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release date: Sep 22, 2017
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Smashwords Guides (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: The Smashwords Style Guide has helped indie authors produce and publish over 130,000 high-quality ebooks. 200,000 copies of the Smashwords Style Guide have downloaded!

This guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to create and format an ebook using Microsoft Word.

The Smashwords Style Guide is required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel.

Authors and publishers who don't yet use Smashwords can still benefit from the Guide. It provides detailed information on how ebook formatting is different from print formatting, how to create a reflowable ebook, and it offers step by step illustrated instructions on how to tame the beast of Microsoft Word.

INSIDE THE SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDE

GETTING STARTED

Welcome to Smashwords!
Do-it-yourself, or hire help?
Good formatting examples
What Smashwords publishes, what we don’t publish
Five common formatting mistakes to avoid
How Smashwords publishes books
How Smashwords distributes books
How ebook formatting is different from print formatting
How we convert your book into multiple ebook formats
The three secrets to ebook formatting
How to avoid (and fix) AutoVetter errors
Introduction to Meatgrinder conversion system
Your required source file
Understanding the different ebook formats

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FORMATTING

Pre-Prep
Making Word Behave
Step 1: Make a back up
Step 2: Activate Word’s Show/Hide
Step 3: Turn off Word’s “AutoCorrect” and “AutoFormat” features
Step 4: Eliminate text boxes
Step 5: The Nuclear Method

Formatting
Step 6: Unify Manuscript around Normal paragraph style
Step 7: Managing and modifying paragraph styles, fonts
Step 7a. How to choose the best paragraph separation method (first line indent or block?)
Step 7b: How to implement your chosen paragraph separation method
Step 7b-a: How to define a proper first line indent
Step 7b-b: How to define trailing “after” space for block paragraphs
Step 7b-c: Special tips for poetry, cookbooks and learning materials
Step 7b-d: How to define proper line spacing
Step 8: Check your normalized text
Step 9: Why you should never use tabs or the space bar for indents
Step 10: Managing paragraph returns
Step 11: Managing hyperlinks
Step 12: Designating chapter breaks, page breaks, section breaks
Step 13: Working with images
Step 14: Text justification
Step 14a: Centering text
Step 15: Managing font sizes
Step 16: Style formatting, symbols and glyphs
Step 17: Headers and footers
Step 18: Margins, page sizes and indents
Step 19: Add the Heading style to your Chapter headers (optional)

Building Navigation
Step 20: Building navigation into the manuscript
Step 20a: Creating the NCX
Step 20b: Creating the linked Table of Contents
Step 20c: Advanced link building (Footnotes, Endnotes)
Step 20d: Troubleshooting and testing

Front Matter
Step 21: Front matter
Step 21a: Blurbs (optional)
Step 21b: Title and copyright page (required!)
Step 21c: Add a Smashwords license statement below copyright page

The End of Your Book
Step 22: The end of your book

POST-FORMATTING
Step 23: Preparing your cover image
Step 24: Review requi
release date: Aug 23, 2011
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The Elements of Style
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
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release date: May 21, 2015
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HOW I SOLD 80,000 BOOKS: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers)

Discover how you too can sell 80,000 books even if you haven’t sold a single copy yet!


Warning: Reading this 2016 Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner and implementing its strategies may cause a significant income increase.


Get your copy now and discover:



  • How I sold books by the truckload and how you can do it too;

  • The truth about book marketing for authors: which book marketing tips really work and which are a waste of time;

  • What never to include in your author marketing;

  • The single most powerful strategy to get readers on Amazon;

  • Why self publishing through Amazon isn’t the only marketing strategy and how to significantly increase your book sales by pursuing paths less travelled;

  • One, often overlooked, strategy to get book reviews on Amazon;

  • Plus, kindle publishing guidelines: how to market a book before you hit publish.


Probably the best and most comprehensive one-stop guide I have seen.


Rick DeStefanis, Award-Winning Author of "The Gomorrah Principle" 


Alinka is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help authors in whatever way she can. I highly recommend this little gem of a book!


Patti Tingen, Award-Winning Inspirational Author


"How I Sold 80,000 Books" by Alinka Rutkowska covers it all from web page to social media to promotion, sales and everything in between.


Mary Adair, Award-Winning Author of Native American Romance Novels


The links included in the book are like gold dust, and you will find yourself watching/reading them over and over again as you forge your way through the publishing world. I only wish that I’d had access to this when I first started out. It would have saved me months of work. 


Lyneal Jenkins, International Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author


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release date: Feb 28, 2016
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Writing a Book a Week: How to Write Quick Books Under the Self-Publishing Model. Write Free Book Series
My writing method is a focus on writing short, high quality books that bring value to readers. Most of my methods are for nonfiction, but many examples and ideas work well for fiction books, too.

Learn how to be profitable writing a book a week for Kindle and other book sites. The process is a true test of discipline and character. I share ideas that work for writing under this model and the motivation and mindset it takes to succeed.
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release date: Feb 04, 2016
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5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6)

Want to take your writing to the next level? Discover the “secrets” of story structure other authors are overlooking!



If you’ve read all the books on story structure and concluded there has to be more to it than just three acts and a couple of plot points, then you’re absolutely right! It’s time to notch up your writing education from “basic” to “black belt.” Internationally published author K.M. Weiland shares five “secret” techniques of advanced story structure.

In the multi-award-winning Structuring Your Novel, Weiland showed writers how to use a strong three-act structure to build a story with the greatest possible impact on readers. Now it’s time to take that knowledge to the next level.

