The Dragon in Exile

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Eagles Over the Kennebec


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He walked up to me and he asked me if I wanted to dance

Well, rats.

I had a dental appointment this morning, which I wasn't exactly looking forward to, being the fan that I am, though I was sorta looking forward to this afternoon, if you take my meaning.  Unfortunately, the dentist's office called at 8:30 with the news that my hygienist was out sick and could I reschedule?  In fact! the receptionist said, someone had just cancelled, and she could fit me into that slot -- would that be OK?  I said sure, thinking the cancellation would be sometime this week, rather than. . .

September 29.

Sigh.

Turns out Belle's a Crystals fan.  Who knew?

In World News, we are receiving reports that the Liaden Universe® shirts are arriving at their Forever Homes.  If your hasn't arrived yet, watch the skies.

In the interests of Compleat and Accurate Reportage in re ebookery, I must say that Smashwords has surprised me.  I received notice yesterday that the epub of Writing Neep that I created at D2D and then submitted to Smashwords, has been approved for their premium catalog.  This despite the lack of the Magic Words.  This is interesting.  Sadly, since it's already in distribution through D2D, I had to take it off sale, to avoid duplication.

Today's going to be a hot one here in East Winslow, the first in a series of progressively hotter days.  Well, it is summer; I guess we'll give it a couple high-80s/low-90s days.  The cats are already practicing being melted, and, honestly, I should get on with chores before I melt, though the dental cancellation threw me off.

Well, one more cup of coffee, and -- onward!




Belle taking her turn communing with the treasuresBelle taking her turn communing with the treasures


Today's blog post brought to you by The Crystals, at Belle's request:  Then He Kissed Me.  Here's your link.


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Chapter Fourteen: Shan and Priscilla Ride Again

Paperwork and plain-speaking!  Chapter Fourteen awaits your pleasure.

This is the penultimate chapter of the novel frag; next Monday we'll read the last existing chapter of Shan and Priscilla Ride again.


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More on the Grand Experiment

So, yesterday, I submitted the epub edition of Writing Neep to Smashwords, as planned.  Probably predictably Smashwords fussed that the cover was too small, so I had to upload a bigger image. Then it told me the book was published, but I couldn't find it in my dashboard, so this morning, I re-re-uploaded the book, and it is now showing on the dashboard, as published and pending review.

So, yay, right?

Wrong.

Yesterday, a friend reminded me that Smashwords, in addition to all of the rest of its annoyances, large and small, requires that Certain Particular Holy Words be placed on the copyright page, something like "This is a Certified Smashwords Edition," or...something.  Which brands the book as coming from the Smashwords Distribution Empire, and bully for them, but which also means that No Standard Copyright Page will satisfy them.  You cannot put the Holy Words on a page of their own, they must be in a particular place on the copyright page, and the words must be exact.

I had of course forgotten this, but what it means is that the book will not pass Real Human Vetting.

I am therefore calling it quits with Smashwords' storefront and distribution empire.  The books that are on Smashwords will stay there, but I will not be adding new books.  I'm sorry about that, because I, like some of you, like to have alternatives to pubbing to Kindle and Nook; OTOH, Smashwords and I simply can't reach an accommodation.

(Yes, I'm aware that millions of people every day pub to Smashwords and adore it.  I am not one of those people, and since I don't use Word, Smashwords' decision to base their entire conversion process on a bloated, buggy word processor works very much against me.)

So, that.

Last night, Steve and I watched "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" and had a good time with it.  This morning, we're doing catch-up with a variety of tasks, including getting Chapter Fourteen of Shan and Priscilla Ride Again ready to upload tomorrow, and doing some side-laundry.  I need to get with Sprite a little later and give her mane a trim under her chin where it wisps up into her mouth and gets made into little, soggy corkscrews of fur.

Also, the ribs still giving me back-chat, as they are, some careful stretching, and some time out in the comfy chair with The Golden Hawk, which I started yesterday.  My goodness, it does get on its bike and ride, doesn't it?  And, despite a few eye-rollers like the first mate wondering, given the notoriety of their ship and captain,  how the crew can expect to land at Xtown to satisfy their "manly needs," it's really very readable.  Mr. Yerby knew how to write sentences, so he did.

Monday sadly requires phone calls, and I've got to get to the bottom of this desk, which has become chaotic again, mostly with Mundane Matters.  I wonder if there's room in this house for a House Desk, so I can dedicate my desk to writing.  Too much to ask?  Yeah, probably so.

So!  Off to do battle with the to-do list.  I hope everyone has a restful Sunday afternoon.




Warrior Princess Jasmine Sprite reposing among her trophiesWarrior Princess Jasmine Sprite reposing among her trophies



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In which Rolanni says this about that

In light of the truly horrific experience that was trying to get The Gift of Magic published to Nook, and that fact that I've already given up on Smashwords as requiring too much time for too little return, I decided to try Another Way.

A kind person on Facebook pointed me to Draft2Digital which will make a mobi file, an epub file, and a pdf file of any doc/x, rtf, Word-readable-file-of-y0ur-choice that you upload to them, and distribute those files to the vendors you choose from their list.  The list includes Nook, the iStore, Oyster, Kobo, and I couple of others that I forget at the moment.

D2D also claims that it can publish your book into paper at CreateSpace, but I have not explored that part of its offerings, being interested today in ebooks.

I chose as My Subject Writing Neep, a minor chapbook of collected essays from my blog posts, which I could never convince Smashwords to accept for sale; no matter how much I tried to format it, the Meatgrinder simply did not find the work acceptable.

This made Writing Neep the perfect choice for experimentation, and experiment I did.

Upfront, D2D is much more forgiving than Smashwords.  It does have its own crochets, but I managed to finagle and work them through.  I uploaded an RTF file of the text, and a jpg of the cover.

D2D really wants to generate a title page, a copyright page, a teaser page, an author bio page -- all of it!  any of it!  for you.  This means that, if you want to include your own copyright page, that D2D's chapter auto-detect will "see" it as a "chapter" and there is not. one. damn. thing. you can do to change its mind -- except! Surrender.  Move the copyright page to the back of the book, give it a title -- Copyright Page! -- and let D2D include it in the TOC.  Which is what, after much diddling around, I did.

The other problem was the title page.  Include a title page, and it will be listed as a "chapter" in the TOC, no way around it that I found.  If I allowed D2D to generate the title page, it produced a page that said:

Writing Neep:  Short Essays on the Writing Life
Sharon Lee
Published
July 25, 2015

. . .which might be fine for a new book, but Writing Neep was first published in 2012, and I hadn't added any new content to my Experimental Subject.

What I finally wound up doing was getting rid of the title page, unchecking the box that directed D2D to generate one, and placing the name of the book and my name above the title of the Author's Foreword.  This made for a rather ungainly four-line title, but told no lies to prospective readers.

D2D offers the option of having a Live Human Being actually go through your uploaded manuscript, if you can't make things come out right, and sort it by hand.  I did send a request for such service, but, to the best of my knowledge, no one ever answered the call -- not even a robot ack.  So, that was too bad.

For their services D2D takes 10% of what you receive from their vendors, which means that you, the author, will be giving up about 15% of cover in fees and discounts.

D2D does not have its own storefront, like Smashwords does, but!

In a few minutes, I will commence the Second Part of this Experiment, download the epub file generated by D2D,  feed it to Smashwords and See What Happens.  If the file is accepted, then the book will be on sale at Smashwords, as well as with All the Usual Suspects.

And that's what I did with my Saturday morning.


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rolanni

Books read in 2015

28. The Wave in the Mind, Ursula K. Le Guin
27.  The Boy from the Burren, Sheila Gilluly (e)
26.  Dead Heat, Patricia Briggs (e)
25.  Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails, Kaja and Phil Foglio
24.  A Bollywood Affair, Sonali Dev
23.  Who Buries the Dead, C.S. Harris
22. Killer Instinct, Zoe Sharpe (e)
21. Devil's Food, Kerry Greenwood (e)
20. The Making of a Marchioness, Frances Hodgson Burnett (e)
19.  A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett (e)
18. Geekomancy, Michael R. Underwood (e)
17.  The Perfect Rake, Anne Gracie
16.  The Martian, Andy Weir
15.  Blaze of Memory, Nalini Singh
14. Tracker, C.J. Cherryh (read out loud with Steve)
13.  Chanur's Legacy, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
12.  Chanur's Homecoming, C.J. Cherryh  (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
11.  The Kif Strike Back, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
10.  Why Kings Confess, C.S. Harris
9.  Chanur's Venture, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve) (Note:  the publisher's note at the end of the book states that the next-in-series is Chanur's Revenge. This is false. The next-in-series is The Kif Strike Back.)
8.  Angels' Blood, Nalini Singh (read out loud with Steve)
7.  The Pride of Chanur, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
6.  What Darkness Brings, C.S. Harris
5. When Maidens Mourn, C.S. Harris
4.  Where Shadows Dance, C.S. Harris
3.  What Remains of Heaven, C.S. Harris
2.  Where Serpents Sleep, C.S. Harris
1.  When Gods Die, C.S. Harris

Flying Monkey!
rolanni

In which there are warnings and updates

Warning first, because that's fair.

Do not try me today.
I really mean this.
I have no spoons, but I have lots of knives.
Thank you for your attention.

Now, Updates!

