Cornish Pixies of Whitinsville

Yup, pixie #2 in my Cornish Pixies of Whitinsville series had an even shorter skirt where you could see her underwear. The underwear was skimpy and not (ahem) ‘full coverage’. Not quite appropriate for my young-teen audience.

I printed the image on watercolor paper and painted on a skirt. Then scanned it back into my computer. I then added some photoshop touches.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Cordelia book set in Whitinsville

I’m finalizing the cover of my Cordelia book set in Whitinsville, MA. I began with a purchased image and am editing the skirt to make it longer.

Which do you think – left or right? Any other suggestions?

Further refinements on the upcoming cover for my new pixie in Whitinsville short story series. The dark skirt has gentler stars now and the white over-dress lays more visibly over the top of it. Thoughts?

Lisa Shea Library of Books

Lisa Shea Library of Published Books

I have a wealth of experience publishing books. I have published books through a traditional publisher, through a self publisher in print, and via ebooks in all shapes and styles. I have 229 fiction stories and 114 non-fiction books, totalling 343 works in total. This page is a master listing of all items I have published. Feel free to ask me any questions about how I did a given book or how the process went. Note that I don’t count my boxed sets in this listing – that would seem to be double-dipping :).



My books are available in two forms. The paperback version is generally done via CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing branch. The ebook versions are on all major platforms (Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo, SmashWords, GooglePlay, etc.). In both formats the books were completely free to set up and publish. The books are listed in release order. Some of the ebooks are Amazon exclusive, to have access to their promotions, while others are available on all platofrms



For all books on this page, click on a given cover to learn more about that book. Or, if you want, you can skip to the List of Lisa’s Free Ebooks.


FICTION


We’ll begin with fiction. I currently have 21 series of fiction published, in lengths ranging from short story to novelette to novella to novel to epic :). I have 14 medieval romance novels, 4 modern murder mystery novels, 4 sci-fi romances, 3 regency time travel romances, 3 dystopian novels, 2 1800s-era novellas, 3 African-American mystery novelettes, and 22 adult-romance novellas. I have 41 adult-romance adventures, 31 black cat cozy mysteries, 31 time travel adventures, 10 Jerusalem stories, 10 romantic proposal stories, 10 diner mysteries with a heroine with Asperger’s, 10 Copper Age Flood stories, 6 zoo mysteries, 6 art museum mysteries, 5 Wyoming mysteries, 4 paranormal, 3 sci-fi, 3 fairy tale, 2 local literary, 1 Korean story, and 1 mythology. So that is 229 in total. Many of these series are also bundled up into various bundles, which I don’t count.


Medieval Romance Novels


My medieval romance novels are written with “gentle romance.” There is no explicit language relating to intimacy nor swearing – they are suitable for teens and up. They feature women who stand strong against oppression and strive to make the world a better place. This series is my first love – it is what I grew up writing. I have 14 of these.


Knowing Yourself
Finding Peace
Believing your Eyes
A Sense of Duty
Trusting in Faith
Creating Memories
Sworn Loyalty
Lady in Red
in a Glance
Badge of Honor
Seeking the Truth
Looking Back
Seeing A Ghost
Wearing a Mask


Modern Murder Mystery Novels


These novels are set in Massachusetts and feature a couple who meet in the first novel and then build their relationship as the series progresses. The first book won a Gold medal from the IPPY group. The second won a bronze medal. The fifth is in progress.


aspen allegations murder mystery
birch blackguards murder mystery
cedar conundrums murder mystery
dogwood dilemmas murder mystery


Sci-Fi Romance Series


The Collective Saga has four books in its series.









Regency Time Travel Romance Series


The Scottish story currentlyhas three books in its series.








Dystopian Series


There are three books in this series.








1800s Black-Lumbee-Irish Series


There are two books in this series so far.







Blackstone Valley Mystery Novelettes


There are 3 books in this series so far. The heroine is a black law librarian in central Massachusetts.








Adult Romance Novellas


These are written under a pen name. Each novella is ten to eleven chapters long. There are currently 22 total.


Short Stories


I love short stories. They are like haiku – precision moments in time. Some of my favorite stories of all time are short stories. The Cask of Amontillado. Nightfall. Here are a few of my own. I have 31 black cat mysteries, 41 pen-name shorts, 20 time travel shorts, 10 proposal, 10 diner, 10 Jerusalem stories, 6 zoo mysteries, 6 art museum mysteries, 5 Wyoming mysteries, 4 paranormal, 1 mythological, and 5 standalone. So that is 149 shorts in total. They’re also bundled up into various bundles, which I don’t count.


