Kindle and E-books

Anyone involved in writing or the publishing industry is well aware of the rise in E-books sold. If you don’t get the Publishers Weekly free newsletters, then I’d recommend them to you. Over 13 million iPads were sold in the last half of 2010 and E-book sales are up 158% according to some sources I’ve read recently.

If we’re not on board, then the train is going to pass us by. One of my goals for this year is to become a part of that change to a greater extent. My publisher, Buoy Up Press, editor Dan Case put Rebekah Redeemed and The Fisherman’s Wife on Kindle and Nook for the Christmas shopping season.

Joan and Steve Neubauer of WordWright.biz, Inc. Publishing, are getting my women’s fiction book, Shelter from the Storm, ready for re-release in the early Spring on Kindle.

Amazon has directions available for authors who want to go directly to publishing their works on Kindle. Read discussions in online writing groups for experiences of others and their tips. I know that Amazon converts your document from html to their formating software much better than if you try sending it in MSWord or PDF.

Check our the upcoming free online conference for free and upgraded members of savvywriters.com . In February, they’re offering this online conference focused on E-books, publishing them successfully, and changes in the publishing world. Even if you don’t write romance, I think the information about changing from only print books to a combination of both electronic readers and print books is valuable to any writer. (Note: This site is for 18 years and older because some of the books have adult content.) Watch for other conferences or webinars that can help us with the transitioning to electronic books. I’ll pass on links as I come across them. I’d love to hear about conferences or webinars from you. Feel free to post them in a comment.

I’m also reading and learning as much as I can about preparing manuscripts for E-books so they can be on Kindle, Nook, and other readers or downloaded from my own website Dianne G Sagan – Author . Right now, I’m working toward’s having Free downloadable discussions for book clubs or groups to use for Rebekah Redeemed and The Fisherman’s Wife.


Mark Twain Celebration and Editorial Writing Workshop

Some of you may know that my husband, Greg Sagan, is an editorial writer who has hundreds of opinion pieces to his credit and has a weekly column on Tuesdays in the Amarillo Globe News both paper and online. If you’re going to be in the area during February, then you’ll want to note his class on writing editorials and opinion pieces in conjunction with a look at Mark Twain’s writing.

Sponsored by the Amarillo YMCA and Amarillo Public Library, this free class will meet each Tuesday night in February at the East Branch Library, 6:30 – 8:00. Greg is a professional business consultant and group facilitator with years of experience. His approach is interactive, motivating, and fun.

Flight to Heaven

I just have to share this book with you. I finished reading it and have been telling all my friends about it. Flight to Heaven: A Pilot’s True Story, by Capt. Dale Black.

This little book tells Black’s story of surviving a plane crash, where he went, and his life after he returned. I believe it had to be a God thing for him to have even survived and that God has worked through him in this book. Black had to literally rebuild his young life and on the way found a relationship with God and a love for others that is an example to all of us. If you liked 90 Minutes in Heaven, then you’ll love Flight to Heaven. It is a quick read for those with busy schedules who find it hard to make time for books.

Flight to Heaven

Published by Bethany House

ISBN#: 978-1-61664-484-0

45 Days After NaNoWriMo

I know that a lot of you participated in NaNoWritMo this past November. National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel (first draft) during the month of November. Over 300,000 people participated, world-wide in 2010. Some succeeded and reached their goal of at least 50,000 words, others only made it part way. Hurray for everyone that participated.

Some participants say “I couldn’t believe that I could do it, at first. Then, I knew I couldn’t just stop along the way. I had to finish it and the best thing is that you learn you can do it.” Once you do it you can do it again.

I’m working on a sequel to Shelter from the Storm edits.

If you’re like a lot of us, we’re working our way through editing and re-writes so we can submit the manuscript and get it published. I’m working on a sequel to Shelter from the Storm editing. Good luck with your books.  Please join me in a discussion on how we’re all doing.