In this supplemental book, you’ll learn:

  • Why the Inciting Event isn’t what you’ve always thought it is
  • What your Key Event is and how to stop putting it in the wrong scene

  • How to identify your Pinch Points—and why they can make the middle of your book easier to write

  • How to create the perfect Moment of Truth to move your protagonist from reaction to action

  • How to ace your story’s Climactic Moment every single time

  • And much more!


By the time you’ve finished this quick read, you’ll know more about story structure than the vast majority of aspiring authors will ever know—and you’ll be ready to write an amazing novel that stands above the crowd.

Take the next step in your evolution as a writer!
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release date: Dec 04, 2014
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Emotion Amplifiers
When writing fictional characters, it’s hugely important to convey their emotions effectively so readers will be drawn in and become invested in those characters. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression was written to help writers convey the quality and depth of their characters’ feelings through their thoughts, body language, and visceral reactions. But there are also ways to amplify what a character is feeling, thereby heightening their emotional responses.

In Emotion Amplifiers, a companion guide to The Emotion Thesaurus, we explore 15 common states that naturally galvanize emotion. States like exhaustion, boredom, illness, pain, and extreme hunger can push characters to the limit, compromising their decision-making abilities and decreasing the likelihood of them reaching their goals. Emotion Amplifiers is a great tool for any writer wishing to tighten the screws on their characters and amp up the tension in their stories.
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release date: Sep 07, 2017
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A to Z How to Write a Romance Book for Total Beginners

You Can Do it, Start Today, Start Here, Click Download Now


Writing is hard, but anyone can do it.


It doesn't seem like it should be right? It's something that many of us have to do every day, whether it's writing an e-mail to our boss, typing up a memo, or posting on social media. A lot of our day-to-day activities involve writing. So why is it that many of us don't achieve the notoriety we're aspiring to? I don't preface this book with this statement to discourage you, but to get you in the right headspace to tackle this writing gig.


For many beginning writers—and this goes for all genres, not just romance—writing a novel is something akin to climbing a mountain with no training. You may have the gear but you have no idea where to start, how long this thing is going to take, and whether or not you'll fall in the process. That realization is terrifying for many new writers.


The seeming insurmountability of it all can lead to many writers to throw their hands up in defeat. "It's too big!" they cry, and abandon their newly bought notebooks and take that coffee to go.


I tell you that penning this first novel will be hard to encourage you. Just undertaking this venture is courageous in itself, and I applaud you for doing it. If you go in with the right attitude and muddle through the best you can, you'll achieve what most beginning writers never do.


You'll conquer the mountain. You will write a book.


Detailed within this book are steps to guide you to writing good fiction and some specifics on writing romance in particular.


Good luck readers, and happy travels ahead!

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release date: Dec 01, 2015
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How to Write a Children's Book: Tips on how to write and publish a book for kids or writing children's books by an award-winning author of the Amazon Bestseller How to Promote Your Children’s Book.

Do You Want to Know How to Write a Children’s Book?

Have you ever said, “I’ve always wanted to write a book for kids!” but then never got around to it? Maybe you didn’t know where to start, or how to get a good idea. Now you can start to write your book for children when you read How to Write a Children’s Book, brought to you by the Institute of Children’s Literature.

There are so many different kinds of children’s books, from picture books to chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult, it’s hard to know which way to go. Should you decide you’re going to write for a particular age group and then come up with an idea that fits them? Or should you decide to write a story or article about a particular idea, then choose the age group that’s right for it? Almost anything can become a nonfiction topic for young readers, given their curiosity and appetite for facts about the world around them. But each topic has to be aimed at the right readership. You’ll have a much better handle on all this and more once you read the chapter “How Old Is Your Reader?”

How to Write a Children’s Book Will Start You on Your Way to Being an Author

Whether you you want to have a full-blown career writing children’s books, be traditionally publish, self-publish, or simply want one book to hand down to your own children and grandkids, How to Write a Children’s Book will help you.

Here's What You'll Learn from How to Write a Children’s Book:

  • Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Bestselling children’s authors like Judy Blume, R.L. Stine, Jane Yolen and more share their answers. You’ll find out how to know when an idea is worth following, and how to write a smart book.
  • How to figure out which readership is right for you.
  • How to target and hit the mark with your reader and make sure you’re writing to the right age.
  • How to get going, using writing prompts provided
  • How to get to know your main character
  • How to plot a great story
  • What editors wish writers knew
  • Five good tools that can get you into bad trouble

Whether you’re a first time or advanced writer, you’ll love how inspirational and educational How to Write a Children’s Book is, and how much it helps you! All the way to the very end, where you’ll find

• Your Organization Checklist

• Character and Settings Checklist

• Sentence Structure Checklist

• Mechanics Checklist

Scroll to the top of this page and click the buy button to learn to write your children’s book today!

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release date: Jun 18, 2017
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Writing A Page-Turner: Five Editing Maxims to Make Your Book Irresistible
Want to write a book that readers won't be able to put down?

Editor Elizabeth Bailey and bestselling author Mark Dawson bring you the qualities necessary to turn your book into an addictive reading experience that your fans will love. From keeping your story simple to staying in the character's head, Elizabeth and Mark will take you through the essential steps to creating propulsive and entertaining fiction.

Also includes an additional book: 'Musings From the Writer's Desk'
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release date: Jul 15, 2015
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How to Finish Your Dissertation in Six Months, Even if You Don't Know What to Write
It is possible to finish your thesis in 6 months, even if you don’t know what to write or haven’t finished your research. In this short ebook, Scott Rank distills the principles that helped him go from crippling writer’s block to writing 500-1000 words a day.

In this book you will learn the following:

A simple daily habit that will help you start writing your dissertation
How to make it impossible not to write everyday
How to write even if all your research isn’t finished
How to get the most out of your advisor meetings
How to get your friends actively help you finish, even if they aren’t academics.
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