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While I always encourage writers, self-published or not, to write concisely, even a book without wasted words may run long. All the better, if you have an epic story that’s full of nothing but the good stuff! Still, you don’t want to overcharge readers no matter how good the stuff is, and after all your hard work, you’d probably like to earn a reasonable royalty per copy sold. Luckily, you can make this happen with a few simple adjustments to your formatting. When calculating royalties, CreateSpace (like Lulu) deducts from the author’s share per page. Thus, books with a lower pagecount get a considerably better share of royalties, and can even charge a much lower cover price. This is a win for both self-publishing authors and for readers, not to mention it saves a few more trees from early death.
As an experiment, I ran one of my own manuscripts through a number of formatting changes and kept track of the pagecount. I managed to cut it in half (more than half, actually—from 634 to 250) without doing anything particularly arcane or painful. And the final formatting looks much more professional!
The entire walkthrough, with pictures, is here on my blogspot: http://theresearkenberg.blogspot.com/2013/09/print-on-demand-formatting-for-better.html
I am a major fan of crowdfunding as a way for writers to spread the word and get some startup funding to launch self-published (and even conventionally published) works. Here's a postmortem--well, given how successful the campaign was I guess it's a "debriefing"--of my own Kickstarter, with some thoughts on crowdfunding platforms in general and what my major traffic & funding sources were.
Anatomy of Successful Crowdfunding (or, How I made 700% of my Kickstarter goal despite a godawful cover image)
Jenes Inarya wants to experience everything, and quite frankly, she doesn't think she can live life to the fullest in the time she's been allotted. A search through lore and legend from the Eight Immortals of Chinese myth to the Garden of Eden finally leads her to what she seeks--across the galaxy, to the planet of Arak. By eating food prepared from Arak's immortal plants, Jenes can alter her metabolism and gain eternal life. In her case, it’s a cup of palm wine. A real aqua vitae. But the prospect of eternal life quickly causes more problems than it solves. Betrayed by her friends, haunted by the prospect of death for everyone she knows, lacking direction, and apparently pursued by the Arakians who made her immortal, Jenes must come to terms with her choice and learn how to live when she will live forever.
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My short story "The Loving and Keeping of Wolves" is in WolfSongs 2 from WolfSinger Publications.
She had studied his movements for weeks, and one mist-shrouded morning Tamsa came to the clearing where she knew he would be. He kept the wolfskin there, hidden in the brush around the clear spring. It took her a little time to find it, but she had watched him on many occasions before, studying where he dug for the folded skin and then, when he had changed back, the bundle of his clothes. She remembered where to look.
With the skin in her arms, its marked face pressed to her breast, she crawled back into the thick undergrowth and waited.