3 Different Ways to Convert your Word doc to a Kindle ebook

If your budget requires you to format your own books, rather than hiring a pro, there are three ways I know of to get your book from Word doc to finished, ready-to-upload ebook. I’ll be including links to other authors’ helpful videos and tools, since they’ve helped me. You’ll also get the chance to download a free and nifty little PDF describing in more detail (and with screenshots) the approach I used for my latest nonfiction book, Writer Overwhelmed!. I...

The Kindle Scout Experiment

On Saturday, May 27th, my first novel, The Lazarus Door, started its 30-day Kindle Scout campaign. So, while it’s not wearing the “hot” tag (and hasn’t since the beginning of the campaign), I’ve been sharing images and links to the KindleScout page, asking people to check it out and nominate if they like it at least a little bit and have room in their nominations queue. I’m still fairly new at book marketing and have been experimenting (and reading book marketing...

Freelance Book Cover Design for Writers on a Budget

I’ve been making my own covers for books #2, #3, and #4 (for better or for worse), but not all writers want to do that. It takes time, after all, and I’m still learning as I go. Sometimes I’ll look back at a cover I’ve made (which I thought looked amazing when I first uploaded it to KDP) and think, “Oh, wow! That needs fixing. Back to Canva!” But not all authors want — or can afford — to spend...

What does it mean to rock the D.I.Y. approach to self-publishing?

In order to rock the D.I.Y. approach to self-publishing, indie authors need to know what the professionals know … about writing a book your target readers will want to buy and read  about editing your book about designing a book cover that will get your target readers clicking on it to learn more about writing a book description that gets people to buy your book about publishing and launching your book to get better and better results about short- and...

Two journals and a new book: Canva & CreateSpace magic

Looking for a gift for your writing friends? Or have you ever wanted to design your own journal — and even publish it (because how can it hurt to earn a little extra money for creating something that makes your life — and could make other people’s lives — better?) My second journal (same interior, different cover) arrived in the mail today, and it has the corrections I made to the interior file, which have fixed the small but noticeable...

Journal creation — a marriage of Canva & CreateSpace templates for Word

I spent several days designing the interior of my journal on Canva. And then I spent several more days making changes, as I learned more about the formatting requirements for CreateSpace. After figuring out a way to easily design a book cover template, create the parts (front, back, and spine), and snap those parts into place using one of Canva’s layouts, I thought I’d nailed the process of designing a journal — inside and out — using only Canva. Because...

Book release and journal update

The Hypothyroid Writer book by Sarah Lentz

The Hypothyroid Writer is released upon the world — and open for reviews! The Kindle copy of The Hypothyroid Writer can now be bought and immediately downloaded to your Kindle e-reader / tablet or Kindle app. Launch day is three days from now — on Sunday, October 23rd — and the Kindle book will be free for three days (23 – 25). If you sign up for my launch team before the 23rd, you’ll receive an email on that day,...

The book cover is finished! Formatting is next on the list…

The Hypothyroid Writer book by Sarah Lentz

  The book cover for The Hypothyroid Writer is finished! Here it is! The Happy Self Publishing team has created a cover that makes me gladder than ever that I asked them to design one for me.  I was a little nervous about asking them to make more changes to the cover after they’d sent me three different sets of covers for my review, changing each set according to my input and what I gathered from Facebook polls. But when...

Where did my energy go? Don’t make this mistake with adaptogenic herbs!

  Beware adaptogenic herbs when you don’t know what effect they’re likely to have on your hormones! For example, if you’re estrogen dominant, it’s probably not a good idea to take an herbal supplement that acts like estrogen in your body or that makes your body produce more estrogen. I have suspected estrogen dominance, based on what I’ve learned of it, but I hadn’t done any research on adaptogenic herbs that could increase the amount of estrogen in the body. So,...

An Interview with Lisa Woodruff, author of The Mindset of Organization

Interview with Lisa Woodruff, author of The Mindset of Organization [Note: This post contains affiliate links.] Today, I have the honor of posting an interview with the best-selling author of The Mindset of Organization: Take Back Your House One Phase At A Time. Lisa Woodruff was kind enough to answer my questions and even provided a picture of her holding a book that has become one of my favorite books on organization. Those of you who know me and my...