Airtable: Content & Project Planning #SkyeWriting

Projects & Deadlines This table is where all of the magic happens. I have this table synced with my book sheet from my Series Bible, so it automatically pulls over any of the information I need. If you don't know how to sync or don't want to get into that, you can easily add any of the information you need by copying and pasting, or entering it manually. This sheet breaks down all of my projects and includes their status, start date, deadline, target word counts, to-do list items (if I click any item in this…

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Have you visited Eden?

Did you know there's a indie retailer dedicated to Romance and Women's Fiction? And that they're offering an unbelievable deal on gift cards through Dec 15? I've mentioned Eden Books a couple of times because I'm not always able to get my pricing and book details updated at the big retailers, but I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share what Eden is really about (and why I love it so much).Eden Books was created by Robyn Crawford, and is currently the only online bookstore and social media platform dedicated to romance and women's…

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#SkyeWriting: Comparing Print Options

Draft2Digital Note: Their print program is in beta, but I've been using it for a couple of years. Trim: 5.5x8.5 Pages: 98 Sale Price: 9.99 Unit Cost: 2.36 Royalty: 2.14 Ingram Spark Trim: 5.5x8.5 Pages: 98 Sale Price: 9.99 Wholesale discount: 55% Unit Cost: 2.60 Royalty: 1.90 Ingram Spark w/ short discount Because a lot of authors who decide to publish directly with Ingram choose to offer a smaller wholesale discount to increase profits, I ran the numbers again with a 30% discount. Trim: 5.5x8.5 Pages: 98 Sale Price: 9.99 Wholesale discount: 30% Unit Cost: 2.60…

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The Lowdown on Atticus #SkyeWriting

If you're like me, you've been sitting at your PC for years coveting that magical formatting software available only on Macs. If you ask anyone how they got the beautiful formatting in their ebook or paperback, the most common answer is Vellum. And there's a really good reason for that: Vellum has been the standout program for achieving professional formatting without requiring in-depth experience or recurring expenses. Those of us who aren't Mac users, however, have been left to jump through hoops, like renting time on Mac in cloud, or finding another program to fill the…

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#SkyeWriting: How Paperback Pricing works

There's been a lot of talk recently about paperback pricing for a couple of reasons. Several weeks ago, I saw readers and new authors on TikTok discussing how little authors make from paperback sales. $1-2 on a book that might cost more than $10? Yep. And more recently, we've had a lot of talk about the recent increase to paperback printing costs due to supply chain issues down the line. Despite only being around a 6% increase in cost, it left a lot of authors scrambling to change their prices so they didn't end up with…

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A+ Content for Authors

If you're trying to figure out how to create A+ content for your books on Amazon, I have compiled some helpful information and templates to get you started. While I have tried to capture the key requirements for this new feature from various pages on Amazon so we can easily access them all in one place, be sure to review their content guidelines. Amazon's overview of A+ ContentContent GuidelinesContent ExamplesCreation InstructionsVideo guide to uploading Image Requirements RGB colorspaceResolution: at least 72 dpi (300dpi is recommended)jpg or pngNo animated imagesNo blurry images, watermarks, or unreadable text Templates…

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Crutch Words: Body Language

One of the problems I see most while editing and had to overcome when improving my own use of the writing craft, is crutch words. Filler, fluff, crutch words--they all clutter up our writing and muffle the message we're trying to send. Crutch words are those words that we rely on when we're not quite sure what to say. When describing body language, this often includes smiling, laughing, winking, breathing, sighing, nodding, frowning, gazing, standing, thinking, walking, shrugging, crying, etc. They're all things we likely do multiple time every day, so it's reasonable to think our…

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