Category Archives: Memoirs

How To Tighten Your Writing

by Guest Blogger, Tiffany Colter  If you are in the midst of writing your book and you wonder how you’ll even push to 65,000+ words then the idea of shortening you book may seem amusing. The fact is I’m finding a large percentage of new writers who are writing books well over 100,000 words over the last year or so. Even if your book is half that length you may need to shorten [or tighten] your book considerably. Unfortunately, teaching you how to shorten isn’t Read More +

The Parts of a Book for Self Published Authors

Books are generally divided into three parts: The frontmatter, the body of the book, and the backmatter. Keep in mind that there is no book that has all of these parts. Use this list instead to make sure you have the right content in the right category, and that elements of your book appear in the sequence in which they are expected. Normally, unless otherwise noted, each of these items should start on a right hand page. Frontmatter The Frontmatter are the pages at the beginning of a book Read More +

Winner of the 2013 Paris Book Festival for best Biography/Autobiography!

Tears For My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy, a book published by Bookstand Publishing, and written by Dean Dimitrieski, WON THE  2013 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL for best BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY! I’ve read the book and it is a great read.  Congratulations Dean! It is available on Amazon and Bookstand Publishing. TEARS FOR MY CITY – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DETROIT WHITE BOY, TEARS FOR MY CITY, by Dean Dimitrieski,  tells the true story of an immigrant white kid from Macedonia who moves to the Read More +

How to Format Your Book for Self Publication

Here are the basics steps on formatting your manuscript in Microsoft Word for self publication.   These steps include including setting up the correct trim size, setting up the correct margins, formatting the text, and numbering the pages. Be sure your book is in ONE electronic file. Set up your page size. The Directions below are for MS Word 7 and 10 The most common and most economical trim sizes is 5.25 inches wide x 8.25 inches tall. To format to our other sizes, please change Read More +

Is Self-Publishing for You?

When considering whether or not to self-publish your book, keep in mind that traditional publishers publish much less than 1% of all unsolicited manuscripts they receive each year. Many industry insiders estimate the amount to be 0.1%. If you fall into the 99.9% that they reject, you will probably be very frustrated with that process, but you won’t be alone. With self-publishing, you take control of your own destiny. Make your book a success yourself! Ten years ago, if you could not interest a traditional Read More +

How To Self Publish a Book

Here are the basics of how to self publish a book: 1.  Write your manuscript You need to write your novel, how-to-book, short stories, memoir, or poetry in a single electronic manuscript, preferably in Microsoft Word.  Gone are the days when writers wrote on typewriters or wrote out their stories in longhand.  If you have your manuscript on a typewriter or written out in longhand you will need to find someone who can input the manuscript into a MS Word document or other electronic format. Read More +

Editing Your Self Published Book

WHY EDITURZ ARR KNEADED By Rick Helley, Guest Blogger and Senior Editor at Bookstand Publishing I came across this rather amusing item on page 12 of the May 7, 2010, issue of The Week magazine: An Australian publisher has destroyed 7,000 copies of a cookbook after a recipe called for “salt and freshly ground black people.” The recipe, for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto, was meant to call for black pepper, but a typo led a computer spell-checker program to insert the erroneous word. During Read More +

Guidelines on Using Photos in Your Self Published Book

Photographs and images in your book can help you tell your story and add interest, clarity and excitement to your book. A powerful image on the cover of your book, can do a lot to help sell your book. However, the laws and regulations for when you can and can’t use a photograph in your book can be confusing and, if you aren’t careful, can get you in trouble.   Here are some simple guidelines to help end the confusion and keep you out of trouble. Read More +

When Do I Need to Get Permissions?

Here are the essential self-publishing guidelines for getting permissions that every author needs to know: Quotes from published books Generally you need to get permission if you quote, in total, more than 100 words from a published book.  Less than 100 words is usually considered fair use for which you don’t have to have permission. Quotes from periodicals Generally, you need to get permission if you quote, in total, 50 words or more from a magazine or journal.  Less than 50 words is usually considered Read More +