Working Mom’s Tricks to Writing a Novel in Your Free Time

Trick #1: Write Longhand:

Even the most lightweight laptop is a tricky thing to take to the playground or gym. However, a notebook and pen fit easily into the most crowded diaper bag. (Always put an extra working pen in your purse, in case one does not work.)

“Write longhand while you’re sitting on a bench at the playground.”

Write longhand while you’re standing and rocking a stroller with your foot. Write longhand while waiting for your pasta to boil and while waiting outside of your first ballet class, for your 5 year old daughter. When entering your text onto the laptop later, will give you the chance to revaluate your work with a fresh eye, and fix the errors or edit what’s necessary. You’re that much closer now to a polished manuscript!

Trick #2: Get Your Kids Involved:

Experts say that reading to your children is the best thing any parent can do to bond, raise IQ and otherwise earn mommy or brownie points. Sure, toddlers and older children would probably rather hear “Winnie the Pooh” than “Mommy’s New Novel.” But, can an infant really tell the difference?

Nothing gives writers a better idea of whether a scene, especially one featuring lots of dialogue, is working, than reading it out loud. It can be an ego-crushing experience as you realize that the brilliance you heard in your head doesn’t quite match the nonsense you seemed to be articulating… but that which does not kill you, gets you ready for more editorial rejection later on. And that’s a good thing.

So grab that baby and that manuscript and read it out loud until the prose finally shines. Or your infant is old enough to start requesting a different title.

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Keeping Control in Self Publishing

In the self-publishing process you want total control from start to finish. You want to make the decisions, not Mr. Big Publishing House, Inc. You want to own all rights and have complete control of your book. By maintaining control over the editing and proofreading process, you have the ultimate say with what actually stays in and what is omitted. You are again “in control” of what the audience reads as the final printed version. With big publishing houses or publishing companies, they often will want to edit and omit parts of the book you actually want to leave in. These publishing firms sometime delete too much of the important parts out of your introduction or parts of chapters that you think or know will be important to your book.

You want to remain in control over your work. You want to keep control of the entire writing, printing, & selling process. Bottom line is you have 100% control when you self publish.

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eBook Publishing with InstantPublisher

Q: What is an e-Book?
A: An e-Book is a digital version of your book that can be read on different types of e-Readers like iPhones, Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad, etc.

Q: What does it Cost?
A: Most e-Books can be converted and assigned an ISBN for $129.99, unless your particular book requires extra formatting. This usually only applies to very long books or books with a lot of photographs.

Q: What will my Royalties be?
A: Instantpublisher will offer two variations the yearly listing plan or the per book listing plan.

Royalties for my eBook The Yearly Plan will cost a $50 flat fee per year to list on both Amazon and Itunes.

Royalties for my eBook The Per Book Plan will cost you 10% of your royalties. It is up to you to decide which option will work best for your book.

Keep in mind these are current royalties from Amazon and iTunes and could change. If they make that decision, we will notify all our e-Book sellers. Selling on Amazon, with a standard price range between $2.99 and $9.99, you will receive 70% with the $50 yearly plan or 60% with our per book sold plan of your retail price. Prices outside the standard price range only receive 20% of the retail price on the yearly plan or 10% with the per book plan. So we do recommend staying between the $2.99 and $9.99 prices, unless you are simply trying to distribute the book to as many people as possible.

Q: What is Delivery Cost for Amazon?
A: Amazon charges a $0.15/MB delivery cost based on the file size. For instance, if file is a plain text file at 0.4MB, the delivery cost will be 0.4MB x $0.15 = $0.06. The Amazon delivery cost can only be figured and added to your account when Instantpublisher has the eBook file ready.

Q: What is the payment plan for selling on iTunes?
A: will make payments once a quarter when your account reaches $25.00.

Q: Do you offer Cover Design?
A: Yes, we have 4 cover options:
1) you can submit your own cover design specifically for your e-Book.
Cover Size= in Photoshop size (650 x 870pixels) at 72 DPI (resolution);
Save File as .JPG {Note: For Saving JPG files= FILE>> SAVE FOR WEB>> JPG/High}.

