“Great Gams” is Now Live!

Great Gams Cover 1 ReducedI’m happy to announce my latest release, a short story called Great Gams, is now LIVE on the Amazon Kindle store!

And even MORE good news – starting today and going through the Ides of March (which is March 15, 2013, if you don’t know), it will be FREE for the downloading! After that, it goes back to its regular price of 99¢, so get yours while it’s FREE!

Click the image to get yours today!


E-Book Publishing Tips

Here are some tips for you if you’d ever like to publish your ebook to Amazon or another ebook publishing site.

  1. Make sure you have a clean copy of the text of your manuscript. Length is irrelevant, but you must have a nice, clean copy free of extraneous mark-up added by most word processing programs.

    A good text editor is invaluable for this. Just copy and paste the text of the manuscript to a plain text editor and you’ll remove anything weird or proprietary.

  2. Be sure you have all the tools you need to convert a document to an ebook available when you start. If you don’t, you’re tempting fate. If a program crashes because you’re trying to download or install another program you need, you run the risk of losing all your efforts. Which brings me to…
  3. BACK-UP YOUR WORK. I can’t emphasize this enough. Make a back-up of your work, and it wouldn’t be overkill to make a back-up of every stage of your work as you go through the process. You cannot, and I repeat CANNOT, be too careful with something you’ve poured so much effort into.
  4. It’s often easier and cleaner to upload an HTML document than a proprietary word processor’s file format. For instance, you might get better results from the conversion to ebook if you don’t upload a Microsoft Word document directly to the Kindle Direct Publishing platform or Smashwords’s “Meat Grinder” (which may just butcher your document). I certainly had better luck with HTML.

    What’s this, you say – you don’t know HTML mark-up? There are LOADS of FREE tutorials on the web you can use to learn. Heck, I’ve even written a book or two about it. You can do it, and it IS worth your while.

    I also have a little tutorial on this blog here, here and here, which will walk you through all you need, including the tools to get it done.

  5. Many writer-specific and novel-oriented software packages, such as Scrivener, are able to compile documents as ebooks. Scrivener, in fact, can compile as either a Kindle-native format (.mobi) or as the more “open” .epub format. You must, however, install Amazon’s KindleGen program and tell Scrivener where to find it if you choose to convert to Kindle-native format. I got mixed results and wasn’t sure how to incorporate a cover image. But that’s my ignorance, not a short fall of the program.

In all, getting an ebook up to the ‘Net’s not that hard, and while some effort is required to get it done, it’s worth the time. Building an audience is a valuable endeavor, and while it might take a long time to make it happen, it will be a nice payoff in the end.


Publishing Industry Drain-Circling

The more I hear from the publishing industry and how incredibly asinine they are, the more I’m glad they’re circling the drain.

I read an agent blog this morning wherein two of them had the audacity to defend the “no response means no” policy. They “don’t have time” to send out rejection letters anymore. They’d like writers to believe there’s soooo much going into them now there’s simply no time to spare for the courtesy of a rejection letter *throwwristonforeheadandswoon*.

Now — before I start to RANT here, I want you to click away if you’re solidly convinced in your determination to publish through the gatekeeper system. Click away now, because I don’t have kind things to say about those writers and their way of thinking. I see it everywhere I go on the Internet, so if you’re easily offended and want to believe in that way of being published, get off my lawn. NOW.

Still here? Good, let’s continue.

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The Final Steps

If you didn’t read my last two posts on this topic (Monday, June 6, 2011 and Wednesday, June 8, 2011), this one won’t make sense to you.  Just so you know.

In August 2010, after researching how to publish with Amazon Kindle and seeing months of startling sales figures from Joe Konrath – who is always clear to say he doesn’t guarantee anything for anyone but does point to a lot (a LOT) of people making more money than he is selling ebooks on Kindle — I knew the odds of matching or exceeding his success weren’t even, not by a long shot. Still, how many people would read my work if I didn’t try? I decided the numbers were in my favor. It was, after all, free. Since I’d been unemployed since November, 2008, and it was August, 2010, I decided I didn’t have anything to lose. It was time to at least give it a shot. Continue reading

The Death Knell

Buh-bye, Agents!

If there were such things as “death cats,” there’d be a bunch of ’em gathered at the Big Publishing door right now, mewling and yowling for blood.

If there were such things as banshees, you’d hear their chilling howls echoing through the canyons of the gatekeeper industry.

It’s dying. I’ve been saying so for months and months now, and I’m not alone. I’m not, despite anyone’s thoughts on it, sided with a bunch of nut-job rebels with mullets and tattered denim jackets with the sleeves torn off who hate the publishing industry and wish it out of existence. I’m part of a new movement — well, relatively new anyway — which recognizes and supports that ePublishing and e-SELF publishing in particular are the wave of the future for the print and publishing industry.

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