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New Author Checklist: 10 Things to Do

So, you published your book? That is amazing! You should take a minute to revel in the accomplishment. Really. You did something a lot of people dream of doing but never do.

Now, I would take a second to bookmark this page. I’ll wait. Done? Great.

First of all, you don’t need to do everything on this checklist today. I would advise doing one item a day for the next several days.

This is pretty much the list of what I wish I’d known when I started back in 2010. I had to “just figure it out.” There are so many more resources out there now–and so many more doors are open to indie and small pub writers.

So, here we go!

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5 Photo Writing Prompts to Inspire

I’ve been hoarding pictures again and thought I should share a few. May they be a muse to your writing fancies.

Prompt 1

Bloody hand in a pool with reflection of trees. Photo Writing Prompts by Robin Woods.

(I took a whole series of photos for Prompt Me Again. This one was much better in color, so I saved it for the blog. My friend Jenn was such a good sport and repeatedly did the “dead man’s float” for me over and over again. Don’t worry, it’s stage blood (peppermint flavored). :)

I scanned the crowd around the pool as dread flowed over me…

Prompt 2

Florence, OR bridge on a foggy day. Photo Writing Prompts by Robin Woods.

The fog only became thicker as night drew near…

Prompt 3

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My Fave 7 Free Design Resources

Finding good resources that are truly free can be exasperating.  I can’t tell you how many times I have clicked on a link claiming to provide something free, but they weren’t actually free.  All of these resources are free–no email address required!

  • Formatting a Manuscript: How to format your manuscript article by Jodie Renner . This will save you (and your editor) time and frustration.

  • Spacing: How many spaces after a period? Okay, so this isn’t an actual resources, but it will provide you with information about how to space your manuscript.

  • Book Interior Template: If you are going to be formatting your own book, save yourself hours of grief and write directly into the template.  KDP has a wonderful set of free templates (my publisher even uses them).  Make sure you choose the size that is standard for your genre.  I use the 5.5 x 8.5 template for Young Adult Lit.

  • Book Cover Template: Generate a free Photoshop book cover template.  You need to know how many pages your book will be in order for the spine to be the correct size.

  • Fonts: Make sure all of the fonts you are using are free for commercial use.  Font Squirrel is one of my favorite sites because they are all “free for commercial use.”  I also love dafont.com, but you need to be careful, shareware is not always free for publishing/commercial use. If you would like an author checklist that includes fonts to avoid, check out my post, “New Author Checklist: 10 Things to Do.”

  • Postcard Template: If you would like to make postcards using PhotoShop, then you can download free templates from UPrinting here. They have lines for trim areas, etc.

  • Paper Textures: I LOVE the free paper textures and backgrounds on USplash!  If you don’t have time to take pics of your own, these are fabulous.

I hope you find these helpful. Do you have any free resources that you love?

Want to ignite your creativity? Check out the Prompt Me Series by Robin Woods.

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Other Words for Whisper and Went Blog Post and printable PDF.
Books by Robin Woods