2) we can pull the cover design from a book you have previously printed with InstantPublisher.
3) you can choose one of our stock cover designs and add your name and title.
4) or we can design your cover for you from scratch for $65. Optimal display size for your cover is (650 x 870pixels).

Q: How long does it take?
A: Most e-Books can be completed in 5 business days; but, custom covers and e-Books requiring special formatting might take a little longer to complete.

Q: What is an ISBN number and do you provide one?
A: ISBN numbers are simply a way to catalog books. Yes, you need an ISBN number and it must be specific to your e-Book. You cannot use your ISBN number from your printed book. InstantPublisher can provide you with one of our ISBN numbers to use or you can supply your own ISBN number with your publishing name if you plan on selling the e-Book yourself.

Q: Will my e-Book look exactly like my printed Book?
A: Currently, this is the most difficult part about e-Book publishing. Being from a printing background, InstantPublisher prefers to set a book up to look correct and remain that way. Unfortunately, the only way to do this for e-Book creation is to actually convert the pages to images.

PDF Method — This method has images only. The downside to this is for small readers, like the iPhone, an 8.5×11 book will appear tiny and cannot be read. This can even be a problem on the Kindle at times, if you take a large book and scale it down to this size. The other way is to import raw text. This is the default way we will create e-Books, simply because it is a more user-friendly platform for the reader, as they are able to blow the text up and manipulate it. Unfortunately, this can wreak havoc on your formatting.

Text Method — This method has text only. *Note, your eBook can include images on the pages if they are formatted correctly. [See Formatting eBooks below.] This is why we offer both types of formatting and let you make the decision. If you have a lot of charts, pictures etc., and if you don’t think your e-Book will be that popular on the smaller screens like the iPhone, then the text conversion method is the way to go. We recommend the text conversion method.

Q: How do I Prepare my file for Submission?
A: prefers a Word file for e-Book publishing. You need to include [page break] before each chapter and anywhere you would like a new page that does not run together.

Document Size= in Microsoft Word (5.5″ width x 8.5″ height)

*Note: margins are .75″ left and right; and .7″ top and bottom

Word Template for eBook Download eBook WORD Template

Q: What e-Book file Types do you provide?
A: InstantPublisher will provide both EPUB (native to Apple and most other devices) and the MOBI (native to Amazon Kindle) file types.

eBook Formatting—

Follow five main formatting rules, before you publish your eBook. You must format your Word document correctly, before we publish it. The end result is a downloadable EPUB and MOBI file for the Ipad and Kindle devices.

1) Document Size and Layout= in Microsoft Word (5.5″ width x 8.5″ height). *Note, your layout must be portrait or a vertical layout for your ebook. *Note: margins are .75″ left and right; and .7″ top and bottom. *Note, books with a landscape layout are not accepted.

Word Template for eBook Download eBook WORD Template

2) Cover Size= in Photoshop size (650 x 870pixels) at 72 DPI (resolution). *NOTE: You may use 300 dpi for resolution.
Save File as .JPG. {*Note: For Saving JPG files= FILE>> SAVE FOR WEB>> JPG/High}

3) All Graphics on All Inside Pages (this is optional; and only if you have photos/graphics on the inside pages)= in Photoshop size (324 x 432pixels) at 72 DPI (resolution); Save File(s) as .JPG {*Note: For Saving JPG files= FILE>> SAVE FOR WEB>> JPG/High}

*Note, if you want your graphics/pictures/charts to appear in your eBook, you must resize them in Photoshop or similar editor, then save them and reinsert into Word. Also, in Word please do not wrap text around images. All images should be set “in-line” with text as seen below. Also, please do not include text under each photo or graphic. This type of layout does not work for eReaders like iPAD or Kindle. The text or paragraphs must be under the photo or graphic as a normally typed sentence as seen below.

no wrap RULES

*Note, be aware that special symbols may not convert properly to eBook formats (EPUB & MOBI), unless they are characters in a standard font set. For this reason, we ask that you choose a font like Times New Roman for all text and symbols.

