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Welcome to the public musings of Michelle A. Demers, freelance writer, editor, fine art photographer, occasional philosopher, world traveller and accidental tourist. On these pages you can read parts of my feature film and television scripts, my novel and shorter works of fiction, a selection of my magazine articles and editorials (some published, some not), and my non-fiction works, The Global Indie Author and To Kindle in Ten Steps. If you hate reading, you can look at the pictures: there’s my limited edition fine art photographs and the first of what will eventually be hundreds of my travel photos and other personal works.

 

In addition to my own work I provide contract services for the film and television industry including scriptwriting, script coverage and storyediting, project proposals, one-sheets and script synopses, creative consultation, and ghostwriting for writers and publicists (including production notes for over 30 major motion pictures), as well as proofreading, copyediting, ebook conversion and self-publishing consultation services for writers and other professionals.

Feel free to contact me about possible projects or to offer comments on the content of this site. You can also find me on Facebook.

 

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The most comprehensive manual on self-publishing is now even better!

At 400 pages and now indexed for easier reference, The Global Indie Author is the definitive guide to this rapidly expanding industry. A beacon in the sea of conflicting information, The Global Indie Author separates fact from fiction and provides clear advice for implementing a successful self-publishing plan.

This edition has been completely updated and includes over 120 additional pages of new information such as U.S. and foreign content restrictions, advanced image handling techniques, building an ePub from your manuscript using Sigil, designing a print book in a word processor, and quality issues with print on demand. Over 50 illustrations and step-by-step instructions walk you through formatting techniques for Kindle, ePub, and print books and now include information for users of Pages, OpenOffice, and Scrivener.

The Global Indie Author, 2nd Edition continues the first edition’s success in exposing secrets industry players don't want revealed so they can lock you into unfavourable contracts, take your money before you start asking questions, or convince you that what is good for them is good for you. And by adding information relevant to non-U.S. writers, The Global Indie Author provides the necessary know-how for anyone who desires to self-publish in the United States and around the world.

The Global Indie Author, 2nd Edition covers:

* Book Structure   * Manuscript Editing   * Copyright   * Libel, Copyright and Trademark Infringement   * The ISBN System * Software   * Cover and Interior Images   * Manuscript Formatting for eBooks   * HTML Editing   * Creating and Testing Kindle Books and ePubs   * Print Production   * Distribution and Royalties   * Marketing * Payments and Withholding Tax   * The Vanity Press Machine

Praise for the previous edition:

"I have read many books about self-publishing and have to say how impressed I am with the incredible detail and research that went into putting this book together. Demers goes through virtually everything an author who wants to understand this world would need to know in order to make informed decisions. This tops my recommended list for anybody considering learning more about self-publishing in either print or ebook or both."

-- Mark Lefebvre, Director, Self-Publishing and Author Relations,
Kobo Writing Life

"The Global Indie Author includes vital information for those who are not US citizens but who want to sell in the US (and other) markets. Americans will also find it helpful. I also found the writing, particularly that in the introduction, engaging. I am already recommending this to my clients."

-- Audrey Owen, Writer'sHelper.com

"This book is well-written, well-organized, and very thorough. Demers’ writing background shows, and it is clear that she talks from first-hand experience. I consulted the book countless times during my own process to publish and it saved me a lot of aggravation and frustration."

-- Van Clayton Powel, author, You Are NOT What You Eat
(Better Digestive Health In 7 Simple Steps)

2nd Edition Out Now in Print and eBook!
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Baby Jane, my first paranormal/ murder mystery novel, is available on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony, and other ebook retailers worldwide; and in print worldwide on Amazon sites, B&N, Borders Australia, Whitcoulls New Zealand, and dozens more.

 

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Baby Jane
available worldwide.

Baby Jane now available at these

independent bookstores:

Blackberry Books, 3 - 1666 Johnston Street (The Loft, Granville Island), Vancouver, 604.685.6188; http://www.bbooks.ca/

Brown’s Books, 3740 East Hastings Street, Burnaby, 604.294.9311; http://www.brownsbooks.ca/

Companion Book, 4094 East Hastings Street, Burnaby, 604.293.2665; http://www.companionbook.com/

Hager Books, 2176 West 41st Ave, Vancouver, 604.263.9412; http://hagerbooks.ca/

For up-to-the-minute book updates and reports on issues affecting indie authors, see my blog site for The Global Indie Author.

Join the thousands of writers who have found freedom in digital book publishing!

Want to join the Kindle self-publishing movement but not sure how? With detailed instructions and numerous illustrations, To Kindle in Ten Steps walks you through the process clearly and concisely, offering a straightforward method for getting your book onto Amazon in the fastest and easiest way possible. From cover image requirements to how to format your manuscript for a smooth conversion to Kindle, To Kindle in Ten Steps demonstrates how easy it is to turn your masterpiece into a professional quality ebook. Best of all, authors need not invest in expensive new software: your familiar word processor and free online tools are all you will need.

To Kindle in Ten Steps: your first step toward publishing success!

Available now on Kindle and in print on Amazon!