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Backup Backup Backup

Posted by Diana Mylek on February 5, 2011 at 12:53 AM Comments comments (0)

Being self-published, I have to be very vigilant when it comes to changing my books to the right file to upload to web stores. I have already learned one hard lesson by being impulsive--my files were locked and I could  only get to them by paying this company. I fortunately I had backed them up and was able to recover them at no cost. 


You think I would learn. 


Last night I was converting .doc files to epub and couldn't remember how to do it....

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Publishing pt. 5

Posted by Diana Mylek on January 31, 2011 at 9:54 PM Comments comments (0)

Catch 22

 

In order to be published you must be published. Yep. What you have to do is get your name out there, get publishing credits behind your name. Do this by submitting to magazines, trade publications, your local newspaper, anything! Every time your name is in print or on the web its’ a publishing credit. Agents and publishers are looking for proven sales and this helps to make you look like you know the business. *Self published books are not considered a...

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Publishing pt. 4

Posted by Diana Mylek on January 30, 2011 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 E-Books


This is a win-win for you and e-publishers in that you design the book, do the inside in a format that you prefer and sell it on the web through Lulu.com or kindle.com. However it may be difficult to get a publisher to take this book after it has been exposed on the web. So you will need to think about this. If this is all you want with your book, and mild profits are okay, then this is for you. If you want to sell a...

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publishing pt. 3

Posted by Diana Mylek on January 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM Comments comments (0)

 Self publishing


   It's not the black sheep of the publishing world anymore! Many authors are finding that, since it's up to them to market and sell their books even with a publisher, why pay them for what you can do yourself? Especially if your book is non-fiction and you are able to give speeches on your subject. People looking for advice will want your book, or you can sell books at appearances and speeches. It&#...

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Publishing, pt. 2

Posted by Diana Mylek on January 27, 2011 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 Agents

 Agents also have a slush pile but the way out of this is to send not a manuscript but a query. This can be done electronically through the web or by snail mail. An agent chooses what books they want to represent and then goes to the publisher with them. This is beneficial because they do all the footwork, for a fee and you reap the benefits. However, it is not easy to get an agent.


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Your choices for book publishing

Posted by Diana Mylek on January 25, 2011 at 11:47 PM Comments comments (0)

 

There are three ways to get a book published on paper. I say paper because there is also an electric option—an e-book, but more on that later.
  • Through a publishing house. This is where you submit a manuscript for the publisher to decide if they want to sell it as a book. 
  •  Through an agent. This is where you send a manuscript to an agent and ask them to sell it for you.
  •  Self-publishing. This is ...
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Christmas

Posted by Diana Mylek on December 25, 2010 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (0)

In this time of transition in our family, it's nice that some things never change. Zoey is now with her mother legally and I miss her beautiful little face. I did get to see her for less than five minutes and it was of course not enough, and confusing to Zoey. Tomorrow we will have her overnight but I'm still on my Christmas job so time with her is limited. I hope to change that soon.


Mel has moved to her dorm house in Vermillion and I miss her presence in my house! I never ...

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Let the Wedding Planning Begin!

Posted by Diana Mylek on December 8, 2010 at 1:49 AM Comments comments (0)

She said yes!  (Technically) My son Caleb asked his girlfriend Emily to marry him! Actually he knelt down on one knee and  told her that life is a waltz and asked her if he could have this dance. She said he could have all the dances. Cool, huh? Mel helped him to set up candles on a bench by the river, and he brought Emily there at midnight (pretending he had a bad tire) and proceeded to ask her to marry him! So we are gaining a daughter and another bedroom! haha. Mark and I are rea...

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Why I write/transitions

Posted by Diana Mylek on December 3, 2010 at 3:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Seeing myself on television reminded me of why I write. My characters are thin, young and beautiful, or even pudgy and plain but never do they mess up words, say stupid things or make fools of themselves! They always say the right thing, unlike little, squat me who will never win a beauty pageant and who rattles on like a mental patient when I'm on camera. *sigh*


Today is a busy day. Yesterday I put up all the Christmas stuff and today I'm cleaning up from that. Plus I put p...

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I'm gonna regret this...

Posted by Diana Mylek on December 2, 2010 at 11:18 PM Comments comments (0)

I did something so stupid and crazy today I can't believe it. I'm still laughing but oh man. It's going to come back to haunt me...


My mom is one of those people who see something on T.V. and get all excited. She has to call everyone she knows and say, "Did  you see (insert show here)? There was a Marine on there!" Or, "I had to call you. There was a dog on this show and..." She calls me and says, "Did you see Good Morning America?" though she knows I haven't been up th...

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