Seedlings by Aaron Paul Lazar

What They Say

“You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop—H2O. The reader will get it.”
—George Singleton


Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2015
FINALIST Readers Favorites Awards 2013
SEMI-FINALIST Kindle Book Review Awards 2013, Mystery Category
HONORABLE MENTION Eric Hoffer 2013
GRAND PRIZE * FINALIST 2013 EPIC Book Awards  * FINALIST 2012 FOREWORD BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS * Finalist DaVinci Eye Cover Award 2013 * WINNER 2011 EPIC Book Awards, BEST Paranormal * FINALIST 2011 FOREWORD BOOK AWARDS * WINNER 2011 Eric Hoffer BEST Book, COMMERCIAL FICTION *Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads for 2012 * 2X FINALIST Global eBook Awards 2011 * Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place 2011* Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top 10 Books of 2012 * Winner of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s 9th Annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for Literature 2011 * Finalist Allbooks Editor’s Choice Awards 2011 * Preditors&Editors Top 10 Finalist  * Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books 2008MYSHELF Top Ten Reads 2008  * Writer’s Digest Top 101 Website Award 2009-2012

Contact Aaron at aaron(dot)lazar(at)yahoo.com.

 

Voodoo Summer (LeGarde Mysteries Book 11)
Available now at Amazon.com

VOODOO Summer by Aaron Paul Lazar

Every family has its secrets…

Summer, 1966: For thirteen-year-old Gus LeGarde, summertime always means Loon Harbor, his grandparents’ idyllic fishing resort on Great Pond. The season is a grand tradition of swimming, boating, and new adventures with his best friends, twins Siegfried and Elsbeth. But this summer, everything changes when a new lodge down the shore threatens the resort—and triggers a chain of events that will transform Gus and his friends forever.

 

 

The Seacroft (Paines Creek Beach Book 2)
Available now at Amazon.com

The Seacroft by Aaron Paul Lazar

The Seacroft: a love story

Falling for the wrong guy can be hazardous to your heart. Vivian Wood is desperate. After her beloved brother dies of a sudden aneurism and her mother develops Alzheimer’s, she needs a good job and a place to stay. She finds it at The Seacroft, a Cape Cod seaside mansion ruled by ...

 

Books by multi-award winning, Kindle bestselling author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES
DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)  
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
THE LIARS’ GALLERY (print, eBook, audio book)
SPIRIT ME AWAY (print, eBook, audio book)
UNDER THE ICE: COUNTERPOINT (coming soon 2015)
LADY BLUES: forget-me-not (print, eBook, audio book)
VOODOO SUMMER ( print, eBook, audio book)

GREEN MARBLE MYSTERIES
The Disappearance of Billy Moore (formerly Healey's Cave) (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES
FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (print, eBook, audio book)
BETRAYAL (print, eBook, audio book)

PAINES CREEK BEACH SERIES

THE SEACREST (print, eBook, and audio book)
THE SEACROFT (print, eBook, audio book)
THE SEADOG (print, eBook, audio book)

BITTERSWEET HOLLOW Romantic Suspense Series
DEVIL’S LAKE (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVIL’S CREEK (print, eBook, and audio book)
DEVILS SPRING (print, eBook, and audio book)

 

Seedlings
by Aaron Paul Lazar, author of the LeGarde Mystery Series.

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April 2017

"How to Convert Your Properly Formatted WORD document into eBook Formats" Copyright © 2017 Aaron Paul Lazar. All rights reserved.
Excerpt from Write Like the Wind volume 3 by Aaron Paul Lazar. Re-printed by permission of the author.

Write Like the Wind volume 2 by Aaron Paul Lazar

 

How to Convert Your Properly Formatted WORD document into eBook Formats

Several years ago when I decided to take back the reins and start publishing my own books, I needed help. I had never formatted my own eBooks (or print books) and I was grateful when my longtime mentor and critique partner, Morgan Blaze, came to my rescue.

She had been happily self-publishing for a while, having received rights back from her publisher and also having written a ton of new books. You can pay people lots of money to do this, but once you get the process down, it’s really not that hard.

First of all, download a free copy of Calibre. That is the program I use to convert my Word docs into eBook format for uploading to Amazon Kindle or for sharing with readers when I give out eBooks as a prize at one of my events. If you have the mobi (Kindle), epub (Nook), and pdf (for those who don’t have an ereader), then you are all set.

