Friday, October 7, 2011

Enthralled - now available

Yes, Enthralled is now available on Smashwords. It has taken a lot of formatting, and has caused me untold amounts of grief. The pain started in word when I couldn't get it to stop certain auto-formatting even though I turned off the autoformatting (Not all of what I learned about Word was bad. Its a much more clever program than I gave it credit for.) Then I had to make all kinds of changes so that Smashwords' automated system would recognize and properly convert the file. I wont go into detail about that. Next, I went to publish it and had the headache of attempting to understand the US tax code. THAT is a mire steeped in lawyer jargon that is incomprehensible to mere mortals like myself. And of course the smashwords web site had to keep crashing while I was converting my book, and my internet was tweeking out in general...Then there was the fear of "do I hit refresh and risk accidentally publishing my book twice? Did it finish converting before the internet crapped out on me?!" After that I noticed the cover image file was not uploading properly and was cut in half for some inexplicable reason. I think I finally fixed that after the 3-4th file upload. Needless to say I wish the process had gone much more smoothly than it did. At least the formatting part will be easier the next time now that I know what I am doing.

Anyway, this post isn't all about complaining. I just felt I should give a heads up. If you find a formatting error please send me an e-mail and I will hunt it down and attempt to fix it. If its something really glaring that I managed to overlook then I may even jot down your name so I can remember to send you a coupon when I write the next one. Smashwords lets me do that :) and the percentage off is of my choosing, but it has to be used at their website.

Another heads up, the MOBI and EPUB formats are the only ones that smashwords loads the cover image on, but I wanted to make sure that the other 6ish formats would also have the cover image. So I had to place it in the beginning of the book. If you use the EPUB or MOBI formats it will look like you have two covers...because you do. Mainly this means that the book will take up a little more space. Just don't be confused if you turn the page and see the same image.

For now Enthralled is only available for purchase through the Smashwords website. You can get it here. Once it has gone through their review process it will be sent out to smashwords' other distributors like apple, Sony, Barns and Noble, Kobo, etc. I will give a shout out when that has been done.

Setting up a smashwords account is free and easy. You can do that here!
I tried out the Adobe Digital Edition earlier today. I like it so far, so I do recommend that you download it if you don't have an ereader.

In case you are wondering, I have started working on the second book in the series this week. It will probably be a few months before I am ready to give a release date. I will keep my blog updated on what stage (ie drafting,writing, editing, etc) I am in.

Well thats it for now. Lets all go out and have a great friday!

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