If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," just published, will appear in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Road to E-Publishing

I've been asked to share some of the tricks I've learned while publishing my short story on Amazon and Smashwords.

First off, I want to give a HUGE shout out to my editor, Nancy Adams!  She's been a boon to my writing by helping me wade through the grammatical errors I'd been making for much of my life.

I also want to thank the two writers groups to which I belong: Sisters in Crime - Northern California Chapter, and the Guppies (which stands for the Great Unpublished, for those of you not in the "know").  Through these groups I've met several people who have been helpful with their war stories and gentle prodding to get me in the right direction.  I even met Nancy through the Guppies, while looking for Beta Readers.

Also through the Guppies, I was turned on to the blog by CJ Lyons, titled "No Rules, Just Write."  Her blog arrives in my inbox every few days with amazing gems for writers.  Some of the past titles are Creativity's Secret Ingredient and Find the Heart of Your Story, and--being a self-published author herself--she has many blogs to help those interested in that as well.

Ms. Lyons even offers a great tutorial on how to format your book for publishing on Amazon's Kindle.  In 5 Easy Steps to Format Your e-Book she walks you through step-by-step instructions for getting it set up.

For those of you interested in publishing on Smashwords, they also offer in-depth guidelines on how to make your manuscript e-reader friendly.  Their information reads more like stereo instructions, but I highly recommend you read them anyway.  I didn't at first, and my short story was delayed from being published on their site for two weeks because of it.  And those who could see the story, it looked all wonky and weird.  NOT a good example of your "professionalism" in this business.

As for the cover of my story, that I made myself.  I used Adobe Photoshop software, and bought some images from Getty Images.  You can also buy stock photos from Shutterstock, or iStockPhoto.  These sites offer royalty free images that you can buy and use as many times as you want.  I also purchased a bundle from Getty, which allows me to download five pictures for one price.  I'm not sure if Shutterstock or iStockPhoto have that option as well, but I would assume they do.

For those of you not Photoshop savvy, you could check with neighbors or friends who might have knowledge of the software.  Lots of people are getting into graphics and graphic design these days, so I'm sure they wouldn't be hard to find.  But, if you're interested in learning it on your own, it's quite fun to see what you can create in Photoshop.  Yes, a professional would be able to make a great cover for your book, but they can also cost a pretty penny.  I'm sure it's worth it, but you have to look at where your finances are, realistically.

Hopefully this has given you some help and knowledge.  Stay tuned while I learn how to market my book(s), and I'll give you those pointers down the road.  :o)

9 comments:

Gloria Alden said...

Interesting post, Alyx, since lately I've been thinking about publishing some of my short stories. I followed C.J. Lyons tutorial last winter for self-publishing, but wasn't able to follow all her directions with my Windows 2010. As soon as my life settles down a little, I'll have to get back to getting those stories out there.

E. B. Davis said...

Be careful, Alyx, and read my blog from last fall here: http://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2011/10/publishing-before-your-time.html

With the advent of easy epublishing, too many new writers rush into self publishing before they have really developed the skills they need. They end up creating a bad track record that will prevent a traditional publishing path and losing readers by publishing work that isn't up to standard.

I'll say no more.

Warren Bull said...

I think writing short stories is a good way to get published. There are more markets and more short stories than novels are published.

Kara Cerise said...

Thanks for sharing your self-publishing tips, Alyx.

I thought your cover was well designed. In the future, would you consider using your own photos instead of stock photos?

Alyx Morgan said...

Here's hoping your life calms down, Gloria. I totally understand. :o)

Alyx Morgan said...

Thanks for the link, EB. I've heard the warning before - & my writing may not be "up to snuff" just yet - so I guess I'll see where it takes me.

Alyx Morgan said...

I'm still trying to figure out the whole short story market, Warren. I haven't found too many places that publish YA or MG short stories, but maybe I just haven't looked hard enough.

Alyx Morgan said...

Thanks the for compliment on the cover, Kara. Yes, I would consider using my own photos in the future. It would definitely save me money, but this wasn't too costly.

ePublishing said...

Excellent Post, Alyx, I'm new in ePublishing sector and after reading it all, I think better follow you than go anywhere else.

Thanks and Happy Reading!