Tips On Self-PublishingTips On Self-Publishing11 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Tips On Self-Publishing
I recently decided to self-publish a compilation of my work. It is something that I've wanted to do for a long time, but have always put off for several reasons; the imagined cost, basic lethargy in editing the damn thing, and laziness when it came to mail-outs to publishers. If this sounds like you so far, you might be able to benefit from a few things I learned along the way. Below I will discuss almost everything you will need to know before jumping into a self-publishing project, some pitfalls to avoid, and approximately what to expect to come out of your pocket. (I'm talking about money, pervert.)
Once I decided I was definitely going forward with this project, my first step was to find publishing houses/printers that offered the services that I wanted. There are many resources for this, but I found the below link most helpful in finding presses that would actually not only turn around a quote quickly,
ShescapesShescapes12 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
… in to it …
… out of intuition
(repeat whenever you feel like)
and out of her mind
a long lane escapes
a long lane …
a long long lane
where all of life
she'd lived before
as a dream
than these visions
of a clock rotate
end of time
emerge on both sides
if only to validate
long as lanes with trees can be
she's in white
with a shovel
deep as love
pop out of
if you count
as a hollow
and her mind
The more you knowThe more you know11 years ago in Historical More Like This
I hate playing with dinosaurs. Common sense would dictate that they would be excellent poker players, as they are incapable of facial expression. I've deduced that when they lunge at you and eat your face, they're displeased, but I don't know if you could call that a facial expression per se. It's like Wild West movies where everybody pulls out a six-shooter, except instead of a gun, it's a dinosaur, and instead of being shot, your face gets eaten. However, I digress. My original point was that dinosaurs should be good at poker, and yet this is simply not the case. Take, for example, a game I held earlier this very evening.
We had just started and already things were not running smoothly. The Tyrannosaur's forearms, while useful to countering the weight of his massive head and upper body, are as ineffective at shuffling a deck of cards as they are in battle. The others didn't even have arms.&
Nothing v1.5NothingNothing v1.59 years ago in Scripts & Screenplays More Like This
A short play by David Couture
A bare stage. GUY 1 is standing CENTRE stage.
GUY 2 [entering]. Hey.
GUY 1. Hello.
GUY 2. What are you doing?
GUY 1. I'm watching the burning house.
GUY 2. What burning house?
GUY 1. The one that's offstage.
GUY 2. It's offstage?
GUY 1. What do you see onstage?
GUY 2. Nothing.
GUY 1. That's because it's offstage.
GUY 2. Then what's the point?
GUY 1. It's a plot device.
GUY 2. A what?
GUY 1. A plot device. Something introduced to the narrative in order to advance it. In this case, a burning house.
GUY 2. Is it working?
GUY 1. You're here now.
GUY 2. Is it a symbol?
GUY 1. Everything is a symbol.
GUY 2. I don't get it.
I don't think I like this plot device.
GUY 1. Give it time. Have
Interactive FNAF story Intro(NIGHT 1)Interactive FNAF story Intro1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
"..Good luck!" The phone call ended. The fan whirred on the desk in front of you, and you sighed. This job, hopefully, would be worth the small amount of payment you were receiving. "Four bucks an hour...What a load of bull..." You groaned. But, money was money, and money was something you desperately needed. With that, you peered down at the tablet wondering which camera you should look at first.
Spanish FruitSpanish Fruit13 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
a mouth full of strawberries
mouths the words to the songs
on the guttural, beaten-up radio
remembering every word and smiling
at the parts you don\'t understand
quietly and patiently like your mother
taught you to read, long ago
in a room under a bruising sky
you blink, now and remember the touch
of the love that came with gifts of words
and now suck strawberry stained fingers
as the words come low and soft
carrying a gift of red, red love
and you trace her name into the pine
of a table you once made love on
taking care to dot the i as she leans back
and sings cien sonetos de amor
HackHack3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Distant neon shivers
to the wail of urban panthers.
This cat slinks up Orange Blossom Trail,
tail twitches, nose itches
with the scent of twenty-dollar oral,
bird purses full of moist towelettes.
Drawls on the dial.
The Olde Time Gospel Hour says
pray for the fornicators,
the good-time Charlies,
the John the Baptist cheese log
and a baby with the croup.
Swing it around to some ballgame banter,
a homerun call...check that...foul ball.
Sidle by used car lots
where slack crackers sipping O.E. 800
punch each other for fun, piss on the tires.
I get a wave from the curb.
A worn-down waif with a suitcase.
I flick the off-duty switch
and keep driving.
