Stacey D. Atkinson

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By way of compromise, and of controlling my publishing budget, I decided to design the interior of the paperback version of my book myself. Although I'd never done anything like this before, I was sure I could rely on what I'd learned from my design degree (which I've never had a chance to use in any of my past jobs), and from my recent 16-hr Adobe InDesign course at Algonquin College. While I am still in the throws of designing the book and learning the software program, I thought I'd share a bit of the adventure with y'all so far...

Coming from the background of a songwriter, I was intrigued to learn this week about 100 Word Story. It's a nice little way to practice flash fiction, as BookBaby calls it, and to challenge yourself on making an impact on readers with so few words. Also this week, I stumbled upon Vine, an app that lets you create 6-second videos, a way to share life in motion through short, beautiful, looping videos. As someone who is tested everyday on my level of patience and persistence (in order to complete my debut novel of 72,544 words), I am wonder-struck by this popular culture phenomenon... 

Many people may not know this about me, but I'm kinda known as the Queen of Snacks. Probably because I like to graze (i.e. eat constantly) and I like my food to be healthy and nutritious. This all started about five years ago when I suffered from debilitating migraines. The headaches were becoming so intense and so frequent that I decided they must have been caused by something I was eating. I decided to take my health into my own hands by eliminating just about everything from my diet and slowly bringing only the good foods back into it, one at a time, and measuring their affect on my head. I not only cured my migraines, but I also learned how to cook in the process. Here are two recipes for superpower snacks that will keep you going all day long as you write your next great novel...

Well, it's been one of those weeks with little writing accomplished but a lot of research and business planning done. The good thing is that I finally decided on a book printer/wholesaler that could meet the needs of a small, independent publisher like myself, and I finally figured out how to ship books across the border... 

Last month I attended the incredibly useful Independent Book Publishers Association conference in Chicago. It provided two jam-packed days of brain squishing, however, one presentation in particular really stood out for me. The talk was given by successful independent author, Aaron Patterson, who is also a brilliant entrepreneur. I've provided below a simple listing of the 8 secrets he revealed to selling and ranking your book on Amazon. If you are thinking about self publishing, I highly recommend you follow his advice...

This week I'm in Moncton, New Brunswick, doing all sorts of family and business things. As you might know, the setting for my first book Stuck is the east coast village of Pointe-du-Chêne, NB, which includes the province's jewel - Parlee Beach. Here's a pic of the beach, with Stuck written in the sand. It was on the short list as an image for my book cover design, but I'm happy now to have a reason to share it with others...

Riding high off last week's success in choosing a book cover design for my first novel Stuck, I thought it would be all downhill from here. I loved my designer's work and was more than happy to pay her fee. But then I learned how much it was going to cost me to license the stock photos, and I almost had a panic attack...

I just returned from an exhilarating weekend at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) conference at the Palmer Hotel in Chicago. One of the sessions that struck me the most was a talk by three successful, self-published authors. None of them had started out to be successful--they wrote only as a hobby. But each has achieved noted success, selling thousands of books, and here are the top lessons they shared...

Yesterday, I arrived in Chicago a day early for the Independent Book Publishers Assoc. (IBPA) annual conference. I had some time to waste so I decided to take an architectural and historical riverboat tour through the city. It turned out that the tour was likely going to be the most important part of my whole weekend...

Today, I shaved the side of my head. It was just what I needed to boost my confidence. Consequently, I sat in the backyard and mapped out the plot and chapters for my second novel. The new hairdo is working!

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