Forum posts made by dirtymartini

Topic WHO is The Biggest Flirt Upon Lush Stories?
Posted 15 Jun 2014 11:18

Nearly everyone on my friends list, hence them being there in the first place.

...Or maybe it is me, and that is why they have me as a friend? *Raises eyebrow*

You are pretty flirty there Miss Poppet...just sayin'

Topic 7 Formatting Errors That Make Your Book Look Unprofessional...
Posted 14 Jun 2014 23:38

7 Formatting Errors That Make Your Book Look Unprofessional

by Joel Friedlander

More and more writers are taking advantage of the new tools of publishing to create and publish their own books. This has led to an explosion of creativity, as writers are able to move their own books to market without the long delays and uncertainty of trying to get a traditional publisher to offer a contract.

Of course, there are also lots of authors who publish some of their books with traditional publishers, but still want to issue backlist, experimental, or non-commercial books themselves.
This is all good news for authors. But one of the consequences of authors becoming "do-it-yourself" publishers has been the proliferation of books that don't look quite right.

Although our books may be self-published, we sure don't want them to look sub-par, do we?
For many years I've helped authors get their books produced so they can compete with the books coming from traditional publishers. And while many authors hire professional book designers to create their books for them, this isn't practical or desirable from some people.

Some of the errors I see when reviewing self-published books are very easy to correct, if you only know how. So to help out, I've compiled here a list of the most common book formatting errors.

If you're doing your own formatting, make sure you pin this article up near your workstation. You'll be needing it.

7 Formatting Errors to Avoid

1. Putting page numbers on blank pages.

Blank pages have no text or images on them, and that means they should be truly blank. If you think about it, having a page number on a blank page really doesn't make sense, since there's nothing for the page number to refer to.

2. Using running heads on chapter opening pages or blank pages.

This is probably the most common formatting mistake of all, and I see it often in books from do-it-yourselfers. Just like page numbers, running heads (the type at the top of a page that shows the book title, author name, or chapter title) have no place on a blank page, just leave them off so the pages are truly blank.

3. Using "rag-right" typesetting.

Sometimes authors think they can make their pages look better by using rag-right typesetting. But if you walk over to your bookshelf and start looking at your own books, you will soon discover that virtually all books outside of art books or poetry, use fully justified composition. This means that the left and right margins of your page are straight and all lines except the last line in a paragraph are all the same length. This is what your readers expect to see in your book, so make sure you give it to them.

4. Double spacing between sentences.

Many of us learned to type quite a while ago, and many typing instructors told us to hit the space bar twice after a period. This is perfectly fine for business reports or memos, but it has no place in a book and can potentially cause problems when your book is typeset. So only one space between sentences.

5. Using both indented AND block style spaces between paragraphs.

Since we've started reading so much on web pages, we've grown accustomed to the block style of paragraph formatting. This is when paragraphs are separated by a line space instead of indenting the first line of a paragraph, as is usually done in books. Both work, but you have to pick one and stick to it. If you add spaces between your paragraphs, make sure you don't also indent the first line.

6. Putting the odd numbered pages on the left.

When you open a book, it just makes sense that the first page is page number 1, and that has to be a right-hand page. This rule is absolute, and you should never, ever number your pages with even numbers on right-hand pages.

7. Making super small margins to save pages.

Lots of authors who use print on demand services like CreateSpace know that they will be charged based on how many pages are in their book. But that's no reason to shortchange your readers by making your page margins too small just to save money. If your book is too long, reduce the type size a tiny bit or use a more space-efficient font. Small margins will make your book hard to hold and difficult to read, never a good result.

Paying attention to these details of book formatting will help ensure that your books look and work the way they are supposed to. Your readers will thank you for that, and it's your readers you should keep in mind throughout the publishing process.

Another way to solve a lot of these formatting problems while also getting a well-designed, industry-standard book is to use one of our book templates. They will save you an amazing amount of time and frustration, while making sure your book looks the way it should. You can find out more and see the available designs at:

Topic This is easily one of the funniest things I've read in a while...
Posted 11 Jun 2014 22:31

This is easily one of the funniest things I've read in a while...try getting through this one with a straight face...Regaeman Man

27 People Who Have Better Job Titles Than You

Topic Today in Pictures (post a picture representing your mood)
Posted 11 Jun 2014 21:28

I like your mood there Miss Coco btw...Regaeman Man

I just needed a place to post this rather cool picture here...

Topic Synonyms for Naughty Bits
Posted 08 Jun 2014 08:17

Here's a Bit of Synonym humor btw...

Topic Tattoo's
Posted 06 Jun 2014 02:34

Generally not a big fan of inky girls...but, I can definitely make an exception right

Topic Beautiful Faces of Women & Handsome Faces of Men
Posted 06 Jun 2014 02:24

I think she belongs here in the forum somewhere...