That fucker looked broke.
::porcelain hands::There is dust coating the floor like the ash of an ancient fire. Spider-webs hang as delicately from the ceiling as someone may have carefully hooked them in the corners. The room is empty apart from the singular chair that sits in front of the window, as though someone had spent long hours positioned there, staring out at the world that moved on outside. But the chair is empty now, the air is completely still, and the house beneath this attic room is deliciously silent. Nothing moves. Nothing breathes.::porcelain hands::4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Then the clock ticks.
Just once, shattering the veil of silence that had been cast through the whole house. The walls seem to be holding their breath, but just when the stillness is beginning to form once more, in the security that it would not be broken once again, the clock ticks again, and begins making it's way through time.
Then there is a shift in the air. In the attic room, there is a strange change of light from over the singular chair. As though a blurry holograph was being pul
RomanoxReader - part 6RomanoxReader - part 64 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sorry for wating. But maybe you know that it's christmastime . And as you know: Christmastime = stressfull. And I wrote many tests in the last two three. Chemical, Dutch, German, English, Math and Latin. Oh god, I was so stressed. But now I have time because of the holidays ~ Yaii :3
And sorry that nothing happens in that chapter and that I didn't care about right English that much. I hope you understand everything any way.
"Hold on! He will be there in a few minutes!", you screamed to him. And suddenly you had to laugh. Laugh about the whole situation. "Something like this can just happen to me.", you mumbled.
The wind was blowing, the sky was grey, the rain was pouring and you were waiting. Two minutes were past and both of you were still waiting.
"I'm hungry.", the boy said. "Can I make you a pasta when I am down?"
You giggled and said: "Yeah, why not? Of course." And suddenly your tummy
RomanoxReader: PASTAFirst time...don't judge too harshly, I haven't written a story for quite a long time >.RomanoxReader: PASTA4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
ReaderXGermany Part 1You never really seemed to notice anyone, nor did they bother to notice you. You sort of liked it that way. No drama. No irrational fights. Just you and your thoughts.ReaderXGermany Part 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After the whiny dismissal bell rang, you did the everyday routine of sitting in the abandoned tire swing at the edge of the park. You always did this till the air became cold and the sun began to set. Rocking alone in the swing back and forth rhythmically day by day really was never as bad as it sounded.
The fall air snapped at your nose and you stopped to wrap you scarf when suddenly-
"Ludwig! Help!" Was screeched by a pubescent voice. You look up slightly startled. A scrawny auburn brown haired boy with a funny cow lick seemed to be running across the field In a somewhat awkward fashion, his arms failing in the air. A similar but darker haired boy chased him, but with an obvious much more dignified taste. You watch in amusement.
"Lovino, let him be for christ sake!" A strong blonde entered the scene. Within
Wake UpThere was a crash. It was 11:58 pm, exactly.Wake Up3 years ago in Drama More Like This
Mako awoke with a start, and darted into his parents' bedroom.
"Mom, Dad! I think there's someone-" he whispered fearfully, only stopping when he realized that there was no one in the room.
The eight year old gasped in confusion, then darted out into the living room, where more smashing and splintering noises had erupted.
It was a nightmare in there. Two firebenders were mercilessly blasting flames at each other, and there was a body on the floor.
His father was dead.
Mako felt the room flash before him, and he stepped back, slowly.
Teetering, teetering... he crept around the wall and stood, hiding, and watching the horror unfold as his mother was electrocuted by the other mysterious firebender with whom she was fighting.
She fell in what seemed like slow motion.
Mako's mother was gone.
His parents were gone.
And now, the criminal grabbed whatever valuables he could find, and sprinted out of the house. Mako remained frozen in the thre
Germany X Reader! The new waiterGermany X Reader! The new waiter3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Germany X Reader: The New Waiter-
You woke up. Today was going to be any normal day. Wake up, Have a Shower and get dressed ready for work in the cafe. After getting dressed in your uniform you sat down in front of your mirror ready to dry your (h/l) (h/c) hair. You grbbed the hair dryer and dried your hair. After blow drying you kind of looked liked a lion as you had tilted your head upsidown to do it.
"Wow" You whispered to your self, grabbing your hair straighteners. After doing your hair you walked into the kitchen to fix yourself some brunch, Considering your break wasnt until around 4. While making (Fave Food) you notice your rota on the side.
"Who am i working with today?" You asked yourself looking at the rota.
