Front Matter

What is all the crap that goes in the front of a novel? well that’s the front matter. There are standard things which are pretty much required and then there are optional things that occupy the pages before the actual novel starts. What you put on the pages before your story begins is also impactedContinue reading “Front Matter”

Font Sizes and Styles

What size font (typeface) you use depends upon the type of book you are writing. The size of the font should correlate with the reading ability of your audience. In a novel for young adults and up you can get away with a 10.5 at the smallest. You probably don’t want to go larger thanContinue reading “Font Sizes and Styles”

Details Found in Formatting

Some formatting details you may not have noticed when reading your favorite book include the first paragraph of each chapter and each section not having an indentation and the first page of each chapter does not have a page number. Speaking of page numbers, they do have to alternate between the right side and theContinue reading “Details Found in Formatting”

Formatting a Book

Formatting a book can be very time consuming. It can also be insanely frustrating, if you are not familiar with the program you are using. Let’s just say there is a steep learning curve. However, once you understand what needs to be done and how to do it. It will only take about a quarterContinue reading “Formatting a Book”

Book Release August 31st

I’m so very excited. After four and a half years of work by the author Nicole Lowe, Never Let Me Go: a memoir, is being published. You will be able to order a paperback or ebook on Amazon on August 31, 2016! Here is an overview: Nikki’s story is terrifying and heart wrenching, but mostContinue reading “Book Release August 31st”

To My Writing Followers

This is an exceptional resource for self-publishing authors. The internet is overloaded with information about self-publishing. As a first time author, it’s difficult to know where to turn to figure out this once “secretive” business of publishing. Joel and Betty’s book, The Self Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide, is exactly what its title proclaims it toContinue reading “To My Writing Followers”

Unfulfilled Needs

Without conflict, there is no story. We’ve all heard it a million times. But what fuels the conflict? The unfulfilled need of your protagonist, of course. The need of your protagonist must be deep enough to get you through your entire story. It also has to be something the reader can relate too, otherwise evenContinue reading “Unfulfilled Needs”

Creative Head Space

Many writers are able to schedule time to write at the same time each day of the week. Having a set time prepares your mind to be creative and to get into the mood. Other’s create a space in their home or office where the magic happens. Their brain kicks into creative mode when theyContinue reading “Creative Head Space”