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7 Ways to Enhance Your eBook and 6 links to audio/video tools

I’m entrenched in all things editing, self-publishing and marketing these days. I love learning new things!ereaders, Kindle, Nook, iPad

I’ve just learned a bit about enhancing your digital novels and non-fiction to make them fresh and more marketable.

Here are a few ideas, some of which I plan to try:

1. You know the biographies you write about your characters before you write your story? Shorten and polish them. Create a link in your table of contents or in the epilogue to a page of your characters’ bios.

2. You can build an index listing all your characters’ names  and link it to the first place in the book they appear.

3. You can also build an index for non-fiction books linking it to charts, tables or spreadsheets.

4. Link to your other books, if you have a backlist. Or link to a page containing an excerpt of a new book.

5. Using external links, link to your blog and your Amazon author page  and Amazon and B&N product pages.

6. For the version you upload to Apple iBooks, embed a PDF with a map of your book’s location, a group of recipes for food or drinks your characters enjoy, or to fashions that fit the era in which your characters reside.

7. Apple and Barnes & Noble, when you upload directly to them or through a distributor, support embedded podcasts and videos. (PubIt is not set up to handle podcasts or videos.) Choose a story-related musical selection for which you can get permission to use in a podcast. Embed a video book trailer for a new book, a video of photos of the setting, or anything else that pertains to your story.

Note: Amazon can support audio and video, however, their program is in closed beta testing. Currently it will only work on Kindle apps for Apple products. So, expect Amazon to make it available across the board in the future.



Need to learn how to create videos and podcasts? Check these links:

From Joanna Penn: Authors Should Podcast: 5 Reasons You Should Start Now and  How to Create a Podcast,

7 Reasons Why Writers Need to Start using Video for Book Promotion and How to Create a Book Trailer.


From Shelley Hitz: Free Audio Tools and Free Video Editing Software and Other Cool Video Tools


And, because I’m going back to my first chapter to begin my 2nd draft editing, I had to include the inimitable Chuck Wendig’s post, 25 Things to Know About Writing the First Chapter.


Use your imagination…what other ways could you enhance your own self-pubbed book? What stage in writing/publishing are you?

Don’t forget, Lara Schiffbauer is posting at the Life List Club Blog today about ridding yourself of self-doubt. We could use a little help with that from time to time, right?


ROW80 Progress From The Gimp – 4/15/12

Happy Sunday, ROWers!ROW80, a round of words in 80 days, by Kait Nolan

Yes, call me Gimpy this week. Easter Sunday I was loading some food into the trunk of my car to take to my daughter’s for dinner. I was doing fine until I reached the garage and stubbed my toe on the elevated garage floor. ‘Stubbed’ would actually be an understatement. I jammed it hard causing my foot to slip partially out of my open-back shoe and cause my heel to land just as hard on the edge.

Swollen and extremely sore, I’m limping with a cane. While it is improving day by day, I can only sit in a chair just so long before it starts aching, too. Hence, sporadic writing spurts at my desk.

Despite all that:

My 2nd week wasn’t too bad:

  • Write on short stories in progress 3 days/week with a weekly goal of 2000 words. Surpassed my goal by hitting 3000 words!
  • Plot outline of a novella series idea. Spent time plotting the first in the series and continued with character sketches.
  • Begin the publishing process of at least one short story. This will hopefully happen in May
  • Exercise 5 days a week – at least 30 minutes each time. No lower body exercise this week due to foot injury, but I did do some upper body weights on 3 days, while sitting .

It’s interesting how much more writing work I was able to do while confined to my chair. *smirk*

I also found time to get through some of the amazing blogs that hit my inbox. This timely and inspirational video  from the experts at Copyblogger worked it’s magic on me.

Why? Because…well, CJ Lyons said it best when she watched the video:  “I’d never heard of Ze Frank before, so it was kinda cool hearing my own doubts and self-talk coming out of someone else’s mouth!”

This is just one invocation of Ze Frank’s and it really got me where I live:

Let me not hit up my Facebook like it’s a crack pipe … keep the browser closed.
– Ze Frank

(NOTE: Not suitable for work or around small children)

If you’re unfamiliar with ROW80, the challenge that knows you have a life, you can read all about Kait Nolan’s amazing challenge HERE. If you’ve participated before, here’s the link to get started again! To learn more about Kait, click HERE.

Please stop by my blog on Wednesdays this month for indie author guest posts. There are so many really wonderful authors and I have some of the best with me during April!

The Life List Club’s new blog is gaining ground in popularity. We’ve had terrific response, so don’t miss it! We post every Wednesday and Friday. If you know someone who may be interested in guest posting on Mondays, please email me at Marcia DOT A DOT Richards AT gmail DOT com.

Next up on the LLC Blog is the amazing David N. Walker on Wednesday and Gary Gauthier on Friday! Please visit them and offer up some comment luv!

I hope you all have had a productive week as well. Please share your triumphs and struggles…makes us feel like we’re not alone!

Oooh, Sexy! Dance!

