Lavern Lewis is one of the author’s appearing at the 2016 Toronto Urban Book Expo. She had the opportunity to speak with us at the Dr. Vibe’s Show. During the conversation Ms. Lewis shared:.
– Her background story and journey
– Overcoming the fear of letting anyone read her work when writing her first book.
– How it was switching from writing an adult book (her first book) to writing a children’s book (her second book).
– Her son being her biggest supporter
– What she has learned about the book business.
– The importance of her legacy as a parent and a mother.
– How she got involved with the Toronto Urban Book Expo.
Listen to her full interview on the The Dr. Vibe Show
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· If it was the Mobi format, the computer will need Mobi Pocket Reader to open the file.
How do I sideload my Mobi e-book file onto my Kindle Fire?
SIDE-LOADING KINDLE FIRE WITH ACCESS TO A COMPUTER:
1. Using a mini USB to USB cord, connect the Kindle Fire to a computer.
2. Download the e-book file on your computer.
3. Using a file explorer program, open up the Kindle (will show as a temporary drive). Also open the folder on the computer with the file.
4. Drag the e-book file from the computer to the Kindle Fire Books directory.
5. Follow your computer’s procedure for disconnecting peripheral devices. The book will now be available in the Kindle Fire’s “Books” tab.
iPad Dowload instructions
Step 1: Open iTunes and put your eBooks in iTunes Books Library After launching iTunes on your PC, iTunes will automatically detect your local ePub eBooks and display some of which in Books Library. To add the eBooks in Book Library manually, you can choose File> Add File to Library… or File > Add Folder to Library… to add local ePub eBooks or folder (must containing ePub eBooks) to iTunes Book Library. Also you can drag and drop local ePub files directly into the iTunes Books Library. After put eBooks in iTunes Book Library, you can easily change epub book cover and some other information before transferring to your iPad.
Step 2: Connect your iPad to your PC
Use USB cable to connect your iPad to your PC. And in iTunes, you can see your iPad in the source list under Devices.
Step 3: Sync eBooks to your iPad
Click on your iPad in the source list under Devices. Then click the Books tab at the top of the window. Here you can choose whether to sync all books or selected books. If you choose All books, all the books in the Books Library would sync to your iPad. And here we choose Selected books, and choose the special book for syncing. Then click Apply button, you can have your selected eBooks successfully synced onto your iPad.
Check your iPad, and the local ePub eBooks are shown on your iBooks shelf. Quite easy, right? Please note that you can also transfer ePub eBooks to your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (with iOS 4) from either PC or Mac via iTunes, and I just take iPad connecting with PC for example above. All the syncing process is the same.
Downloading a NOOK Book from your NOOK Cloud™
1. Go to the Barnes & Noble website BN.com on your computer.
2. On the top right hand corner of the site and click on My NOOK™.
· If you have not yet signed in to your account click Sign in now. Enter the e-mail address and password associated with your Barnes & Noble.com account and click Sign In.
3. Browse your Library and locate the title you would like to download and click
the Download button. Make sure to save this file to a location/folder that you will remember.
4. Once your title has been downloaded, you can then sideload it to your NOOK.
Sideloading a NOOK Book from Your Computer to your NOOK
1. Connect NOOK to your computer using a USB Cable and allow a few seconds for your computer to recognize the device.
2. If you are using a Windows PC, click “Start”, then go to “My Computer” or “Computer” and open the “NOOK” folder. If you are using a Mac, double click the icon on your desktop labeled “NOOK” to open the folder.
3. Open the “My Documents” folder inside of your “NOOK” directory.
4. Drag and drop the file from the download folder on your PC to the “My Documents” folder on your “NOOK.”
5. Once the file transfer is completed, go back to “My Computer”, right click on the “NOOK” drive and select “eject”, to safely remove your device from your computer. If you are using a Mac, simply drag and drop the “NOOK” drive icon to the “Trash Bin.”
6. Unplug NOOK from the USB cable.
7. On NOOK, tap “Library”, and then tap “View My Documents.”
8. Tap “Check for New Content”, and your sideloaded file should now appear.
by Molly Blaisdell
As an author, we all dream of having our books not only published, but also that everyone
that reads them will love them as much as we do.
With that said it is also important to know your audience because it is impossible to
sell your masterpiece to the wrong audience.
The Interwebz can provide a wealth of information for new writers. In fact you can find pretty much everything you need to know to become a professional, publishing writer here on the Web, absolutely free.
