What do you get when you mix Mistletoe, Mobsters & Mozzarella? Answer: another amazing book from @peggy_jaeger! #romcom #murder #mystery #novels #christmas #fiction

What do you get when you mix Mistletoe, Mobsters & Mozzarella? Answer: another amazing book from @peggy_jaeger! #romcom #murder #mystery #novels #christmas #fiction Continue reading

Check out this cracking #book to help us through covid. Plus an interview with the character Josh, courtesy of author @Callie_Carmen. #romance #hotfiction

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Joshua (Risking Love Book 5)  by Callie Carmen Automobile executive Joshua Winfield had no idea that he had two women in love with him. When he finally figured it out would he choose the new woman in his life that … Continue reading

Take a dollop of passion, sprinkle with a love triangle and mix it all with true love and you have ANGLES @anglestrilogy

Angles by Erin Lockwood When every relationship has an angle, how can you tell which side is up? Like the dazzling lights of a lighthouse, Sam’s turquoise-blue eyes equally enticed and warned. He was someone she should stay away from… … Continue reading

An interview with @djjouett #kindlescout #romance #suspense

The Destiny Factor D. J Jouett is a second-year law student and writer of  several suspense/romance novels. She is here today to talk about her latest title The Destiny Factor, which has been nominated for Kindle Scout. Here at WWBB we … Continue reading

So you want an Author Platform? FREE eBook

social media and newbie writing guide

For a self-published/indie writer creating a platform is a must. The sooner this is made and maintained the better. But where do you start? So You Want an Author Platform is an easy to follow guide that will help you connect to bloggers and potential readers of your book.

This is a short eBook of approx 9500 words. 

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How to format for Smashwords?

Easy Steps
1.  Bring up your manuscript. Save it somewhere safe.

2.  With your ms safe, we can “play” with formatting. There will be no page numbers, no fancy fonts or pictures (it’s possible but this guide is just basic). You will need your notepad, so locate that. I found it in my start bar and I searched it.


3.  You’ll also need to locate your tool bar (at the top of your word document).





4.  In the to tool bar find the    mark. It’s called “pilcrow” and represents a paragraph break. Click it. Your precious ms should be littered with strange marks now.


5.  For formatting with Smashwords you should only see the pilcrow, the small “space” mark, which looks like a tiny raised full stop and a page break mark: 
No other mark is allowed, and so we now aim to remove all other marks!

6.  Open the “notepad” of your computer.

7.  Copy ALL of your ms. I go into the ribbon and click “select all”, then move my cursor to the darkened area of my ms and right click to copy. 

8.  Paste your ms into your notepad.


9.  Open a clean word doc.

10.  Then copy your ms from the notepad and paste it to the clean word doc. Close the notepad, you don’t need that any more. In your clean new word doc, make sure the pilcrow is activated again.

11.  Select all. Then make sure your new document is NORMAL – see below circled.
12.  Select all again, and in your tab bar drag it over to where you want your indents to be.
13.  Now you need to check for all stray spaces, tabs and returns. Delete them all. There are no short cuts, so it will take a while. Make sure your document is a decent size so you can see those stray spaces (these mainly occur at the end of a paragraph just before the pilcrow).
14. Next select all again, and keep to TIMES NEW ROMAN, point 11 or 12. Titles and chapter headings should be no more then point 14.
15. Chapter headings MUST begin CHAPTER ONE etc The “chapter” bit is a must. Have a pilcrow above a line break, and one below.
16. Everything is to the left, and you want your chapter headings centred. You can’t use the normal way any more. In the tool bar you will see “Change Styles” with “AA”. Beneath it is a small button, click it to bring up a small window.

17.  At the bottom of that window are “AA” again. Click them.
18. And up pops another window. In the “name” put CENTRED. Then in the right, left, centred or justify buttons below click CENTRE. Then OK.
19.  Your chapter heading is now centred. Now EVERY TIME you need to centre something you will click on the little mark beneath “style changes” and use the centred that you made. Just highlight what you want centred and click on your newly made CENTRED button. 

That’s your ms formatted. 

Remember to follow the guidelines for the copyright page because SMASHWORDS are your publisher as an eBook, not your original publisher.

Good luck!

If you are a writer or blogger you should know the importance of TAGS

But first what are they?
In computer terminology, a tag is a keyword which provides a visual suggestion of the number of articles tagged with a keyword. The more popular a keyword the larger it will appear in the tag cloud.
In easy-speak if you were to search the Internet for say, help or advice on blogging, you’d head over to Google or Bing and put in the search engine “blogging help” or similar. And the savvy blogger would have used your words as taglines because he wants you to visit his page.
Now, if I wanted you to be able to find my book, A Proper Charlie easily, my tags would be “chicklit” “romance” “Louise Wise” etc and your searching words would generate my taglines to be at the top, or near to the top, of your search and hopefully you’ll click to be taken to my book.
On various blogs or websites taglines look like this:
The larger the word the more popular they are. Or they can be neat like an index. But either, they work the same. Tags are generally chosen informally and personally by the blogger. It’s wise to chose them to best describe the article written.
For this one I shall use, taglines, what are taglines, how to use taglines etc.
If you have a book out and it’s on Amazon make sure you have tagged your book. At the bottom of the Amazon page you should see “Tags Customers Associate with This Product” and then a list of taglines. These are the tags that generous people have given your book. And I say generous because it IS generous. Every little tag helps navigate potential readers towards your book.
There is an option to add your own, and I fully recommend you do so. As many as you can think of relevant to your book. Mine for Eden are: science fiction romance, romance, science fiction, survival, louise wise, love story, love, relationships, contemporary romance, best sellers, holiday read, quick read, a must read, romance novel, eden,  social media.

Louise Wise
Author of Eden and A Proper Charlie