Category Archives: Publishing

What’s Your Story?

When I sit in Starbucks and watch the people go by, I marvel at how diverse New West has become! People from all over the world have made their home here.

Not only do I see people walking by, but I see stories walking by! Each person has a story to tell, whether they have lived here for generations, or only arrived last week. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting options that technology provides for sharing your story.

A Blog

A blog is just a personal website that allows you to write little snippets whenever you are in the mood. You can write short stories about your past, what is going on in your life at the moment, and about your dreams for the future – or any combination of these.

An eBook

An eBook is technically the easiest and cheapest way to publish your story, and you can even get paid for it. If you started compiling your story in a blog as mentioned above, you can simply combine these as chapters in your eBook.

A Video Biography

Although technically a little more complex, capturing your story on video can be extremely rewarding. These days many people are more willing to watch a video than they are to read something.

Putting It Together

An even more fascinating possibility is to combine all these technologies. You can write regular bits in your blog. Then you spice it up by including regular short video clips (technically it is then a vlog or video blog).  Then when you finally compile your blog posts into an eBook, you can include links to those video clips.

If you have a story to tell, there are many interesting ways to go about it and sharing your story with us. If you would like to know more, let’s meet at Starbucks soon!

MS Word for Self Publishing

I have been asked by several people exactly what do I cover in the first self-publishing workshop.

Whenever I receive a manuscript as a Word document from someone, I usually have to spend a lot of time removing what I call “gremlins“. Most authors have picked up Word on their own and are not aware of the gremlins they introduce. The most common gremlin is using the Enter key for spacing between paragraphs. There are many more such gremlins. So the first part of the workshop focuses on identifying and avoiding common gremlins.

Key to the correct use of Word for book publishing is an understanding of styles and sections. Without styles and sections, it is not possible to have proper page numbering and to create a table of contents. The focus of the second part of the workshop is on styles and sections.

This workshop is very practical. I will illustrate all the concepts with actual documents. If you like, you could bring your laptop and follow the steps using the same documents.

Self Publishing Workshop Series

I will be running a special 6 week workshop series for people interested in self publishing in May and June.

It is a mix and match series where you can select all or just the workshops you are interested in.

I will cover self publishing topics from laying out a book correctly through to designing a website to promote and sell your book. The focus will be on using MS Word.

For more information and to register, visit the workshop page.