Monday, February 22, 2016

Editing and Book Formatting Services

I am thrilled to announce that Chrys Fey and I are joining forces to help indie authors edit and format their books for publication.

Why spend more than you need to for extensive editing and professional formatting? And why spend hours, even days, looking for two separate people to take care of these needs when you can get both of them right when you need them?

If you take advantage of Chrys’ affordable editing, you’ll get a 20% discount on my formatting!

Chrys Fey’s Editing Services:

Short stories (any genre)
Novellas (any genre)
Novels (any genre)

NOTE: I will edit the first ten pages of your novel-length book, or the first 5 pages of a novella up to 50 pages for FREE for you to decide if I’m a good fit to edit your manuscript.

In which I comment on content (plot and characters), check for typos, punctuation errors and grammar. I will cut unnecessary words and sentences, check for redundancies, repeated words, and POV changes. I will also offer easy fixes and suggestions on content.
Price: $1.00 per page

In which I focus on content (plot and characters) with no typo fixes or other forms of editing. I will point out flaws (if any), offer easy fixes, suggestions, and also comment on things I like.
Price: $0.50 per page

- Turnaround time can be anywhere from 5 days to 3 weeks depending on the project or the deadline we agree upon.

For more info on Chrys Fey’s editing service go HERE.

L. Diane Wolfe’s Formatting Services:

NOTE: Once we have decided on the basic design layout, I will format up to ten pages for FREE for your approval.


The Basic Interior Print Design Includes:

Title pages(s)
Copyright page
Table of contents

- Running headers and page numbers
- Properly set gutters, margins, and line spacing
- Text properly justified and paragraphs indented
- Widow and orphan control
- Up to 20 quotes / bullet lists
- About the author page
- Other books page
- Grayscale graphics / photos / logo outside of main body of text

Minimum Fee: $99.00
- Turnaround time is 5 - 8 days.

Formatted for Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc., including ePub, Mobi, html, and pdf files.
Minimum Fee: $30.00
- Turnaround time is 3 - 7 days.

NOTE: I will correct errors in formatting (extra paragraph returns, tabs, etc.) as they arise. Will include a hyperlinked Table of Contents. Unusual or special formatting or paragraph styles are available on a manuscript by manuscript basis.

For more info on L. Diane Wolfe’s formatting services go HERE.

We look forward to working with you! :)

Monday, February 08, 2016

Germany's Fixed Book Price Law and Unprintable Fiction

Some interesting news from last week.

This first one could have a big impact on book sales and the entire industry. The German cabinet’s law on fixed book prices will be extended to include electronic books.

From Reuters:

“The law on the pricing of German language books, under which publishers must determine a price for every title they sell, traces its roots to the late 19th century.

“It is aimed at protecting small bookshops from being priced out of the market and at allowing publishers to make enough money via sales of bestsellers that they can afford to print more niche but culturally valuable publications in smaller runs.

“Germany's highest court last year ruled that certain discounts U.S. online retailer Amazon offered had breached the law.”

While the law covers German language books, the spread of such a law to other countries could have an impact on book sales.

It’s also ironic that Amazon is the one in trouble after the whole fiasco with ITunes and publishers setting their own prices. Don’t you think?

Another article unveiled “unprintable” fiction. Developers are working with technology to create a new breed of interactive book apps.

From The Guardian:

“We’re trying to make books that are delightful, surprising and completely unprintable,” Gerber says. “They’re not games and they’re not apps – they’re all built out of HTML – but each one is impossible to envisage on paper.”

“The first two titles are The Truth About Cats and Dogs, a Janus-faced account of a collaborative poetry project that flips between chapters by authors Sam Riviere and Joe Dunthorne; and Entrances & Exits, a love story from Reif Larsen where a key discovered in an abandoned bookshop unlocks a journey that the reader can follow using Google Street View.”

Books as apps with interactive features aren’t new. But it is really fascinating to see where developers are taking this technology.

What elements could be featured in our books? The sky’s the limit. Instead of just background music, a character could attend a concert or play and the reader could experience it with the character. Google Street View also gives rise to all sorts of possibilities. Wouldn’t it be exciting to write a book that features such a unique experience? What story would you write?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Insecure Writer's Support Group, IWSG Newsletter, IWSG Anthology, and Book Formatting Special

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Alex created a new badge for us! Looks snazzy.

I’ve been busy editing and working on projects, so my regular posting is down to first Wednesdays and two Mondays a month. I’m having fun working on my stories though!

I also have a special offer for the month of February! I’m offering my formatting services at a huge discount - $50.00 for print formatting and $20.00 for ebook formatting. (Extra long manuscripts and those with more than 40 chapters are a little extra.) See Spunk On A Stick - Services for details.

We have two special announcements from the The Insecure Writer’s Support Group:


Chrys Fey needs your articles for the IWSG Newsletter! If you’d like to submit an article for consideration, please follow the instructions below:

Who Can Submit: Insecure Writer's Support Group Members

Topic Ideas: your number one writing, publishing or marketing tip; a motivational pep talk or inspirational story; a snippet about something you used to be insecure about but overcame or an Aha moment you had about writing/publishing.

Length: 200 words or less

How to Submit: Send a DOC attachment to Chrys Fey at
ChrysFey(at)yahoo(dot)com. Put “Member Article” in the Subject Line.

Deadline: March 2nd (Next IWSG Day)

NOTE: Chrys needs a member article for our first newsletter coming out February 24th. If you’d like to be considered for that issue, please send your article to her no later than February 17th.

Thank you for reading! We hope to feature you!

First issue goes out on February 24. Sign up here.


Parallels: Felix Was Here
Print ISBN 9781939844200
eBook ISBN 9781939844118
Science Fiction/Alternate History

Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

Due out this spring.