4) Page Breaks= in Word please include [page break] before each chapter.
In WORD put your cursor at the end of the last paragraph (after the period), before the next chapter, then go to>> Insert >> Page Break.

5) Style Chapter Names= in Word, highlight all the Chapter names individually one by one. Style each Chapter name with “Heading1” Style, as seen below. Then save your document.

Heading1 Style


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How to Create an Outline for my Book

You can’t write a good story without establishing the outline. This helps you, as the writer, to understand the big picture. An outline is a roadmap for your book project. An outline helps you on your writing journey. For example, when I read the book ‘Favorite Beaches in Florida,’ the overall topic is “best beaches to visit in the state of Florida” and the target reader is people wanting to visit Florida for vacation.

►►►Establish your Outline!

This vacation topic is narrow enough to be a great book and it has a defined audience that would be interested in reading the information. That’s important when you are creating your outline. If you begin brainstorming and it looks like your book is going to be 5,000 pages, you probably have a problem with your overall topic. Rethink your topic.

Once you have a workable book topic selected, you can brainstorm a few general areas that might be covered in the book. In the case of the vacation book, broad topics include subjects like beaches with the best sand, beaches with the best activities, and beaches with the best restaurants. After you’ve brainstormed a multitude of topics, you can start grouping them into sections. Underneath these big “section” topics, you can start devising more narrow topics, to form your section or chapter headings.

An outline can be as detailed as you want it to be. Create subheads for each chapter, and sub topics for the subheads. (You may do this for the subheads or keep the story flowing in the chapters, and remembering to unify each chapter, to define your story.) You may choose to have a great level of detail – for your subheads and sub topics. In some situations it may make sense. Remember your outline will assist you in completing your masterpiece.

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Top 5 Ways to Combat Writer’s Block

1. Take a Break and Go Back Later

If you’ve been staring at your notebook or laptop for hours, sometimes it is necessary to take a break. Go take a walk, make yourself a cup of tea, relax in your hammock, go for a jog — do something that takes your mind off writing for a little while. Sometimes it can be difficult to write if there’s something else you need to do. Taking a break will relax your senses and provide fresh ideas when you return to writing.

I like to take a walk to look at nature because it is relaxing and I enjoy the sounds of nature like the sound of the running water at a nearby creek or the sound of birds singing. This is relaxing and can provide inspiration.

2. Try Writing in a New Place

A simple change of scenery can work wonders and spark great ideas. If you normally write sitting on the sofa in your home, why not try setting up your laptop on the picnic table in your backyard or go to a park to watch children play? You could also try your favorite ice cream shop, a coffee shop, or anywhere that is not your normal spot. This might not work for everyone, but it’s worth trying. *Note, this helps me think differently when I choose a new spot to write.

3. Write About Different Subjects

Your goal is to write a 1000 word piece on going green or you’re trying to compose a new chapter for your novel, and for whatever reason it’s just not inspiring you. One method is to try is to write about something else. Sometimes just writing about various subject matters – changes my way of thinking. I apply this tactic from time to time, when I have to write a fiction piece and it’s just not coming to me. I’ll post something to my blog about a random celebrity or news or whatever comes to me at that moment. It’s not what you are writing that matters, just that you are writing. Keep writing, and good ideas will come.

4. Figure Out When You Write Best

When is the best time for you to write. This is the main question. We all write or respond differently. Find your writing groove and write when you know is best. Keep your laptop or pen on hand. When we have writer’s block, stop and take a break. THIS IS RULE #1. Avoid writing when it’s lunch time or time for dinner or when it’s time to take the kids to soccer practice. Come back to your computer or pen/paper after taking care of life. The ideas will come to you. Again, write when you know is your best time.

