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Doing Your Own Book Printing? SPAWN is a Great Resource!

Nowadays more and more writers are leaning toward self-publishing to get their work in print. Not only is it faster than traditional publishing but it allows the writer more control over how their work is printed, marketed, and distributed. If you are one such self-publisher, you won’t find a more valuable resource than the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writer’s Network (SPAWN).

SPAWN is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, information, resources and a supportive networking environment for creative individuals and small business owners interested in the publishing process. It consists of publishers, authors, illustrators, photographers, editors, book manufacturers, printers, booksellers, artists, and publicists. The organization offers information resources, research sources, directories of publishers and printers, and media links to all its members.

Membership in SPAWN comes with many other special benefits, including:

  • Access to an e-mail discussion group, which offers the opportunity for discussions with experienced writers and publishers.
  • Market updates on magazine and book publishing markets, as well as up-to-date opportunities for freelance writers and artists.
  • A personal member webpage and profile that can be accessed by anyone who is online.
  • Eligibility to attend SPAWN book festivals, seminars, and workshops.
  • Your name listed in the SPAWN catalog, advertising your work and services.
  • A member health benefit. This is not insurance, but it offers members discounts of 20-60% on health, dental, vision, and chiropractic services as well as prescriptions.
  • Articles on writing, publishing, book marketing, copyrights, legal issues, and self publishing.
  • Lists of book printing companies, book services, legal services, and links to other helpful organizations.
  • Discounts on a variety of publishing and writing related services, including book printing services, writing software, editing services, writing courses, and membership with other important literary organizations.

For anyone interested in self-publishing, there can be no other resource as valuable as SPAWN. With this useful tool you’ll obtain insider information on the ever-changing writing world. For more information on SPAWN or on self-publishing, contact contact the book printing experts at CMYK Graphix, Inc. Visit them online at http://www.cmykgraphix.com, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today. As a professional book printing company, they will work with you to customize your options and get your work into print as quickly as possible.


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Editing Fiction: Tips For Self-Publishing Authors

The rough draft of a story comes easily for many writers. When it comes to editing fiction to make it smooth and enjoyable, however, many are at a loss, but this step is easier than most authors think. In fact, a few simple steps can create a world of change in your work. Follow these tips for polishing your novel:

  • Use appropriate and frequent paragraph breaks. This gives the reader a break throughout the material.
  • Use only one name for a character. It is okay to call your character by their first or last name but you shouldn’t alternate between the two. Also, refrain from referring to them by their profession, i.e. the doorman, the butler, etc. This can make it confusing for the reader and can pull them right out of the story.
  • When editing fiction, choose different names with different sounds for your characters. The names Steve and Stan may be different but the similar sounds can make it hard for readers to differentiate between them throughout the text.
  • Avoid using slang. Oftentimes, a reader may not be familiar with a slang term, which can create confusion and pull them from the story. It also dates your work, limiting its shelf life. If you do decide to use slang, be sure to clarify its meaning in a subtle way.
  • Limit your use of offensive language. This may come naturally to some characters but many readers are alienated by profanity.
  • Keep your characters from speaking too long without interruption. A good rule of thumb is to limit dialogue to a three-sentence maximum. This will give your readers a break and keeps them on their toes. Any more than that may make them zone out and miss important details.

These tips for editing fiction are simple and easy to learn. Follow them and you can use them to make your novel shine without a lot of time or effort.

Once you have every word perfectly placed, it’s time to contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. As a professional printing company they’ll help you customize your novel and get it on the shelves as quickly as possible. CMYK Graphix provides one-stop shopping for self-publishing books and other promotional print items. As the No. 1 choice in book printing today, CMYK Graphix will not only help you self-publish your book, they will provide the business cards, brochures, and flyers that will get your words out there in the world.

For more information about self-publishing, contact the experts at Cmykgraphix.com, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today.

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Marketing Your Self-published Book – Ideas To Get You Started

At last, you’ve finished writing your book. With a relieved sigh you sit back and dream about the piles of money that are going to flow through your door. Before you get too far, however, don’t forget the next important step: marketing your self-published book. It’s that magical process that changes your work from a manuscript decorating your shelf to a book that builds a career.

