Thursday – A Little Personal

Since I have hauled back into honest work, I have had to sacrifice some of the fun of being an author for the sake of the available time. One of the joys of being an indie author is formatting the manuscript for publication. You know, the four or five late nights as you struggle with getting the Create Space and Kindle formats in place. Let’s not mention the euphoria that comes with getting a table of contents working. Oh Yeah!

Jo Robinson

Well, I’m pleased to report I outsourced my most favorite activity next to a sharp stick in the eye. Jo Robinson who you know as a talented author provides services to Indie authors. You can go HERE Β to check them all, but she was a Godsend when it came time to do the formatting work on the next John J. Cannon Thriller which I needed badly.

So thank you, Jo. You save my butt and I am now a believer in professional formatting.


    1. Thanks, Chris.:-)

      1. Welcome John πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

  1. And you gave up that bit of fun, John?

    1. It was hard but I went for the stick in the eye instead. πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve already made arrangements with Jo for Notebook II. Betas, repairs, then it’s off for formatting.

  3. NIce post of gratitude John.

    1. Thanks, Andrew.

  4. Sometimes we just can’t do it all. Thanks for sharing Jo’s information, John.

    1. Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

  5. Jo Robinson is the next place my manuscript is going to go. I’m just waiting for my editor to finish with me. πŸ™‚

  6. Sounds like a wise decision. The thought of the headaches formatting problems would cause sends me running for the Tylenol.

  7. Reblogged this on Wild and Woolly Wordsmithing and commented:
    That is awesome news! Must reblogged! Thank you both of you!

    1. Thank you for the reblog. So nice of you

  8. Jo is doing some work for me on my Kindle version. I’m am just Wow’D at how easy she is to work with. I wish I had known about her before working with CreateSpace on the print version. They have given me nothing but grief. I will most definitely hire her services with my next book, botth print and eversion. Highly impressed with her work and highly recommend.

  9. Reblogged this on S.K. Nicholls and commented:
    Jo Robinson is working with me on my eversion. She’s a real easy person to work with and will ensure your expectations are met. What an angel!!!

    1. Thanks for the reblog Susan and I agree.

  10. Jo looks like a great addition to Team Howell, John.

    1. Thanks Hook. She is.

  11. John, you’re a wise man to know when too much is too much. And to surround yourself with pros who can take off some of the load! Great decision, I’d say.

    1. Thanks Debbie. I agree with you for sure.

  12. Reblogged this on Jo Robinson and commented:
    Thank you John – you are fabulous to work with!

    1. Thanks for the reblog Jo. You are terrific.

  13. I heartily agree! I found Jo through Chris, bought her Indie book, then hired her to help me with my first e-book. I was so overwhelmed and she encouraged me and walked me through the steps. She is a treasure with which to work!

  14. Formatting is a killer – even if you think know how to do it, there’s always something you come across that puts a spoke in your wheel! *Grrrrr!*

    1. So true. Thanks, Jan

    1. Thank you for the reblog. So nice.

  15. The for an honest behind-the-scenes look here.. Author’s writing spaces and process are endlessly fascinating to me. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Marian. Nice to have you stop by.

  16. I have one of her books on my Kindle to read next but I did not realize she did this type of work. Good to know and have your recommendation.

    1. She is terrific. πŸ™‚

  17. Seriously? Formatting was always my most favorite thing to do when I worked as a word processing operator (NOT!). Glad to have this recommendation, John. I know I’m not a Jane of All Trades and I dread the whole formatting adventure πŸ˜‰

    1. She did a great job.

  18. I have never attempted the formatting on my own. I’m way too busy and too chicken to try it, so have always had it professionally done. Thanks for sharing, John. Hope you’re enjoying being back on a payroll!

    1. A challenge, Jan. Formatting is not too difficult just consumes time. (Which I not longer have)

  19. Hmm….editing.
    I’m thinking of stitching together The Wrong Stuff and that’s going to need a lot of titivating to remove all the “weekly update” repetitive elements, I think.
    I haven’t read it back from the start since I started it, I don’t even know how many words it is, let alone if it’ll make sense, hahaha.

    1. I think it is a good idea for you to do that very thing. It is a good story and should be seen by more people.

      1. I’ll have to read it through and see if it has enough “world” around it, to make it believable.

      2. I think you will find it so.

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