5. Get Moving

Any type of exercise helps preserve memory, because it gets the blood flowing, and brings more oxygen to the brain. I apply the same theory to writing. Get up out of the chair or off of the sofa, and take a walk or brainstorm with your husband or best friend as you are pacing across the floor or backyard. Go for a jog, play a game of tennis, go swimming, or even play some paintball with your friends! The idea is to keep moving. Return after your morning or afternoon activity and try writing. You will probably be surprised to find that it comes to you a little easier. Stay active, keep moving, and you’ll be excited to write, write, write. Being active will help your writing goals!

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How to Write a Book & Self Publish!

So, you want to write a book? Well, you know what we think at Instant Publisher – You can write a book! And, remember – Self publishing is the leading way to get your book published today!

What Makes Your Story Unique?

Everyone has a story to tell. So – here’s the kicker. What makes your story unique? Perhaps you have an ending to a common experience that has been encountered by many – yet your ending is very different. Or, perhaps you’ve experienced something that is so unusual the whole world will want to read about it!

The Key to Success.

The key to success is – Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t doubt the importance of your story. And, as we’ve said many times before at IP – no one will know about your story if you don’t start writing! And, you’ll never finish your book if you don’t start writing!

Again, edits are probably the one thing that new authors worry about the most. Don’t! Write freely and edit later – or, if you choose – edit by chapter. Either way, you’ll still be writing and on your way to completing and self publishing your book!

Clearly Define Your Characters.

Here are a few writing tips for you that are very important to remember as you write – perhaps for the very first time. Remember… Clearly define your characters.

Remember and Explain the Who, What, Why, When and Where.

Even though you aren’t writing a journalism paper, you still want to remember and explain the who, what, why, when and where. Who are your characters and why are they doing what they’re doing? Why are they where they are? Typically you will only have to focus on defining characters when you are writing a novel. It is important, however, to remember to clearly define your plot when writing fiction or non-fiction. Does non-fiction have a plot? Well, let’s just say that your non-fiction book has a theme. Every thing you write surrounds this theme. So, everything you disclose and convey in your writing needs to support this theme. You see? It’s almost like building a house. Make sure that your foundation is set and firm. Then start building. Have a clear vision of how the story will be viewed and perceived in the end.

As You Write – Ask Yourself Questions.

(as you re-read…and you will re-read, but don’t overdo it!)

  • Is my foundation set?
  • Is my foundation clear and concise and understandable?
  • Is this an easy read, or am I causing too much work for my reader? (You want the reader to enjoy, not be overwhelmed and lay the book down.)
  • Am I supporting my foundation/theme with strong explanations without “over explaining?”

Does Your Novel, Answer the Following:

  • Is my plot clearly coming across? Is the reader “getting it?”
  • Have I clearly defined (and introduced) my characters without “over explaining?”

Remember – NEVER “Over Explain.”

Some people refer to this as being too overt. You don’t want to be too covert in your writing, but remember that one of the keys to continue sparked interest in your book is to cause the reader to be enticed with your story – “engaged” by your writing style – and cause them to “anticipate.”

Once you ask yourself a few of these initial questions and make sure you are on target – then keep writing, knowing your going in the right direction.

Good luck! Start writing! And – don’t give up! Everyone has a story to tell and you can write a book.

We wish you great success and look forward to seeing your manuscript! Just think – as soon as your book is finished, it’s ready to be printed and published and sold to the world!

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How to Choose a Book Publishing Company

So, you don’t have an agent and you don’t want one. You do have a manuscript and you are looking for a book publishing company. No problem! Here’s some encouragement as well – Tom Clancy and John Grisham both sold their first books without agents! Enough said.

Now, let’s talk self publishing. What do you look for in a self publisher?

First of all, many traditional publishing houses pay low royalties – as much as under 14% and lower. With self publishing, however, an author selling books can be certain to receive as much as a 95% return on the high end. That, in and of itself, is one of the largest attractions and benefits to self publishing. So, we’ve covered money. With that said, let’s talk about control.

With self publishing you maintain creative control! You also have the power to control your money flow by managing your budget individually – in the sense that you publish the number of books you want to publish according to your budget. For example with Instant Publisher, one of the top rated self publishing companies in the nation, you can choose to print a minimum of 25 books with a turnaround time of as little as 7-10 days. That’s hard to beat! Of course, most writers will publish more than 25 books – even on the first run. And, suffice it to say that many of those writers end up seeing a healthy return on their investment as pertains to book sales, hence they return to print another batch of a few hundred or more.