"Well im taking over Romano's shift, Feliciano Ludwig? and urghh Francis" you said groaning and banging your head on the side. After making your brunch you walked into the lounge to eat it while turning on the tv. As you slowly ate your food you wondered to yourself who
RomanoxReader - Grumpy ValentineOh Valentines day. Otherwise, to you, forever alone day. It became fact that you had no intention of getting a boy of your own. Mostly because you had too much academics on your plate. Elizabeta thought otherwise.RomanoxReader - Grumpy Valentine4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Oh come on [name]! At least try!" She whined. You sighed.
"Look, the chances of me getting a boy are on in a million. Just drop it!" You snap at her. She shrugs casually.
"Heck, Roderich made time for me. If he can do that then you can make time with any boy!"
"Elizabeta..." You were about to say something when she cut you off loudly.
"I HAVE AN IDEA!" She shot up into the air. Your palm met your face.
"Five bucks it fails." You mutter. She laughs.
"Hey, I know a certain boy who's been crushing on yoooou!" She said in a singsong voice. "You know, the talent show is coming up, just in time for Valentine's Day!"
"Is it Ravis? Or Peter?" You moan. She giggles.
"You gotta come and see!" She sang.
"Jeez, Elizabeta! It's not gonna make me feel any better! Heck, it'll probably be t
RomanoXreader-My Strange Trip to Italy part 3The psychic was about to open her mouth to speak and your mind was racing. 'What if she is here to tell me that Lovino is not my soul mate, that he is the wrong guy?' you panicked. Just the thought of Lovino not being the one brought tears to your eyes. You didn't know why either, I mean you just met the guy yesterday and now you were ready to cry because he might not be your true love? That seemed silly to you! But silly or not there you were on the break of tears because of the irritable Italian next to you. Before the psychic could say anything you burst into tears.RomanoXreader-My Strange Trip to Italy part 34 years ago in Romance More Like This
"I can't!" you said before you ran off.
Lovino stood there dumfounded and confused as to why you just ran off. The psychic turned to Lovino.
"Red roses are her favorite." The psychic simply stated before leaving Lovino in the streets even more confused than he already was.
You ran up into your hotel room and cried. You didn't ev
Pen Pals~ Hetalia -PART 7->: x :< RomanoXReader >: x :Pen Pals~ Hetalia -PART 7-3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
S.Italy x Reader - Happy Holiday Part 6It was only a few days left until Christmas ... and Antonio's eyebrows still had a lot of growing to do. Every time you and Romano saw him, the both of you laughed rather loudly ... but sadly ... that laughter was about to be silencedS.Italy x Reader - Happy Holiday Part 64 years ago in Romance More Like This
You heard a loud knocking on your bedroom door, which had woken you up from your peaceful sleeping. You got out of bed, put on your dressing gown and answered the door. Romano was standing there, with a letter in his hand. He looked distressed
"What's wrong?" You asked, very worried
Without saying a word, he held you tightly
"I ... (Name), I have to go away" He said
"Where?" You asked naïvely
He sighed and looked at you. You could see he was in a lot of pain
"Bella ... I have to go to battle" He said
"No! You could get killed!" You protested
"I have to, Bella ... the Boss said he'd hurt you if I didn't" He said
It looked like he was desperately trying to control himself. You had never seen someone whom was so mischievous ... so frail ...
"You ... h
Makorra - RegretsIt was quiet. Too quiet. She wasn't supposed to be this quiet, it wasn't right. Sitting in a chair by her bed, Mako stared down at Korra intently. Every so often his gaze would shift down to reassure himself that her chest still rose and fell, that she was still breathing, still with him. Logically, he was aware that her injuries weren't so severe that he had to worry about her life. Emotionally, however, none of that mattered. She was too quiet, and the bandages that she had been wrapped in just added to the illusion that she was just too fragile at that moment. She was supposed to be loud, brash, energetic, so much life filled her and her every action. He recalled the time they had slept beside one another, his anxiety that night had kept him from falling asleep as quickly as she had. Even in her sleep, she still showed so much life and energy with her constantly changing expMakorra - Regrets3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
RomanoxReader - part 4RomanoxReader - part 44 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Ladies first.", Lovino said and pointed at the bus door. You nodded and smiled and went in the bus with a tears-soaked face. You were so lucky that you could tell everything to someone. Although it wasn't a friend or a person you trusted enough for the story. But that was okay, he won't speak with you again after this bus tour.
The bus was empty. No one were there. Not even the old lady you saw in there every time you drove to your ex-boyfriend with this bus. She always gave you a candy and although you weren't a child any more you were happy about the candy every time. Usually she gave you a lemon candy which was a cough drop, but it tasted good anyway.
After you have bought your ticket you went to the end of the bus to sit down. Lovino sat down in front of you, so you were face-to-face sitting. As you looked at his face you blushed. His skin was so smooth and in the light of the bus lamps you could see his face completely. He looked absolutely Italian. His amber eyes, his darker com
S.Italy x Reader - Happy Holiday Part 2You made your way into the kitchen, where Romano was standing, with a tomato in his hand. He glared at you as he took a big bite out of it. You shuddered a little. It was such repulsive behaviour ... but something made you want him ... and you had no idea what it wasS.Italy x Reader - Happy Holiday Part 24 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Why are you doing this? We've only just met and you're already being an arse" You said
He just ignored you and tomato juice dribbled from his mouth down his chin. You felt like you wanted to slap him ... but you were tired from the long journey. Antonio entered the room
"Hey, that was my last tomato!" He complained
"Then buy more, stupid Bastard" Romano muttered
"You are unbelievable!" You exclaimed
"Well believe it, baby. 'Cause I'm here to stay" He said
You looked at him in disbelief at what he just said to you. He was so rude ... you sighed angrily
"I'm going to go to bed. Where's the room where I'll be staying?" You said, looking at Antonio
"Oh, it's upstairs, bella dama" Antonio said, smiling
Antonio led you upstai
Germany x Reader Pinky Promise finalGermany x Reader Pinky Promise final3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Shhhh she's waking up idiotas," hissed a pissed off voice of an angry Lovino. Well at least they got you out of the Allies even if America knocked you out.
"Hmm wha what happened?" you asked in confusion.
"Vee sorella you got knocked out and that made doitsu angry," states the worried Feli.
"(Name)! You're avake!" Ludwig exclaimed and walked over and holds you close petting you. "(name) I vas so vorried zhat he hurt you meine liebe."
At that moment everyone left you two alone with each other.
"Huh Ludwig what does that mean?"
"(Name) it means my love. Ich liebe dich," and with those simple words he kissed her. She felt all her love for him and kissed back passionately. He slide her onto his lap to cradle her in his arms as if to keep her safe for harm which he would. When they parted from the kiss she stared into his deep blue eyes and saw only love. Ludwig smiled and slide a ring on her finger. "Liebe vill you marry me?" he blushed at his words hoping for her to say yes to accept him
GermanyxReader-New Friends Part IIGermanyxReader-New Friends Part II3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Hey, we're here, (name)." Ludwig said as the school bus rolled to a stop outside of a perfectly manicured school lawn.
"We are. I'm really nervous, Ludwig. What if I don't fit in?" you murmur, looking out the window at the other students as they ran into the school.
"You'll be fine. You impress me, and I'm sure you'll fit right in with our classmates."
You took the comment to heart as you both got off the bus, and onto the concrete parking lot. Gilbert had already run off with his strange friends, and now you two were stuck walking with the brothers who had been arguing earlier. They were quite an interesting pair, but they didn't get along very well, getting into fights about petty things. You soon separated from them once you got through the doors to the school.
"(Name), do you remember how to get to home base? I can't remember, for open house was very crowded, and I wasn't able to figure out where I really was."
"I think I do," you say with a small uncertainty in your voice. "I hav
One Condition"Can you believe him?" the Avatar says as she walks with her best friend, Bolin. She stuffs another dumpling in her mouth, still fuming about the hot headed firebender. Bolin just laughs it off.One Condition4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"He's like that. You knew when you decided to go out with him." He states matter-of-factly which only causes the Avatar more annoyance.
"Whose side are you on Bolin?"
"How could I ever pick between my best friend and my brother, Korra?" Bolin says feigning shock at the suggestion. Korra just rolls her eyes at him.
"I just don't understand him Bo. First he's all happy that I got us into the finals and next thing you know, he's yelling at me to pick up some slack." The earthbender shakes his head and hands her another dumpling.
"You know he's just nervous. I mean, if we win this, we won't have to rely on Toza anymore. We'd be able to support ourselves and most importantly, he'd be able to support you." Korra blushes at the truth of the last part. She and Mako have had a complicated relationship t
RomanoxReader - part 2RomanoxReader - part 24 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Never thought that people want to have a part two of it, but here it is Thanks,btw ..................................................................................... 'Well,we will be alone together for the next 40 minutes, and when it is so quiet I get nervous. Could we talk a little? Only small talk would be enough. Like, about the weather and something like this, you know.", you interrupted the s