Another speaker event with no book sales

I did a presentation at the Hendersonville Library this afternoon. The event was sponsored by The Friends of the Library and WNCMysterians.org (my crit group). About 15 people showed up, mostly older folks, though there were a few middle aged and one twenty-something. Four were writers or wannabes.

I spoke for approximately 1.5 hours on writing, waiting for your muse, opening lines, where I get ideas, what a red herring is & how it’s used, and how my crit group operates. I answered everything they threw at me, referencing my own work and the works of more well-known writers.

I didn’t sell a single book, but I had a great time thinking on my feet answering their questions. We will probably have a couple of visitors at Mysterians from this audience.

Back home Amazon sales showed 3 more ebooks had sold. Perhaps that resulted from the event. Who can say? Sure would have liked to recoup some more of my physical book investment though.

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CreateSpace & MS-Word

I spent several frustrating hours trying to format Ben Bones & The Galleon of Gold to fit the CreateSpace 6×9 template. Sounds simple, right? Just go to File/Page Setup and you’re good, right? Wrong!

Sheesh! I’d get one thing right and something else would be off, then around again and something else would have shifted or lost its formatting.

One huge hurdle was trying to get my name/number footer to appear in the MS-Word file across Section Breaks that I had not put into the document. I didn’t want Section Breaks in the first place, but MS-Word knew better. Finally got that figured out. You know what? MS-Word thinks that you should start at the bottom of the document to place your footer info. Then it will flow upwards (duh) across Section Breaks (whether you wanted sections or not). That cost me at least an hour & 1/2.

Another issue was the Table of Contents. I can’t tell you how many times I went in, cleared the tabs, and reset them from scratch. What a pain! But now the ToC lies on the page correctly.

I’m still not finished going through the text of the book. What other issues will MS-Word and CreateSpace not want to agree on?

It’s really a shame that MicroSoft has taken over the world.