Sunday, November 24, 2013

Just Write Books Submission Guidelines

Just Write books is not accepting new manuscripts for the first six months of 2014. However, once that time is up below some guidelines to use when preparing your book for publication.
People have asked how to prepare a manuscript for submission to Just Write Books. Always before, I have said, "Print in a reasonable font size with 1-inch margins." I felt that would give people enough information. I was wrong. So I developed the following guidelines for manuscript (ms) submissions.
Just Write Books does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. We care about the amount of trees used in the world for paper. Call, write or email to tell us about your book. Publisher Nancy E. Randolph will want to speak with the author to learn about the book, the author and why this book should be published. Only a few manuscripts evolve into a book with Just Write Books.
Just Write Books does not return manuscripts. We carefully shred them.

  • Don't send us your only copy. If your manuscript is rejected for publication; we carefully shred it. The cost of return (of packaging and shipping/mailing the manuscript) far outweigh the cost of reprinting.
  • No reading fee but a donation. Beginning in 2014, Just Write Books asks that you donate to the Androscoggin Riverwalk or the Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org when sending us a manuscript to review. Upon being invited to submit your ms, please send a copy of your check (to one of the two nonprofits above) with your manuscript. $25 for 1-99 page manuscript. $50 for a manuscript of 100 pages or more.
  • Before printing your manuscript, complete a thorough edit. It will survive another round or two of edits at Just Write Books. Please read it aloud and spell check. Both of these things will help prevent your manuscript from going through the shredder.
  • Your manuscript must be a computer-generated printout. No handwritten submissions. Use clean, white 8 ½ by 11 inch unlined paper of average thickness. No designer paper. Use an easy to read font. Most computers have Times New Roman. Please do not use different typefaces or sizes. Don't try to make it look "good." You'll only irritate the reader. Our preferred font size is 11 or 12 points. Left justify the print. Do not right justify, center or fill the line to force a right flush. Do not format or insert photos. Just the text please. Use a one-inch margin: top, bottom, right and left. Indent each paragraph by .3 or .5 inch. Do not leave a blank line between paragraphs.
  • Double space the entire document. Created a running head with the title of the book and your name. Place page numbers centered at the bottom of each page.
  • Do not 3-hole punch, staple or otherwise bind your manuscript. We might take only 20 pages to read away from our desk.
  • Provide a list of photographs or illustrations and include a couple of printed samples of the same.
  • Check every page for clear printing and that every page printed.
If you have followed the above suggestions; our reader will be able to read your file, make comments, edits and suggestions without straining her eyes or developing a migraine headache. In addition, when it is time to make your manuscript into a book, it will be in the right format for flowing into desktop publishing software.
Don't include a cover letter. (By this time, we've already told you to mail a copy.) This will allow you to mail the manuscript via Media Mail through the US Postal Service. (If you want to send a cover letter; mail it separately in a first class envelope or email anything you want to tell us.
Double check everything before mailing, including our mailing address.
Just Write Books, 14 Munroe Lane, Topsham, ME 04086.
Seal and drop in the mailbox.
If you haven't heard from us in 2 months; send a postcard or simple letter. That's polite and non-irritating. I hope this helps clarify things for the authors.


Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com

Sunday, November 17, 2013

10 Steps to Caring for Your Home Library



If you have started a book collection, odds are you want your books to stay in good shape for many years of reading and rereading. We’ve collected some of the top tips for caring for your private library to help maintain their covers and pages.
1. Pick the right spot. Book materials are fairly delicate materials so keep them away from sources of moisture (exterior walls, basements) and smoke (kitchens, fireplaces).
2. Store them upright. Book will support each other on a shelf when stored upright with bookends to prop up the ends. Don’t lay on the spine or fore-edges since that can separate the book.
3. Avoid sunlight. Sunlight, while wonderful to read by, can damage covers and fade text if a book is too long exposed to it.
4. Use proper storage. If you can invest in them, get bookshelves with glass doors. It will help minimize damaging elements getting to the volumes. Bookshelves should also be sized properly so books can be stored upright.
5. Dust. Whether you use a microfiber cloth, feather duster or handheld vacuum, removing the dust from the top and spines of your books on a regular basis will help keep them in good shape.
6. Use bookmarks. It’s always good to have a few bookmarks on hand when you need to put a book down. Lying them open to the page or otherwise marking the page can lead to long term damage of the book.
7. Books and drinks don’t mix. So your favorite thing to do may be to sit and sip a cup of cocoa or another beverage of choice. However, this could lead to spillage which can ruin a good book.
8. Repair with care. If a page tears or some other type of damage occurs, do some research on the best repair techniques. Don’t use tapes and glues you find at a office supply store since they could further damage the volume unless they are clearly marked "museum quality."
9. Protect your books from insects. Silverfish, cockroaches and other insects will eat the paper portions of books and you will see indications of insect damage on the pages. If you find any of these insects in your home; call a professional exterminator.
10. Handle with care. When removing books from shelves, don’t push down on the spine. Instead push the two adjacent books in so you can firmly grab the book from both sides.
By following these common sense steps you can maintain your library longer and enjoy your favorite books for decades.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

10 Best Hooks for Marketing Your Book



We all want to sell more books. How do your entice a person to buy your book? Sometimes it is a matter to convince a bookstore or specialty shop to carry your book.
It's great to be able to say, "This book will help people (fill in the blank).”
So what are some of the human needs that might be filled by your book? I'll talk about ten human needs and tell you about a book (published by Just Write Books or not) that fills that need and how it does just that.
1. Your book might help people feel better. A book that helps people deal with a problem in their life will help them feel better. I'll use the book Food Fix: Ancient Nourishment for Modern Hungers as an example. Susan Lebel Young has put together activities at the end of each chapter that help people learn to control overeating and eating junk food. When the person is successful in achieving healthy habits the person feels better about him or herself.
2. Even the best of us want to behave better. By showing people how to treat people better, Dale Carnegie's Win Friends and Influence People have sold millions in English and millions in languages around the world. His first three Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
1.       Don't criticize, condemn or complain.,
2.      Give honest and sincere appreciation.
3.      Arouse in the other person an eager want.
3. Find more closeness and more love.
4. Some books give readers the path to clearer thinking for better decisions in a particular setting or area of life or work. Uncomplicating Management by Rick Dacri fills that need. Dacri, according to one reader, "knows how to break down the complexities of managing people. This motivating book offers straightforward advice that any manager in any sized organization can use on a daily basis."
5. Be happier. Sometimes a reading a novel spins a tale and engulfs you in the story and by doing so takes you away from your cares for a while. Islands of Time by Barbara Kent Lawrence does this.
6. Security and inner peace. Robert M. Chute's Wildness within Walking Distance gives the reader a chance to experience our natural environment through poetry and to reconnect us with nature. Studies have shown that reconnecting with nature lowers blood pressure and increased healthy sleep.
7. Achieve health and longevity. Wild Plants of Maine: A Useful Guide by Tom Seymour helps people identify edible and useful plants in Maine (it works for most of New England). Eating wild plants without pesticides and other toxins is just one way to live healthier.
8. Is there anyone who doesn't want to make more money? I think all of us have purchased books that claim to help us increase income or save money in our daily life or our business. We want to make more money and make that money go farther. Recently, I purchased a book about social media to increase the sales of books.
9. Choose right livelihood. Doug Hall (not published by Just Write Books) has written several books Jump Start Your Brain, Meaningful not Mindless Marketing, Making the Courage Connection and many more. Doug Hall helps people work smarter not harder. I've read several of his books because I feel that he clearly shows me how to organize my thoughts to create a better business.
10. People want to strive to achieve a doable challenge. You book my provide information about a goal that you have achieve. This might motivate another person to set a like goal for themselves. I'm working on a book that would be a senior's guide to the 100-mile Wilderness. In August, to celebrate my sixtieth birthday, I completed that part of the Appalachian Trail. I've had so many people say that they always wanted to do that but felt that it was just too difficult. Provide step-by-step instructions or broad-brush guidance is a great way to help people. My book will help people set a lifetime goal and achieve it.


Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com

Sunday, November 3, 2013

10 Things to Add to Your Amazon Author Page



Example of a page of a well-known author.

What? You don’t have an Author Page on Amazon? Here are some of the key elements of an author page and why you should have one.
1. Complete your biography. Your biography should include something about how you started writing your first book and a brief history of any other publications. Also include a synopsis of your personal life. People are more likely to select books if they can relate to the author.
2. Include your entire bibliography. Once you’ve written more than one book, make sure you include every publication in your list and each edition. One reader may select additional books once they’ve read one. Also, different people will read different formats, so make sure hard cover, soft cover and ebook versions are all represented.
3. Upload photos. Again, this goes with the personalization of your page. Since many people are very visual, having your photo helps them relate to you and your story.
4. Upload videos. Make sure to read Amazon’s rules regarding videos and include a few for people to get an idea about your books.
5. Connect to your blog. If you write a blog regularly, make sure to connect your page to it. It’s another way to
6. Include professional reviews. When you receive reviews of your books, make sure to include them on the pages for your book.
7. Moderate Book Extras. Shelfari is a public forum for readers to write additional information about the books they read. If certain fields have been filled out, this tab will be available on Kindle editions and make quotes, plot summaries and character listings among them.
8. Announce events. You can list in person and online events on your author pages. Just another way to make sure your readers know how to connect with you.
9. Connect with Twitter. The more ways you can connect with your readers, the better. If you have a twitter account, make sure to include it here.
10. Create an Author Page URL. You can create a unique URL for your page. It is an easy way to link to your page from other locations.


Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books, a publishing business with the tag line: Maine books by Maine authors telling Maine stories. Randolph quickly developed a reputation as a publisher of quality Maine books. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling designed and built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick. She co-chairs with Cathy Lamb the Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk project--building a 2K walking/biking intown loop. To contact her directly: jstwrite@jstwrite.com