Kindle Create Basics I encountered a steep learning curve when creating an eBook with Kindle Create. After sorting through a lot of information and trying various methods, I developed a process that works really well. This blog post takes you through my process and, hopefully, eases some of the pain points for you. Start by bookmarking Amazon's Getting Started with Kindle Create page and use it for reference. You'll get a good overview of the requirements, features, and troubleshooting. The … [Read more...] about Create an eBook with Kindle Create
I've been designing print books with InDesign (IDD) for years. When my partner, Peggy, and I completed our third book together a couple of months ago (Inside the Rainbow: Soul Connection in Nature), the steps to prepare it for print on Amazon's KDP platform were familiar to me. Then, I leapt into the eBook world for the first time. It was quite the adventure! First, I tried Amazon's publishing tool Kindle Create. Unfortunately, it wouldn't work on my old iMac. Next, I tried exporting my IDD … [Read more...] about Create an eBook via InDesign Export to HTML
Github integrates seamlessly with Git (a version control system), making it a great way to maintain a backup of your repositories while keeping track of changes. Furthermore, because Github is in the cloud, you can work on projects from anywhere and share with colleagues. Let's get started with this fantastic tool and learn about some of its key features! Step 1 - Git Git is a version control system and is probably already installed on your computer. If not, follow these instructions: … [Read more...] about Github Repositories: Let’s Get Started!
I've recently updated my front-end development workflow to include an improved process for version control. Prior to this change, I would make a copy of any file I was going to edit. I could revert back to that copy in case anything got messed up. With Github, I am better able to keep track of edits. Additional Github bonuses include: work on projects from anywhere using multiple computers; collaborate with people; share files; and control how other people's edits get incorporated into my files. … [Read more...] about Front-end Development Workflow Adjustments
WordPress is the most popular content-management system in the world. For that reason alone, it is vulnerable to hackers who delight in finding large pools of potentially insecure websites. Cleaning up a hacked site is not fun or easy. So, it's important to take some simple measures to protect your site. My Recommendations You obtain, install, and activate SSL in your webhost account. Many hosts provide the certificate for free, others charge an annual fee. Protecting your site is … [Read more...] about What Should I Do to Protect My Site from Hackers?
There are several ways to build a book cover in InDesign. I'll show you my tried and true methods, honed from years of experience working at an educational publishing company (Houghton Mifflin, now Cengage Learning). While there, first as a book cover designer and then cover design manager, I was involved in more than 500 books! We had to assemble and use accurate and flexible templates with all of the specifications required by various book printers. Specifications For each of my … [Read more...] about How to Build a Book Cover in InDesign
UPDATED 6.10.21 My web design and development toolset includes desktop as well as cloud-based applications. I use the tools for brainstorming, thumbnail sketching, design comprehensives, and implementation of code. I'm always open to trying new things. Sometimes, I'll explore a new program, love it, and make the switch. PINTEREST Visual discovery platform I use Pinterest to find, store and categorize images and ideas. It serves as a great reference archive for my designs and … [Read more...] about My Web Design and Development Toolset
Zoom's popularity has exploded these past few months. As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, businesses and schools have to find ways to meet remotely. Ease of use make video conferencing with Zoom an attractive choice. How to Host a Zoom Meeting To host a meeting, you must have a Zoom account. The meeting can be spontaneous or scheduled. Hosting can be done on the Zoom's website, the Desktop client, or the mobile application. The steps outlined in this tutorial are for the website. … [Read more...] about Video Conferencing with Zoom