It’s been a few weeks since I posted here. Last you heard, I had just published the short story, The Burning Land. Since then, I’ve been working like a fiend on my next two releases, Chucklers – Book 1, and Year 12, both of which are very close to being published.
CB1 – I have to admit to a bit of panic when Severed sent me the CB1 ebook file for approval. See, I had requested a copy of the formatted .mobi file with the cover, table of contents, front matter, back matter, etc. Basically, I wanted to see exactly what it was going to look like when a reader loaded it onto their Kindle. I’m one of those readers who reads my Kindle with the nighttime mode on. I find it easier on my eyes.
If you don’t already know, night mode is the setting on most Kindles wherein you can invert the standard setting of black text on a white background, to white text on a black background. There is even a sepia setting for those who prefer black text, but find the white background to tiring on the eyes. However, I’ve run into documents that have formatting issues that only become visible in night mode. Things like a bad tag on the text color that makes it black, even when the color of the background changes. Yeah, try reading black text on a black background sometime. See how well that works for you.
Another common problem is when certain parts of the work refuse to accept the night setting. You’re reading along, relaxing with your low light, white text/black background setting, when WHAM! You click to the next page and there is a section that has black or gray text that is “highlighted” with a bright, white background, like in the picture above.
I’ve dealt with those, and other issues, either with my own titles, or in other books I’ve read. As a result, I’m a little cautious. I like to make sure my titles are as problem free as I can make them. So when I opened the file they sent me, only to find no cover, no TOC, no front or back matter at all, and more than two dozen formatting problems, I have to admit, I began to panic. I contacted the fine folks at Severed with a list of the issues and got a puzzled reply. They weren’t having the same problems, even after testing on multiple devices. They sent another copy of the file, and when I opened it, lo and behold, the cover, front matter, back matter… everything that had freaked me out when I found it missing in the first file, was there. There were four minor problems, one of which was an error I had made in the original manuscript, that I didn’t catch until going over it again for this pass.
I have no idea what happened, but can only assume that the first file was somehow corrupted in transmission. Whatever it was, Severed responded quickly, and I’m now confident that CB1 is going to come out as a fine product. Better yet, it’s close enough to being ready, that I think it will probably be out pretty quickly. So again, if you haven’t signed up for my new release mailing list, please consider doing so here. I always make my first announcements and cover reveals there, before anyone else gets to see them.
Y12 – Year 12 is off to Red Adept Editing. I’ve used RAE for editing almost everything I’ve self-pubbed, and they’ve never disappointed. They’re the people I always recommend whenever anyone asks for a good editor. Since this is the beginning of the editing process, I know I probably have another month or so before Y12 is ready to publish, but believe me, I’m going to keep you all up to date as it winds its way through the process. Besides, I still need to do a blurb, dedication, acknowledgements, and all the other finishing touches that go on a manuscript before it’s published, not to mention the cover.
And speaking of covers… I had a short conversation with Glendon at Streetlight Graphics that leads me to believe they’re already working on cover design for it. To be perfectly honest, when they contacted me, I was so busy, that I don’t even fully recall the conversation. But I do remember answering some of the basic questions they always ask before putting a cover together. By the way, they’re another company I can recommend with the utmost confidence. They do great covers and formatting if you’re in the market.
So, Y12 is getting close to publication, too. I feel pretty confident that it will be out before the end of the year.
Other projects –
EPP – End Point Pangaea is back on top as my priority WIP. I hope to have the first draft done by the end of the year.
TBL – The Burning Land – But wait! That one is already published, isn’t it? Well, yes. But I’m going to use it to try my hand at producing an audiobook. I’ve already got a few titles out on Audible, but I’ve never taken the time to actually record one, myself. But TBL, as a short story, is short enough that I hope to learn that process, and so open another income stream.
After those? Well, I have several titles I plan on doing. I just don’t know which ones will top the list. I need to do Chucklers – Book 2, End Point Pangaea 2, the second Amber Payne book, or any one of several other projects.
But for now, I need to go fix dinner. Sausage-stuffed portobello caps and salad. Yum! So stay safe, everyone. I’ll talk to you next time.