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Cover Layout for Beginners

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How to use GIMP to create a professional looking SF cover.

Writing Blurbs

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Cedar Sanderson walks you through writing a blurb for your back cover.

Tough Fantasy Thoughts

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Cedar doesn't like fantasy and that's a problem, because most science fiction is fantasy anyways....

Books Are Forever

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Books no longer need to be treated like perishable goods, with e-books and POD, a book can last, and sell, forever.

Interview with Amanda S. Green

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An interview with the author of The Road To Digital Publication and the Nocturnal Lives series.

Deadlines

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How do you set goals as a writer? Cedar Sanderson examines her self-publish deadlines and how she plans to get book two to press.

2013 In Reviews

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Cedar Sanderson looks back at 2013 through reviews and reviewing.

Road to Publication in 2014

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Cedar clues us in on a host of useful tips and guides for those who are looking to publish in 2014.

Book Review: Strange Trails, edited by James Palmer

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A review of the anthology, Strange Trails, edited by James Palmer and stories of a weird wild west, complete with robots, ghosts and Lovecraftian horror.

Interior Format for CreateSpace

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Cedar Sanderson dives into the nitty-gritty of self-publishing with this how-to on formatting with CreateSpace.

Formatting for Createspace: The Cover

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Cedar Sanderson gives an insider perspective to designing your cover and the Createspace templates.

Etymology

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Cedar Sanderson discusses etymology and writing influences.

World-Building off Ancient Platforms

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Information from a discussion about the ancient Mayans and ways of using ancient cultures for world-building.

What You Pay For

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Sometimes I see a review on Amazon that makes me do the puppy thing - you know, cock my head and make that little...

Finding Poetry in Prose

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I’m in school, taking two literature classes this semester, and in the good class (yes, there is also a bad class) we learned about making ‘found poetry’ a process that I really enjoyed. I came home, looked at my shelves full of eclectic books, and said “hm... I wonder what I could do with some classic SF."

Fresh Eyes on Cover Art

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if you are an indie author, or a small press publisher, you can't afford a great cover artist to create bespoke art for your cover.

Well-Covered

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I’d get more into the topic, but I haven’t got time to plumb the depths of Amazon. Instead I recommend that you do. Look at the genre you picked for your story, and see what the bestsellers are (taking out authors like RR Martin and mega-bestsellers, who can sell on the author’s name alone) and look at their covers. Keep in mind that most ebooks will be viewed at a very small size of image initially, and design yours to look good at thumbnail, then full-size. Stick to the recommended proportions. A square cover image will scream amateur in the bookshop, unless it’s a children’s picture book...

From Locks to Freedom

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The problem with the internet is that anyone can write something down, publish it, and present it as fact when it’s not. I have ten titles on Amazon, and another one coming out later this week. Every single one, the default is no DRM, although there is a check-box I can click if I decided I wanted it on my work. Which I don’t. Unlike Big Music and Big Publishing, I don’t think all people are thieves. I also know better than to think that DRM is anything but a challenge to hacker twits who break stuff just for jollies.

World Building: To Market, To Market

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I was getting all excited last night over the idea of making my next purse. I can work with leather, and I don’t want...

Interview with Archer Garrett

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Cedar Sanderson interviews Archer Garrett, author of The Border Marches

Kinetic Stories

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Reading is a kinetic exercise, not just sitting in a chair scanning words. Writing is the way we turn the potential energy of ideas into that kinetic energy for the reader.

The Power of Free

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Face it, no-one needs to buy a fiction book. It’s not like underwear, or food, or a roof over their heads. It’s entertainment.

Writing on Paper

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When you write, capturing the urgency of the moment, your own voice and style, happens in the first contact of pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and with each re-working of the text,

Anthropomorphism

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Sometimes a funny story about a dog is just that.

Endings and Lengths

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Turns out that there is no set length for a novel. There are conventions, which changed in the 1980’s, but with the advent of ebooks, they are changing yet again.
Eric Gustafson Cover

Part Two of the Art of Covers

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This is part two of Eric Gustafson's guest post for me on covers. It's a huge topic, and even if you aren't responsible for...
Eric Gustafson Cover

The Art of Designing Covers

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Today I am pleased to present a guest post by Eric Gustafson, an innovative artist and book cover designer. I am still learning so...
Use Enough Gun: Monstoer Hunters III

Review: Use Enough Gun

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I chose to review this anthology based on the title, which intrigued me. I grew up hunting and trapping, no big surprise from a...

The Marinated Writer

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I know what you are thinking, and no, that's not what I was marinating in. We did have a beer with dinner last night,...

Writing Gender

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The first half to this is here. As I am writing, I check in with my co-writer from time to time, mainly to work out...