The “Writing the Last Chapter” Two-Step

last chapter 2 step feet-flesh4I’m working on the last chapter or two of my current WIP (I sometimes wait until the book is done to break it up into chapters). The ending is, of course, the culmination of everything that has gone before; it’s the climax, the resolution, the payoff. And if I’ve done my job well enough, it’s delicious.

This one feels delicious. What I’ve noticed is that I am torn between wanting to hurry up and finish the blinkin’ thing so I know how it’s all going to hang together, and taking my time, working it out slowly so every word is perfectly placed. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had this dilemma before. Continue reading “The “Writing the Last Chapter” Two-Step”

Authors Should Check Holiday Closures When Planning December Releases, Sales

indie publishing calendar-660670_1280With consumers on the hunt for Christmas gifts in December, many authors decide to run sales around the holidays. However, self-published authors wanting to take advantage of this buying season need to plan ahead, so holiday closures don’t derail planned price changes.

Just as schoolchildren and employees are off for the holidays, so are some of the retailers where books are sold. This means retailers may not be open when you’re ready to discount your books. While you can expect the usual of Christmas and New Year’s Day closures, some authors might be surprised to find the holiday hours for backend changes are quite sparse. (Most online retailers maintain normal 24-hour operations for those who are making online purchases.) Continue reading “Authors Should Check Holiday Closures When Planning December Releases, Sales”

Babelcube: Translate Your Book for Free

babelcube logoFor authors and anyone in publishing, having books translated into other languages is a major expense. But Babelcube says its free service “enables book publishers and self-published authors to team up with translators and distributes their books in multiple languages globally.” It will put your translated book up on all the major retailers’ sites (Amazon, Kobo, etc.) and on numerous global sites, depending on language. Babelcube also has access to 300+ smaller regional and country sites around the world. Continue reading “Babelcube: Translate Your Book for Free”