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Christian Gilli...

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My First Book!
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Hey all, i wanted to introduce myself! My name is Christian Gilliland and today I published my first ebook! Im beyond excited and really happy to be a part of the writing community! Any tips for a newbie like me?

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Christian Gilliland wrote:
Hey all, i wanted to introduce myself! My name is Christian Gilliland and today I published my first ebook! Im beyond excited and really happy to be a part of the writing community! Any tips for a newbie like me?

Edited by: Christian Gilliland on Oct 18, 2017 8:28 PM

Looks interesting but I recommend removing the blank lines between paragraphs in the books. Many readers find them annoying or unprofessional-looking.

Ignore the other stuff I wrote. I had two books open and took a short break and was looking at the wrong one. My fault, and I apologize.

L. L. Thrasher

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thrasherll wrote:
Christian Gilliland wrote:
Hey all, i wanted to introduce myself! My name is Christian Gilliland and today I published my first ebook! Im beyond excited and really happy to be a part of the writing community! Any tips for a newbie like me?

Edited by: Christian Gilliland on Oct 18, 2017 8:28 PM

Looks interesting but I recommend removing the blank lines between paragraphs in the books. Many readers find them annoying or unprofessional-looking.

> Ignore the other stuff I wrote. I had two books open and took a short break and was looking at the wrong one. My fault, and I apologize.

L. L. Thrasher

Edited by: thrasherll on Oct 18, 2017 9:05 PM


I wanted to repost this so those of you who get posts in your email will see my correction. There is nothing wrong with the TOC in the book and it doesn't have page numbers.
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Re: My First Book!
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 11:06 PM   in response to: Christian Gilli... in response to: Christian Gilli...
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Hi Christian,

Welcome to the community. Good luck with your new book.

Tip of the day - grow a thick skin. It's a necessary requirement in this business!

J :)
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Posted: Oct 19, 2017 3:48 AM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
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Cover - the font color blends into the background image, making it hard to read, and the title uses two different fonts instead of just one. That isn't a very eye catching cover since it lacks any contrast or colors other than green. I might try to find a better image to use.

The TOC isn't hyperlinked to the chapter headings which is what you want for an ebook. Also, using dashes as spacers when the font isn't fixed width creates the ragged edged look in your TOC that looks unprofessional.

I don't see a copyright page (maybe it's at the end?)

Indents are roughly 3 characters, not five.
First paragraph after a chapter heading isn't indented at all (don't ask me why, this just is!)
No spaces between paragraphs. I see in the next chapter many of these are removed, but many still remain.

When writing dialog, you do not capitalize the dialog tags after the quotes. Example: "...whatever you were hoping for seemed to fail," he said...

If you can afford it, get a professional editor to go over your book.

Other than that, I suggest adding a request to join a newsletter or write a review at the end if you didn't do that.

And grats and good luck!
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