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…]

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.

Weekly Update: Nov 4, 2012

1. As mentioned in the last post, I was considering the advice of my friend to change the naming convention of the books. I’ve heeded her advice, and will be updating the F.A.Q. (hopefully tonight, but it’s getting late…) to reflect the change.

2. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of editing-while-writing, which, under the guise of being helpful, only serves to slow down productivity to a crawl. Any potential authors reading this, take my advice and make sure you don’t fall into this trap. Try to complete a full draft first before going back to edit.

3. Artifice: Episode One is now clocking in just under 19,500 words. Unfortunately/fortunately, it’s been continuously edited while being worked on, so it looks like I’m on track for the Nov 15 release date. Looks like we’ll have a total of ten chapters, of which nearly eight have been written.

4. Maps. Love ’em, but hate making them. I’m going to start transposing my roughly drawn sketches to a more professional layout later this week. As you can tell from the test picture in the gallery, drawing is definitely not my forte. We’ll see how this turns out…

5. I might be able to somewhat get away with making the maps, but there’s no way I’ll ever be able to make a passable book cover. To that end, I’ll be asking for help from a friend tomorrow. Maybe I’ll do a post later detailing the entire project, as some may find it useful or interesting.