How to Put eBooks on Your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or Kobo

Not sure how to get ebook files on your device?

.mobi format is for Kindles/Kindle app devices.
.epub format is for most other devices/platforms.

If you’re using a Kindle or Kindle app: http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle

If you’re using a Nook or Nook app: http://www.barkingrainpress.org/faqs/load-epub-nook/

If you’re using a Kobo: http://www.kobo.com/help/en-US/article/748/transferring-ebooks-to-a-new-kobo-ereader

If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, download the file, then select “open in Kindle” or “open in iBooks”.

Note: I cribbed this from L.T. Vargus in an email promoting their book downloads.

How to Use the Headway Theme to Build a WordPress Website

I use the Headway theme, and I’m figuring out how to create a gorgeous site with it. This is as much about me as it is about technology.

If you haven’t noticed, this website was looking pretty awful. In fact, I broke it (on my previous host) and decided that the problems I was having would be better solved by moving to a new host. I saved my content, set up the new account at Web Faction, and here we are. But it took me two months to do that.

I’m a busy person.

I manage websites for a living, so my own website was left alone. The cobbler’s children were barefoot.

Enter Headway. Headway is a visual design, drag and drop theme system. Most WordPress themes rely on a form-based configuration system to change the look and content of a site. Headway allows you to drag and drop components, apply visual treatments in that GUI system, and edit certain content in the GUI. That is not without its challenges.

I used one of the available templates (Whiteboard) as a starting point, and now I’m chipping away at the various components. I’m hoping to find some help because I’m lousy at certain visual things. It causes me anxiety to see so many imperfections on my own site, but I recognize that a fully baked website demands dozens, and possibly hundreds, of hours of effort. When we do this on our own site, we lose track of the amount of time invested. When I do it professionally, I have to be aware of the costs and time, and a professionally designed website is as expensive as a car. And, as with cars, you get what you pay for.

Here is the simple process to build a WordPress website with a Headway theme:

  1. Get a website up and running.
  2. Install Headway.
  3. Install a template.
  4. Watch a dozen tutorials on how to use Headway.
  5. Fret for days and weeks about colors, fonts, and information architecture.
  6. Update you website using the Headway GUI.

There. That wasn’t so hard, now was it?

The Rewrite of the Rewrite is Because Story Matters

I was looking for feedback, and I found it in the harsh but effective way.

I talked to someone who understands Donald Maas techniques. Mr. Maas is a literary agent who works diligently to help writers improve their fiction so that they can have a successful career. As a literary agent, if he helps people become better writers, he develops the market for readers, and ultimately helps himself sell more books.

I read his book, Writing the Breakout Novel, a few years ago, and I thought I had it figured out. I thought I learned the lessons and had integrated the techniques into my process. I was very wrong.

I attended a workshop by Mr. Maas, and realized that I had NOT integrated the techniques. I just barely understood them.

I next found someone who DID understand the techniques, and was willing to review my manuscript and offer feedback. Holy mackerel, but did I ever get a bargain. I was given notes about each and every chapter, and about how the main characters needed to process their emotions, and how the emotional impact of the the characters needed to be conveyed in each scene.

For the past month, I’ve been working through those notes, chapter by chapter, scene by scene, rewriting the entire manuscript. The story is transforming into something very different, but much, much better. There is greater drama with every scene, the plot events are more tightly integrated with the full cast of characters, and those characters now struggle at every turn to achieve their goals.

I am just over half way through my planned rewrite. The kicker is that this is actually fun. It’s enjoyable to rewrite when the notes are specific and on point. It’s making the story better, intensifying the drama, and I’m convinced will make it a much more enjoyable story.

Looking For Feedback on the Rewrite

I am rewriting my novel. I’m quite a bit into it (again) but I would really like to test my material. I’m totally fine with opening my kimono, but I truly want some feedback. Even if people hate it.

I have posted it on WattPad. My hope is that the large communities of readers there will let me know what they think.

If you’re interested, give it a read, and leave a comment:

http://www.wattpad.com/story/29400699-burning-river-of-love-a-comedy

Send me a comment directly and when it’s through, I’ll send you the completed book in your favorite electronic format.