Here are a few ideas to help get your book into the hands of readers:

  • Consider your audience. This will give you a clear path regarding who or what companies to approach. For example, a children’s magazine is not the ideal tool to promote a mystery thriller.
  • Attend writer’s conferences and conventions to network with other authors and industry experts to initiate word-of-mouth advertising.
  • Send press releases to media outlets that relate to your work. Resend these until you get requests for interviews or articles.
  • Create a website that lists excerpts from the book, as well as the option to purchase it. Also use this tool to advertise any special events or promotions you’re doing such as book signings or sales.
  • In addition, an online media room is as essential as a website. You can create and host one yourself or you can hire someone to do it for you.
  • Print your book cover and contact information on marketing products such as mouse pads, book marks, and coffee mugs. These products should include your book’s information, the cover art of your book, a favorite quotation from the book, and the ways in which your book can be purchased
  • Hand out your marketing products to everyone you meet!
  • Set aside about 5-10% of your products for promotional giveaways. These can be given away at book signings, through radio contests, in Web site promotions, at book fairs, or just to people you talk to on the street. Having people read and recommend your work is wone of the most effective ways of marketing your self-published book.
  • Seek non-traditional places for book sales. Many local businesses (independent bookstores, museums, libraries, radio shows and news programs – just to name a few) take an interest in helping local authors and some stores may be willing to sell your books on consignment.
  • Ask local colleges and libraries if you can host readings or literary events that would get your name and work out into the community.
  • Set up book signing events with local bookstores.

Book promotion and marketing your self-published book can be a frightening concept for many writers but it is a vital part of success as an author. Embrace it as a necessary step. After all, who better to sell your story than the person who knows it best?

Of course, one can’t forget the step between writing and promotion: publishing. CMYK Graphix Inc. is a professional printing company that can help you self-publish your book as well as assist you with some of the promotional materials you might need. Additionally, they offer a variety of customization options so you’ll be satisfied with your work from cover to cover. For more information about book printing or marketing your self-published book, contact the expert book printers online at Cmykgraphix.com, call them at 1-800-698-2071, or email them today.

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Ergonomics Part Two – Stay Pain-Free (A Book Printer’s Tips)

Long before a self-publishing author can even think about sending their manuscript off to the book printer’s, they will be investing hours upon hours in front of a computer or typewriter. The writing process can take its toll on an author because, in order to get any amount of work done, a writer is required to work in the same position for hours at a time. As a result they are subject to a real possibility of repetitive strain injuries. Fortunately the study of ergonomics has uncovered the secrets of positioning and equipment use that makes these injuries preventable.

Ergonomics can differ depending on whether you’re writing by hand or typing at a computer. Since many writers do both at some point it is imperative you understand the differences. Here are a few more important tips for reducing your pain as a writer:

When setting up your computer screen:

  • The monitor should be an arm’s length away and the screen should be centered in your line of vision.
  • The top of the screen should be level with your eyes.
  • Adjust the height or tilt of the screen to eliminate light glare. This will reduce eye strain.

To reduce contact stress while writing manually:

  • Use the lightest hold possible on the pen while still maintaining control.
  • Refrain from leaning on the wrist or forearm as you work.
  • Use a pen or pencil with a rubberized grip or increase traction by wrapping a rubber-band around its barrel.

To avoid awkward postures:

  • Position the elbow at an angle greater than 90 degrees.
  • Keep your hand relaxed and avoid forceful bending or hyperextension of finger joints when holding your pen.
  • Use a sloped desk to avoid bending the neck or rounding the shoulders forward.

Everyone knows a great book isn’t written in a day. It can take several weeks, months, and even years before it’s complete and ready for the book printer’s. If you’re able to work pain-free you can work longer and those hours will be spent concentrating on your book and not the pain you would otherwise be feeling.

Once your work is finished, you’ll need to send it off to the book printer’s so your work can get on to bookstore shelves as soon as possible. For more information about self-publishing, contact the expert book printers at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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Writing Your Book: Fictional Character Development

One of the most common goals people have in this country is to write the “Great American Novel”. Of course, most writers don’t simply sit down and start writing when the ultimate goal is a novel-length work. Many aspects of the book need to be planned out beforehand, including the plot and characters of the story. Compelling characters bring the story to life and, in many cases, can make or break it. Fictional character development is critical when writing a book: if a writer doesn’t develop their characters properly, the entire story can seem stagnant and unrealistic.