Salem Massachusetts Mini Mysteries


This was a project from October 1 2014 through October 31 2014. Each day a new story was written and published. They are set in Salem, Massachusetts with a black, female ex-cop private investigator as the heroine. So there are 31 total. This are just the first few.



Black Cat Mini Mysteries
Black Cat Mini Mysteries
Black Cat Mini Mysteries
Black Cat Mini Mysteries
Black Cat Mini Mysteries
Black Cat Mini Mysteries
Black Cat Mini Mysteries


Destiny Time Travel Stories


Eternal Time Shadows is a gently cliff-hangered short story series which leads up to a happily ever after ending. From Renaissance Venice to troubled Scotland, from the Civil War to the Wild West, Elizabeth and Robert find and re-find each other. The series is clean romance and is suitable for teens and up. There are 31 books in this series; these are just the first ten.



Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted
Destiny Interrupted


Biblical Jerusalem Stories


Although Jerusalem’s history had been one of warfare and conquest, Phoebe had been fortunate to come of age in a time of peace. The Romans saw fit to allow the Jewish residents to manage their own lives. But change was in the wind … There are 10 stories in this series so far.



Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories
Biblical Jerusalem Stories


Romantic Proposal Series


Each story in this sequence features a proposal – and a connected thread of a Native American love totem. Each takes place in a different state. There are 10 so far.



The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal
The Proposal


Asperger’s Diner Cozy Mystery Series


Willow has Asperger’s and she loves visiting traditional diners. Her acute senses help her spot hidden clues! There are 10 so far.


An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts
An Aspie Girl in Massachusetts


Copper Age Flood stories


This series is set in the year 6,500BC – the copper age. It tells the historic version of the flooding of the Black Sea basin, which many people feel is the foundation event for the flood story which appears in so many cultures. There are 10 books so far.



Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series
Noah Flood Series


Zoo Mini Mysteries


Rosalinda Alameda had always dreamed about being a vet, but life intervened. Now she works as a receptionist in a vet’s office and spends her free time enjoying the local zoos. There are six of these so far.



Zoo Mysteries
Zoo Mysteries
Zoo Mysteries
Zoo Mysteries
Zoo Mysteries
Zoo Mysteries


Art Museum Mini Mysteries


Strolling with Duke along a sunny bike path, Cindy got the call that lifted her spirits. The Worcester Art Museum needed her help. At long last, her dreams of becoming an art detective were coming true! There are 6 so far.



Art Museum Mysteries
Art Museum Mysteries
Art Museum Mysteries
Art Museum Mysteries
Art Museum Mysteries
Art Museum Mysteries


Wyoming Vision Quest Romantic Mysteries


A Wyoming blizzard. A crashed car. Haloke’s only six years old, but there’s no one else. Her father’s dead. Her mother’s clinging to life. She draws deep within her, to her Arapaho and Navajo roots, and sets out to find help. There are 5 so far.



Wyoming Vision Quest Mysteries
Wyoming Vision Quest Mysteries
Wyoming Vision Quest Mysteries
Wyoming Vision Quest Mysteries


Paranormal Astral Out-of-Body Series


My paranormal astral out-of-body series is a thriller adventure following Sarah, whose twin sister has tragically passed away. One night Sarah’s life changes forever … So far there are 4 books.



Paranormal Astral Out-of-Body Series
Paranormal Astral Out-of-Body Series
Paranormal Astral Out-of-Body Series
Paranormal Astral Out-of-Body Series


Cinderella Fairy Tale


The original Grimm fairy tales portrayed women of strength and conviction. Women who took action and could forge their own destinies. Over the years they have been watered down. I seek to reclaim them in these sweetly romantic – while powerfully heroic – retellings.



Cinderella Fairy Tale
snow white Fairy Tale
beauty Fairy Tale


Sci-Fi Short Stories


I have written three standalone sci-fi short stories. These first appeared in Mused.



BAAC
The Angst of Change
chartreuse


Sutton Massachusetts Short Stories


I have written two standalone Sutton Massachusetts short stories. These first appeared in Mused.



melting
Armsby


Navajo Footsteps in Korea


Amber treasured her Navajo heritage. Until now, she had never left her home on the reservation in the Four Corners. The only reason she was standing on this South Korean moonlit shore was to honor her father’s last wishes.



Navajo Footsteps in Korea
Navajo Footsteps in Korea


Psychological Horror Short Stories


I used to say that I wrote anything but horror. I realized in time that it wasn’t healthy to define myself by what I did not do. I appreciate stories that delve into the ways individuals strive to cope with emotional trauma.



deathwatch
Armsby


Melk Mythology


Ava was in trouble again. This time it was for pummeling Dominik, that bully, when he was harassing sweet little Pia. Why did the teacher always blame Ava for everything that went wrong? This is the first book in the new series.



