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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Page Numbers in Createspace

Page numbering and author/title headers for paperback publication don't have to be difficult or complicated.

Open your Word .doc/.docx file.

Under 'Insert', select Footer. Insert a blank footer.

There will be a few options available at this point. Select 'Different First Page', Different Odd & Even Pages', and 'Show Document Text'.


Go back to the 'Insert' Menu. Select 'Insert Page Number' and use the bottom of the page.
Do the same for the next page, which will be the evens or odds, depending on where you first page falls.

Go to the same menu and add Headers. In the headers type your author name on one page, and the name of the novel on the other. Delete the footer text on the title page.

Done. Save it as a .doc file and upload it to Createspace. Your novel will now have pagenumbers and headers, relatively painlessly.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Radar Love is free all Weekend

Radar Love  FREE- the best #romance of 2012-2013. #love #superlove #prison #heroin #tomrobbins #kindle #free #ebook http://ow.ly/frP1y

When part-time construction worker and full-time hustler Chris Turner meets the girl of his dreams in a Dairy Queen drive-through, he induces her to climb out of the window and run away with him. She is Janique, and she's everything he's ever wanted. So begins a love affair that defies reason. Submission, piercings, and mock kidnappings are just foreplay for what's to come.

The two hard-loving antiheroes are so in love, they'd rather rob stores and banks than spend their days apart. It's all fun and games until they end up in connected prisons. Then it's up to Chris to get them out again, using only brutality, heroin, and a book by Tom Robbins...

An epic love story, first in the Ultimate Hustle series. Definitely contains explicit language and situations. The sequel, Penultimate Hustle: Japan is out now...

http://www.amazon.com/Radar-Love-Ultimate-Hustle-ebook/dp/B006LRKASI/

New Short Story Collection

http://www.amazon.com/More-Short-Stories-Sweet-ebook/dp/B00AC6RSQQ/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353775317&sr=1-8&keywords=Six+more+Short+Stories


Six More Short Stories by Jason Z. Christie

Includes "Turning the Page", and "When the Levee Breaks" as well as a story by Brian Magar about me.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Oh Golden Muse

Leave me not now
In my hour of despair
For I say it
It's true
I cannot write
But for the love of you

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Skull, John D. Christie, III


Captor of my Heart

Captor of my Heart
Never release me
Wrapped in chains of love
Without key
This sentence is for life
Holding much appeal
Forever bear the stripes
With no last meal
Hope viewed from afar
Peering through the bars
Calling to the girl whose name
Is written in the stars

Pageburner Free All Weekend

Pageburner

Jason Z. Christie

collabs.and.covers@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Z-Christie/148167058621572

@jasonzchristie

http://www.amazon.com/Pageburner-ebook/dp/B006IJUGVU/

B006IJUGVU

11-22-12 to 11-26-12

Paige Burner is the hottest L.A. murder detective imaginable, but she's so alone. Her only friends are her weed and her Hello Kitty vibrator. Along comes Jean Simons, who wants to create a virus to destroy the authoritarian element of society...and kill Charles Manson.

Follow her across the country to the deep south and back again as she pursues her own happiness and a psychopathic mass murderer.

Warning: Contains explicit language, drug use and "adult situations".

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pre-Fabbed Covers - Right or Wrong?

There's a bit of debate about using prefabbed covers. Worry no more. When CL Smith is your cover designer, you can't go wrong with his work.

http://www.goonwrite.com/ 

Check out these designs:






That should take all the worry out of finding the perfect cover. Lots more on his site. Plus he does custom orders, and he's very affordable. The pre-made covers are a blanket price of $60...

http://humblenations.com/

That's CL Smith. Tell him Jason Z. Christie sent you. He does my covers exclusively.

Lucky Red Lighter

I carry a red lighter with me at all times
To remind me
Of the love that was
The love that is
And the love that will always be

The Nuts and Bolts of Spamming

Okay, call it direct marketing, if that makes you feel better. But there are a number of things you can do in the specific that will make your marketing efforts more effortless.