One of the main points is this: Self publishing is the way to go today. You’re not at the end of the road with self publishing; you are embarking upon your personal, successful journey into the author’s world. No need to worry about any previous rejections from publishing houses too busy to care about your fantastic book because you are an unknown and they view you as a financial risk. In fact, many of the large well-known publishing houses are not producing as many books as they did [at one time] due to a hard economy and attitudes among staff of being “overly cautious.” You don’t have to get wrapped up in that. Simply bypass that pain and suffering (that almost every author has experienced at one time or another in their career) and self publish. Enjoy your writing without stressing and revel in seeing your book in print and on shelves and on the internet. Most of all enjoy the fact that you will reap your initial investment back and have the opportunity to reap profits, as long as you keep your marketing efforts alive. Keep your books on the shelves and watch them sell. Then when you get your money, rest happily in the fact that you did not give 85% or more to a large publishing house!

Furthermore, a large quantity of business that large publishing houses could have acquired is now going to self publishing companies like Instant Publisher. People simply don’t have the time or desire to wait and wait on agents’ responses and publishing houses slow responses – then only to receive a big rejection! On occasion there have been authors who have embarked upon the successful road of self publishing and later found themselves being offered a deal by one of the large publishing houses that may have rejected them in the first place!

So, to self publish or not to self publish? Self publish! The answer is a resounding yes! Self publish with Instant Publisher. Maintain control, receive professional, superior quality books and take advantage of the supportive customer support team for any questions you may have during your self publishing process. Benefit from Instant Publisher’s easy-to-navigate website and browse fresh and new writing tips posted each week as well! Email us with any questions you may have. We’re here to help and offer the best guidance on self publishing.

A few pros about self publishing with Instant Publisher:

  • Creative Control – Design your own cover or let us help you!
  • Financial Control – Determine the number and type of books you want!
  • Inventory Control – Order when you want to and when you need to!
  • Competitive Pricing – VERY affordable – compare for yourself!
  • Fast Turnaround – As quick as 7 days!
  • Live Customer Support – No need to worry about unanswered e mail.
  • Friendly, Knowledgeable Support Team.
  • No pushy sales people calling you and interrupting your day!
  • No worry about tons of promotional mail in your mailbox every week!

With InstantPublisher you can develop your manuscript on your time, at your leisure, at your own pace, right at your PC and then simply upload and wait for your professionally bound, bookstore quality books to arrive. You determine the amount you want to publish and you determine the amount of money you feel you can spend at any given time. Again, many authors publish a hundred or so books at first and then find themselves ordering hundreds more.

Good Luck! Now, start writing!

InstantPublisher – book publisher helping authors self publish

Welcome to our new InstantPublisher blog. is a nationally recognized book-publishing company that has helped turn thousands of Authors’ dreams into reality over the past 10-years with quick affordable service and knowledgeable customer support representatives. With many different printing options to choose from and easy-to-follow, step- by-step instructions, there is no doubt why we are quickly becoming the #1 Book Publishing Service of today!

A few of the reasons InstantPublisher has been privileged to help so many authors be successful:

1. Fast Turnaround. Perfect bound B/W books with color cover shipped in as few
as 7-10 days.

2. Affordability. InstantPublisher simply cannot be beat in the short run book printing industry.

3. Ease of Use. With our easy-to-follow website tutorials on book setup and being able to accept all file formats, even rookie authors find it easy to self-publish with InstantPublisher!

4. Options. InstantPublisher offers a multitude of options to keep the savviest authors and designers satisfied. If you don’t see it listed on the website, just ask, because we can create a custom quote!

5. Customer Support. Once an InstantPublisher customer, always an InstantPublisher customer. We strive to help new authors self publish with InstantPublisher and make the file submission and order process as quick and painless as possible for veteran authors and designers who have very little time.

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