But you’ll also find a bunch of time-wasting bad advice that can lead you astray. When you’re a beginner, it’s hard to know who to listen to.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list: just a jumping-off place.
A new writer has a whole lot of options–and more are springing up daily. Nobody can say which publishing path is right for you. But we can steer you toward some blogs and websites that might help you decide and suggest some posts from our archives you might find useful
1) Learn about the publishing business
First, remember there is nothing wrong with writing as a hobbyist. You do NOT have to get a book published to call yourself a writer. (Do you have to join the PGA tour to call yourself a golfer?)
But if you do decide to publish, you need to be aware you are entering an industry. Whether you self-publish or traditionally publish, it’s important to know how the business works.
We recommend reading Galley Cat, the publishing news round-up site. It reports both traditional and indie news, and posts a self-publishers bestseller list.
Publisher’s Lunch, the newsletter for Publishers Marketplace, is the place for up-to-the minute news on what’s going on in traditional publishing. You can subscribe here. It’s free (Publishers Marketplace is not.) No matter how you publish, it helps to know what is selling right now, and who the players are.
We also are avid readers of the Passive Voice, which gives a round-up of some of the most important publishing stories of the day (and occasionally runs excerpts from this blog—thanks Passive Guy!) But be aware the comments tend to be weighted toward indie publishing.
2) Get short pieces published first
Think outside the (full-length) book. If you don’t have any stories, poems, reviews or essays in the archives, start writing them. It’s very, very hard to sell one book when you have no track record, no matter what publishing path you choose.
Then when you’re working on your opus—or you’re editing it—you can also be sending stories, poems and essays to journals, local newspapers, blogs, anthologies, contests and websites in order to build your reputation as a professional writer. Again, this is important whether you self-publish or go the traditional route.
But do check to make sure you’re not being taken in by bogus contests and fake anthologies. Always check them out at the Writer Beware blog. Bookmark that one. It’s a must-read for all writers.
For more info about why you should be writing short pieces, check our archives:
3) Finish your book
Don’t waste time worrying about publishing until you’ve got something to publish. Preferably several things.
Beginning authors are urged by some marketing people to start marketing long before they’re ready. Some seem to think authors should start “building platform” in the womb.
We think this is dumb. Learn to write, read informative blogs where you can network with other authors, and let yourself build up a body of work before you start trying to market yourself.
When you’re starting out, it’s better to read blogs than to write frantically on your own. Commenting on high-profile blogs is one of the best ways to get your name known.
Unfortunately, social media is writer’s block’s best friend. Not only is it endlessly distracting, but all the information on writing can also turn you into a perfectionist who keeps rewriting chapter one and never gets on with the story.
There are more great blogs on craft than we have room to mention here. It will depend on your book, genre and writing style which ones will resonate. One of my favorites is Janice Hardy’s The Other Side of the Story.
Some of our more popular posts on craft are:
If you’re blocked and having trouble finishing and it’s anywhere near November, try barreling through during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.) You can get lots of support from these folks. They help you let go of your perfectionism and get that book onto the page. There are now NaNos in the summertime, too.
4) Get your work critiqued
And polished. And critiqued some more. Then have it proofread. If you can exchange proofing with other writers, that can save you a lot of money.
A real-life critique group is great, because authors tend to be solitary and we need some human contact, but there are excellent critique groups online. We recommend CritiqueCircle.com, SheWrites or networking through My WANA, QueryTracker.net, AgentQuery.com, or Nathan Bransford’s forums.
But take care of yourself as you’re being critiqued. Realize there’s a little bit of the “blind leading the blind” going on with peer critiquing.
Also, your first critiques can feel like going through a meat grinder. For some self-protection techniques you might want to read these in our archives:
Bad Advice to Ignore From Your Critique Group
Should you eliminate “Was” from Your Writing? Why Sometimes “the Rules” are Wrong
5) Visit lots of blogs, online groups and forums to explore your options.
But avoid groups or forums where everybody tells you you’re a moron if you self-publish/Big 5-publish/small press-publish or whatever. People who believe in one-size-fits all are, um, morons.
You need to choose the right path for yourself and your work, and that’s going to be different for every writer.