Dance…it can be playful, sexy, elegant, romantic. I love all the many styles and forms of dance and I’ll bring you examples of them from time to time.

Some of my favorite dances to watch are the Latin inspired dances – the rythmic Cuban Mambo, the sensual ballroom-style Tango, the energetic and sassy Cha-Cha, the lively Brazilian Samba, the ‘dance of love’ –Rumba, the galloping rhythm of the Merengue and the electric energy of the Salsa-style. Sensual hip movements, intense eye contact, skimming the hands over your partners body all makes these dance styles sexy and full of spice!

One of these days, I’ll talk my husband into taking lessons with me. For now, I’ll be happy being entertained by those who do it well. Please enjoy this video of this very sensual Tango scene from the movie Take The Lead, starring the hot and sexy, Antonio Banderas. Please note the dialogue is in Spanish, as this was the best quality video available. I hope it only adds to the sensual theme for you, rather than detracting from it.

Need more?

How about belly dancing? Originating in North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Belly Dancing is the oldest form of social dancing in the world. Popular singer, Shakira takes belly dancing to a whole new level! The next video is her performance with Wyclef Jean to the song, Hips Don’t Lie. Hot, hot, hot!!

What other dances do you find sexy and romantic? Do you get sexy on the dance floor with your main squeeze?

You know I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comments!

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Punky Brewster Talks About Motherhood

Soleil Moon Frye as Punky

Image via Wikipedia

Did you or your children watch the Punky Brewster show back in the mid-80s? My daughter was a huge fan! I thought she was pretty cute, too. When the show was out of syndication in 1988, my son was a newborn and I lost track of Punky.

Punky Brewster, Soleil Moon Frye, grew up when I wasn’t looking. Fast forward to today: Continue reading

As The Eagle Soars, So Will You

Editorial Note: I realize it’s Tuesday and I should be posting writer’s tips, however, I am guest-posting on Nicole Basaraba’s blog, Universe City, tomorrow where I will be talking about 6 Ways to Keep Your Readers Engaged. So today is tomorrow’s Next Chapter of Our Lives post.

Most of us in mid-life are grandparents already, or about to be. We are allowed the privilege of parenting again but, this time, without the stress of careers, budgets, day care, and social pressures.

Grandparenting is a time of renewing our playfulness, as well as, discipline with a smile. We reap immediate joy from teaching our grand-girls and boys timeless lessons and games. Our patience, experience and hindsight, acquired over a lifetime, now has purpose: nurturing our grandchildren and passing on what we’ve learned.

Our 2 1/2 nd 6 1/2 year old granddaughters have moved in with us for a few months while their mother finishes her education. We have the honor of helping them all soar to new heights.

*My daughter will be able to focus totally on her studies. When she completes her coursework, she will be capable of working in her field and planning the early stages of her entrepreneurship.

*My 6 year old granddaughter is learning to make real friends. She’s at an age where she comprehends more about loyalty, fairness, and honesty. She is also developing her artistic talents and looking forward to learning to swim, gymnastics, girl scouts. she’s sees the world as an exciting place now, where she can try new things and find out where she excels.

*My 2 year old granddaughter improves her vocabulary daily. She wants to be just like her big sister, so she’s willing to reach for the stars to discover what she can do. She’s fearless on the jungle gym and the sliding board.  She follows in her sister’s footsteps in taking responsibility for her toys.

As my husband and I soar to new heights of fitness (due to running after a 2 yr old), joy, and productivity (necessary in order to get our usual amount of work done), you will also soar like an eagle in your mid-life experiences.

We all just need that loving push to accomplish things we thought we might not be capable of doing.  I am lovingly pushing you, my fellow mid-lifers, to soar to new heights in your life. Strive for perfection in your work, get yourselves fit for life, make new friends, join a group of like-minded people, enjoy every minute of everyday, read more, love more, travel, notice the little things, live in the moment!

Every one of my Next Chapter of Our lives posts will give you a little more PUSH, a little more motivation, or a little more support to do the things you love or learn new things to love.

Enjoy the following video called, The Push. I hope it will inspire you to push yourself or your loved ones to reach beyond your perceived limits. You can do anything, you know, if you believe.


Tell me how you can help yourself or someone else soar to new heights.

I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comments.

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Small Changes Equal Big Results

Welcome back to our Life List Club members. If you’re not already a Life List Club member, all you need to do is subscribe to this blog or to one of the other writers’ blogs. You’ll find the other writers, Jess Witkins, Jennie Bennett, Sonia Medeiros, Gene Lempp, and more listed in the blogroll in my sidebar.

I had touched on this topic of small changes =big results in an earlier post, and my friend Continue reading

Book Trailer Review: The Postmistress and Killer Pizza

Happy Wednesday! I’m trying something new this week, Book Trailer Reviews. Let me know how you like it.

The first is a book I’ve read, The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake. I wanted to love this book, but I was terribly disappointed. I write 20th century historical fiction and felt this book would be a great example to follow. I loved the story line (the author outlines it in the trailer), but I wanted to know the characters better. We only get to know them superficially. How do you come to care about a character with only that to go on? Continue reading