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I read, write, think, and teach in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex
I read, write, think, and teach in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex

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Need help with a book proposal? Come to the next meeting of DFW Catholic Writers Group, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.
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Dallas area writers, join us next Tuesday, July 11.
D/FW Catholic Writers Group
D/FW Catholic Writers Group
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I just wanted to let you all know that, in addition to editing, I'm now offering interior design & file prep for self-publishers, including custom interior design to coordinate with your book cover. I don't currently do covers myself, but I can provide a little art direction for anyone who needs it. Just let me know what you need.

It's not quite a year since I mentioned in this group that I was planning to start offering professional editing at dirt-cheap, fully-negotiable prices for indie Catholic authors. Deanna Verhoff (of this group, although for some reason G+ won't let me tag her) was the first person to jump at the opportunity, but not the last, I'm happy to say. The business continues to grow, completely through word-of-mouth. So thanks to any of you who have either sought my help or spread the word.

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Hey, y'all, anyone who does their own page layout & cover design -- I just wanted to point out that Derek Murphy has a huge grab-bag of book design helps (including templates for both cover and interior, as well as marketing graphics), currently priced at $47. He's planning to double the price on it soon, so if that sounds like something you could use, maybe you should carve $47 out of your tax return. Here's the link: https://creativindie.clickfunnels.com/sales-page-12478189
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The latest in a series comparing three accounts of the Great Flood in ancient literature. How well do you know Noah? Maybe not as well as you thought. http://bit.ly/2mFsXE4
In the last installment of this series on the Great Flood in the literary tradition, we saw that the Biblical flood story, unlike its analogs in pagan literature, puts the emphasis on the God who saves, rather than on the man who is saved. The survival of…
Noah in Perspective
Noah in Perspective
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The latest on my literature blog, A Catholic Reader. How well do you know Noah? Maybe not as well as you thought.
In the last installment of this series on the Great Flood in the literary tradition, we saw that the Biblical flood story, unlike its analogs in pagan literature, puts the emphasis on the God who saves, rather than on the man who is saved. The survival of…
Noah in Perspective
Noah in Perspective
acatholicreader.com
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If you didn't take part in the Catholic Writers Guild's online conference this past weekend, you missed some really great talks. But don't cry in your beer, because here's another great-looking online conference that is coming up next month, especially for indie authors. They're going to have some great speakers, and it's completely FREE. http://selfpublishingadvice.org/what-is-indie-author-fringe/

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I'm too backed-up on work to come up with a blog post, but FYI -- the next meeting of the DFW Catholic Writers Group is TOMORROW, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Books & Gifts in far north Dallas. Evening meetings this semester at UD occur on the SECOND and FOURTH Tuesdays of each month, so mark your calendars.
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Hey, everybody, I'm planning a series of very short ebooks for DIY self-publishers, and I need some input.

These books will be aimed at people just getting their feet wet in the self-publishing pool, writers poor enough or cheap enough to want to do everything themselves, so I will focus solely on the most common tools & venues, MS Word and Amazon (KDP and CreateSpace). My intention is to help people learn to write & self-publish like professionals (i.e., to produce a professional looking book) without having to acquire more new skills than is absolutely necessary. These are meant to give the clueless a clue, rather than teaching advanced mastery.

I'll publish these as a series I'm calling The Frugal Self-Publisher, covering everything from planning & executing a writing project to uploading completed & properly formatted documents for POD.

Here are the volumes I envision:

>Planning & writing: a simple, orderly process of developing a writing idea, adaptable for fiction or nonfiction

>Self-editing: a process for improving & cleaning up a document in successive editorial passes, using the features built in to MS Word

>Preparing documents of POD/Kindle: manuscript clean-up, MS Word features every writer should used, applying styles & templates

>Publication design: Interior -- basic typography, parts of a book and where they should go, using MS Word for layout; Exterior -- basic principles of layout & typography for full-color covers; free tools for creating decent-looking covers

>DIY website design for author websites: Without going into technicalities of different platforms (I'm planning a more detailed book on WordPress sites), I'll discuss platform options, but focus on design: what needs to be on an author site, the easiest way to get everything on there without making it look DIY (so, design principles)

So a couple of questions:
First, if you're a DIY self-publisher, what are the things you could have used clear, concise advice on when you first tried this? If you're afraid of self-publishing but might try it if it weren't so intimidating, what are the things that scare you most?

Second, which of these volumes would you be most eager to acquire, if I were giving them away free (or as good as)?

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If you have fiction suitable for a mainstream audience, the Kindle Scout program presents a great opportunity to get your book promoted. Here's one writer's perspective on publishing through the Scout program:
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