Mainly by going into battle properly armed.

Do you use KDP a lot? Make a list of your books, and all pertinent information in a text file. This will make filling out twenty forms a lot easier. Yes, you can use a form filling app, and I recommend them, even though I don't use them myself. They can do 80% of the work for you. Use a Firefox one for added security.

Tweet a lot? Make a text file with all of your tweets. That way, all you have to do is change the description each day. Hootsuite is also a, erm, hoot to use. The scheduler will let you set up the entire days tweets in ten minutes. A big time savings, and more importantly, a big savings in efforts.

Hootsuite will also post to both Facebook and Twitter, cutting your work in half, there.

Mailchimp seems to be the writer's best friend of late for sending targeted email. It takes a little while to set up, twenty minutes or so, but that list can become quite valuable. Be sure and include the required footer, something you might miss if you rush through set-up. It's a spamming disclaimer required by law.

So, by spending a few extra minutes making text files, you can save hours per day, giving you more time to pursue reviews and interviews, or maybe even write a bit more.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Createspace Made Easy

Ever spend two days trying to tweak margins in Word to make a paperback on Createspace.com? It turns out you don't have to.

I'm feeling a bit full of myself because I just did seven books in a day. In fact, I spent more time tweaking covers than margins. Add to that the two I did yesterday, and I'm feeling pretty good.

Save your .doc file as a new document, first.

Log onto Createspace and begin the uploading process. You'll need to do this to get your ISBN numbers.

Take the Word .doc and select all. Set the page size. I noticed that if you don't, you'll have inconsistent page sizes, the source of many of the troubles I had early on.

Set the page style to mirrored. Be sure to do this to the entire document, not just the section you're working on. There's a section of the page style dialogue for this.

Add your ISBNs and save it out as a .doc file.

Upload it to Createspace. When the dialogue comes up, just tell it to resize the document. Perfect margins every time.

Set up your cover and you're off to the races. Note: the cover editor is sort of buggy. If it doesn't take the first time, resubmit it.

That's it. It should take less than an hour to get a paperback published with this method.

Have fun,
Jason

More from Ultimate Hustle

Chris Turner sat watching television, blinking intermittently.

"Chris, what are you doing?" Janique asked.

"What?"

"Blinking like that."

"Nothing. Just blinking."

"Chris..."

He sighed. He couldn't put anything past Janique.

"Playing a game."

"A game?"

"In my head."

"In your head?"

"Yes."

"What sort of game?"

"I call it 'Gunshot or Cumshot'."

"Yum. Although I'm not really into gunshots. How do you play?"

"You just imagine shooting someone, or cumming on their face."

"That's it?"

"That's it."

Janique hit the intercom button.

"Brad..."

She explained the concept in brief

"Yeah, I can do that. It'd be about five hundred dollars retail."

"Do it," she said. "I want it in stores for Christmas."


11-7-12

Sunday, November 18, 2012

World Without End

"The world will end in 3121."

That was the prediction issued by Deep Thought, aka The God Machine, in response to the query regarding the burning question of when the planet Earth would meet its inevitable demise.

The answer was so pat and succinct, it was shocking in its directness. Still, it gave the denizens of Earth a little over seven hundred years to prepare by terraforming and colonizing Mars. Plenty of time, the Earthlings were assured.

The usual internecine squabbles broke out along the way. Some refused to believe in the infallibility of Deep Thought. Others wanted to stay behind and be destroyed along with the planet.

This led to the development of Boson-Higgs VI, the planet splitter, a bomb capable of cracking the Earth from mantle to core. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

As the final ships from Earth landed on Mars, one of the radical clerics in opposition to Deep Thought detonated the BH VI.

The year?

3121.



Written in ten minutes on 11-6-12 by Jason Z. Christie.