Slowly Page-Breaking My Way Through My Ebooks…

For anyone out there who has ever published an ebook, you know how important it is to make sure the manuscript you upload is formatted correctly. This can be–well, annoying. What looks good in whatever program you’re using to type your manuscript, may not transfer correctly, when you upload it to whichever service you decide to use to publish. For me, it’s Amazon’s KDP. At first, KDP and I didn’t get along–at all. Oil and water, I tell ya! But now we’re friends, because I finally figured out where to place my page breaks. 

For the past two weeks, I have been working my way through my ebooks (and my mother’s ebooks), correcting the page breaks. I’m happy to say, I’m nearly finished. Of the 27 books published under Woolaston Entertainment, I have corrected 22 (I never published an ebook for the original Our Lady of Righteous Rage, and I’m not planning to anytime soon). I now have 4 books left, and I should have them completed by middle of next week, by June 19 (June 20, the latest). What can I say: every day is a learning experience. At first, I looked at the horribly formatted versions of the ebooks as a failure, but now I see them differently. To quote Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, “To do something that you feel in your heart that’s great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that’s successful is a series of mistakes”. Truer words were never spoken. 


Making Time For Writing

Summer is approaching, and its time for me to start setting some writing goals. Of the four major books I want to publish this year, I have published one so far. June is the mid-point of the year, when I begin to assess how much progress I’ve made. Since I made the move from NY to VA, and landed a decent (but utterly boring) day job, I have a hard time finding time to write. With June approaching, I need to get my ass in gear, and crank out some books.

So,do any of my fellow writers out there have this problem? Is your day job sucking up more of your time than you would like it to? Do you find it hard to make time for your writing? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below! 

10th Anniversary of “Fortune’s Wing”

If you’re an indie author, one of the most exciting moments in your life, is the day you get to see something you wrote, make it into print. Publishing a book, is a BIG DEAL. While there are a few naysayers who don’t believe self-published authors are real authors, I strongly disagree. A published book is a published book, no matter who the publisher is. Writing is a passion of mine, and has been an important part of my life ever since I learned to write. Publishing a book, was a childhood dream. So, when a copy of my first published book landed in my hands, needless to say, I was very excited.

I wrote the original Fortune’s Wing back in 2002. I searched for a publisher and a literary agent for a few years, but my search turned up empty. I began to think, I would never get my work into print. Then, I decided to try self-publishing. I found a company called Xlibris, which offered different publishing packages and was known as a “Print-On-Demand” company (or, POD). It cost me a pretty penny to get the job done, but in May of 2009, Fortune’s Wing finally made it into publication. The artwork featured on the cover of this first edition is mine, and I was happy to see my name on the cover of a book! 

first edition of “Fortune’s Wing”

So, here we are, ten years later, and there are three published books in the Fortune’s Wing series. I have 25 published books under my belt, and I’m working on more. I have since changed publishers, and I’m currently using Amazon’s Create Space/KDP.  This was my first book, first series, and I’m very proud of it. This month, on my website, Woolaston Entertainment, I’m offering the books in the series for half price, and this includes the Bundle. Of course, you can also purchase the books from Amazon and Barnes and Noble But they won’t autograph it for you. I will. 

Fortune’s Wing

Here’s to 10 years of Fortune’s Wing!

Learning to make friends with Page Breaks

I must confess: as a writer, I have never used Page Breaks before. I’m used to simply typing my manuscript, starting new chapters on the next blank page, and then fighting with Create Space/KDP as I upload the manuscript, over and over again, due to formatting issues. However, I recently used Page Breaks to fix the manuscript for my latest book, Rock N Role Model.  And, I have to admit, they saved the day…and my sanity. 

Typing my manuscript in a “continuous” style is a bit uncomfortable for me. I’m not used to it, and it’s going to be a big change. But, I’m adaptable. This is a change I’m willing to make, for the sake of my writing. 

So, it looks like KDP and I are friends again. 

Confidence Boost

Happy Saturday, everyone! I wanted to share a piece of good news. I started my Books For Books Campaign at the very end of February, in order to increase sales for my website, and make donations to organizations in need. So far, it’s been one sale here, one sale there. It’s slow going, but it is only the beginning of March, so I decided to remain hopeful. But you know how it goes: you try something new, you go into it with high expectations, and when it doesn’t go as planned, you feel a little let down. Then, a customer reached out to me on Facebook’s Messenger. She asked about some of my books, and we talked about writing and publishing. I figured, maybe she’ll order a book, and I can match the order with a donation. The following morning, I checked my email, and received an unexpected surprise. 

She had placed a $100 order! She order ALL of my bundles, and two copies of The Witch of Fulton Lane. I was completely shocked. I contacted her to make sure the order was correct (and it was). I thanked her for the order, and I let her know her books would be in the mail by Monday. Even now, I’m still in shock.

My first major order!

This order isn’t just a boost for Woolaston Entertainment. It helped me regain my confidence as a writer and a business woman (just in time for International Women’s Day, which is even more awesome!) Plus, I will match the order by donating books to the organizations I selected. 

To my customer: I promised not to mention you by name in my posts, but I have to thank you again for your support. I greatly appreciate it 🙂

Even when things look dark, and you feel like what you’re doing is pointless and you feel like saying, “Forget it. I’m done. I give up”, you have to keep going. Sometimes it takes a long while to get to where you want to be, but you will eventually get there.

I’m still matching purchases through my Books For Books Campaign: I will donate a book for every book that is purchased. 

Thanks for reading.

Books For Books Campaign Update

March 2, 2019: The second official day of my Books For Books Campaign. Technically, it had a soft launch at the very end of February, but the official start date was March 1. The good news is, I received the first 2 orders yesterday! A copy of The Kindness of Strangers and a copy of A Rose Left Behind, both by June Parris (my mommy!) were sold, and will be shipped on Monday morning. This means, second copies of both books will be donated in order to match the order! So, I’m happy to say, Books For Books is off to a good start.

If you’re reading this and would like to participate, please visit the Store on the Woolaston Entertainment website, and order a book. I will match your order by donating to one of the 7 organizations listed on the Homepage. You can also Tweet using the hashtag, #BooksForBooks

Thank You!

Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who helped make Promotion #1 for Valentine Month a success! To everyone who downloaded a free copy of one of the books, I hope you enjoy reading them, and if you like, please post a review. Thank you again!

Promotion #2 starts on Monday! I’ll keep you posted!