Start with this post by Jane Friedman on how to get published. Jane is the former publisher of Writers Digest books and one of the most savvy people in the business. This was pretty comprehensive when she wrote it in 2011, and most of the info still stands. Jane doesn’t post as much as she used to, but her blog is still one of the best. I love reading the insider publishing scoop from CNN’s Porter Anderson there every Thursday in his Writing on the Ether.
A great blog for writers leaning toward the trad route but wanting to keep options open is agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog
Former agent Nathan Bransford’s blog is one of the friendliest and most helpful place for newbies, and his archives are gold.
If you’re leaning indie, the Writers Guide to Epublishing (WG2E) is friendly and helpful with nuts and bolts issues, and welcomes trad-pubbed authors as well. (And Ruth Harris posts there once a month.)
A free site that’s great for Romance writers is RomanceUniversity.
A great place to find blogposts that answer your specific questions is the Writers Knowledge Base, compiled by mystery author Elizabeth Spann Craig. And if you’re on Twitter, follow @ElizabethSCraig for the best links to writerly blogs on the Web.
If you’re pretty sure you want to go for that Big Publishing contract, Agent Janet Reid’s blog is great. Ditto Kristen Nelson’s Pub Rants. Also, the archives of Miss Snark are full of valuable information. And if you’re looking for an agent, Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog is a must-read.
For YA and children’s writers, you can read comprehensive agent profiles from Casey and Natalie at Literary Rambles and you’ll also get lots of great info at Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing.
The Savvy Author’s Newsletter also has excellent advice and it’s free. They have a nice, friendly community as well.
6) Get yourself on social media…slowly
My personal recommendation: start a blog first. But don’t go nuts posting. Once a week or even once a month is OK to start, but the sooner you start one, the better. Search engines take a while to find you and you want Google to know who you are by the time you finish that opus.
A new writer’s blog shouldn’t be about marketing something you haven’t published yet. It should be for networking and making friends. For information on what to blog about you might want to check my post on What Should You Blog About?
For all social media advice, I highly recommend Kristen Lamb’s Blog (She also has great info on craft, presented in a fun, humorous way.) Plenty of bestselling authors owe their success to Kristen.
I also love Molly Greene’s blog for social networking tips.
7) Network with other writers
The writers you meet on your way up are probably also on their way up. This is a business where who you know matters.
A person in your critique group today may be an agent or a bestselling author a year from now. I know many, many successful authors who got their agents through online networking. I know even more who found their designers, publishers, and most avid readers through social media.
You can network on blogs, forums and the many, many booky websites like RedRoom.com, LibraryThing.com, Goodreads.com, Shelfari.com, Reddit.com, Kindleboards.com, etc. and writers groups on LinkedIn and Facebook, plus the hundreds of writing forums.
BUT: Beware any group where you see snark or groupthink. There is horrific bullying going on in some of these sites. The nastiest seem to be the oldest. See my post on Gangs of New Media.
Absolute Write, some LinkedIn and Goodreads groups, and the Amazon forums are NOT recommended for that reason. I especially warn against the Amazon forums. They are rabidly anti-writer. The self-appointed enforcers will punish you for breaking their murky rules of conduct with all the self-righteous sadism of the Taliban slaughtering a schoolgirl. Don’t go there.
The Amazon forums are not to be confused with the Kindleboards, where writers are welcome as long as they don’t do any promotions.
Do NOT join more than two or three forums or groups. If you don’t find simpatico folks, move on. This is for making friends, NOT selling books.
Remember you are looking for friendship, moral support and an exchange of useful information.
8) Cultivate a patient attitude
This is a marathon, not a sprint. I know you’re dying to get published, but believe me, it takes time to learn to be a writer. Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours to learn to do something well, and that sounds about right.
And I’m not just talking craft. You need to learn to take criticism with grace and never let them see you sweat.
If you think your critique group is bad, wait until the Amazon Forum Taliban hits you with 2 dozen one-stars because one of them knows your stalker ex-girlfriend who says you ditched her a week before the prom.
And you DO NOT WANT TO PUBLISH TOO SOON. It’s the number one mistake new writers make.
That includes putting your book on your blog. Blogging is publishing. Lots of impatient newbies decide to blog their rough drafts. You don’t want to do that if you have any aspirations to being a traditionally published writer. Here’s Rachelle Gardner with a great post on the subject.
9) Learn to write a great query, synopsis and hook
Anybody wanting to traditionally publish needs to learn to write a query and a synopsis.
