Please help with the launch
Even if you don’t want to read it yet (why?) if you are looking for a blog post, I’d really appreciate it if you felt like joining in the launch. All the information and links are available for you to copy here. If you have any trouble, just drop me a comment and I’ll help you sort it out. The resources include:
- cover picture
- my biography and picture
- buying links
- rafflecopter code for $20 gift voucher
If you want to send me a suitable social media link for the rafflecopter, your post will you get a slot on the entry form.
Talking of biogs and pictures, there was a post circulated by the Story Reading Ape last week about the need to update your headshot. It’s that fine line between the person you want to present to the world and the person that turns up at personal events. Since there was a really nice pic of me at the Bloggers Bash last year, I’ve decided to use that, at least for any works outside the Princelings series. I’ll be using this one progressively in new work.
This is the full size version; I’ll do some cropping before I get going with it in blogs and so on.
Tackling the new ebook technology
Given I’ve been talking to people about ebooks and the trouble of paying people to format their books, I was interested to see how much trouble uploading Corsair to KDP and Smashwords would be. As you may remember, I’ve changed to using Mac, and both KDP and Smashwords want Word docs for upload.
I can export my Mac file to Word, but judging from last year, it’s a painful process. It seems that even more things get hidden in the Word file than usual, and then I have to try and sort that out on my old computer.
I gave it a go this time, and the epub and mobi files both had weird random enlargements of words and sentences. There was no apparent reason for this, and just changing the source file again didn’t help. Then I realised that Smashwords accepted epub formatted files. I could export my Mac file into epub. Even better, I could reformat my work to how I wanted it to look, export it to epub, and it looked exactly how I wanted it.
So I sent those files to KDP and Smashwords – and that worked very easily.
Although I did revert to a plain text file, just to start clean before my super-format. That was choose the font, put chapter headings in ‘heading’ style, do bold and italic with cmd-b or i (ctrl-b or i), and add my links and contents (which is much easier on Mac than Word).
So I’m not going anywhere near Word in future!
Having downloaded the epub (and mobi) file from Smashwords to check, and the mobi file from KDP to check, I have copies to send to anyone that I fancy sending one to. I really don’t understand why people are paying other people to format their work badly, and load it up to KDP, and not downloading their check mobi file for their own use for freebie copies. It’s very simple, and it took me half a day from the edited manuscript to live on the stores (including the diversion into Word that didn’t work).
Maybe I’m just a control freak. But I am ready to launch!
So – advance review copies of Curved Space to Corsair are available! And they look good. Just ask me for one and tell me where you’ll be posting your review.