Saturday, May 26, 2012

How to Insert a Hyperlink into an MS Word Doc

Techno-tips for the Techno-Challenged



In this new paradigm of publishing, many authors (myself included) format their own documents to upload to Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Apple iTunes and All Romance eBooks, just to name a few. There are a myriad of small details to tend to before Word documents are ready for prime time.

Back matter in ebooks can include the author's website, blog, Author pages, mailing lists, and probably the most important: Clickable links to buy the author's other books at each of the respective retailers.

Inserting hyperlinks in Word documents isn't difficult once you learn a couple of tricks. Once again, my instructions are for MS Word 2008 on an Apple machine. You will need to adjust the directions to whichever version of MS Word you use.

So, say you're formatting a book for Kindle. After the last sentence of the story, you might want to say something like this:

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For more books by Anne Marie Novark,
Go to Amazon.com.
 
1.  To make Amazon.com a live hyperlink for readers, first get online and link to your Author Central page (you have one, don't you?) or search for your books on Amazon and locate the page where all of your works are listed on Kindle.

2.  Copy the web address located in the long "box" showing the URL (highlight the web address, right click and choose Copy).

3.  Go back to your Word document and highlight "Amazon.com."

4.  Go to the top tool bar where it says File, Edit, View, Insert, etc. and click on Insert.

5.  Choose Hyperlink from the drop-down box.

6.  In the pop-up window, "Amazon.com" should be in the Display box.

7.  In the pop-up window, place the cursor in the Link to box.

8.  Press Command (or Control) V. (Right clicking and pasting will not work.)

9.  The web address to your books at Amazon will appear in the Link to box.

10. Press OKAY, and you will have a live hyperlink to your list of books at the end of your ebook.

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Of course, it goes without saying: You don't want to link to B&N at the back of the Kindle Edition or vice versa.

It's also better IMO, not to provide live links to your books in the Smashwords Edition since that version will be sent to other distributors. I do link to my website, but I just list the titles of my other works in the back matter on Smashwords.

Yes, this takes a bit more time and effort when you're publishing your ebooks. But providing hyperlinks to your back list will make it easier for readers to find and read more of your books.

Happy Publishing!!!


AM   :)





Sunday, May 20, 2012

Movies: Oldies but Goodies


I'm an old movie buff. I love watching the old-fashioned romances of the fifties and sixties. Ahhh, the good old days. When time moved at a slower pace and life was simpler. Or so it seemed.

The human condition stays pretty constant. From the beginning of time, most human beings have searched for partners with whom to share life and love and day-to-day living. A special someone makes life more interesting and gives it more meaning. At least, in my opinion.

Recently, I've been watching movies that I remember from childhood. Not having subscribed to cable for the past thirty years, I haven't had easy access to old movies. I'll think of a movie that stands out in my mind, then search Amazon for the title. Sometimes, I don't know the title, just one of the actors or actresses.

Sometimes, only one scene will stick in my mind, and it makes me want to watch the movie as an adult. One such movie is Come September. All I remembered about this movie was that it starred Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida. Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin were also in the film.

I knew it was set somewhere in Europe and there was some sort of mix-up with a villa and tourists. But what really stuck out in my mind was a scene where Gina Lollobrigida winked one eye without squinting. I must have been ten or eleven when I saw this movie for the first time, and I remember practicing and practicing until I could wink like Gina.

Watching the movie again was fun. It's one of those classic romantic comedies of the day. Viewing it as an older adult gave me an entirely different perspective on the film. I'm now older than the lead characters in the movie, but Rock Hudson was as handsome as ever and Gina Lollobrigida was truly gorgeous.


AM   :)



Tuesday, May 08, 2012

You've Got Mail!


Or rather, I have mail. Email. From happy readers! A writer's dream come true!!!

I've been receiving email from happy readers almost from the beginning of my Indie Publishing Adventure. They are all wondering when the fourth book in the The Diamondback Ranch Series will be available.

Are you going to continue the series? What about Tyler? What about Tori? And what about that sexy dark-haired Sam?

A couple of readers are wondering about Kelsey? Will she grow up and get her very own book?

The Diamondback Ranch Series is very dear to my heart. I created the McCade Family many years ago and now I've been fortunate enough to share them with readers. It's so gratifying to know they love the four brothers and sister just as much as I do.

So, YES!!! I'm working on Tyler's book right now. Then Tori and Sam will have their story. And we need to let Kelsey grow up because she's only thirteen. But here's a little secret: I already know who her hero will be!!!

I'm having so much fun writing this series.  Along with the readers, I can't wait to see how the stories and romances turn out. And I get to write them!!!

Happy Reading!!!


Anne Marie    :)