My novella’s here!

Incompatible is now available on Amazon! Here it is on Goodreads. Here’s my Amazon author page.

I’ve finally fulfilled a childhood dream. Hope you enjoy it!

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The Self-Publishing Journey (Part 2)

Self-publishing (part 1)

Step 5: Get an ISBN

Through Kindle, you can be assigned an ISBN automatically. I chose to get one from Library and Archives Canada because I want my works registered as a part of Canadian literature.

Once you get account details from LAC you can login to your publisher’s account here. Logged in, you can get an ISBN for your work within a few minutes.

See below my tutorial on how to get an ISBN.

Step 6: Get the Barcode

Kindle generated a barcode for me; I didn’t have to go out and purchase one.

Kindle has a designated area where the barcode will be pasted on the back of your cover. You can see a preview of where the barcode is once you upload your cover.

If your book is created in multiple formats (i.e. print, ebook, etc.), you need to get separate ISBNs for each.

Step 7: Registering on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

You can sign up as a self-publisher here.

Once you sign up, you can add how you’ll receive payment and complete the tax interview.

Note: For Canadian self-publishers, you can prevent the IRS from taking 30% of your profits by using your SIN number as the Tax Identification Number (TIN) during your Tax Information Interview.

Step 8: The Cover

I used this article as a guide for writing author bios. For book blurbs, read other blurbs in your genre and get a sense of how they’re written. You can find blurbs in places like Amazon. Also browse Amazon when determining what kind of cover you want. Determine the physical length, width, and page length of your work; the designer needs to know.

Though you can create a cover yourself, I’d recommend hiring a professional to do it. You can find a freelancer through services such as Fiverr or Upwork. In terms of selecting a freelancer, check their turnaround time, portfolio, and packages they offer.

For a cover image, you can give the freelancer a picture, or you can select something within their database of stock images. You can also ask them for revisions until you’re happy with the end product.

I ordered through Fiverr. The process was straightforward, inexpensive, and took three business days to complete.


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Step 9: Formatting and Submitting

The manuscript itself has to be formatted as a proper book before submitting it into Kindle. Would recommend reading:

Note: After submitting your book, you may have to wait up to 3 days as Amazon reviews your work. Then your book will be public.

The Self-publishing Journey (Part 1)

I intend to self-publish a novella in 2018.

The tentative title is ‘Incompatible.’ It’s a historical romance.

I’ll be documenting my journey, while also providing tips on self-publishing.

Note: The information provided is applicable to Canadian authors.

Step 1: The First Edit

I printed out my draft and started editing.

Scheduling when I was supposed to finish each chapter was immensely helpful with staying on track. Refer to 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing, Revised Edition: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Self-Publishing‘s checklist (pg. 31) to help you plan the entire self-publishing process.

I also regularly attended writing groups to ensure that I worked frequently.

Step 2: Hire an Editor

You can find someone via Fiverr, UpWork, Editors Canada, personal connections, etc.

For tax/legal purposes, I used the contract template available at Editors Canada to formalize the terms with my editor.

Step 3: Get the ISBN

In Canada, the ISBN can be obtained for free via Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

You must create an ISBN Canada account. The publisher name, address, email and phone number you provide will become publicly available online. For privacy/business purposes, consider registering with a business name and/or getting a postal box. You can rent a postal box at Canada Post, UPS, or elsewhere.

Try and register with LAC as early as you can, because processing your account will take 1-2 weeks. You don’t need to have an officially registered business name to use it as your publisher’s name.

Once you get your login information, you can sign in and obtain an ISBN for your work. Note that the hardcopy and ebook version of your book will need their own ISBNs for keeping track of sales.

An ISBN can also be obtained via Amazon, if you publish with them, but I decided on registering my work through LAC.

You can also view my tutorial on how to sign up as a publisher:

Self-Publishing Journey (Part 2)

My NaNoWriMo Adventure (#NaNo2016)

Last month, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The objective was to write at least 50,000 words within a month. Although I didn’t win, I was still able to get a lot of writing done. It was also a great time to socialize with fellow local writers.

The Toronto Public Library has been involved by hosting write-ins and author spotlight events. You can learn more about NaNoWriMo and how the TPL is involved by reading this blog post.

NaNoWriMo is an incredibly productive, chaotic and fun experience; I encourage all writerly types to try it. One should also consider participating in Camp NaNo in April and July, where you set your own word count goal.

Short Story Publication

I’m happy to announce that my short story ‘Making the Myth’ has been published in Existere: A Journal of Arts & Literature (vol. 35, no. 2). You can obtain a copy of the issue by purchasing a subscription or visiting a bookstore that sells the journal.

Creative writing was and always will be my first passion. Seeing one’s work in a bookstore is surreal and a dream come true, to say the least. Below are photos of the issue.


Reblog: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

I’m sharing a great article about Pokemon GO and libraries. It covers topics on how the game can be used by the library and its issues.

It’s exciting to see the societal impact of a single game.

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Source: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Creating a Homepage for an Academic Library

I took Academic Libraries (LIS9630) this term and I wanted to share a project I completed with Victoria Wong. We created a homepage for a fictional academic library.

Since the beginning of term, the students in this class pretended to be librarians at a fictional institution (known by the acronym of FAIHR-L). For this project, we divided our classmates into three committees that addressed the needs of an academic library’s web presence. Each committee produced a report. Wong and I read them to assist us with deciding on what was to be added on the homepage and how things would be formatted. We also observed real academic library websites and applied usability best practices.

We limited our scope to only a homepage to make the project manageable, but we created a supplemental page.

Please see below to view the mockups. The mockups were created by Wong, in Balsamiq.

To read the rationale behind our decisions, click here.

Please note: We cited the reports our colleagues produced. For privacy reasons, their names were removed.