons and more. For example, if you have favorite weapons but have no idea what kind of story you want to use them in yet, you can research the weapons and store the information there. If you have five minutes to spare, you can work from different angles to make progress on your novel.


Experiment with Free Tools
When you can write novels online free with the applications designed specifically for that purpose, you learn more about how novel writing software works. You can also determine whether this method can help you finish the book you may be working on now, or encourage you to start a new one. There are also paid packages that offer you even more features.

WriteItNow 4 Creative Writing Software

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

How to Secure Your Ebook Online and Offline

Learning how to secure your ebook online and offline helps you to prevent theft. Several people who have an extensive amount of knowledge in a particular area think of publishing a book. Since digital publishing has become popular, more individuals produce PDFs and other versions of their work and make these available for sale on sites such as Amazon and Smashwords.


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There is a problem with digital publishing. Since the work is in an intangible format, it is easier to steal. Someone can stay in Germany and get access to a PDF that was created in Hawaii. How do you prevent this from happening when the text is your work and belongs to you?

Software and document security from providers such as Elicense allows you to lock your content so that only authorized persons can read it. Their system allows you to package your book for sale and carries you all the way through to collecting payments. You get fraud protection through their digital asset rights platform, even after your work has been distributed to purchasers.

This type of protection also works for people who work with other forms of content, such as video games. If you write a book, using a disclaimer in the text can discourage some people from sharing it in ways that you don’t want. If you have ever received a free e-book before, you may have noticed this disclaimer. The author may have stated that you could share the book for free but could not sell it, for example.


You can also protect PDFs with a password before you sell it on some of the sites you choose. These books are encrypted and cannot be read without using the correct secret code. This is one way that secure information can be distributed to a select group of people safely. Learning how to secure your ebook gives you greater peace of mind and helps to ensure that you profit from your work.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Expertscolumn: Writing Sites “Banning” Other Sites- Should Writers Sit Back and Take It?

I have been a writer on the Internet for several years now. I write for different sites and also blog. Each site has their pros and their cons and as writers, we usually do our bet to maximize the positives that are associated with each. As in every market, there is competition. This competition is supposed to benefit everyone. Sites that are competing should endeavor to provide the best environment for the writers who choose to publish with them. If we allow sites to be banned, what will happen next?

Sites that see competition as unhealthy in some way will eventually stagnate. Competition is supposed to make us strive to do our best, whether we are individuals or organizations. When a telephone company, for example, states that employees should never mention the name of a competitor in their establishment, or state how their service compares with competitors, it is a sign of fear.

Writers, readers and everyone else who uses a writing site should be able to choose to read information where they want to, because a particular site shares quality. That is what readers care about, not the beef that a particular site has with another.

I have never taken kindly to people who try to control others and I cannot, in good conscience, stand for it here. I cannot allow anyone to tell me who I can and cannot write for, when the site I’m linking to is not a hacker site, gambling site, or any other site that is understood to be malicious in some way. Especially when they seem to be trying to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation on their own site.

I have seen misinformation spread intentionally among writers by the very administration that should be able to separate fact from misleading statements. I have seen articles lost with writers given little guidance as to how to recover their work. I have seen fellow writers shot down for offering suggestions, when none were offered by admin. These are not the makings of a site that wants the best for its writers or the internet readers who come by looking for information.

You cannot ban a site because it competes with you, if you want to ensure that readers get the best access to information at all times. Fullofknowledge is not sharing military secrets and they operate in a more transparent manner that most other sites at this time. Expertscolumn needs to examine itself. I will remove my work and place it where it is more profitable for me. I’ve learned from prior experience that when a site repeatedly shows signs of going downhill, and doesn’t attempt to correct itself, it will not thrive.

How to Write, Publish, & Sell your Own Profitable eBook in 7 Days


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review of Author Publisher Entrepreneur- How to Publish a Book

Author Publisher Entrepreneur or APE is a how to guide written by Guy Kawasaki and
Shawn Welch. It is published as a digital book which is available on Kindle. This means that if you want to, you can access the information inside it almost immediately. The text caters to people who have a love for a particular subject and want to share that with others through words.

Like many other persons who are interested in getting the guide, you may want to know more about the content. You can do that by looking inside it using the feature which Amazon has provided, which allows you to read the Contents page and pages from the first chapter for free.

The authors answer a lot of questions that first time authors, self publishers and entrepreneurs often have. These are a few of the topics that they cover:
  • Reasons to write a book, such as mastering a new skill
  • How agents and publishers work in traditional publishing
  • Face to face conferences, DRM and other aspects of e-publishing
  • Building an enchanting personal brand
  • Controversial issues, such as whether you should write a book to meet a gap in your finances
The content is well written and visual learners will appreciate the pictures that are used to illustrate different points. The drawback of publishing on kindle is that the charts and images that are embedded in the pages are sometimes tiny. You can get around this problem by highlighting and selecting the graphs that you want to look at.


There are lots of links to additional resource presented all through the guide. The advantage of using the Kindle to read it is that you can immediately click on and go to any one of these external resources that interest you. There are about 400 hyperlinks in all throughout the content. It makes Author Publisher Entrepreneur a bit of a mini library and a good tool for anyone who plans to write and publish a book in their lifetime.

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book