>> Save a copy of your manuscript as filtered HTML: (in Word 2007 & up) Office button -> Save As -> Other Formats. Choose “Web page, filtered” from the dropdown menu in the dialogue box. {On my MacBook Pro, the steps are “File/Save As/Web Page (htm)” and click the button for “Save only display information into html.”}

This will create a file with the suffix “.htm” instead of “.doc” or “.docx” that you need to be sure to save in a folder with your original manuscript document. I find that if I create a folder for “V1” of my current manuscript, to represent “version 1,” it helps to keep each version separate. In the beginning, you may have to do this process several times as you discover little typos, etc. or want to change the back matter of your book. So next time, create a V2 folder, and so on. In the end, you can go back and delete the earlier versions so you don’t load up your computer with too much data.

(Note: Do not use spaces or characters in the file name)

>> Open the Calibre Program

>> Click on “Add books” (red book icon at top left) and add your “.htm” or filtered web page file to Calibre

>> The book will appear in the Calibre library as the title of the file, with “unknown” for the author name. Highlight the book and click on “Edit metadata” (blue circle icon at top)

>> On the edit metadata screen, fill out your book title and author name, and add other metadata (add keywords that are relevant and will help readers find your book on Amazon, separated with commas; there is no limit to the number of this field. Next add the book blurb to the Comments box on the right. I use the same blurb that I put on my back cover for the print book here).

>> While still in “edit metadata” you will note that there is a field for “title sort” and “author sort.” If your title begins with a small word like “The,” for example, “The Liar’s Gallery,” you may enter, “Liar’s Gallery, The” for that field. For my name, Aaron Paul Lazar, I enter “Lazar, Aaron Paul” for the author name sort.

>> If your book is part of a series, enter the series name, such as “Bittersweet Hollow” and then the number within the series. Enter the digit “1” if this is the first book in the series, etc.

>> While still in edit metadata, add your cover (Amazon won’t accept the file without a cover image). Be sure this cover is in “.jpg” format and has been sized to properly meet Amazon’s guidelines. Click on “browse” at the top of the center frame in the “Change Cover” section, and navigate to your cover file. You will see the cover show up in the large frame to the left of this section.

>> Click on OK (green check mark in box on the bottom right.)

>> Now the file is ready for conversion:

>> With the book highlighted, click on “Convert books” (brown icon, third from left at the top)

>> Click on Page Setup on the left-hand menu. Choose “Kindle” on the output profile, and make sure the input profile is set to “Default input profile”

>> Click Table of Contents in the left-hand menu

>> Next to the Level 1 TOC line, click on the magic wand

>> In the dialogue box under “Match HTML tags with tag names,” choose H1 from the pull-down menu (NOTE: you must already have formatted your chapter headings with the style “Heading 1” in your original document)

>> Click OK – it should now say “//h:h1” under Level 1 TOC

>> At the top right, use the dropdown box to change “Output format” to MOBI

>> Click OK on the bottom right (the program will return to the main screen), and wait until the readout in the lower right corner finishes (changes from Jobs:1 to Jobs:0) You will get a notification that the file is complete.

>> To convert the file to EPUB from this point, click on “Convert books” again and make sure EPUB is selected in the top right corner next to “Output format”, and then click OK

>> If you’d like, you can also convert the same file to PDF in Calibre (click on “Convert books” again and select PDF from the top right corner)

>> Save the converted files to your hard drive by highlighting the title and at the top of the page, click the dropdown arrow next to “Save to disk” and select “Save to disk in a single directory”

>> Navigate to your preferred save location (for example, your “V1” file) and click “Select Folder”

>> The folder where you saved the files should open automatically and display the converted files – you’ll have EPUB, MOBI, a jpg that’s just the cover image, a file ending with .opf, and a zip file (and PDF, if you’ve done that conversion as well)

>> Rename the files you’ll upload to Amazon and BN with single word file names, no spaces or special characters. For example, when the files come back as “Write Like The Wind – Aaron Lazar.mobi” I change them to WriteLikeTheWind.mobi.

>> Now you are ready to upload your mobi file (or others) to the place where you will sell them, like Amazon Kindle Direct. You’re done!

Thanks again to Morgan Blaze for giving us this “secret” information. Now we can all format our own eBooks and save more of the profits for our own families.

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com


Write Like the Wind cover artwork

WRITING ADVICE: 

WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3  (audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, thrillers, love stories, and writing guides, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming releases, UNDER THE ICE (2015) and DEVIL’S CREEK (2015). Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers!