Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve changed my book page. Instead of listing links to my books on non-Amazon sites, I’ve simply provided links to those books which are free for download as epubs [suitable for Kobo etc].
As before, the free books are available via the sync.com site and no registration or sign-in is required. Click the ‘Free Books by acflory’ tab at the top of this page to access the links.
I currently have two ebooks available for free download:
- Miira, book 1 of Innerscape
- The Vintage Egg
Please feel free to download both of them.
Okay, that’s it. I’ve done my admin., vacuumed and mopped all the floors, washed and disinfected surfaces, soothes disgruntled cats and generally been very productive…now it’s time for play!
2 Comments | tags: books, download, epub, free, Innerscape, science fiction, scifi short stories, sync.com | posted in Uncategorized
…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. 🙂
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. 🙂
18 Comments | tags: 3D, books, Corel, Draw-8, graphic, pinned, probems, Skew, tweet, Twitter | posted in how-to, science-fiction
No, not from me! One of my favourite Indie authors, Laurie Boris, is part of a multi-author, print book promotion that includes:
- A new Fire HD 10 tablet.
- A new Kindle Paperwhite.
- A new 9 watt Fire tablet / Kindle eReader charger (you never have enough).
- A signed print edition of RP Dahlke’s A Dead Red Cadillac.
- A signed print edition of Donna Fasono’s Following His Heart.
- A signed print edition of Laurie Boris’s The Call.
- A signed print edition of Melinda Clayton’s Return to Crutcher Mountain.
- A signed print edition of Dianne Greenlay’s Quintspinner.
- A signed print edition of Julie Frayn’s Mazie Baby.
I’ve read ‘The Call’ and even though I know nothing about baseball, I still loved it. I haven’t read Melinda Clayton’s ‘Return to Crutcher Mountain’ but I have read an earlier book of hers and it was brilliant too.
If those two authors are anything to go by, the rest of the books will be fantastic as well. And then there are those Kindle goodies as well…
You can find all the details here:
Go on…what’re you waiting for? -grin-
2 Comments | tags: 2017, books, competition, giveaway, Kindle, Laurie-Boris, Melinda Clayton, November, print | posted in Uncategorized
Not ten minutes ago, the doorbell rang, the animals scarpered, and I took possession of a small cardboard box with my name on it. I knew what it must be, but…it was almost a week early!
And there they were, the print proofs of the Innerscape books. Real at last:
Sorry for the poor quality of the pics. I took them with my mobile phone so you can’t see the rich deep colour or the way the light reflects off the gloss covers. What you can see, however, is that the Godsend cover didn’t work. This is a close-up:
The bit inside the red rectangle is the background image that’s meant to represent the Innerscape containment units. Instead of being a subtle hint, the image is as good as invisible. 😦
I know I’m not a professional cover designer, so I have to learn from my mistakes, but I feel as if I should have expected this one. You see in the print preview of the Godsend cover, the image did appear much darker than the image I was working on. But…I assumed it was just something to do with the print preview function. Wrong.
The Godsend cover won’t be hard to fix, but I’ll have to ‘guess’ at the finished product because I won’t be able to request a second proof [not because CreateSpace won’t allow it, but because the postage is so ridiculously expensive].
Another thing I’m going to have to guess at is the width of the Miira spine. For some reason, the actual spine is wider that the dimension I was working with in Corel. But this is both an annoying thing and a very, very good thing because I was worried ‘Miira’ would end up being ridiculously ‘thin’. Instead, it looks and feels like a normal, albeit ‘slim’ book so I’m thrilled by that. I’m also thrilled by the back covers. They look great, they’re very readable and they are beautifully consistent throughout the three books. I’m giving myself a pat on the back for that. 🙂
The Offspring and I are going to celebrate tonight with a tender Rack of Lamb, roast potatoes and a salad of homegrown lettuce, followed by a movie. I hope your weekend starts as well as mine. 🙂
24 Comments | tags: books, cover, Createspace, design, glossy, Indie, Innerscape, mistakes, print, proof, science-fiction | posted in Innerscape
Anything sold on Amazon – including self-published books – is subject to a 33% withholding tax.
This is a tax that Amazon must take out of the sale before you get your share.
This tax is applicable across the board and non-US citizens are not exempt.
- their country of origin has a trade treaty with the US
- and they apply for an exemption under that trade treaty
As an Australian citizen, I am lucky enough to meet the ‘trade treaty’ criterion but until today, I did not apply for the exemption because:
- I was not making enough money for it to matter, and
- the process was just TOO HARD
I’m not sure what changed, or when exactly, but suddenly the process of applying for an exemption is so easy I’m still pinching myself in case I’m dreaming.
So what’s needed?
- Your country of origin must have a trade treaty with the US
- You must have an account with Kindle Direct Publishing [nah..really? lol]
- You must have a tax file number [or equivalent] from your country of origin
Seriously, that’s it. With those three things you can log into Kindle Direct Publishing and fill in a very VERY easy online form and you’re done.
- Log in to your KDP account
- Select My Account
- Select the option for Tax Interview
- Have your tax file number handy
- And start filling in the questions.