Zodiac Maidens of Melk





NON-FICTION


I have 114 non-fiction books published on a variety of topics. That’s not counting Mused, which I edit. The variety keeps me interested in writing! Again, each is available in both print and ebook format. There are 19 relationship books, 13 low carb books, 13 green living books, 11 journaling books, 8 Author Basics books, 8 Author Social Networking books, 4 ASP books, 3 weddings books, 8 self-help books, 7 yoga books, 4 pet/plant books, 4 art books, 3 sleep books, 2 wine books, 2 Melville poetry books, 2 memory training books, one of my own haiku books, a lighthouses book, and one history book.


Low Carb Recipes and References


I currently have 13 books in my Low Carb Reference series. About half are recipe books, while the other half contain reference material. All are based on the content on my BellaOnline Low Carb website. For historical reasons I did the print copies through Lulu.



Quick No-Cook Low Carb Recipes
Microwave Low Carb Recipes
Stovetop Low Carb Recipes
Baking / Oven Low Carb Recipes
Juicing / Smoothies Low Carb Recipes
Crockpot / Slow Cook Low Carb Recipes
Grilling Low Carb Recipes
Carb Charts - Low Carb Reference
First 2 Weeks - Low Carb Reference
Vitamins and Nutrients – Low Carb Reference
Low Carb Beer Reviews – Low Carb Reference
Low Carb Restaurant Reviews – Low Carb Reference
Low Carb Cocktail Recipes – Low Carb Reference


Wine Books


I have two wine books – one on sangria recipes and one on Champagne cocktail recipes. These are in print copies BOTH on Lulu and on Amazon. This is because Lulu offers spiral binding but only if you buy the book through Lulu. So to have a print copy available on Amazon I had to have a perfect bound (normal binding) entry in there. Both are being revised with fresh covers and updated content.



Champange Cocktails
Sangria Recipes


Weddings & Courtships Books


These books explore the wonderful world of love, romance, and tradition in different cultures. I have three done and am finalizing a book on Native American traditions.



Weddings and Courtships Ireland
Weddings and Courtships France
Weddings and Courtships Italy


Relationships


I am in the process of redoing these books. They are in two sets – one for men, and one for women. There are 11 books in each set, although three of them overlap. So that is 19 books total.


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Green Living


This series helps people to lead greener lives. There are currently 13 books in this series. I wrote the majority of the content in this series, with the occasional page added by a member of my Green Team.




Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook



Journaling with Lisa Shea


There are 11 books in this journaling series.



Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea
Journaling with Lisa Shea


Self-Help Books


I write self-help books on a variety of topics. There are 8 books in this series.





Simple Ways to Make the World Better for Everyone


Reduce Stress Instantly


Lisa Shea Ebook Study


Lisa Shea Ebook Quotes for Peace


Lisa Shea Ebook Time Management


Lisa Shea Ebook Saying No


Lisa Shea Ebook Setting Goals



Yoga Books


I have seven books to guide people through yoga, meditation, and chakras.




Yoga for Stress Relief and Forgiveness


Ten Minute Yoga for Stress Relief, Focus, and Renewal


Yoga in Bed for All Ages


Yoga for Travel by Plane Train Bus Car


Chakras in Yoga Meditation and Stress Relief


Five Minute Meditation: Mindfulness, Stress Relief, and Focus for Absolute Beginners


Giving Thanks - Messages of Gratitude: A picture book for all ages



Author Basics Books


I have eight books helping authors move through every step of the process from writing their novel to designing a book cover to marketing it.



Writing and Designing a Successful Book
Designing a Perfect Book Cover
Getting Published - Choosing Your Path
Traditional Publishing Step By Step
Self Publishing Step By Step
Book Marketing for Authors
Author Signing Basics
DVDs - Designing and Selling Videos


Animal and Plant Books


From tadpoles to parakeets to spiders, I help you thrive in the natural world. There are four books here.



Parakeet care





Art Books


I have four art books in print. The first is on entering art shows. I’ve got one on plastic cameras (the Holga, Diana, etc.). Then I have two books on cyanotypes – one on the history, and one on making them.




Art Shows - How to Find, Enter, and Win an Art Show!

holga plastic camera
making cyanotypes
making cyanotypes


ASP Programming Books


I write my sites in ASP, a language like PHP but designed for Microsoft IIS. Here are my 4 books on the topic.




Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook


Green Living Ebook



Sleep and Dreaming


Getting solid sleep and understanding your dreams are just so important to removing stress from life. These are the windows into the issues your mind is struggling with. There are 3 books in this series.



sleep
dream encyclopedia
lucid dreaming


Melville Poetry


I enjoy poetry! These are by Herman Melville, of Moby Dick fame. I annotated each poem. There are 2 books in this set.



Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War
Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War


Memory Training


Two books to help you build your memory skills!



Memory Training
Memory Training


My Poetry


I adore haiku, and I love watercolors. This was a melding of those two interests.



Haiku of the Great Blue Hill


History


This was a massive effort to put online a fascinating document about Massachusetts in the colonial days.



History of Sutton Massachusetts 1704-1876


Massachusetts Lighthouses


I adore lighthouses. This book explores all of the lighthouses of Massachusetts.



Massachusetts Lighthouses





Literary Magazine


I’m not counting the issues of Mused in the above tallies. I am the editor of Mused, a quarterly full color literary magazine featuring art, poetry, photography, short stories, essays, plays, and more. We’ve been going strong since 2007! We’ve put out 36 issues so far.


Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review

Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review

Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review

Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review
Mused BellaOnline Literary Review




Lisa Shea’s Editing Services

Lisa Shea Free Ebooks

Lisa Shea Full Library of Published Books


Getting Your Book Published

Writing Tips and Online Books


Lisa Shea Medieval Romance Novels

Online Literary Magazines


Lisa Shea Photography

Lisa Shea Websites

My name is Lisa Shea. I’m an author and artist. In addition, I own, maintain, and write for over thirty websites. These are sites I personally created, designed, and update. Many of these date back to 2004.

At their peak, my largest sites saw between 2 million and 20 million pageviews a month. Nowadays, with competition growing with every passing second, their traffic tends to be a bit lower.

You’re on one of my websites, of course, here at LisaShea.com. Here are just a few of my other websites. Ask with any questions!

BellaOnline Lisa Shea

BellaOnline

BellaOnline began back in 2002 and at one point was the second largest women’s website in the world. We have trained thousands of women and men on how to write for the web. BellaOnline has over 400 different topic areas, each written for by an enthusiast in that field. We train our writers how to write engaging content, how to use social networking, and how to monetize their material. It’s all free!

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Lisa Shea Romance Class

RomanceClass

RomanceClass was also once a top-traffic site. We were getting up to fifty questions a day submitted to us from people who wanted help with dating, flirting, and other topics. The site has tens of thousands of tips on a wide variety of topic areas. Nowadays people post on Facebook with these kinds of questions, but we still have that massive library of questions, answers, and advice to lend a hand.

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Lisa Shea WineIntro

WineIntro

I had wine content online with the site GeoCities long before most other wine sites even knew about the web. I then wrote for About.com for several years as their wine guide before creating my own WineIntro website. I have thousands of pages online about wine regions, wine reviews, wine terminology, and much more. Plus sangria recipes and Champagne cocktail recipes!

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Weddings and Courtships Lisa Shea

WeddingsAndCourtships

I’ve created a non-fiction series of books describing wedding and courtship traditions in various locations. So far I’ve written books on Ireland, France, and Italy. The next book will be on Native American traditions. These are perfect for anyone looking to add a little romance into their life!

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PermaFreeBooks Lisa Shea

PermaFreeBooks

Remember the days when books were a luxury item that only the wealthiest had access to? The rest of us common folk could only dream of touching a book, never mind owning one. How the world has changed. This site is all about the vast number of FREE books now available for all. As a side note, this monastery in Prague is open to the public for tours and is WELL worth the visit.

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Holga Photography

Holga Photography

I love film photography. The Holga is a medium-format film camera made out of plastic in China. It’s delightfully old school with light leaks and chaotic behavior. Perfect for adventuring with.

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MeditateTips

Meditation, yoga, and compassion can make all the difference in a person’s daily life. So much which we stress over is really not that important in the grand scheme of things. Learn to take a step back and appreciate all we have already in our lives.

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BellArtistry

BellArtistry

Powerful corporations have moved into many underdeveloped worlds and taken advantage of the local populations. Fair trade and ethical trade seeks to balance that out. BellArtistry finds and promotes fair trade products to help artisans earn a living wage.

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ASPIsFun Lisa Shea

ASPIsFun

ASP Classic is a programming language that was in popular use back in the early 2000s when I began creating my websites. All of my sites that are not WordPress based are in ASP. Nowadays people have moved on to ASP.Net or to simply using WordPress or other content engines. But half of this LisaShea site, for example, is still hand-coded in Notepad in ASP Classic. I’ve got over 50,000 pages here – to convert those all into WordPress would be a Herculean effort.