To avoid these results, development of your fictional character should be done in the following ways:

  • Start with a physical description of your character. Are they tall, short, fat, or thin? Do they have any scars or other distinguishing traits? Keep in mind that a person’s physical appearance can affect the way people treat them and that should be taken into account in your story.
  • After you’ve formed your character’s body type, begin working on the type of clothes they wear. In real life, everybody has a certain style, even if it’s no style at all. A person’s clothes say a lot about who they are and serve as one of the first ways they’ll make an impression on others, so this detail should not be forgotten.
  • Now it’s time to develop the deeper aspects of your character. What type of personality do they have? How do they talk, walk, and think? What do they like and what do they dislike? What is their favorite color, food, or pet? As you’re working, consider how this personality might influence the story you’re writing.
  • Finally, it’s time for development of your fictional character’s background. You must be on an intimate level with each of your characters so you can weave their stories in a believable way. What has happened to them in their past that made them the person you are now writing about? What type of person are they in the present? What do they dream about for their future? Think carefully about this section. Oftentimes a character’s personal history can interfere with and relate directly to the novel you’re writing.

Your fictional character development is complete! Even though the character will take on more depth as the story moves along, your character/person has been “born”. You now have a solid springboard for the rest of your story, which will only be enriched by the work you’ve just done. So get cracking!

Once your masterpiece is finished, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. A professional printing company, CMYK Graphix, Inc. will help you self-publish your work so it can get on the shelf and in your reader’s hands in the timeframe you want. For more information on self-publishing, contact the expert book printers at Cmykgraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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Self-publishing Tips – Writing an Acknowledgement Page

There’s no doubt that a lot of time and effort goes into writing a book, whether self-publishing or going through an agent or a traditional publisher. An author is, of course, the heart and soul of their work, but it would be very difficult for them to complete such a time-consuming project without, at least, a little help. Family members, significant others, and even complete strangers can play a major role in making a piece of work come to fruition. The acknowledgement page of a book is intended to thank those people who heavily influenced you or your book as it was being developed.

To start putting together your acknowledgement page, simply create a list of everyone you feel contributed to your work. This can be family members who cooked your meals while you were working, or who gave you a quiet space in which to write. It could also be a professional who contributed information for your research or someone who supported you spiritually or emotionally. For example, they may have prayed fervently for your success or encouraged you when you considered giving up.

The following steps will help you work your way through a complete acknowledgement page:

  • First, compile your list together, along with the reasons why you’re grateful for each individual. This will help you pinpoint who had the most influence on your work as a whole.
  • Narrow down your list. Most acknowledgement pages are no longer than a half-page, so keep that length in mind.
  • Write the rough draft of your acknowledgement and have an unbiased individual review it for editing or suggestions regarding changes or information that could be omitted.
  • Write the final draft of your acknowledgement and save it with the same font size and font color as the rest of the book.
  • A completed acknowledgement page is generally placed in the book between the table of contents and the actual work.

Once your acknowledgement page is complete, your manuscript is one step closer to being sent off for self-publishing so you can get it on the shelf as soon as possible!

For more information on self-publishing your work, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. They offer options for authors considering self-publishing as well as other tools to help self-published authors promote their work. Call them at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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Author Ergonomics – A Book Printer’s Tips To Keep You Pain-Free

At some point, most writers have experienced some form of pain or cramping while honing their craft. A stiff hand and an ache through the wrist is often associated with writer’s cramp. Contrary to popular belief, however, writer’s cramp is not an overuse syndrome. Instead, it is a problem of lost coordination and control of movement arising in the basal ganglia of the brain. Specific, fine motor skills, such as writing and typing create localized, sustained muscle contractions that cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. When done in an improper position, these movements can lead to the development of repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. The position of the body and the objects you’re working with play a major role in eliminating the aches and pains you might experience while writing or typing.

Here are some tips for reducing your risk of pain from the book printers at CMYK Graphix :

While writing:

  • Use the lightest grip possible on the pen or pencil you’re using.
  • Use a felt-tip pen, gel pen, or roller ball so the tip glides easily over the paper.
  • Do not plant your wrist or forearm on the desk. Glide over the surface of the desk using your shoulder to initiate the movement of writing.

While typing:

  • Refrain from slanting your wrists up or down. They should be held slightly higher than the keyboard.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and elbows unlocked.
  • Do not rest your arms on the arm rests of your chair.

Sitting position:

  • Your feet should be flat on the ground with your knees at a 90 degree angle.
  • Your back should be resting against the back of the chair and the lumbar support should fit into the curve of your lower back.
  • Arm rests should fit just below your arms when your arms are at a 90 degree angle.

By utilizing these tips you’ll see a vast reduction in the pain and cramping you experience as a writer. For most of us, that also means we’ll be able to write longer and focus more on the task at hand, which means your hard work will be finished and off to the book printer’s sooner than you could imagine. When that time comes, contact the book printers at CMYK Graphix, Inc. to self-publish your masterpiece.

For more information, contact the experts at CMYKGraphix.com by calling them at 1-800-698-2071, or by emailing them today.

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