- When you get to the page that asks if you want to do an electronic signature* – select YES
- The electronic signature is nothing more than your typed name, email address [same as for logging into KDP] and ‘Submit’.
- Be sure to print off a copy at the end and you’re done.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll sit there scratching your head and wondering how you can send an electronic signature. Is there a special program you have to invest in to create such a signature? Or do you have to print the page off, sign it manually and then post it off? Hah!
The answer to all those questions is a big, fat NO. There appears to be no valid reason for doing things the hard way, so don’t.
Having procrastinated for years, literally, I am so relieved to finally have this Sword of Damocles removed from my halo. Thank you IRS and thank you Amazon! Now if only I could be paid via PayPal or EFT I’d be delirious with happiness…
-smack- Don’t be greedy, girl!
Much happy dancing,
22 Comments | tags: 33%, Australia, books, exemption, how-to, IRS, non-US-citizens, self-publishing, tax, US, Withholding | posted in how-to, How-to guides
Smashwords Book Sale
For the remainder of July Smashwords has a promo on. This puts Back From Chaos as free, Through Kestrel’s Eyes at $1.00, and The Dreamt Child at $1.25. Look for the promo coupon when you click on the book page. https://www.smashwords.com/books/search…
That means all three for only $2.25. Smashwords can be loaded down in many formats for various e-readers, i-pads and i-phones. Enjoy this while it lasts.
I’ve been meaning to round out the set and this was the perfect opportunity! Happy bargain hunting. 🙂
2 Comments | tags: bargain, books, fantasy, Smashwords, Yvonne-Hertzberger | posted in Uncategorized
Part of the benefit of living in a democracy is that every person has the right to choose. We exercise that right every moment of every day. Tea or coffee? Bus or train? Free to Air TV or Netflix? Liberals or Labor? A book or a movie?
What we choose does not matter, only that we possess that right.
But rights are not bestowed like magic, they have to be earned in some way. We have earned our right to choose by defending other’s right to property. When I go out and buy a book in whatever format, I am buying the ‘object’, not the words and ideas in that object.
Thus I can choose to buy or not to buy that object, but I cannot choose to copy all the words and pretend I wrote them. By the same token, I cannot snip out the bits I don’t like and substitute something more palatable for them.
Yet that, apparently, is exactly what Clean Reader App is doing. Because the medium of the book is digital, this app can come along, hoover up the words and replace them with ‘clean’ words.
Unfortunately, as D.V.Berkom points out in her post, this computerized CENSORSHIP changes the meaning, intent, pace, flow and music of the prose. That is just not on.
I’m all for choice. In fact, I’d like to see even more choice in our lives, but this is not choice, this is censorship pure and simple and by a ‘machine’ no less.
Are we truly such babies that we can’t trust ourselves to close a book that contains content we think we shouldn’t read?
-makes rude noise-
20 Comments | tags: apps, books, censorship | posted in My soap box
Apologies to all my non writer friends. Today’s post is to share info. about this very handy list, and save it somewhere safe for my own use.
Believe it or not, I’ve actually gone back to some of my own posts in order to check a how-to, or some other piece of information. Having it all here saves me trying [and failing] to remember where the hell I put it.
Now, to the list. It’s been created to allow Indie writers to find, use and keep track of promotional sites. In other words, collecting all your important information in one place. Again, saves on the memory doesn’t it?
I’ve only just discovered this list so I haven’t had a chance to try out the interactive part of it, but just having all this information in one place makes me happy. If I can actually track who I’ve sent what to, and when, then I’ll be ecstatic!
If any of you use the interactive part of the list please let me know how well it worked [or didn’t].
On a more mundane note, the weather continues to stay most un-summer-like. I’m loving it, of course, because this is the most peace of mind I’ve had in January for years. Now I just have my fingers crossed for February. I’m supposed to start teaching again in February so I may get a little stressed out over leaving the house, and the Daughter, on hot days. Meh…I’d better not jinx myself!
Happy Sunday, everyone!
6 Comments | tags: books, Indie, list, marketing, promotion, track | posted in review, Writing Tools
I read this little book back in June, and liked it so much I left a glowing review on Amazon, but somehow I neglected to review it on the blog. I meant to, but time slipped away from me. Or perhaps I thought Cats in Clover would be so popular it wouldn’t need any additional help from me.
Sadly, when I stumbled on it again today, I discovered my review is still the one and only. What the hell? If reviews are a measure of the popularity of a book then something is very wrong here. This book deserves better. 😦
Why? Because it’s the funniest thing I’ve read since My Barsetshire Diary, that’s why. And oddly enough, My Barsetshire Diary starred a cat as well… Hmm…
Anyway, moving on. Whether you actually like cats or not, you are going to find this story about two middle-aged cat owners laugh out loud funny. Seriously. The cats are gorgeous but the people, the people are hilarious. 😀
Buy it! Read it! And if you agree that it’s a fantastic pick-me-up then please leave a review! [And no, I wouldn’t know this author from a bar of soap so no kick-backs are coming my way].
10 Comments | tags: 5/5, books, cats, comedy, misadventures | posted in Awesome Indies, BOOKS I have loved, review, Reviews, Uncategorized