Episode Two now on B&N!

Hi Folks – Quick update on Episode Two:

  • Barnes & Noble: Available, as of this this morning
  • Diesel: Available
  • Apple iBookstore: Available
  • Kobo: Available
  • Google: Still “processing”…
  • Sony: Still waiting

And, as of a few hours ago, I hit the “Publish” button on Amazon. So, it should be up shortly. However, it will carry a price tag until I can get them to price match it, and no guarantees on a time frame for that… ๐Ÿ™

I’ve updated the links to the right to reflect the new retailers.

Thanks!

Quick Update on Episode Two Retailers

Hi, folks – Quick update:

  • Kobo: Available now.
  • Barnes & Noble, Sony, Diesel: Hoping by Friday…
  • Google Play & iBookstore: Taking extremely long to process compared to Episode One. Am currently checking to see if there is a problem.
  • Amazon: Holding pattern until B&N is up.

So, basically, no change since last Friday…

(Almost) Good News!

Hi folks,

First, let me apologize for the lack of recent updates.

Secondly, I’ve just received the final revision back from my editor, and am giving it one last once-over tonight and tomorrow. Ideally, I’d prefer to let it sit for a week, then give it one last read to see if I missed anything. However, I know you guys have been waiting a long timeย  for this.

To that end, sometime tomorrow evening or Monday, I’ll start the process of publishing the book online.

Also, because Amazon doesn’t directly allow you to list a ‘free’ book, I’ll be uploading it to the other retailers first. Then, once it’s listed on those sites, I’ll upload to Amazon and try to have them match the price as quickly as possible. I’d rather not have to do that, as I know a lot of you would prefer to have Amazon download the book directly to your Kindle. However, I’d much rather not have you folks end up actually paying for the book by accident. Here’s the sequence of events regarding what’s going to happen, just so everyone’s on the same page:

  • Smashwords.com: Book will be available here immediately in all formats.
  • Google Play: Should be up almost immediately. Possibly a delay of a day or two.
  • Apple, Kobo, B&N: Possibly a delay of up to a week.
  • Amazon: Will not be available until it’s already been posted on Apple and B&N. Possibly a delay of up to a few days after that for it to be pricematched to free.

Again, thanks for joining me on this ride, folks. I hope you enjoy Episode Two.

 

Weekly Update: Dec 3, 2012

Well, this is the update I been waiting to write for quite a while now.

Artifice: Episode One was uploaded last night to Smashwords.com, and is available for free!

It’s been a long road so far, but I’m hopefully just setting out. Now that I’ve realized how to spot some of the bumps in the road, it should be a smoother ride for Episode Two.

Just to clarify, as soon as the Smashwords team is finished vetting the book, it should also be available on the following sites:

  • Sony
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Apple iBookstore
  • Diesel
  • Page Foundry
  • Baker-Taylor’s Blio
  • Baker-Taylor’s Axis360

It’ll also be available on Amazon, once it’s been listed on one of those.

Maps of the regions in the novel will also be uploaded in short order. With luck, it should be a part of the next Weekly Update.

I’m currently compiling a list of places where I can plug my book (for free). If anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment. Once it’s been listed on all the major outlets, I’ll start an ‘official’ advertising campaign.

If you’ve stumbled across this page after finding my book on Smashwords, you have my sincere thanks. I know there are many other books out there to be read, and I’m glad you chose mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

[Late Edit: A few friends have suggested, since I won’t be taking any payment for either of the first two episodes, to use a Paypal ‘donation’ thingy in the meantime. I’ll admit, I’m a bit hesitant about it, but it’s now been placed in the sidebar. Hopefully, it doesn’t look too tacky…]

Another Late Weekly Update: Nov 21, 2012

I think I made the right decision. Well, I hope I made the right decision in delaying the publishing date.

Glad to say that Episode One is almost done, and I’ve taken the extra time to flesh out some of the scenes a bit. With any luck, the second draft will be finished Friday night, and I’ll send it off to a few friends to browse over the weekend.

This will give me the weekend to deal with the issues involved in making maps that will display properly in e-readers…

Come Monday, I’ll finish the final edits, and will upload it to Smashwords for distribution within a few days.

Also, it looks like Smashwords may be a bit backlogged with their vetting process. While the ebook will be available on the actual Smashwords.com site, it may take a week or two to get submitted to Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBookstore, etc.

This will unfortunately impact the Amazon distribution as well. It looks like the only way for a non-distributor to set an Amazon price of $0 is for me to upload it at $0.99, and then wildly click the “Price Match” button on Amazon’s site (they only price match sites such as B&N, Kobo, etc, and not Smashwords.com unfortunately)… and hopefully it will be updated within a few days at most.

I can upload it to Amazon at the same time that I submit it to Smashwords, but I’ll feel pretty bad if someone actually buys it before I can set the correct ‘price’. Hopefully, by Christmas (or the Mayan Apocalypse), this will all be sorted out.

Oh, and Episode One is now clocking in at 31,000 words, with only the last (tiny… hopefully) chapter left to write.

Quick update

Just a quick update before heading to bed.

Wasn’t able to accomplish much writing today, but did manage to pass the 20,000 word mark – am now clocking in at just over 20,200 words.

Contacted someone regarding the cover art – will have an update on that later this week.

Also, just a clarification regarding where to get the book once it’s finished. Smashwords will be distributing it to (at least) the following ebook retailers not too long after it’s been submitted:

  • Apple iBookstore
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Sony Reader Store
  • Kobo
  • Diesel eBook Store
  • and probably quite a few others that I’ve forgotten to list…

It will be released on Amazon, but that may be delayed a few days – reason being that Amazon doesn’t seem to allow an easy way for you to list a free ebook, so will have to work that out.