Yes, You Have a Book Inside You. So?


OPAAS BookIf you’d like a concise summary of what’s contained on our site, why not get your hands on a copy of our little book, “Yes, You Have a Book Inside You. So?” It’s a compact version of all the basic information on this site (none of the posts, none of the articles, and none of the instructional items, of course).

It’s designed to be a quick-reference guide to the operations you’ll need to execute or supervise from the time you have that great book idea until the moment you receive the first printed copy of your work. It will also serve as a simplification device, making clear all the timelines, the relationships between and among all the separate functions that make up the pathway to publication for you, and the relative importance of each of the many “little” things that add up to the final expressions of your “big” idea.

The “little book” is available as a Smashwords download at Log in if you’re a member, or sign up (it’s free), then scroll down on the book page and decide which of the seven available platforms you’d like to download. Click on that one, and when you’re taken to the checkout page, enter the code LV58G to identify yourself as coming from this site and the regular $1.99 price will be reduced to $0.00.

Best article on E-books I’ve seen in quite a while . . .


In the November 21 edition of the Huffington Post, E-book entrepreneur Mark Coker (Founder of Smashwords) has written one of the most helpful articles anywhere on the pros and cons of E-books, and I consider it “must” reading for every independent author.

Sure, there’s both good news and bad news in this stimulating piece, but the good far outweighs the bad, especially for those of us who believe that all the hubbub about reader choice of media has finally settled down into just that — a choice — and that it makes good sense to publish in both print and E-book form if you are serious about developing your following and targeting your markets.

Have a look at . . . it may well be the best 10 minutes you’ve spent so far today.

Time (well spent) Is Money (not spent at all!)

First, full disclosure. I downloaded this item from somewhere a while back and failed to index it to its true source. Hence, no credit for the original creator – but if you are he/she, or if you know him/her, please inform me immediately so I can add proper credit for the material – but it’s so good I couldn’t resist publishing it here as soon as it popped up in one of my periodic tours through my directories of downloaded information for authors, writers, speakers and self-publishers. Now . . .

Want to save money and time when using a professional editor (which every author should do) or before you send a manuscript to an agent or publisher?

Then before you ever submit a manuscript or chapter, use this checklist Continue reading

Farther and further — an end to the discussion, I think

As an editor I am often challenged by authors regarding my use or interpretation of a given word in the English language. Most recently (and, somehow, repetitively) it’s been a seeming confusion between the words “farther” and “further.” I’ve been cobbling together explanations for my choice of each one in a given situation, but I ran across this short discussion in the online version of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:]

Farther and further have been used more or less interchangeably throughout most of their history, but currently they are showing signs of diverging. As adverbs they continue to be used interchangeably whenever spatial, temporal, or metaphorical distance is involved. But where there is no notion of distance, further is used <our techniques can be further refined>. Further is also used as a sentence modifier <further, the workshop participants were scarcely optimistic — L. B. Mayhew>, but farther is not. A polarizing process appears to be taking place in their adjective use. Farther is taking over the meaning of distance <the farther shore> and further the meaning of addition <needed no further invitation>.”

End of discussion — it works for me.

Helping authors to help other authors . . .

. . . that’s one of the objectives we are setting for this site and the first one we will implement. We’re gearing up to publish articles from authors with knowledge and experience they’d like to pass on to others . . . and all we will be asking is for 30-day exclusivity to promote and expose your article, after which you can republish it anywhere you’d like. We’re beginning by compiling a list of interested writers, soon after which we will  Continue reading

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