Category Archives: Publishing

Containers and Copyrights

When you eat out and have left overs, you bring home the excess food in a box. When organizing a child’s room, we often use baskets to hold all their toys. When we write, we use paragraphs to hold our sentences. And sentences are the container for words. It is useful to see words as the toys that we put into a basket. However, it is even more helpful to see how all the toys in one basket are alike or different, and how we need the diversity in each basket. For example, let’s build a sentence Read more [...]

Teleseminars Are Authors’ Best Friend

Going on a VBT (Virtual Book Tour)? Need exposure for a non-book product or service? It's as EASY as getting an interview for a teleseminar! Want to Know More? Click on Graphic Below: REGISTER for FREE Teleseminar Kit I took the Teleseminars for Authors Made Easy course with D'vorah Lansky. Afterward, I organized a Virtual Writing Conference called: Writers' University Boot Camp. My e-mail list grew about 200%! I continued to do a Teleseminar Series: Monday Morning RED HOT Teleseminar Series, Read more [...]

Designing Covers on a Shoestring

What goes on your cover? There may be a lot of different answers to this question, because this can be design preferences. However, there are some basic things that should be on your Front Cover, and they may be rather obvious items: Title and Subtitle; Author’s or Authors’ Name(s) (without “by”), and a graphic. The Back Cover can vary a lot. Some people like a short author bio and small photo. Some people like a summary of the book. Another item that is popular on the book is to identify Read more [...]

ATTN: Aspiring Authors, New Classes Are Starting

Publish with Connie is taking registrations for new classes that will begin in March! An Evening Class will start on the first Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning March 6, place TBA. (I try to locate geographically close to where my students are, sometimes a student will host the class.) 6 slots available A Daytime Class will start on the second Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Best Deli, 391 E. Central (Rt. 140) in Franklin, MA. 6 slots available These Read more [...]

Why Choose to Indie Publish?

I’ve been publishing independently (Indie) since 1981. Before that I kept trying to go the traditional route. I got a lot of rejection letters, probably enough to paper a room. In 1981, I decided to publish a recipe book of family dessert recipes. That is when I decided to just publish it! Not long after that, I met a woman who asked me to collaborate on a book of stories. We wrote quite a few. She illustrated them. Then, we published them by photocopying and spiral binding. She also did most Read more [...]

Writing a Book Means You Are in Business!

Writing a book means you are now in business. I know; I know! Some of you don’t want to be in business…and yet, you do want to write a book. And if you’ve invested the time in writing the book, you probably want to sell them…hopefully in large numbers. My expertise is in Independent Publishing, which means that I publish my own books through my own Independent Publishing Company. What most authors want is to get published through a traditional publisher so they don’t have to deal with Read more [...]

Story Quilts – Illustrations for Children’s Books

I am just returning from a week-long Fabric Art Camp at Ferry Beach, a Unitarian Universalist Camp and Conference Center, in Saco, Maine, where I made Story Quilts! I'd love to say that I illustrated my entire book while I was there, but that didn't happen, nor do I think it was even doable!! Never the less, I learned some wonderful techniques for machine quilting, got inspired from some other Fabric Artists, and created my third of 10 Story Quilts, as well as began my fourth. When I left for Read more [...]

Illustrations – What to Do?

Illustrations - What to do? Illustrations are often places where the independent or self-published begin to panic and wring their hands, and even decide to trash their project(s). Depending on the type of book you are writing, illustrations are an integral part of your book. Knowing that, let's step back a step or two. First if all, your end product for any illustration needs to be a digital photo, which means you can scan or take pictures. It also needs to be at least 300 dpi (dpi stands for Read more [...]

How Do I Know If Writing a Book Will Help My Business?

If you are in business, writing a book will help put you out in front of your competition. Depending on the industry, many small businesses find it difficult to position their businesses where they would like when faced with the competition of larger corporations, who have more resources. However, as a small business, you have more flexibility to make decisions that can directly affect both your position in the industry and your bottom line. Let’s face it, folks, we’re all in business to make Read more [...]

Book Awards for Independent Publishers

Many people think that because you are self-published, you cannot win a book award. Perhaps, in the past that was the case. However, the publishing world has changed drastically. There are only a handful of traditional publishers with a host of independent publishers, and even more self-publishing outlets, including on-demand-printing companies. Self-publishing is independent publishing, which takes the self-published book out of the old Vanity Press mindset. While the Vanity Press stigma has evaporated Read more [...]