Edit, Format, Upload, Oh, my!

There is a lot more to being a writer these days, or at least, a self-published author. A book is edited. Then it is formatted for ebook and paperback. Then it is uploaded to the vendors.

Once it is up (live) it is a constant watching to make sure it is the price you set, the blurb you wrote (also formatted right), and a myriad of other things, all while writing the next book.

Most days, I’m happy I’m doing this. This has been my dream for a long time, but on days I’m formatting for paperback books; not so much.

Thanks for listening to my rant. Off to format some more!!

Jill James, romance author and self-published entrepreneur

It’s Dangerous Out There

gumdropsNever has there been a better time to be a writer. You can go traditional with a publisher, find a nice independent publisher, or try your hand at self-publishing.  But dangerous waters still exist. Be aware of who you are doing business with. A friendly face doesn’t always equal a friendly business. And it IS a business. Great blog post about it…


Jill James, romance author and self-publisher

The Martian by Andy Weir

the martianThis book is amazing. The author’s voice shines on every page. There is an interview with the author: http://hankgarner.com/author-stories-podcast-episode-50-andy-weir-interview/

Reading the book/almost done and I can’t wait for the movie. This book is the definition of page-turner and unputdownable.

You should get a copy today. http://www.amazon.com/Martian-Novel-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/B00EMXBDMA

Jill James, writer, reader, and lover of books.

3 Reasons I Love Self-Publishing

  1. I can write and publish at my own speed; whether that is fast or slow. I have no deadlines except for the ones I set myself.
  2. I am running my own small business. All the decisions are mine. All the benefits are mine, alas all the responsibilities and failures are mine as well.
  3. I am discovering the most amazing self-published authors. Bobby Adair, RJ Kennett, among many others. I’ve discovered some duds too, but that happens in traditional publishing as well.

Have you discovered any amazing self-published books and authors?

 JLogoColorNoTextill James, writer of romance and owner of Gray Sweater Press
Coming Soon! Time of Zombies, Book 2

13 reasons you’re not as successful an author as you should be — Jim Kukral

Indie Recon 2015 was last week. I watched and listened to a bunch of amazing authors, book designers, and industry people, but this video/speech by Jim Kukral resonated the clearest. I think many people are guilty of a few of these reasons. A couple hit close to home for me as well. Enjoy!


Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance author
off to go write the next book and to NOT play Candy Crush Saga. LOL

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Why Author Solutions isn’t a solution at all.

cash register 2iUniverse, Author Solutions, Archway–no matter the name, the con is the same. To separate an author from his money and leave him with a garage full of books he can’t sell.

Self-publishing–the process, is too easy these days to be taken in by those guys. Even if you choose to pay for some of the process, it doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars and it doesn’t have to leave you with a garage or trunk full of books that you will have to sell by hand.

Check out the blog and make sure you read the comments as well:



On The Internet – Be Aware

As a self-publishing author you are running your own business. You should keep up to date on what is going on in your world.

Warning: PublishAmerica is a vanity press, it is not self-publishing, no matter what name they call themselves. Jill



Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

How times have changed by Jill James

champagneIf you would like a little time capsule look at how much the publishing world has changed, check out J.A. Konrath’s Writer Resolutions where he shows the past years and this year’s.


Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance


Fact: women are more successful self-published authors

Caught this post today and thought I would share. Enjoy, Jill

Belinda Williams

According to the recent Taleist survey of self-published writers, women authors are more successful than men.

Does this fact surprise you? It surprised me – not because I lack faith in my female counterparts (far from it), but because when you compare it to the traditional book publishing industry, it’s the men who dominate.

A good example of the situation women face in the traditional publishing world is documented by VIDA. They decided to count the reviews in a number of important literary publications and it revealed that male writers were up to 413% more likely to be reviewed than female writers in publications like The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, Paris Review, The New Yorker, London Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine.

Forget publishers, I’m going it alone…

Before you make any final decisions, you may want to consider the cold, hard facts. While the traditional publishing world may not be the…

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What business are you in?

For all those writers who just want to write? Sorry, that time has passed. We are now in the business of doing business. Great post and information at: http://www.baipa.info/2013/12/10/what-business-are-you-in-hint-its-not-writing-or-publishing-by-mike-larsen/

Check it out!

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

Christmas on Main Street boxed set #52 in the paid Kindle Store

and #1 in Inspirational romance and #1 in Holiday books

On The Internet – The Passive Voice

I love Passive Guy at the Passive Voice. Or as I like to call him, the voice of reason and sanity. How many links to vendors should you show for your books and who should decide which ones they are?


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Coming Soon!! Love in the Time of Zombies

Read an Ebook Week March 3 – 9, 2013

Read an Ebook Week ~ March 3rd-9th, 2013

ebook week 2013

I’m taking part in Read an Ebook Week over at Smashwords.

My paranormal romantic suspense, Dangerous Shift

is 50% off at Smashwords with the code: REW50 at checkout.

Smashwords makes ebooks available in multiple formats for most ereaders.

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On The Internet – Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords

Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords was at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I’m so close, wish I had known it was taking place. Below is one of his presentations.

Jill James, author of contemporary and paranormal romance
and Smashwords author.