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EnjoyMA Lisa Shea

EnjoyMA

I have lived in Massachusetts for over twenty years. I adore it here. Any time I’ve moved away I’ve come right back again. I love to kayak and hike, and Massachusetts offers great options for both. Plus historical locations and the ocean.

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SuttonMass

I’ve lived in a variety of places in Massachusetts. Several homes in Worcester, one in North Attleboro, and so on. But for the past twenty plus years I’ve been contently in Sutton. It’s about mid-state, below Worcester, and features a beautiful rural setting. I have a horse farm on my street and a dairy farm around the corner!

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I also have a number of other websites as well. I’ll add links into them when I get a moment! Feel free to ask me about any of these.

Lisa Shea Free Ebooks

Free Books

I’ve been on the internet since the early 1980s and have been publishing books and content since 1987. I now have over 300 books published. My focus is on supporting battered women’s shelters – most of my fiction features female characters, young to old, overcoming adversity and finding their inner strength. I write in a wide range of genres from fairy tale to mystery, from romance to dystopian, from science fiction to paranormal.

I also enjoy writing self-help books to assist people in making progress in their lives. I have books on yoga, meditation, stress relief, eating healthily, journaling, photography, and much more.

When I’m not writing I enjoy a range of visual artistic expression including photography, cyanotypes, monotypes, and origami.

To get a sense of what I write, I am offering you 33 Free Books – just enter your email below and I’ll send you the information! This email is only ever seen by me. It is never used by any other person.

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I will send you an occasional newsletter with news about my newest free books, perhaps once or twice a month. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Getting Your Book Published

Getting Your Book Published

If you’re a writer, your ultimate goal in life is typically that of getting your book published. I am here to help you achieve this goal! By following these steps, and applying yourself diligently to the path, your dream of getting your book published will soon be a reality. You’ve taken the first step by coming to this site!



How do I know these steps will help you get published? By following these steps I now have published over three hundred books. I have both self-published and worked with traditional publishers. I have used literary agents and worked on my own. My books include:



* Medieval Sweet Romance Adventures – fourteen book series

* Sutton Massachusetts Mysteries – four book series

* Mused Literary Review – over ten years of quarterly art-and-literature issues

* Low Carb Cookbooks – Thirteen book series



* Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books

* List of Lisa’s Free Ebooks.



I have published paperback and ebook. I’ve published fiction and non-fiction. Full length novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories. Standalones and serials. I have personally used CreateSpace, Lulu, CafePress, Nook, Apple, SmashWords, Kobo, D2D, and many other sites. My experiences explained here are all from my first hand knowledge of using those to publish books.



Here is my step by step guide with over 1,000 pages and images to help you in getting your book published! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments on this material. I’m happy to help.


Overview of Self Publishing a Book


Setting the Stage

Getting Free Kindle Books

Preparing Yourself for Writing

Finding Time for Writing

What Software to Write your Book In

Typing your Novel vs Speaking with Dragon

First Novel when you’re Old

First Novel when you’re Young

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

Famous Dates in Publishing


Writing the Book

Get Your Book Written – The Basics

Starting to Write

Organizing your Files

Handling Writer’s Block

Choosing Character Names

Is Your Story Unique?

Fake It Until You Make It

Losing Data / Files while Writing


Punctuation

Single and Double Quotes

Fixing Curly Quote Issues

Comma Use

Apostrophe Use

Em and En Dashes


Writing Style Notes

Capitalization in Writing

Then vs And Then

I’m sorry, or I’m sorry;

That vs Which

Commonly Confused Words

Writing Style – Sparse to Lush

Using “Said” When Writing Dialogue

Indicating the Speaker in Dialogue

Writing in Past vs Present Tense

Point of View in Writing

Word Order when Writing

Avoiding Adverbs – Why?

Avoiding Feeling / Felt as Modifiers

Writing in a Screenplay Style


Technical Details of Document Setup

Paragraph Mark vs Line Break

Spacing vs Tabs for First Line Indent

Chapter Headings

Choosing a Font


Images in a Book

Images – an Overview

Images and Transparency


Book Length

Short Story vs Novella vs Novel

Chapbook – What Is It?

