I’m so excited because my newest eBook, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes, is about to go LIVE on Amazon! Woot!
This eBook is based on the fairy tale of Cinderella with a unique twist, which is the topic of my signature talk. You weren’t meant to fit in with others in the crowd. God didn’t design you for mediocrity, but He chose you to stand apart as a woman of influence and impact.
God created you to walk in your own unique “glass slippers” – your great purpose and destiny.
My amazing graphic designer, Christine Dupre, created the beautiful cover for the eBook. She made two and I took a vote on my Facebook page to see which one my “peeps” liked better. I loved both and the response was so good, that I’m going to use the other cover for my next eBook in this series called The Cinderella Story: The Power of Dreams. This is the other cover:
Christine just has to change the word “Shoes” in the title to “Dreams.”
My incredible editor/formatter, Hanne Moon withHeritage Press Publications,just received the efile ofThe Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes from the converter and is uploading it to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing at Amazon). It will go live soon, probably this weekend, just in time for Passover and Easter (I think that is significant! God wants to bring us out of captivity into the Promises Land~ the new shoes [our purpose and great destiny] He has for us!)
I can’t wait to share it with you when it’s ready! Doing the happy dance here!
I’ve been working on a new book since last year, Promises In The Dark. The book is about God’s promises versus the world’s promises. Had major writing resistance to this one, because I’m sharing much of my painful past. But it’s getting closer to the time of “the baby’s birth.”
I bought my cover photo at Istock. The photo is pictured at left. I buy almost all my pics for my books, ebooks, and blog posts at Istock. They also offer a free photo, video, and audio each week for you to download. Don’t you just love freebies? 🙂 You can also get pictures for your book at Shutterstock.com, FreeDigitalPhotos.net, and more places online.
My wonderful Graphic Designer!
I’ve been praying to work with a certain graphic designer to design my front cover, back cover, spine, and ebook cover, Christine E. Dupre. I’d seen her covers for other authors and she was highly recommended to me. She’s amazing. She does BEAUTIFUL work!
Recently I hired her and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my cover! I knew she was the right person to do it. You can find Christine on Facebook. She’s also creating an ecover for me so I can have the book in ebook format to upload on Amazon.
Christine is expanding my vocabulary by asking me things like, “What is your spin width?” What the heck is a spin width?! It’s how wide the spine will be. You can calculate your spin width by clicking here.
I’m using Create Space Self Publishing Company as my POD (Print on Demand) company to physically print the book, so that I can “hold my beautiful baby” and when I have speaking engagements, I can sell them on a back table.
I also have to buy an ISBN and barcode atisbn.orgfor my book. You can buy a single ISBN, 10 ISBN’s, or more. The more you buy, the greater the discount. You can also buy a barcode with your ISBN’s. Bowker has several packages available, depending on what you want.
Why do you need an ISBN?
From their website: “Bowker is the official source for ISBNs in the United States. An ISBN uniquely identifies your book, and facilitates the sale of your book to bookstores (physical and digital) and libraries. Using ISBNs allows you to better manage your book’s metadata, and ensure maximum discoverability of your book. Your book is listed inBowker Books in Print®, which is used by all the major search engines and most bookstores and libraries.”
If you want to be a serious writer and professional author, sell your book in bookstores and ebook on Amazon, and have your book found by others, I highly recommend buying an ISBN and barcode.
The ISBN for your book will be different for your ebook. It’s best to buy the package of 10 if you plan to write more than one book (and I do plan to write more!).
My next goals
My next goal/step (hopefully THIS week!) is to buy my ISBN and barcode and to finish writing my book. So far, I have 92 pages, with a goal of at least 100 pages.
Please keep praying for my self-discipline to finish writing this book. My deadline (once again moved) is THIS month, April 2014.
Sometimes you wonder if you’re making any difference here.
You know that this life is not all about YOU. But maybe you don’t want to just “play small.” Maybe you have BIG dreams and long for more. Being “average” and mediocrity are unacceptable to you.
Today we hear the term Rock Star which is supposed to be a positive, but stardom is fleeting and not always fulfilling, as Michael Jackson’s and Whitney Houston’s superstar lives and tragic, early deaths attest.
Or you finally reach fame and fortune, but get caught up in cocaine addiction and alcoholism like Belinda Carlisle (formerly of the Go-Go Girls) or Lindsay Lohan.
Or maybe you haven’t reached stardom at all, and you don’t WANT to, but you do desire for your life to make an IMPACT, a real difference.
She said she appreciated, “your willingness to bring sensitive subject matter that is a real part of the human experience to the place where we can peel aware layers of secrecy or deliberate denial. Only God knows how each story is affecting each lady, but I believe this will have been a life-changing summer study.”