1.  The Gift of Magic, an echapbook collecting two stories previously published on Baen.com, "The Gift of Music," and "The night don't seem so lonely," is now available in the Kindle and the Nook stores at Amazon/BN respectively.

1a.  Yes, I know the stories are individually available on the web for free.  Thank you.

1b.  I am exploring the possibility of publishing this chapbook to other ebook venues, and will make an announcement if and when exploration comes to fruition.  Yes, I know about Smashwords, thank you.  I have also recently been pointed at Draft to Digital, thank you.

1c. The Gift of Magic is dignified as Archers Beach #5.  The Archers Beach books are, in order:

Archers Beach ONE: Carousel Tides
Archers Beach TWO: Carousel Sun
Archers Beach THREE: Carousel Seas
Archers Beach FOUR: Surfside
Archers Beach FIVE: The Gift of Magic

2.  A Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume III is now available as an ebook in the Nook and Kindle stores.  It may also be available in the ebook store you prefer; it's worth checking out the possibility.

2a.  The paper edition of Constellation III is due to be in stores on August 4.

2b.  Those who preordered signed/personalized editions from Uncle Hugo, be of good heart.  The books have not yet arrived here at the Confusion Factory, but we expect them at any moment.  As soon as they do arrive, be assured that we will sign and personalized just as quickly as we're able, and will get the books back on the road to Minneapolis so that they can be mailed to you.

2c.  Yes, the book includes only reprints of short stories. No, I don't know why Baen doesn't publish the TOC in the book summary.  The stories included are:

Code of Honor (Splinter Universe, 2014)
Eleutherious (Baen.com, 2013)
Guaranteed Delivery (Splinter Universe, 2011)
Intelligent Design (Baen.com, 2011)
Kin Ties (Splinter Universe, 2011)
King of the Cats (SRM Publisher, Ltd., 2002 in The Cat's Job)
Landed Alien (Baen.com, 2012)
Moon's Honor (Splinter Universe, 2013)
Out of True (Baen.com, 2013)
Roving Gambler (Splinter Universe, 2014)
The Rifle's First Wife (Splinter Universe, 2014)
The Space at Tinsori Light (Splinter Universe, 2011)

3.  We hear through the grapevine that Offworld Designs has begun shipping Tree-and-Dragon shirts to those people who ordered.  They are now in the process of compiling a big enough pile of orders to do a second printing/embroidering.  Here's the search page for the Liaden items available.  Please note that it is a search page; you must click on the image of the shirt of  your choice in order to get detailed information.

3a.  Yes, the only shirt color at this time is black.  Yes, the thread/printing is gold.  No, I'm sorry, there are no ladies tees available at this time.

4.  The Nature Conservancy reports a successful treatment for White Nose Syndrome, which has been killing off the bat population at breathtaking rates.  Here's your link.

4a.  Yes, I am aware that some people loathe and revile bats.  I am not one of them.

5. Sprite and Belle had Second Breakfast together this morning:




Second Breakfast at the Cat Farm July 24 2015.  Sprite (l), Belle (r)Second Breakfast at the Cat Farm July 24 2015. Sprite (l), Belle (r)



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rolanni

Books read in 2015

27.  The Boy from the Burren, Sheila Gilluly (e)
26.  Dead Heat, Patricia Briggs (e)
25.  Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails, Kaja and Phil Foglio
24.  A Bollywood Affair, Sonali Dev
23.  Who Buries the Dead, C.S. Harris
22. Killer Instinct, Zoe Sharpe (e)
21. Devil's Food, Kerry Greenwood (e)
20. The Making of a Marchioness, Frances Hodgson Burnett (e)
19.  A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett (e)
18. Geekomancy, Michael R. Underwood (e)
17.  The Perfect Rake, Anne Gracie
16.  The Martian, Andy Weir
15.  Blaze of Memory, Nalini Singh
14. Tracker, C.J. Cherryh (read out loud with Steve)
13.  Chanur's Legacy, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
12.  Chanur's Homecoming, C.J. Cherryh  (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
11.  The Kif Strike Back, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
10.  Why Kings Confess, C.S. Harris
9.  Chanur's Venture, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve) (Note:  the publisher's note at the end of the book states that the next-in-series is Chanur's Revenge. This is false. The next-in-series is The Kif Strike Back.)
8.  Angels' Blood, Nalini Singh (read out loud with Steve)
7.  The Pride of Chanur, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
6.  What Darkness Brings, C.S. Harris
5. When Maidens Mourn, C.S. Harris
4.  Where Shadows Dance, C.S. Harris
3.  What Remains of Heaven, C.S. Harris
2.  Where Serpents Sleep, C.S. Harris
1.  When Gods Die, C.S. Harris

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rolanni

More on ISBNs; self-pubs take note!

