Category Archives: Self Publishing

Storyist 109: Using the Project Trash

In this episode I’ll show you how to use the Project Trash option in Storyist.

It works just like the trash function in macOS and Windows, with which you never directly delete documents from the system. Instead, they’ll go into the “trash”, which when emptied, will delete a document from the hard drive. Storyist has this functionality built-in, which means that you can never accidentally erase an important manuscript.

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Storyist 108: Storyist on the iPhone

In this episode I’ll show you how to use the main functions in Storyist for iOS, on an old iPhone 5s.

I’ll show you how to navigate, switch between Draft Mode and Formatted Page Mode, and how to insert chapters and sections into your manuscript. I’ll also demonstrate how to find and replace in your text, and of course how to navigate a Storyist project.

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Storyist 107: Tracking Writing Goals

In this episode I’ll demonstrate how you can use the Writing Goals feature in Storyist to your advantage.

With Writing Goals you can keep on track of a deadline and get an impression of how many words per day you write over a longer period of time. Writing Goals have become popular with competitors like NaNoWriMo, which have taught us that sometimes it’s important to just put words on the page. They’re not meant to pressure you, but they’re a fantastic addition to track your output.

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Storyist 106: Dark Interface Mode

In this episode I’ll show you how to switch to the sexy “dark interface mode” in Storyist.

Technically it’s just a tick box, but to get the best inverted experience, we need to tweak c couple of other settings. I’ll also explain the philosophy behind Dark Mode, and how to make your Mac’s menu bar match the whole experience using f.lux.

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Storyist 105: Version Control Features

In this episode I’ll show you how to save your files in Storyist, and how to keep your work safe.

Besides “save” and the equivalent of “save as”, Storyist also offers Version Control built in, which means you can save a modified version of your project, similar to how Git projects are controlled. I’ll explain how this works and the philosophy behind saving versions.

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Storyist 103: Creative Writing Tools

In this episode I’ll explain some of the excellent writing tools Storyist has to offer.

In particular, I’ll show you how to create chapters and sections/scenes inside chapters, I’ll explain the outline and index card view, and I’ll show you how you can see the outline view and your actual manuscript side by side.

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My Audiobook Narration Setup for Audible, Amazon and iTunes

When I decided to narrate my book BROKEN BOWELS for publication through ACX, I had several ideas for the workflow. 

In essence, and after many tests as to what would yield the best quality, I did the following:

  • record to my Mac using Quicktime
  • transcode the resulting native AIFC files into Apple Lossless M4A using Finder
  • edit in Adobe Premiere
  • bulk-transcode to MP3 files with ACX specifications using Adobe Media Encoder 

I’ve tried various other workflows, but the above seems to work great for me.

Let me share my reasoning and experiment with you here. Continue reading My Audiobook Narration Setup for Audible, Amazon and iTunes

Discovered in July 2018

Self Publishing Related 

Techie Things

How to create a project for narration on ACX

I wanted to upload an audio version of my book, narrated by myself, for sale on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. It’s apparently very easy to do using Amazon’ own ACX service. You can even login with your existing Amazon credentials.

When I did that, it all seemed fairly straightforward. There was a Projects Tab at the top, which I assumed is where I’d create a new project and start uploading myself. But that’s not how ACX works. Instead, you search for a book on the ACX homepage, which in turn sifts through Amazon’s catalogue. Only if said book exists can you pick it and start working on it.

That’s fair enough, and it makes sense. If you know how the system works. But even then, in my case, said list only seemed to return books open for auditions on ACX, rather than results from Amazon.com. My own books never came up while I was successfully logged in. They only ever came up while I was logged out. What gives?

As so often in life, there is an explanation for this – but of course it’s not something that’s obvious, nor included in the generous Help Section on ACX.

Eventually I’ve figured it out – and here’s how it works.

Continue reading How to create a project for narration on ACX

Created in June 2018

Last month I’ve been flat out writing the last chapters of my book “BROKEN BOWELS – Tales of a Super Survivor“. In total I’ve written a whopping 109.944 words.

Not all of them made it into the final cut mind you, which by the way has an astonishing word count of over 132.000. That’s nearly three times as much as I had originally set out to write.

The Kindle Edition is already available, and now I’m working on creating a paperback version too. All my Patreon supporters get a free copy of the ebook!

Continue reading Created in June 2018