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It’s up!

Just downloaded a copy onto my Kindle and I can already see a problem – despite changing the font size to 24, it’s still miles too small. The screenshots turned out better than expected though and you can zoom in and out which is great.

Anyway, here’s the link again:

cheers

Meeks

 

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A one day freebie for self-publishers

Sorry for the short notice everyone, but I’ve just put the ebook version ofย  ‘How to Print Your Novel with CreateSpace‘ up for one free day on Amazon.

The good news is that it’s scheduled for tomorrow, January 13th 2018 [about dinner time on the east coast of Australia].

The bad news is that it’s only available for the Kindle Fire tablets and the Kindle app. – i.e. it’s not available on the ordinary Kindles.

The reason is that the ebook version was created using the Amazon Textbook Creator, and Textbook Creator files don’t work on the ordinary Kindles. Given how many screenshots and illustrations there are in the How-to, that’s probably not such a bad thing as you really need to see them in colour.

If you’re ready to self-publish a print book of your own, or even if you’re still at the dreaming stage, please, PLEASE download the book tomorrow and keep it for future reference. The information in the book can be found on the internet – that’s how I found it all – but you’ll have to search for it, so get the book and have it all in the one place, in step-by-step order. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m keeping the freebie to just one day because I’m hoping the pirates won’t find out about it until it’s too late. This is just my theory, right, but I believe the free days we all use to market our books play into the hands of the pirates. They download our books, break the DRM if there is one, and then use our books as ‘bait’ for unwary readers hoping for a free book.

Again, I’m only theorizing here, but I found my first book on a couple of pirate sites some time ago. I didn’t want to go too deep in case I picked up a nasty infection, but one site used free books to lure people into a marketing scam. The other one? I don’t know but my anti-virus did not like it one little bit.

Anyway, that’s the long version of why I try not to put my books on free anymore. It’s also the reason this blog post is the only marketing I intend to do.

Okay, so January 13th on Amazon [dinner time for Aussies]:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/146-8929991-5956327?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=How+to+Print+Your+Novel+with+CreateSpace

I hope you all know that I’d really appreciate knowing if/where there are errors, or why something doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ™‚

cheers

Meeks

 


#Corel Draw 8’s Skew function and a new graphic for Twitter

…and here it is!

For those unfamiliar with Twitter, we’re allowed to ‘pin’ one tweet to our home page, or whatever it’s called. That tweet can be anything, including a post from another social media site such as WordPress. If there’s an attention-grabbing graphic on that pinned tweet then other people are more likely to click to see what it’s all about. Well, that’s the theory anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until now, I’ve been using the awesome 3D looking graphic Chris Graham [The Story Reading Ape] created for me back in 2017. If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably seen it a million times:

I still like the graphic, but the Innerscape episodes no longer exist so it was well and truly time for a new one. And this is where the Skew comes in.

I used Corel Draw 8 again, and I’m fairly happy with the result, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Part of that was my own fault as I underestimated the size of each book’s cover graphic. Corel can usually handle them without a hiccup, but this time it kept stalling on certain functions and flat out refused to allow me to export the finished ‘group’ of images.

I investigated the usual suspects – file size, hidden parts of images that take up a lot of resources, a bottleneck in the clipboard. Nothing. Zip. Nada.

What on earth was going on?

I’m ashamed to admit that it took me hours to finally realise that the Corel ‘Skew’ function was the problem. Basically, skewing a complex graphic or group of graphics is not like adjusting the size or any of the other, ordinary transformations. It uses resources. Lots and lots of resources. I could get away with one or two applications of the skew but after that, it was as if the whole system was seizing up.

My computer is over three years old now, and it was middle of the road even when I had it built, so my problems with skew could have been exacerbated by lack-lustre computing power. Nevertheless, skew itself must have been doing something strange as well because when I tried to export the graphic, Corel couldn’t even display it in the export screen.

Anyway, lesson learned – use Skew sparingly and preferably not at all on big images/groups.

Time now to get Twitter sorted. ๐Ÿ™‚

cheers

Meeks

 


Thank you Amazon!!!

It’s 7.30am in Australia and I’ve just read an email from Amazon support that says:

‘…Please note that, it is necessary that the Title Name should match exactly for the reviews to be transferred (linked).

However, since the interior of both the eBook editions are same, I’m happy to inform you that, I’ve linked the customer reviews of your older eBook edition, “Innerscape: Episode 1” with the current eBook edition, “Miira”.

Please note that, it will take at least 3 days for the ‘Reviews’ to be reflected on the books’ Amazon page…’

I’m so happy I feel as if I’m floating a couple of inches off the ground. Have a wonderful weekend. ๐Ÿ˜€

-hugs-

Meeks

p.s. I’ve just unpublished all the Innerscape Episodes. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who read them and left reviews. Love you all!


News, Announcements and cleaning house at Amazon

I can’t put the moment off any longer. The following fiction books are now live on Amazon [in both print and ebook format]:

  • Miira
  • The Godsend
  • Nabatea
  • The Vintage Egg

My first non-fiction title – ‘How to Print Your Novel with Createspace’ is also live on Amazon. It is in paperback format only as it’s full of colour screenshots that the Kindle doesn’t handle all that well as yet. I may experiment with a black and white ebook version, but not for a while.

And…the original Innerscape episodes will be coming down soon.

For those who have already read Innerscape, Episodes 1 – 5:

  • Miira = Innerscape Episode 1
  • The Godsend = Innerscape Episodes 2 & 3
  • Nabatea = Innerscape Episodes 4 & 5

So although there are a lot of cosmetic changes – print version, covers, titles etc – there is nothing new in the story so please don’t buy it again. No, seriously. If Amazon won’t let me transfer the Episode 1 reviews across to Miira I will beg you to repost your wonderful reviews, but you do not need to buy the books to do that. I’ll let everyone know what Amazon says about the reviews as soon as I hear back from them myself.

If you haven’t read the Innerscape saga yet, I’m proud to announce that the ebook trilogy is now available on Amazon:

You can go to my Amazon Author page by clicking the picture or by clicking the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/A.C.-Flory/e/B00B1M04JI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1510877046&sr=1-1

And while on the subject of Miira, I’m even more proud to announce that the ebook is also available for permafree [$0] from the retail outlets shown below:

I finally went ‘wide’ and joined Draft2Digital. The pic shown above is from their website, and there you can click those cute icons to see the name of the retailer. Here I’ll just have to explain that the green square thing is Inktera while the Blue ‘B’ is Angus & Robertson [online]. Click the image to be taken to the website. I’ll be uploading The Godsend, Nabatea and The Vintage Egg very soon.

Just as an aside, I wanted to get Miira onto Apple as well, but apparently Apple didn’t like the fact that I changed my author name to ‘acflory’ instead of A.C.Flory, or even a.c.flory. It’s a small thing, but the visual impact of ‘acflory’ sets me apart, I think, and I like it so…no Apple. Sorry.

And now a bit about ‘How to Print Your Novel with CreateSpace’. Click the image of the cover to go to the Amazon page:

The spine is a picture I took of an old book in my library. The background image is taken from a beautiful photo I commissioned from Reflect Photography [Sallyanne Hartnell is the photographer]. The original photo was going to be the background to my website, but then I realised how much I’d lose if I left WordPress.com so the website went onto the backburner. I’m thrilled that the photo will see the light of day after all.

For the moment, the ‘How to..’ is only available on Amazon, but I will work on that over the Christmas break. My big ambition is to make the book available to everyone who has ever wanted to publish their own novel but gave up because it was too complicated. Having gone through the process five times myself, I know how tricky all the bits and pieces can be. That’s why I pitched the instructions to those who need help the most – absolute beginners. The next ‘How-to…’ will be pitched for slightly more advanced authors who want to publish non-fiction with all the formatting that implies.

Thanks for wading through all this stuff.

cheers

Meeks


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