So, I girded up my electronic loins and went over to Bowker (https://www.myidentifiers.com/), to buy me some International Standard Book Numbers, and I found that (1) Bowker is having a Moon Landing Sale -- 10% off bulk orders of ISBNs  and (2) for the purpose of this sale, a block of 10 ISBNs qualifies as "bulk."  ISBNs are still stupidly expensive ($125 for ONE number?  C'mon, guys.), but a $29.50 discount for 10 is still, yanno 10%.

As part of this exercise, Bowker -- which has become Quite the Source for Self-Pubbing Services -- asked me to take a survey, which I did.

One of the questions on the survey was:  What is your primary reason for writing?

And the answers in the drop-down box were as follows:

1.  NONE
2.  I don't write; I'm a publisher
3.  Self-Expression
4.  Religious/Evangelical
5.  I want to be a professional author
6.  Lead generation for my business endeavors
7.  Advance self professionally/in my career/as a thought leader
8.  I am an academic professional
9.  It has always been my dream to write (because I love children *cough* sorry 'bout that.  SL)
10.  Hobby

Notice anything missing here?

It astonishes me that no one who buys ISBNs from Bowker writes primarily because they ARE a professional writer.  Just. . .wow.

The to-do list is winning; the health insurance has turned ugly again, and will require a call-back, but I made the first call, dammit, and I'm claiming it.

1.  Brush three cats
2.  Untangle banking glitch
3.  Make correx to ebook
4.  Try one more cover design for ebook
5.  Buy ISBNs (which I’ve been putting off; for some reason, cost of ISBNs is really bugging me)
6.  Call the health insurance company and fuss about the incorrect invoice
7.  There’s probably something else, but this’ll do to get me started


The Dragon in Exile
rolanni

You can make a break, you can win or lose

So, yesterday. . .

Though it was better, it was obvious that the knee I'd fallen on last week was not progressing in the best way possible, so I bit the bullet and made an appointment with my doctor.  First appointment was late afternoon, so I downloaded Patty Briggs' Dead Heat as insurance that I would stay in the comfy chair until it was time to go, and so it came to pass.

The doctor agreed that matters might be moved along a bit more spritely, and prescribed a Brother to Penicillin.  I managed two pills (out of a possible four) yesterday, and this morning, the swelling is gone, the redness is gone, and much of the lingering pain is gone.  So -- yay!  Now, of course, I need to finish the course of the antibiotic, to Be Sure, but it was ever thus, with antibiotics.

On the positive side of medical news, the business with the Radiology Department last week, returns a negative, so I don't at this point in time appear to have cancer.  Also, yay!

Today's to-do list is a little busy -- this is what happens when you take An Entire Day in the comfy chair.

1.  Brush three cats
2.  Untangle banking glitch
3.  Make correx to ebook
4.  Try one more cover design for ebook
5.  Buy ISBNs (which I've been putting off; for some reason, cost of ISBNs is really bugging me)
6.  Call the health insurance company and fuss about the incorrect invoice
7.  There's probably something else, but this'll do to get me started

I hope everybody has a pleasant and fulfilling day.

Today's blog title brought to you by Mr. Glenn Frey, "The Heat is On."  Here's your link.

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rolanni

Books read in 2015

26.  Dead Heat, Patricia Briggs (e)
25.  Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails, Kaja and Phil Foglio
24.  A Bollywood Affair, Sonali Dev
23.  Who Buries the Dead, C.S. Harris
22. Killer Instinct, Zoe Sharpe (e)
21. Devil's Food, Kerry Greenwood (e)
20. The Making of a Marchioness, Frances Hodgson Burnett (e)
19.  A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett (e)
18. Geekomancy, Michael R. Underwood (e)
17.  The Perfect Rake, Anne Gracie
16.  The Martian, Andy Weir
15.  Blaze of Memory, Nalini Singh
14. Tracker, C.J. Cherryh (read out loud with Steve)
13.  Chanur's Legacy, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
12.  Chanur's Homecoming, C.J. Cherryh  (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
11.  The Kif Strike Back, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
10.  Why Kings Confess, C.S. Harris
9.  Chanur's Venture, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve) (Note:  the publisher's note at the end of the book states that the next-in-series is Chanur's Revenge. This is false. The next-in-series is The Kif Strike Back.)
8.  Angels' Blood, Nalini Singh (read out loud with Steve)
7.  The Pride of Chanur, C.J. Cherryh (re-read, read out loud with Steve)
6.  What Darkness Brings, C.S. Harris
5. When Maidens Mourn, C.S. Harris
4.  Where Shadows Dance, C.S. Harris
3.  What Remains of Heaven, C.S. Harris
2.  Where Serpents Sleep, C.S. Harris
1.  When Gods Die, C.S. Harris

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