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. 🙂

[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…]

Artifice: Episode One Now Available At Smashwords!

It’s done!

Smashwords auto-vetter reported no issues with the upload, and it’s now available for download through Smashwords.com!

Hopefully, the lineup for Premium Catalog (B&N, Kobo, etc.) vetting isn’t too long. With any luck, it should be up before Christmas on those sites.

Immediately after that, I’ll put it on Amazon.

Now for a drink…

About to Hit the Button Tomorrow!

Well, I’ve just completed converting and vetting the document to comply with Smashwords standards.

However, it’s 1:30 in the morning, and I don’t want any weariness induced problems during the upload.

So, I’m going to being uploading to Smashwords tomorrow. As a plus, this will give the last of my beta readers the chance to get back to me with any suggestions.

Until tomor… er… later today.

It’s Time For This Week’s Late Update Again!

Well, it’s done.

I’ve gotten some good feedback, and used the extra time to make some edits – hopefully for the better.

Now for the bad news, I’ve not managed to get the maps to display properly on the eReaders I’ve tested, and have decided not to include them for now. The maps aren’t really necessary for the Part One, in my opinion, as most of the story takes place within three major locations. That said, I will upload whatever maps I have to this site, once I’m happy with how they look. Also, I may decide to release a revised copy of Part One in the future, once I’ve ironed out the bugs with the maps.

I’m going to allow myself two more days for any last minute edits, and will then be uploading it to Smashwords over the weekend.

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: Lags and Tags

Artifice: Episode One is now a few pages from completion.

However, I’m contemplating the wisdom of rushing through the final edits just to get it pushed out as early as possible. Besides, it’s not as if I’ve currently got a million rabid fans eagerly awaiting the release. 🙂

Since time is a (relative) luxury I’m afforded due to this being my first book, I might as well make use of it to deliver as polished a product as I can.

To that end, I’m thinking of delaying the publishing date by a week or so. This will give me a few days to unwind, then look at the story again with a clear head, and see if any changes can be made to make it better.

Also, on an unrelated note, my friend who set up this site has been asking me why I haven’t been using “tags” for my posts. After a lengthy discussion, I finally discovered what he was talking about. So… will try to put tags on all the previous posts.

Late Weekly Update: Nov 13, 2012 (AKA The Best Laid Plans…)

Hi All,

Well, with today already being Tuesday, it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to make the Thursday deadline. The past weekend (and Monday, as well) ended up with my ‘real’ job taking precedence due to an unforeseen occurrence. I should have listened to you, Murphy…

Some more good news/bad news. Bad news first: my friend who’s handling the cover art also got swamped over his real job. Good news: I somehow managed to mangle a stock photo that I found to the point where it appears to be quite passable. Well, at least my friend’s two year old seemed to think it was pretty…

As for progress on the book itself, only the last chapter (11) remains to be finished. Also, Episode One is now eleven chapters, rather than the previously mentioned ten. I’ll have to update the FAQ to reflect this. Up to chapter 8 has been edited, so that only leaves three more to do once I’m done. So, after that, and then giving it another quick once-over, I should be ready to upload it sometime this weekend (Nov 17 or 18).

Wish me luck…