Publication Services – Who is For Real?

I have received a fair number of inquiries from aspiring authors about e-mails they have received from “publishers”. I have received one or two of these myself. The messages vary, but in essence they portray the sender as a publisher, generally they use impressive names that include the word “press” to give the impression that […]

Writing for Profit or Pleasure: Where (and how) to Publish

  Why publish? You have a desire to write; to make your thoughts and inspirations known to others. Perhaps you are knowledgeable and wish to share your expertise with others, passing what you know to another generation.  Maybe you are creative and enjoy entertaining others with stories of fiction.  Or perhaps you are insightful and […]

Breaking Into a Publishing House: Ground-work

Getting a book published by a traditional or mainstream publishing house is the gold medal of the writer Olympics. In an age where anyone can self-publish their work, regardless of the quality of that work, having your book accepted and printed by a “brand name” book publisher is the most authoritative stamp of approval that […]

Changing Microsoft Word Default Format

Published Feb 17th, 2011 on If you use Microsoft Word to do your writing, will probably have noticed some annoying habits this program has as far as formatting your work into paragraphs. If you use the default template, to indent the first line of a paragraph you must hit the space bar several times. […]

Using Word to Compress Images

Originally published Feb. 24th, 2011 by ComputerSight If you are writing a manuscript for a lengthy book that will be submitted for publication as an eBook, the file size of your finished manuscript will be a concern for you. All eBook publishing services have file size limitations; if your manuscript is all text and shorter […]