Wednesday, April 27, 2011

To Kindle or not to Kindle...

My Carmine Rojas novella is closing in on done and I am torn about what to do with it when I finish. Aside from the obvious edit and revise...

I do have time to think about it but I still haven't come up with a satisfactory answer. Do I put it right up on Kindle or do I try a small e-publisher? Both have merits. I have heard over and over from small press people that they are making more on Kindle than on print books. I am working on my cover skills (when I have one done I'll post it here :) ) So I think I can give my novella a good presentation on Amazon. There are places that will format it for me and I'm going to search for more Kindle blogs to hopefully promote on.

But I still need help when it comes to promotion. I am better at it than I used to be. I follow a few reviewers out there but I'm not as good as a lot of people and have always found it daunting. I'm not good about talking about myself or my work. I don't have the self-esteem for it.

And darn it. I want to make the $100 it will cost me to format! Of course that $100 may be the decider. I should probably try a small press first then if all else fails Kindle it is!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Kindle self pubbers take note!

I got a very nice surprise the other day when I downloaded a Kindle freebie, 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover. I opened the book and was greeted with THE COVER. It made me smile. I don't like how all Kindle books default to the first chapter. I mean it's not bad, it saves some clicking. But the first thing you look at when you open a book is the cover and I liked that feeling.

What is even worse though , is when the cover art is entirely absent. One of my $.99 downloads was chosen on the basis of the cover and imagine my dismay when the cover art was not included.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Well I found the Carmine novella! And have added a bit of wordage to it as well! I also started work on my horror novella/MG horror. (It may or may not be appropriate...)

But the greater amount of time is spent on Tea Times Three and it's ever receding ending! If you know what I mean. The light at the end of the tunnel keeps receding even though I keep moving forward.

But I gotta get moving on all fronts!

Oh! And I also nailed down another short story idea that's been bugging me for a year! I want to submit it to Beneath Ceaseless Skies despite my lack of purdy prose. Sorry, I'm don't beautiful poetic literary prose. But you know what? Why not? Can't hurt to try.

I think I got some confidence back from finishing Hour of the Jaguar, Hour of the Wolf and I hope to maintain the momentum.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kindle Formatting

Well I found this and they have prices that I WILL pay to get my work formatted for Kindle. I don't want to learn HTML. If I can find and finish my Carmine novella I may self-pub it.

I'm not sure about it yet.