Monthly Archives: June 2017

In Praise of Vellum

I’ve been using Vellum to produce my ebooks for nearly a year now. I *love* this program! It’s simple to use, efficient, and produces beautifully formatted books. One of my favorite features is that it creates different versions for each of the distributors you sell through. This means that the cover art is always the correct site for the vendor, and more importantly to me, my list of “also by” titles are linked appropriately to each site.

For example, if a reader has purchased my book through Amazon, all the links to my other titles are Amazon links! If they bought via Kobo, then the links are to the Kobo site. All with no additional effort on my part! I love it!

And my “also by” page can be dragged and dropped into a new file, so I only have to set up the links once. How awesome is that feature alone?

So when I heard that Vellum was releasing a version that would produce PRINT versions of my titles, I jumped at the opportunity to upgrade. I haven’t been disappointed! So far, I’ve put 4 titles into print. Easily and effortlessly. Vellum created the interior PDF at the same time it generated my ebook files. And each of those PDFs went into CreateSpace without a single comment. I spent way more time getting the cover art properly formatted, than I did the interiors.

Now, I haven’t seen the proof copies yet (they should arrive this week), but I don’t expect any issues with the interiors. The covers are my only question. Unfortunately, Vellum doesn’t create the full-spread cover for me. I’m still using InDesign for that task. But once I get that dialed in, I’ll be home free!

Coming soon to a distributor near you: refreshed versions of Sorcha and her Children, including new, professionally designed covers and PRINT!!

I can hardly wait 😀

Author Spotlight: Jade Kerrion

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a fellow author who participated in last years Advent Calendar. You might remember her: Jade Kerrion.

She’s an USA Today bestselling author, defying (or leveraging, depending on your point of view) her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy, as well as her MBA, to embark on her second (and concurrent) career as an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance author.
 Her debut novel, PERFECTION UNLEASHED, won six literary awards. Jade writes at 3 a.m., when her husband and three sons are asleep, and aspires to make her readers as sleep-deprived as she is. You can find her on www.jadekerrion.com

Together with 22 other authors, she’s presenting a bundle of books for next to no money which will be released officially on 22nd of August. It’s well worth checking out. The other authors are: Kerry Adrienne, Bec McMaster, Felicia Beasley, L.B. Gilbert, Anne Renwick, Lisa Lace, Melle Amade, Michael Trozzo, Lily Thorn, Ilana Waters, Erin Richards, R. E. Vance, Cheri Schmidt, Tristan Hunt, CC Dragon, Bradon Nave, D.A. Roach, Katalina Leon, Boone Brux, Eric Padilla, Izzy Shows, M.H. Soars

What’s really cool is that you can get 15 of the eBooks right away if you preOrder the books on any eBook shop and let the authors know (it is NOT a signup page for the individual authors’ mailing lists, just a way to get your up-front books to you). As a bonus you’ll also get a coloring book (I think that’s a cool idea).

About the Bundle:

MYTHS & MAGIC sends you on a wild ride across universes where a safe return cannot be guaranteed.

Abolished magic returns to Earth. The Minotaur and Achilles clash. Telekinetic sorcerers, witches, and fairies discover their powers. Humans become cyborgs. Dragons prowl the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes.

All this and more is packed inside one boxed set overflowing with stories from today’s hottest USA Today and International Bestselling authors!

From dystopian thrillers to steampunk romance, from gothic fantasies to paranormal adventures, come journey with unlikely heroes, valiant shifters, rogue vampires, and even a sensual brujo. Dabble in scientific espionage, thwart scheming sorcerers, and challenge hordes of vengeful demons. And maybe fall in love…

If you’re ready for 21 exclusive full-length novels and novellas, including some BRAND NEW material, in a boxed set where vampires, shifters, ghosts, demons, and even Djinn haunt the pages, then fall into MYTHS & MAGIC, a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and a dash of paranormal romance that will take you to the edge of your imagination.

PreOrder today on Amazon to secure YOUR copy of this exciting collection or use a link from the page with all stores (Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Kobo): http://books2read/mmsff). And don’t forget to let the authors know, so they can send you your up-front books and the coloring booklet.

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