self publishing

The Indispensable Absolutely Necessary VAA

by Kim Pearson on October 15, 2014

If you are an author and don’t have a Virtual Author’s Assistant (VAA), then I’m so sorry for you. I also urge you to get one, because a good VAA will make your author journey much smoother, productive, and successful. And you will learn a lot about the book biz, too. For the last few […]


Apostrophes, Fonts, Misty Trees and Other Decisions

by Kim Pearson on August 26, 2014

My copyeditor, Lauren Hidden ( finished editing the first of the seven haiku books, and is now closing in on finishing the rest. A commenter on Lauren’s Facebook post about this editing job asked this question: “How the hell does one edit haiku’s?” Pretty funny, considering that he answered his own question by putting an […]


Author’s Perspective on Interior Book Design

by Susan K. Younger on December 11, 2012

While writing my book I had no concept of what the interior layout would be, how, or if the photos I liked could be included. As we worked on the interior layout I started  looking for photos that represented key images for the stories I was sharing from my life. Did I want a photo […]


Self-Publishing by the Numbers – ISBNs and LCCNs

by Janica Smith on November 12, 2012

Have you ever looked at the page at the front of a book that has the information about when a book was published? This page can be found on the back of the interior title page of any book – it is called the verso page in the publishing world. The page holds information about […]


Kim finished with editing last week and the manuscript was handed off to  Lauren, Susan’s proofreader. When Lauren is finished, the manuscript will be ready to send to Cindy Davis for layout (more about that later). Joy finished the graphic and technical parts to the website. Now, Gloria and Susan are working on Susan’s bio, […]


It has been wonderful to see an end in sight when I will have a real book.  Not just a collection of stories written over the course of time, but a book I can hold in my hand.  Something someone else can pickup and read, or download to their Kindle, computer, tablet or other handheld […]


Benefits of Team Support for the Author

by Susan K. Younger on October 1, 2012

Having the team support me during the process of self publishing with their assistance has been freeing and exciting. I’ve worked with teams before when I was within a corporation and in a design firms, but for the last 12 years, I’ve been an independent contractor working alone. Writing for the last few years has […]