Setting a Book Length

Dividing an Epic into Single Books


Parts of a Book

Parts of a Book – Overview

Title Page

Colophon Page

Table of Contents

Dedication Page

Acknowledgements

Epigraph

Half Title

Body Matter

About the Author

Other Books by the Author

Appendix

Glossary

Bibliography

Index


Editing / Reviewing the Book

Offering Constructive Criticism

Handling Criticism from Reviewers

How to Correct in a Word Document

Organizing / Copying Kindle Notes


Book Title Notes

Choosing a Book Title

Capitalization in Book Titles

Setting Expectations for Book Length

Why are Books Titled with A Novel at the end?


Preparing Your Book for Publication

Using a Pen Name

Book Sizing Chart

Choosing a Book Size

Headers and Footers

Setting a Gutter Margin

Page Numbers

Page Numbers and CreateSpace

Sample Book Copyright Page

Printers Key on Copyright Page

External Trademark Mentions in your Book

Sample Acknowledgements Page

Listing your Other Books

Sample About the Author Page

Back Cover Blurb

Page Count – Multiple of 4

Proofing the PDF


Plagiarism Parody and Homage

Plagiarism Basics

Plagiarism vs Homage

Parody vs Homage

Legal Issues of Writing a Parody

Homage Examples

Character Names and Homage


Book Cover Basics

Book Cover Basics

Parts of a Book Cover

Book Covers – Paperback vs Kindle

Book Covers Change over Time

A Book Cover Should Match the Content

Using Stock Images


Book Cover Good vs Not-So-Good

Designing a Book Cover – Weddings and Courtships

Designing a Book Cover – Aspen Allegations

Designing a Book Cover – Knowing Yourself

Book Covers in 2016


Book Cover Technical Details

Book Covers on Kindle / Ebook

Technical Steps for a Book Cover – Simple

Technical Steps for a Book Cover – Advanced

Designing a Book Back Cover

Designing a Book Spine

Book Spine Text – Left or Right?

Full Cover Margin Issues


Special Features on a Cover

Creating a 3D Book Cover

Creating a Raised Medallion

Creating See-Through Text


Box Set

Why Create a Box Set?

Creating a Box Set Cover


Hiring a Cover Designer

Basics of Hiring a Cover Designer

Using Fiverr for Cover Design

Using Freelancer for Cover Design


Publisher Options – main page

Overview of Publishing Options

Traditional Publishers

… Pros of Traditional Publishers

… Cons of Traditional Publishers

Small Press Publishers

… Pros of Small Press Publishers

… Cons of Small Press Publishers

Vanity Press Publishers

… Pros of Vanity Press Publishers

… Cons of Vanity Press Publishers

Self Publishing

… Pros of Self Publishing

… Cons of Self Publishing

Using a Literary Agent

Summary


Finding a Traditional Publisher

Traditional Publishing – main page

Overview of Traditional Publishing

How Copyright Works

Working With A Literary Agent

… My Concerns about Agents

Finding a Publisher

… Writer’s Market

Writing a Query Letter

… Query Letter Tips

… Query Letter Issues to Avoid

Getting To a Contract Offer

Negotiating the Contract

Working With the Publisher or Agent

Should I Suggest a Cover?

… Publishers and Editing


Working with a Vanity Press / Payment-Required Publisher

Publishing On Demand – fee based

Thoughts on Paying Up Front for Publishing

Lightning Source – fee based POD

iUniverse – fee based POD


Self Publishing Overview – **ALWAYS FREE**

Self Publishing – The Basics

Self Publishing Summary Process Start to Finish

Publishing On Demand – What Is It?


Preparing for Self-Publishing

How Copyright Works

Copyright on Online Articles

ISBN Numbers and Books

Getting a Barcode

BISAC Code and Category


Self Publishing Paperback Options – **ALWAYS FREE**

Why Start with the Paperback?

Publishing On Demand Options – FREE

Publishing On Demand – FREE comparison chart

Lulu vs CreateSpace

Working Directly with a Printer

Spiral Bound Books


CreateSpace Publishing On Demand Step By Step

CreateSpace Step by Step – main page

CreateSpace Self Publishing

Loading Up the CreateSpace Book

Making a CreateSpace Cover

Channels and Pricing on CreateSpace

Review Process on CreateSpace

Timing of CreateSpace Process

Problems and Issues with CreateSpace


Lulu Publishing On Demand Step By Step

Lulu Self Publishing – Setting Up the Book

Formatting your Book for Self Publishing

Creating a Lulu Covers

Setting the Lulu Description

Setting the Lulu Preview

Promoting your Lulu Book

Problems and Issues with Lulu


Ebook Basics

What Is An Ebook?

Ebook vs PDF / What Is an Ebook?

