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Quick Tip for High Resolution Book Cover Images

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig 

From time to time I need a high resolution cover image.  Sometimes it’s because a guest blogger has sent me an image so small that WordPress is showing it blurry on the post.  Sometimes I’m sending a cover for publication in a print magazine or newspaper.

I came across a tool for high resolution cover images from eReader Palace last year.  I bookmarked it because I thought it might come in useful.  But I’ve found myself using it so much that I decided it was time for me to mention the tool here.

It’s very easy to use.  You pull up the ebook on Amazon (and it must be an ebook because the ASIN is needed).

Copy Amazon’s ASIN identifier.

Paste it into the box on the website

Click “Get the Cover Image.” I always use portal A and have never had a problem with it.

 

The image will open in another tab. Right click and save the file to your computer.  I’ll usually save them as :  Title–High Res–Elizabeth Spann Craig .

That’s it.  :)  Short and sweet today.  Hope this will be a useful tool for some of you out there.

Have you run across any helpful tools lately?

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Book Promo Services

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect to readers and find new readers without being obnoxious.   I’m not one to really promote on Facebook and never promote on Twitter.

One way of finding and connecting with new readers seems pretty obvious to me: ebook promotion services.  The best-known of these is BookBub.  These aren’t retailers, these are services that let subscribed readers know about free or discounted books.
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Overcoming Emotional Wounds: How to Show Your Character Is Beginning to Heal

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by Angela Ackerman@AngelaAckerman

When it comes to writing a story where a character is going to work through a difficult past wound, there are two behavioral states to convey: one showing their brokenness and dysfunction, and one displaying hard-won insight, self-acceptance, and increased self-worth, all important aspects of growth.

Ironically, writers tend to struggle more with how to show a character’s healthy behavior than they do the downward spiral. (Maybe after all the lessons on tension and conflict, we’ve gotten very good at throwing rocks? Or we’re just all a bit more sadistic that we’re likely to admit!) Either way, that shove down the hill is less stressful to write than the painful crawl back up it.

Here’s what I know: change is painful, both in the fictional world and the real one. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. So when it comes to showing our character’s path to healing in the aftermath of a destructive wound, we need to take it slow. Trusting others, especially after one’s been hurt, is hard. And believing again in hope, that a better tomorrow is possible? This is often the most difficult thing of all. Continue reading Overcoming Emotional Wounds: How to Show Your Character Is Beginning to Heal

How to be a #NaNoWriMo Rebel

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig 

I’ve never officially been part of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo: more about the event here. If you’re interested in signing up, here’s how).  Wikipedia’s NaNoWriMo entry explains how to ‘win’ at the event:

To win NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of approximately 1,667 words per day in November to reach the goal of 50,000 words written toward a novel. Organizers of the event say that the aim is to get people to start writing, using the deadline as an incentive to get the story going and to put words to paper….NaNoWriMo focuses on the length of a work rather than the quality, encouraging writers to finish their first draft so that it can later be edited at the author’s discretion.

To be a regular participant, you are to start on a brand-new manuscript on November 1. I’m always in the middle of a project at that point.  Besides, there’s Thanksgiving to think about.  It’s never been the most convenient time for me. (If you’re like me, there’s also Camp NaNo, in April and July).

But I’ve always fed off of the energy and the writing sprints of the NaNoWriMo community.  I lurk in the forums and get motivated.

I also tend to beat my usual writing goal…by a huge amount.

I’ve also, in the past, looked at it as an opportunity to get other writing-related things done.

NaNoWriMo is well-aware that there are rebels among them.  :)  They have a special forum for rebels that states:

You’re writing a memoir, an essay, a comic, or something else that’s not a novel. Come join the NaNo Rebels and converse with your fellow outlaws here.

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On Inspiration and Delivery: The Creative Process

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Writers sometimes joke that the worst question to get from readers (and one of the most common) is “where do you get your ideas from?”

I recently read Light the Dark, edited by Joe Fassler, (I received a complimentary copy from Penguin editor Sam Raim). One of the cool things about this book is the fact that it has lots of different writers’ thoughts on where they ‘get their ideas from’…and it doesn’t only cover inspiration, but creativity and the artistic process itself.

Inspiration is a tough subject.  It varies from writer to writer. Sometimes, I think, we don’t even realize exactly what inspires or influences us. In Neil Gaiman’s essay, “Random Joy” for the collection, he talks about this: Continue reading On Inspiration and Delivery: The Creative Process