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How to fix your Create Space book description on Amazon.

Okay, you’ve loaded your paperback book’s description to Create Space, but when it appears on Amazon the description is one big lump–a single, hard-to-read paragraph. Yuck. (Note: the ebook description you loaded directly to Amazon probably looks fine. Check to be sure.)

I’ve searched all over the Internet for how to fix this problem and found few answers. On their site, Create Space says they allow limited HTML. Great. Except that <br>, <ul> and <li> look like gibberish if you don’t know HTML.

How about a simple solution? <p> opens a paragraph, and </p> closes a paragraph.

Here’s what a Create Space paperback description looks like on Amazon:
Alien invasion. Robot revolution. Zombie outbreak. All at the same time. World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan–generations of war have killed most of our superheroes, so ordinary people like Special Agent Kyle Kane, Sergeant Starla Singer, and millions of others step forward to defend Earth. With the help of four rogue robots and the last heroes standing, humanity must unite or be destroyed. It’s time to fight. SUPERHEROES ALIENS ROBOTS ZOMBIES is the first in the SARZverse trilogy. Read Book 2: ROBOT REVOLUTION and Book 3: ALIEN INVASION for the complete saga.

Log in to Create Space and add your paragraph breaks:
<p>Alien invasion. Robot revolution. Zombie outbreak. All at the same time.</p>

<p>World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan–generations of war have killed most of our superheroes, so ordinary people like Special Agent Kyle Kane, Sergeant Starla Singer, and millions of others step forward to defend Earth. With the help of four rogue robots and the last heroes standing, humanity must unite or be destroyed.</p>

<p>It’s time to fight.</p>

<p>SUPERHEROES ALIENS ROBOTS ZOMBIES is the first in the SARZverse trilogy. Read Book 2: ROBOT REVOLUTION and Book 3: ALIEN INVASION for the complete saga.</p>

In a week or less the change should take effect, and your description on Amazon will look like this:
Alien invasion. Robot revolution. Zombie outbreak. All at the same time.

World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan–generations of war have killed most of our superheroes, so ordinary people like Special Agent Kyle Kane, Sergeant Starla Singer, and millions of others step forward to defend Earth. With the help of four rogue robots and the last heroes standing, humanity must unite or be destroyed.

It’s time to fight.

SUPERHEROES ALIENS ROBOTS ZOMBIES is the first in the SARZverse trilogy. Read Book 2: ROBOT REVOLUTION and Book 3: ALIEN INVASION for the complete saga.
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I hope this helps all the writers out there who’ve been as frustrated with this as I am. If you have tips to share, please comment.

Sincerely,
Mark

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A spring update from the writing business

Internet articles and writer friends constantly remind me that the publishing business is in a fluid state that hasn’t solidified into one dominant model.  Indie writers tell you to go indie, agents and paper publishers tell you to join them.  Amazon does this, Big Five does that, ebooks, audio books, trade paperbacks, royalties, mergers, and on and on.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have any control of what’s happening, but I do control what I write.  So I’m in a mode where I just hunker down and put words on paper (or screen).  In this case, I’m 30,000 words into the first draft of a crime thriller, and it’s going well enough to make me nervous.  Because it’s fine to start a good novel, but the important thing is to finish it well.

Instead of agonizing over my sales at Amazon or iTunes or wherever, I’m writing.  As a writer, you can’t let the success or failure of your last project overly influence the completion of your current project.  It does affect your work, but as much as possible you have to set those thoughts aside and simply exist in your story.  Writing is the fun part, the part where you play in your mental sand box and make up characters and stories because you want to.  And if you’re having fun with the story, I think your readers will, too.