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Patti Lisenbe

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Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 12:44 PM
 
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I'm trying to publish my first paperback book and am stymied by the entire process! I learn best by watching, then doing under the eye of experience.

Is there anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me learn how to do this? Please contact me only if you can. I really need HELP!!

Thank you
cdalebrittain

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Re: Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 1:44 PM   in response to: Patti Lisenbe in response to: Patti Lisenbe
 
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Have you looked at KDP Jumpstart? (There's a link to it in the announcements on the right side of the main Community Forum page.) It has videos and holds your hand through the process.

You would doubtless do better doing your paperback through CreateSpace than KDP-print (you could still use Jumpstart, because the processes are similar). CS has live telephone help that you can call if you get stuck, though I realize this isn't the same as watching someone.

I don't know about indie authors in Anchorage, but there are alternatives, including paying someone reputable to format for you. CS has a paid formatting service, though it's not cheap. Good luck!
Melia Kelley

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Re: Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 1:52 PM   in response to: Patti Lisenbe in response to: Patti Lisenbe
 
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For what its worth, someone should be able to help and let you watch while doing a screen share or other computer sharing method (think Skype or Teamviewer). This would make it available to people outside of Anchorage, which may up the population a bit.
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Re: Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 4:13 PM   in response to: Patti Lisenbe in response to: Patti Lisenbe
 
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You don't need Anchorage. You need CreateSpace. Use the "Guided" option.

Always plan on uploading a PDF to any printing service for best results. There's a chapter in my Guide about how I do it.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

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http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
Gary O'Riley

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Re: Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 3:10 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
You don't need Anchorage.

What is Anchorage?
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Re: Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:10 AM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
 
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Gary O'Riley wrote:
Notjohn wrote:
You don't need Anchorage.

What is Anchorage?

It's the heavy object on a long chain that you use to keep your boatage in place.
Gary O'Riley

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:28 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
Gary O'Riley wrote:
Notjohn wrote:
You don't need Anchorage.

What is Anchorage?

It's the heavy object on a long chain that you use to keep your boatage in place.

I think you're having a laugh with me!

I've since googled it, and it turns out to be a place in America, with Polar bears, and there are people in the wider area called "Off Gridders"...I don't think I'll be going there!
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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:42 AM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
 
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Gary O'Riley wrote:
I think you're having a laugh with me!
I was; I didn't realize you were being serious :)

I've since googled it, and it turns out to be a place in America, with Polar bears, and there are people in the wider area called "Off Gridders"...I don't think I'll be going there!
Much of Alaska is beautiful--I've always wanted to visit, but never made it. Anchorage is just like any other mid-sized city. However, Alaska is also home to Sarah Palin, so...
Gary O'Riley

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:49 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
Gary O'Riley wrote:
I think you're having a laugh with me!
I was; I didn't realize you were being serious :)

Alaska is also home to Sarah Palin, so...

Is she the mother of Michael Palin?

BTW, I've heard of Alaska. It's the bit of the US that is suck on to the the top of Canada...I wonder how that came about.
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 8:00 AM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
 
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I wonder how that came about.
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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 8:13 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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beautiful
They're trying their best to trash it up a little.
Read about gold mines and Bristol Bay. The salmon fishermen and processors don't want the gold mines to open because it'll damage the rivers that feed the estuary gill net fishing. But the fishermen cheat and scam the system to pull as many fish from the estuaries as possible for the money. Both the miners and the fishermen are stripping the environment for everything they can get, without putting anything back into it.

This isn't new behavior. This is how the west slope anadromous populations were decimated in California, Oregon, and Washington. Smaller east slope rivers are still polluted with mercury left over from mining practices used over a hundred years ago. Resident trout are still picking up trace amounts of mercury, and limits on consumption have been suggested. Read about the Carson River watershed.
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Re: Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 8:43 AM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
 
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Gary O'Riley wrote:
BTW, I've heard of Alaska. It's the bit of the US that is suck on to the the top of Canada...I wonder how that came about.

Actually, it's the chunk of land that floats off in the southwest corner of the map, next to Hawai'i.

:)
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 9:02 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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Most people don't realize Hawaii is part of the Aleutian Islands. In fact, if you go to the top of Diamond Head, you can see Russia. It doesn't stop there. In 1953, Diamond Head was named after Anthony Dimond, a politician of Alaska Territory. Apparently, he had a pompadour hairstyle which the hill resembles. But when they named the hill, they misspelled it, going with the traditional spelling for diamond.
MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: Anyone in the Anchorage, AK area who can help me with KDP on my 1st book?
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 9:31 AM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
 
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At least Alaska was bought from Russia. Haiwaii was effectively annexed by a group of American sugar planters and missionaries after deposing Queen Lili'uokalani.
But I think we Brits did worse things - the Opium Wars were a particular low point in British diplomacy. :)
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 10:19 AM   in response to: MR R J LAIDLER in response to: MR R J LAIDLER
 
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Something else most people don't know about are the battles of Diamond Head, Mo'ili'ili, and Nu'uanu in 1895, started by the counter-revolutionaries. The only reason it wasn't successful was that for the first time in anyone's memory it snowed on Oahu, putting down the uprising.
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