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The last four years have been quite an adventure, and have opened my eyes to the mine field that dominates the publishing industry. To say I was naïve when it came to having my book published would be the understatement of the century. It would be like calling Mount Everest a molehill. But somehow I have managed to stumble my way through and have ended up with a two book contract with tatepublishing.com. They are a mid-sized company based in the mid-western United States, and consist of two divisions, a self-publishing one and a no fee one, and I was blessed by the offer of a no fee contract. Why? I do not have the slightest clue.

However, with all things, there is always a caveat, big or small that rears its head. In my case, the caveat was a minor one but it did require that I spend time learning new skill sets. The caveat, hang on to your shirttails, or the nearest beer bottle, was al la carte, which meant that anything else, like a cover, or editing, proof reading, and formatting, cost.

Being descended from the Scots, on my mother’s side, when it comes to spending money, I take the time to think it over.

I have a niece that is an amazing graphic artist, and she took care of my book covers. That left, proofreading, editing and the biggest thing of all formatting, and making my manuscript ready for printing, for me to tackle.
With a little diligent research on google, I found sources for the software I required to accomplish the tasks facing me, and with a little time, cold sweats, patience, a few more hairs ripped from my head, and determination I conquered all the things standing in my way, and now I have two books published, Death Never Takes a holiday, and Keeper of the Sword.

Keeper of the Sword, book one is not officially released yet, but you can check it out by following this link, http://bit.ly/1RKy5Qh and while you are there, why not take a look around and see if you and Tate might be a good fit. I finished proofreading KOS book two last Friday, and it has been sent off.

One more thing, if any of you would like to have advice on book formatting or anything else please do not hesitate to contact me, and if for some reason you are not interested in spending the time formatting your book, I will do it for a modest fee.

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