Topic I have a newfound appreciation for the ever-popular art of pole dancing.
Posted 03 Jun 2014 23:57

Yeah, pole dancing can be rather impressive...if done correctly, anyway...Regaeman Man

Topic Commonly Confused Words
Posted 01 Jun 2014 21:45

I think this just might be the mother of all confused words list btw...though I'm not sure if it's the words that are easily confused, or the people using them...Regaeman Man - Easily Confused Words

Topic Dog/Cat Diaries
Posted 29 May 2014 08:48

I was wondering where my damn phone went...

Topic my first amusing/silly/funny pics thread :O
Posted 27 May 2014 20:57

I say let them try to prove it in court...

Now this really is an easy mistake to make...

Topic Demotivational Posters
Posted 27 May 2014 20:46

Alrighty now...Regaeman Man

Topic lets go for a 1000 pages
Posted 21 May 2014 03:42

I really have no clue what I'm supposed to be posting here, so let's try a dog with a gun smoking a cigar and see how that goes...Regaeman Man

Topic A little guide to British and American spellings from Oxford Dictionaries...
Posted 21 May 2014 03:35

Here's a little guide to British and American spellings, along with some tips on usage from Oxford Dictionaries that some of my writing-type friends here may find of interest...

British and American spelling - Oxford Dictionaries (US)

Topic Demotivational Posters
Posted 20 May 2014 17:57

Sometimes there's real good reason to use a pen name, as opposed to a "penis name"...just sayin'

Topic FAIL Thread
Posted 19 May 2014 15:17


Topic Tattoo's
Posted 10 May 2014 18:03

Btw...any gals here considering getting a new tat, and looking for ideas...consider getting a tattoo of 'Ole Willie here...marijuana pipe optional...Regaeman Man Nelson Tattoo.jpg

Topic Things you don't understand even when they're explained to you.
Posted 06 May 2014 11:54

Quantum physics.

Yeah, I never quite grasped that one either...and that whole Schrodinger's Cat thing leaves me a bit lost...somehow I've managed to survive all these years without understanding it though...Regaeman Man

Topic Guitar Lovers
Posted 27 Apr 2014 15:19

In fact, BB King's legendary guitar (Lucille) was a Gibson ES-355:

If you notice, it has no F-holes though...

On another honor of Albert King's birthday a couple of days back, I had posted the link to this article, along with a ton of cool Albert pics...

Albert King’s Flying Vs Kings Ransom: Seagal, Gibbons, and Albert King's Flying Vs

And yeah...he is my favorite guitar player btw...

ALBERT KING - Oh Pretty Woman (1970)


Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 26 Apr 2014 22:38

This might be of interest to some friends here...this is alternative footage of The Band's last concert...if you're familiar with the movie The Last Waltz , which came out when I was in high school back in ' might find this of's in three parts on YouTube btw...

The Band The Last Waltz Complete Concert Part 1 Alternate Footage


Topic Babes on bikes
Posted 24 Apr 2014 12:41

A couple of interesting sites I found related to this topic btw...

Return of the Cafe Racers - Vintage Motorcycle Girls

And this one has like 1000 pages...

Girl on an old motorcycle: Post your pics!

Topic 10 Essential Non-Writing Tools to Help Writers Write...
Posted 23 Apr 2014 16:01

Short little list I thought decent enough to share, though probably nothing Earth-shatteringly new here for most...Regaeman Man

10 Essential Non-Writing Tools to Help Writers Write

Topic I want a hamburger now.
Posted 22 Apr 2014 00:29

It's no longer in our best interests to serve hamburgers here. If you've posted accounts of past hamburgers you enjoyed, you can still access them through your profile.

Oh, that made me laugh...actually, I think you can still get hamburger, as long as it's not related to the bun...or something like that...go read the latest edition of the Lush guidelines and figure it out...

Topic Secret public masturbation
Posted 22 Apr 2014 00:19

This might be useful for any of my friends here considering public masturbation...

Topic FAIL Thread
Posted 18 Apr 2014 17:34

This is so damn bad...I just had to share it with you peeps...yeah, you can thank me later...

Topic ACX is a marketplace where professional authors, agents, publishers, and other Rights Holders can post fallow audiobook rights..
Posted 18 Apr 2014 17:03

"ACX is a marketplace where professional authors, agents, publishers, and other Rights Holders can post fallow audiobook rights...

At ACX, those unused audio rights will be matched with narrators, engineers, recording studios, and other Producers capable of producing a finished audiobook, as well as with audiobook publishers. The result: More audiobooks will be made."

Anyway, if that sounds interesting...check it out my friends...happy8

Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX)

Topic Sloppy seconds , thirds, fourths etc...........
Posted 18 Apr 2014 08:36


Topic Is squirting gross or hot?
Posted 17 Apr 2014 20:56

"Man overboard!"...throw the poor boy a life raft, will ya?

Topic 100+ Slang Terms for Penis
Posted 16 Apr 2014 12:37

I'm adding this to this thread...seems like the place...Regaeman Man

Browsing page 1 of words meaning sex, sexual intercourse (187 words total),+sexual+intercourse.html

Topic Twitter for Authors: Part one - build your tribe...
Posted 15 Apr 2014 13:12

Interesting little tip on increasing your Twitter reach....check it out my tweeting friends...happy8

Tips & Tricks: Why the Period Before @Mentions?