Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
It's been quite a ride...and it's not over yet. Did you know that ISBN numbers you see on the copyright page of your favorite and not so favorite books aren't free? They cost about $125 each. And yes, I took the plunge and bought one.
Also, did you know that you have to remove page numbers from manuscripts before submitting them in an eBook format? I found that out the hard way.
There is also no guarantee that Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing will accept my manuscript (and if they don't, I am royally screwed.) Yes, according to the folks over at Amazon KDP, eBook manuscripts are scrutinized before they are allowed to go on sale at Amazon. I have no idea how thoroughly they check (considering some of the crap sold at Amazon) but this is what their FAQ page says, anyway.
Off to collapse. Muse rode me hard and put me away wet.
Monday, August 25, 2014
- Change formats to PDF files before submitting to Amazon
- Make sure no strange symbols or line spacing appears as a result of changing to PDF files
- Figure out how to make an eBook cover
- Get an ISBN number
- Find the time and energy to do all of this
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
- Book has five parts
- That's 33 chapters
- So far, it's about 96,000 words but I still have tons of editing and rewriting to do before the Muse will be satisfied with a final draft
- This will definitely be an e-book and not a conventional book
- I've worked on this since December for hundreds of hours
- If I sell 100 copies/downloads it'll be a freaking miracle
- My Mom is nagging me to read it
The working title still remains Not the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and that will probably be the final title. Just my luck someone else will take the title right when I hit that publish button for Amazon's e-book program rigmarole.
I'm currently scouring public domain photographs for a suitable e-book cover. I'd rally rather not pay someone to make the cover (which can go into three figures) if I don't have to.
Off to collapse now.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Getting the first draft done means (of course) that the book is not ready for prime time just yet. After the first draft is finished, I will then still need to:
- Reformat the Microsoft Word document to whatever format Amazon handles
- Edit it some more
- Somehow figure out a cover image for the damn thing (!)
- Edit is some more
- Go through a final internal argument where I decide whether to go for "mere" ebook publishing or try to send the damn thing to a traditional publisher (and have it ignored for ten years)
- Market it when it's published in whatever format it comes out as.
Well, now I know what I'll have nightmares about tonight.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
I also have about 1100 articles on Helium that will go dark in December when they officially go out of business. At least Helium gave their writers a six month warning.
YCN is now the third client of mine to go out of business this year. My industry (web content writing) seems to be completely screwed. I had hoped writing would be my final career -- what a dumb hope, huh?
The nice thing about the late YCN is that I could write about topics I had an interest in. Now it's back to writing about such scintillating topics as vaginal cosmetic surgery and how to choose a DUI lawyer.
The big problem is that the residual payments that I received help pay my ridiculously expensive health insurance premiums (I live in America, remember) and still take time out to work on the book. Remember, time I work on the book is time that I'm not getting paid. Odds are, I'll never make a single cent with this book, so I'm not sure if I can ever find the time to finish this damn thing, let alone try to edit it and flog it.
And yet my Muse is nagging me to finish this. Of course, he gets very quiet when I'm upset. He doesn't seem to understand the importance of getting my bills paid. He gets jealous so easily when I have other things on my mind except him. If he really wanted to be helpful, he'd get me publisher.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
One bit of Sherlock Holmes legal news to report: All of the Sherlock Holmes stories EXCEPT for The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes (the last one) have been declared part of the public domain. That's pretty good because the license fee from the Doyle estate starts at a minimum of $5000. Now, I can see the Doyle estate getting steamed over non-canonical Sherlock Holmes books that suck. Hell, even I wanted to sue the authors after I read these books. And that crap got published!
I'm debating whether to just go ahead and do an e-book or try to submit to a traditional publisher. The big problem is that my parents are in their 70s and I'm not too sure how long they have left. It'd be nice for them to read this thing before they die.
And yes, I know that 99.9% of all traditional publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. However, these do: