Selling My Books On My Own Website

Selling My Books On My Own Website

by Nancy Jackson January 18, 2024

All authors are entrepreneurs and selling direct helps us as small business owners.

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Pushing Past The Fear

Pushing Past The Fear

by Nancy Jackson August 10, 2023

You may claim you are not afraid, but let me challenge you to dig a little deeper as you read below.

Fear is a multifaceted thing.

We understand terror when in a life threatening situation. We also understand the butterflies of stage fright.

How about all our little phobias such as the fear of heights, water, and speaking before an audience?

But, let's talk about one today that is rarely if ever, mentioned.

Fear disguising itself as...

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Top 5 Mistakes I Made As An New Entrepreneur

Top 5 Mistakes I Made As An New Entrepreneur

by Nancy Jackson August 10, 2023

As an early entrepreneur in my twenties I made a lot of mistakes. Here are my top 5.

#1 - Lack of Confidence in What I Was Doing

It has been decades since I began my first tiny business. It was way before the internet and the ease of access to do things yourself.

I opened a small craft and flower shop in the small town where I lived. I didn’t have fresh flowers, only silk which was a very big deal at that time.

My time was spent doing the craft items and floral arrangements I made. I did keep my bookkeeping up to date in a large ledger book though.

But, when it came to...

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Morning or Night?

Morning or Night?

by Nancy Jackson August 03, 2023

Are you a morning or night person? There is a clear divide here? Where do you fit in?

 

If I am left to my own devices with no boundaries on when I need to go to bed or get up...

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Words I Hate!

Words I Hate!

by Nancy Jackson August 01, 2023

If you have spent five minutes on social media you have seen a flurry of ads. Many promise you the sun, the moon, and the stars. 

They are so good at getting you to believe that what they have to sell to you will change your life, solve your problem, or revolutionize your life. So, you almost click (or do click) that button.

If you have ever done that...

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Are You A Dabbler?

Are You A Dabbler?

by Nancy Jackson July 28, 2023

That is the worst kind of dabbler. Someone who loves their hobby or unique skill set and yet won’t take the chance to make it their career.

Maybe...

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Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage

by Nancy Jackson July 28, 2023

I’ve coached women for years on how to start, market, and grow in business.

I’ve also been asked about publishing. I’m always happy to share because it is my passion to...

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What is an ISBN?

What is an ISBN?

by Nancy Jackson January 19, 2022

...When you publish your own books, you can and should purchase them yourself. You may choose to publish through a second party where they offer to provide you with a free ISBN. Once I learned that it will point directly back to that entity, I decided I wanted to buy my own ISBN numbers...

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Holding Your Book In Your Hand

Holding Your Book In Your Hand

by Nancy Jackson January 12, 2022

   Now uploading to their site is not for the faint of heart, but it has improved since I uploaded my first novel and their customer service is great! It was worth it. 

I knew I wanted to see my novels in hardcover form with a dust jacket, something my graphic artist may never forgive me for. But, she rose to the challenge and tweaked and tweaked until it fit their specs perfectly...

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Out To The World

Out To The World

by Nancy Jackson January 05, 2022

...I went to a writers conference the first year I was writing. I had written The Blood but not yet published. At that conference there was an Oklahoma company there that I was thrilled about. It makes publishing so much easier. I had a healthy dose of skepticism, but after much research my concerns were quickly dissolved...

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Make Your Books Beautiful

Make Your Books Beautiful

by Nancy Jackson December 29, 2021

...You can export all types of books at once. You can do multiple eBook formats and print as well or you have the option to do only one type of format.

With a print book it is fixed and static. With an ebook, it will be fluid and can be manipulated by the viewer to see fonts larger or smaller as needed.

Having Vellum detect the chapters is really a help because rather that give a static page number it creates a link to that chapter that doesn’t change.  Awesome since the page number is fluid...

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You Need a Writing Team

You Need a Writing Team

by Nancy Jackson December 22, 2021

...It is important to not rush any step of this process. Take your time with rewrites and using a grammar program. Then when you get it to a live person, either a free team or a professional editor, it will be much easier for them to do their job. 

You can’t have too many people read and mark your manuscript. My process is to let one person read it, then make those corrections. Then I give it to another persona and so on. One of the last people I let read and review the manuscripts is a woman who was and English professor at a university for many years.

Don't rush this process. I promise you will...

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