And sorry, self-pubbers, you do too. You’re going to be querying reviewers, bloggers, bookstore owners, etc throughout your professional life. You have to be able to tell people about your book in three sentences or less.
Learn this now.
Best place to learn how to query: Janet Reid’s Query Shark blog.
Another is Nathan Bransford’s archives. Here’s his great post on How to Write a Query Letter.
For an overview of Hooks, Loglines, Pitches check in our archives.
10) Decide what publishing road you want to take and start your career.
If you want an overview of your choices, check out my post on “Who are the Big 6? Answers to the not-so-dumb questions you were afraid to ask”
Then you can take one of any of a number of paths:
* Send out queries to agents if you want to try for a Big 5 contract. Find the right agent to query through AgentQuery.com and QueryTracker.net. And always, always, always visit the agent’s own website to read the guidelines before you query.
* Query editors at small and independent digital or print presses if you want a publisher but prefer not to go corporate. You can find a list of literary small presses at Poets and Writers and here’s another from Brian Grove’s Perfect Pitch blog.
* Submit to digital imprints of the Big 5 that do not require an agent (but before you sign a digital press contract, read Writer Beware on the new digital imprints and their contracts.)
* Hire an editor and get your book polished up to self-publish. For nuts and bolts info on how to do that, read the archives of David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital. For a list of vetted editors try the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Smashwords is also a great way to get on a number of platforms. And CEO Mark Coker has lots of great info on his blog. He’s super-savvy and 100% pro-author. And people tell me Mark Coker’s FREE book on formatting is a must read for every self-publisher.
11) Learn that rejection is part of the process
Scathing critiques, agent and editor rejections, terrible reviews: every single author who’s ever lived has had to endure them.
Right now, go to the Amazon bestseller list. How many books do you see that you really, really want to read right now? Be honest.
Not that many, right?
Does that mean the other books aren’t good?
No. It means you personally didn’t feel like reading them today.
That’s what an agent does every time she looks through her queries. She has to choose what she personally likes. You could be the next F. Scott Fitzgerald, but if she’s in the mood for vampire erotica, you’re getting a rejection.
From her. There’s always somebody else.
For some great insider info on what rejection really means, check in our archives:
If you want more info on the care and feeding of the writers’ soul, as well as lots of in-depth information about the publishing process, you might want to spring for a copy of How to be a Writer in the E-Age by Catherine Ryan Hyde and yours truly. Not free. But a bargain at $2.99 for the ebook.
And don’t forget to have fun. Publishing is a journey. It’s important to enjoy yourself along the way.
Oh, and what can you do right now, this minute? You can write your author bio. It will make you feel like a professional and you can have it ready and waiting the first time one of those stories gets accepted.
Here’s our post on How to Write an Author Bio Even if You Don’t Feel Like an Author…Yet.
…WITH RUTH HARRIS
Mother’s Day is just around the corner have you decided what your going to do to make your mother feel special? Well here is a great suggestions that your mother will surely appreciate. On May 9th come join us for the ‘Celebration of Mother’s’ Afternoon Tea. Where I will be a part of the entertainment as I read from my book “Wishes Can Come True”.
Contact me to find out more because it’s always a good day when you make your mother feel special!
I have invited many authors to join my Up & Coming Author’s Blog and I understand that not every author is going to want to join but I never expected this.
Authors comment: “Antoinette(Facebook name), have you looked on my page(referring to his Facebook)? I don’t think you have and not to toot my own horn but I already have 9 publish books (4) I’ve published on my own because I have my own publishing company. So, I’m not sure why you are sending this to me??????????????”
My reply: The reason I sent it to you is because you are an author. The blog is for authors no matter how much book you have. Maybe if you had check out the blog you would have seen that its’ about inspiring other authors, telling your story of how you got to where you are today. So I don’t know why you replied like that???????????
Now if he had read my blog and yes it was a man, he would have simply known that I only wanted him to tell his story, even toot his horn about his accomplishments and inspire other authors. In life when we find our passion and make a living at doing what we love. Always remember where you came from, the struggle and obstacles that tried to get in your way and never feel that your journey is better than anyone else. Now if this person was wise, seeing that he owns his own publishing company he could have used the blog to his advantage by simply posting his business on the blog for unpublished authors looking to get published. It’s not always about what you have but what you can do for others with what you have.
Look out for this weeks featured author Matthew Taylor’s, I will be posting his story as to how he became an author.