What comes after 42?

  • Posted on: 20 May 2008
  • By: MeiLin

We have one more chapter to sorta wrap up Book One and set up Book Two, then I'm taking a short break to lay out the bones of Book Two and get Book One ready for publication. I'm hoping I can bring the book in below $13, and the ebook version will be somewhere around $3.95.

I'll write points bonus stories in the hiatus so there will always be something new to read on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday stories are not looking good; donations are way off. We still haven't met last week's target, and I'd feel bad except it's not just me. I'm hoping advertising will pick up the slack. I have heard from my ad network that they're very excited about Digital Novelists, and I hope that excitement will translate into ad sales sooner rather than later.

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Gudy's picture

Embodiment

If I may make a request on that front, please don't make them PDF, or if you must offer ebooks as PDF files, please, for all that is good and holy, don't make that the only option, but consider formats like Mobipocket, RTF, or HTML

MeiLin's picture

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I'm happy to offer multiple formats. I was intending to offer it in Kindle format, as a for instance, so offering it in rtf as well as pdf is no big thing. I hesitate to offer it in HTML because I really don't want to make it THAT easy for someone else to put it out there. Mobipocket I don't know from, but I haz mad google skillz and I'll see what I can find out.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

More precisely, DRM-free Kindle AZW files are essentially Mobipocket files with a different file extension. Adding DRM and/or selling things via Amazon changes the balance a bit, as you can AFAIK only buy Kindle content via Amazon if you own a Kindle, and it's not legally possible to use the file anywhere else according to the Kindle Terms of Use and various bits of DRM legislation.

Mobipocket is the most widely used ebook format for mobile devices. Mobipocket Creator is the official tool to create Mobipocket files, and it's free. Wether creating a Mobipocket file is worth the hassle would largely depend on your target audience, though, and how many people would like to read the ebook on a device where PDFs are not a good option (i.e. anything but a computer screen). If you are serious about selling to the mobile reading crowd, I would suggest taking a page out of Baen's book and looking at also offering IMP for the Fictionwise EBookwise and LRF for the Sony Reader.

I would personally be content with RTF, though, as that would allow me to easily format-shift to what my ebook-reader can understand.

MeiLin's picture

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I am a Mac user, and the Creator comes for Windows only. I'm deadly serious about selling to the mobile reading crowd.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

Calibre, the free LRF converter is available for the Mac. But both tools for creating Mobipocket files I know of (Mobipocket Creator and Book Designer) are only available for Windows.

*sigh*

OK, I don't have a lot of free time, but I'll volunteer to help with the file conversion if all else fails. You'd have to live with the fact that overnight delivery is right out, though, and it might take me a day or two to re-acquaint myself with those tools and get the job done.

MeiLin's picture

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...are volunteers to proofread and critique--stylistically and grammatically. The book will be more polished than the online chapters--and no, I won't be adjusting the online chapters. They stand as-is. There has to be some value-added in the book, and that will be a little more gloss on the writing and at least one bonus story available nowhere else but in the book versions.

ETA: if you want to volunteer, don't start doing it from the online version. Leave your name here and when the time comes I'll send you an open office file if you can read one, or an rtf if you can't. I'd prefer sending a pdf because I can embed the fonts that way.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

But in no way should you rely on me for style and grammar.

For proofreading, OpenOffice is fine. The format conversions should better start with an RTF, though, since none of the tools I know can read OpenOffice, but all of them cope with RTF just fine.

As for embedding fonts, be aware that the only major ebook format to support font embedding is Sony's LRF. Both Mobipocket and IMP can't do this. (OK, IMP can do this, but you lose zooming ability, and the ebook becomes the equivalent of one image per page instead of formatted text. Mobipocket lets you specify fonts but not embed them, so it needs to rely on the fonts installed on the target platform for the actual display.)

Sharkinabox's picture

I don't know that I'm qualified to do so, but I'm certainly willing to volunteer.

Qualifications, such as they are: I work as writing tutor at my college, reading/editing/critiquing assignments for other students. I mostly read expository prose, and most of it is very rough work (certainly most of it is not on a par with your writing), but there you have it.

Trystia's picture

I'd be willing to do some proper proofreading and such for a few chapters. I've helped a number of friends quite a few times over the years, and would certainly be happy to help you also if you would like some help. I'm rather quite OCD at times though, and can often nitpick things that aren't that much of an issue.

huehueteot's picture

MeiLin:

I would love to proof read the files in PDF. I can also read Open Office files as that is what I use for wordprocessing. As I am on disability and don't have to go to work I can offer very quick turn around times. Not sure what I can promise in the way of stylistic criticism but will do what I can.

Cheers,

Sam

sarianna's picture

Devotee

If the price stays low enough, I can always get one for myself and give one as a flirtatious gift! Bwahaha. Nothing says, "I want to jump your bones" like Book One. Wink

MeiLin's picture

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$13.95, which is the price of a trade paperback of similar size (~300 pages). I just don't have the funds to invest in going to LSI directly, and Lulu has no setup fees, so Lulu it is. I will be investing in an ISBN, though, so it will be available at Amazon, etc.

sarianna's picture

Devotee

Oh, that isn't bad at all. Hee. I am excited about getting a copy into my hot little hands. Biggrin

BCT's picture

Devotee

Could you offer the ebooks on Wowio, as well? I've seen most of my favorite webcomic artists offer compilations on Wowio, the download is free, and they apparently get $0.50 per download. The power of advertising. I'm not sure how it'd work out for a serial, but maybe it's worth looking into?

I'd probably buy the dead tree format so I could keep it in my Favorite Books Row. Smile

MeiLin's picture

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I dunno how I feel about giving it away on Wowio. I'll certainly think about it!

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