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How Do I Turn This Manuscript into an Actual Book? by Janice L. Dick

Your book is complete, the final lines written. Your website is artistically designed with up-to-date, easy-to-read, marketable information. What’s next? Please remember we each have to find our own path. There is no right way, but there are many helpful tips and suggestions. As a flexible checklist, I suggest setting up a publication schedule. You… Read more »

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You Have to Write the Manuscript by Janice L Dick

In a relatively recent mentoring situation, I developed a simple overview of the writing process, as I see it. I also used some of this info for a workshop at the InScribe Conference in 2022. There are three essential parts: writing, publishing, and marketing. You may be well-versed in some areas but missing other aspects… Read more »

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I Need to Learn What? by Janice L Dick

Marketing. The bane of many if not most writers’ existence. Yet, without it, potential readers remain unaware of our work, and it loses its opportunity for influence. I presented a workshop for my local writing group last year on the subject of marketing, kind of the blind leading the blind! I thought I could get… Read more »

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But Then Something Happened by Janice Dick

I was ready to pack it in! I had committed to putting out the third and final book in my current series, and then maybe I’d just quit. Live an ordinary life. Not have to keep learning new skills and trends to keep up my writing career. I had learned many things: — How to… Read more »

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Indie Publishing Part Four: Great Expectations by Janice L Dick

Indie Publishing Part Four: Great Expectations “Whatever you may have heard, self-publishing is not a short cut to anything. Except maybe insanity. Self-publishing, like every other kind of publishing, is hard work. You don’t wake up one morning good at it. You have to work for that.” — Zoe Winters, Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie… Read more »

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Indie Publishing Part Two: The Strength of Our Why by Janice L Dick

Indie Publishing Part Two: The Strength of Our Why Things to consider before boarding the indie train. Question #1: Why would I indie publish? Answer: As I hinted in “Part One: Say What?”, the route of traditional publishing has become increasingly challenging, with a smaller profit margin, even for established houses. For authors who want to… Read more »

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Indie Publishing Part One: Say What? by Janice L Dick

Indie Publishing Part One: Say What? Clarifying the Terminology Self-publishing, according to Wikipedia, is “the publication of any book or other media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher.” If you’ve written blogs or online articles, you are independently published. A traditional press is one that requires an application process (manuscript submission… Read more »

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Hiring Professionals by Janice L Dick

Being a writer these days requires much of us. We are to be: – writer – researcher – editor – formatter – cover designer – marketer – promotional expert – and so on There are some who manage to carry it off, but for most of us, doing it all is more than we can… Read more »

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Making Connections: Writers’ Conferences by Janice L Dick

MAKING CONNECTIONS: WRITERS’ CONFERENCES I’ve made a lot of literary friends over the years since I began writing. Many of them are online relationships because I live on a farm on the Canadian prairies. So, I rarely meet those from far away. However, I’ve been blessed to be introduced to The Word Guild and InScribe… Read more »

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Goals and Guilt by Janice L Dick

I’ve always been a goal-setter. I need a plan, a direction, a purpose. I love new beginnings. But my compulsion to plan ahead deserted me this past year. I was in the personal position of needing to be flexible with my time, of caring for a family member and putting my routine on hold. Stronger… Read more »

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