Summary of a 8-Hour Ebook Creation

Step by Step Making an Epub / MOBI File

Summary of Putting Ebooks Live


Amazon Kindle Ebooks

Creating an Amazon Kindle Ebook – overview

Preparing your Kindle Ebook

Load your Ebook Into Kindle

Kindle Ebook – Start to Finish in 24 Hours

Combining your Kindle and Paperback Entries

Lisa’s Kindle Book List


Draft2Digital (iTunes, Nook, Kobo, etc.)

Load your Ebook Into Draft2Digital


SmashWords Ebook

Load your Ebook onto SmashWords


WattPad Ebook

Load your Ebook onto WattPad


Lulu Ebook

Load your Ebook on Lulu


Google Play Ebook

Load your Ebook on Google Play


GoodReads Ebook

GoodReads – Book Review Site


Self Publishing FAQs

Money Earned from Selling Books

Earning the Most Money

Dealing with Plagiarism

Making a Non-Rectangular / Non-Square Book

What Do I Do With Old Version Books?

Book Crafts – Uses for Old Books


Markting and Promoting your Book

Mindset about Fans

Prerelease / Prereleasing Your Book

Running a Virtual Launch Party

Promoting Your Book on the Web

Sample Chapter for your Book

QR Codes and Book Marketing

Reading Trends – Book Reading by Decade


Pricing Techniques

Pricing your Ebook

Running a Free Book Special

Permafree – What Is It?


Getting Book Reviews

Basics of Getting Book Reviews

Sending Out Review Copies

GoodReads – Getting Reviews for your Books
Goodreads Book Giveaways

PaperBackBookSwap – Book Review Site

Common Mistakes when Seeking Reviews

Review Swapping – Why to Avoid It

One Star Reviews


Amazon

Basics of Amazon Promotion

Planning an Amazon Launch

Selling Your Book on Amazon’s Marketplace

Selling with Amazon Advantage

Amazon Advantage vs Amazon Marketplace

Amazon Pricing Information

Amazon Author Central

Amazon Followers

Amazon Ads


Paying for Newsletter/Online Promotion

Basics of For-Pay Newsletter and Online Promotion

Book Basset Review

The Fussy Librarian Review


Book Shows / Book Festivals / Book Stores

Making an Author Business Card

Placing in Bookstores

Doing a Bookstore Signing

Booth at a Craft / Trade Show

Pricing Books for Book Shows

Flyer for Free Book or Books


Contests and Awards

Why Enter a Novel Contest?

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon Kindle Scout Promotion

BellaOnline Ebook Awards

IPPY Book Awards

Nautilus Book Awards


Short Stories via Traditional Magazines

Submitting to Magazines

Tips for Submitting Short Stories

SciFi Short Story Magazines

Horror Short Story Magazines


Selling Written Content / Writing on Demand

Freelancer.com – a content marketplace


Social Networking Basics

Social Networking and Book Publicity

Klout Social Networking Rating


Facebook

Facebook Fan Page

Facebook Groups – FREE book promotion

Facebook Ads – an Absolute Must


Twitter Tips

Twitter Basics

Building Traffic for your Twitter Account

Followers and Twitter’s Value

Twitter Rules

What is a Twitter Hashtag?

Maintaining Multiple Twitter Accounts

Choosing a Twitter Icon

Choosing a Twitter Background

What is a Twitter Hashtag?



Twitter for Authors

Twitter Promotion Tips

Twitter Next Step

Twitter 2000 Follower Limit

TweetDeck – Free App for Twitter

TrueTwit – Prevent Twitter Spam

Tweepi – Manage your Followers

ManageFlitter – Follow and Unfollow

FollowerFilter – Great Free Follower Management Tools


DVDs

Creating a DVD

Selling DVDs on your Own Website

UPC Numbers and DVDs

UPC Numbers and CDs

CreateSpace – Amazon DVD Sales

FilmBaby – DVD Sales

My Steps for my Origami DVD Sales


My Books and DVDs I Have Published

Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books





Writing and Designing a Successful Book
Designing a Perfect Book Cover
Getting Published - Choosing Your Path
Traditional Publishing Step By Step
Self Publishing Step By Step
Book Marketing for Authors
Author Signing Basics
DVDs - Designing and Selling Videos


Lisa Shea’s Editing Services

Lisa Shea Free Ebooks

Lisa Shea Full Library of Published Books


Friends who have Published Books

Lisa’s Full Library of Published Books

Writing Tips and Online Books

Lisa Shea Medieval Romance Novels

Online Literary Magazines

Lisa Shea Working From Home

Working From Home

If you’re ready to work from home, this is where you begin! I provide over 800 pages and images of step by step instructions help you work from home and achieve your dreams. It’s all FREE and online.



I was once a well-paid database programmer, but years of stressful work caused me to burn out on my job. The office politics, the daily commute, the grind of doing what other people felt were important, all combined to cause me to actively dislike going in to work every day. Life is FAR too short to be deliberately unhappy. It’s important to enjoy what you do all day!



I made it a priority to study and learn how to work from home, for myself. Once I had a plan, I worked on it daily. I am happy to say that it has been very successful. There is no magic get-rich-quick pill! The money fairy does not exist. However, if you research properly and apply yourself, there are thousands of success stories to prove this can be done. Read on to learn more about running your own home business so you, too, can work from home. I have over 500 pages of valuable information here, so take your time! It’s all online, and it’s all FREE.



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Planning your Home Business

This section helps you learn about get rich quick schemes and avoiding work from home scams. It also steps you through self evaluations to help you decide if you’re really ready to work from home, and what your best skills are.


Setting Up Your Home Office

It’s always good to get prepared before you begin your new project. Learn what the basic supplies you need for your office area, and set things up to be ergonomic so you don’t injure yourself. Understand the laws and regulations involved, consider whether you want to be a Sole Proprietor or a DBA. Get ideas for health and dental insurance. There are even computer and laptop reviews.


Computers and Cell Phones

Having a computer and cell phone is almost a hard requirement in our modern world. These reviews help you optimize your email, set up your accounting software, and get your system running smoothly to support your business dreams.


Names, Logos and Words

It’s important to protect your valuable assets. Make sure that you take the time to design a logo that will stand out and get you recognition. Then make a concerted effort to trademark, servicemark or register that logo and name you have chosen. It is often quick and inexpensive to do this on a state level. Finally, be sure to copyright any content you create.


Finances and Accounting

Even if you are bored with the thought of accounting, it is critical that you do it properly. If you do it with a computer program and update it each month, it can be really quick and easy. Most banks are online in these modern times, so all you do is hit “download” and then “accept”. It makes your taxes very easy, and helps ensure that you focus on your most promising income streams.


Tax Issues

Many people fear taxes, but the IRS has really done a good job of making the tax paperwork for a small business quite simple. Normally, all you do is attach a Schedule C form to your regular 1040 tax filing. Read on for advice on keeping records, handling deductions, contractors, 1099s, and quarterly estimates.


Marketing and Networking

If you want to have sales and customers, you need to make sure your potential customers know about you. It’s critical that you spend time every month on marketing and networking, so that your company keeps a steady revenue stream.


Leadership and Mentoring

As your business grows, you will begin to work with contractors, interns, helpers, and employees. It’s critical that you build an ethical culture and interact with these individuals with respect and fairness in order for everyone to prosper and meet their goals.


Creating an iPhone App

You’ve probably heard from many sources how amazingly powerful having an iPhone app can be for your business. There are millions of users out there, and only a small number of apps! Get yourself heard in that audience!


Promotional Items

I’ve tried many promotional items over the years, large and small, to help promote my various businesses. Here are reviews of specific items and companies I have used.


Legal Issues for Home Businesses

It’s a fact of modern society that people love to sue each other. It’s that get-rich-quick mentality. If someone finds a fly in their McBurger, they figure they can sue McDonalds for trauma and make an easy million. You shouldn’t be paranoid – but you should also take basic steps to keep yourself protected.


Small Business Ideas

A range of sample ideas are covered, from bird breeding, craft making, ebay auctions, genealogy, sales and telemarketing, webmaster design, and website content / ebook sales.


Travel Tips and Accessories

Every businessperson has to travel at least some of the time – to meet clients, to go on sales calls, or to attend a conference. Even short trips to the next town are more efficient if you have the proper accessories. Here are tips on how to make your travel plans go as smoothly as possible.


Small Business Book Reviews

Build up your library of valuable reference books, to help you learn techniques for everything from finances to better selling techniques. I’ve got over 100 books reviewed in this area!


Online Degrees

A key to running ANY sort of business is to build up skills and to keep growing those skills over time. This can come in the form of local classes, networking events, and earning an online degree. Here are my experiences with getting an online degree.


FREE Video Series on Working From Home


Get the Working from Home Ebook – over 100 pages of valuable information!


NOTE: The image in the top photo is from my trip to Cancun. Because I work from home, I was able to escape for a quick weekend with my mother and sister to visit Cancun a few years ago. It was a memory I will treasure forever.


My Qualifications

I run several websites from my house. Together they bring in over 25 million pageviews each month. These include:

BellaOnline.com, the 2nd largest women’s website in the world

WineIntro.com, all about wine

RomanceClass.com, romance advice and tips