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(Some Guy's Blog)   In 2012, a Farker told Subby 'Write books, I want to read them.' So Subby spent 2013 writing two books, and would like to offer them to anyone who wants to read them, for free   (press.arts-eclectic.com) divider line 17
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2014-02-25 09:52:13 AM
If I did everything a farker once told me to do, I would have screwed more than 1,000 goats by now.
 
2014-02-25 10:44:38 AM

FarkingReading: If I did everything a farker once told me to do...



there would be an army of them holding my beers.
 
2014-02-25 11:30:33 AM
Any chance of having you run it into an .epub or .mobi, instead of PDF, subby? Calibre doesn't do a great job at the conversion, but both "cover jackets" did intrigue me, especially the former.
 
2014-02-25 03:11:30 PM

Gig103: Any chance of having you run it into an .epub or .mobi, instead of PDF, subby? Calibre doesn't do a great job at the conversion, but both "cover jackets" did intrigue me, especially the former.


This.

Or throw it up on Amazon and provide us a link when you run freebie promotions.  I love adding to my digital Fark library, but PDFs aren't so great.
 
2014-02-25 03:14:19 PM
Subby, that's great!

I'm intrigued about how you felt about the process -- did you enjoy it? Will you do more?
 
2014-02-25 03:25:50 PM

K.B.O. Winston: Or throw it up on Amazon and provide us a link when you run freebie promotions. I love adding to my digital Fark library, but PDFs aren't so great.


Good point, maybe become a part of the Prime lending library? I dunno if that messes up with your other distribution options, though.
 
2014-02-25 03:30:04 PM
unfarkingbelievable:

I'm intrigued about how you felt about the process -- did you enjoy it? Will you do more?

It was slow-going at first until the juices started flowing. I sort of enjoyed it. No, 1,000 goats is enough.

Oh, wait. Sorry. Those questions weren't for me.
 
2014-02-25 03:44:54 PM

Gig103: K.B.O. Winston: Or throw it up on Amazon and provide us a link when you run freebie promotions. I love adding to my digital Fark library, but PDFs aren't so great.

Good point, maybe become a part of the Prime lending library? I dunno if that messes up with your other distribution options, though.


I believe you have to wait a year before distributing elsewhere, but it means you also get a payment (usually just under two bucks) every time someone borrows your book for free from the lending library.  My book is $3 so my royalties per sale came to about that anyway.

It's not for everyone but I'm very happy with it.
 
2014-02-25 07:29:54 PM
First up, the format/distribution questions!

Gig103: Any chance of having you run it into an .epub or .mobi, instead of PDF, subby? Calibre doesn't do a great job at the conversion, but both "cover jackets" did intrigue me, especially the former.


I have literally no idea what these things are, but simply because you've asked, I'm going to look into it, okay?

K.B.O. Winston: Or throw it up on Amazon and provide us a link when you run freebie promotions.  I love adding to my digital Fark library, but PDFs aren't so great.


Nervous about using Amazon, in part because my attempts to put stuff up there cost me money. :S Ultimately I haven't had any good resources or insights into ways to distribute these books that doesn't ask for an up-front fee I can't pay. I didn't figure I'd get more than say, ten, fifteen people reading them, so for now the free distribution worked fine.

Talk to me about alternatives, I'm super happy to make changes. I expect zero profit off this at the moment, after all.
 
2014-02-25 07:35:57 PM

TalenLee: First up, the format/distribution questions!

Gig103: Any chance of having you run it into an .epub or .mobi, instead of PDF, subby? Calibre doesn't do a great job at the conversion, but both "cover jackets" did intrigue me, especially the former.

I have literally no idea what these things are, but simply because you've asked, I'm going to look into it, okay?

K.B.O. Winston: Or throw it up on Amazon and provide us a link when you run freebie promotions.  I love adding to my digital Fark library, but PDFs aren't so great.

Nervous about using Amazon, in part because my attempts to put stuff up there cost me money. :S Ultimately I haven't had any good resources or insights into ways to distribute these books that doesn't ask for an up-front fee I can't pay. I didn't figure I'd get more than say, ten, fifteen people reading them, so for now the free distribution worked fine.

Talk to me about alternatives, I'm super happy to make changes. I expect zero profit off this at the moment, after all.


Nice to hear a response from someone I previously favorited with the tag "Theology IQ points."

In my experience, there is no fee in selling through Amazon.  You should download their Kindle Previewer software to make sure your formatting looks okay, but that's also free.  It's not like bookbaby or anything of that ilk.
 
2014-02-25 07:38:24 PM
Now, questions about the process.

unfarkingbelievable: Subby, that's great!
 
I'm intrigued about how you felt about the process -- did you enjoy it? Will you do more?

For the Sixth Age of Sand, I set myself the simple goal of write something every week, and that's why it's a little scattered and unstructured at the start. I really enjoyed it, and I was so enthusiastic about the 'once a week' model of writing that I'm doing it again, this year, with a much better structure and plan ahead. You can check out that work, One Stone, on the website right now - I think it's up to eight chapters, and updates every American Wednesday. Immortal Engine was a Nanowrimo project and I did it to take part and encourage my friends. Finishing in a week seems to have discouraged them, more than encouraged them, but still.


I really loved doing the writing, but part of that was deceiving myself into thinking people were reading it, and likely to enjoy it. I don't want to write to make some greater point or some revolution. I just want my work to be read and enjoyed.

Chances are this year I'll do another two books, unless I get lucky and someone contracts me to produce books full-time, in which case probably more and faster.

FarkingReading: If I did everything a farker once told me to do, I would have screwed more than 1,000 goats by now.


It's actually really sad! It was in a thread about Mitt Romney, where I compared his speeches to doing gymnastics on a mat full of razor-blades, and I wanted to contact the farker who told me to write, but now I can't find the thread. :( I hope they see this.
 
2014-02-25 07:45:02 PM

K.B.O. Winston: Nice to hear a response from someone I previously favorited with the tag "Theology IQ points."


Oh yeah, Sixth Age includes a cameo by the most obscure Bible superhero and Immortal Engine is full of Bible references. Write whatchu know and all that.
 
2014-02-25 08:05:31 PM

TalenLee: I have literally no idea what these things are, but simply because you've asked, I'm going to look into it, okay?


Congrats on the books and thanks for sharing! epub and mobi are eBook formats, the former is an Adobe standard, the latter is the generic version of what Amazon uses (without digital rights management). I don't know what editor you can use that outputs to these formats, but they are designed for eReaders and eReader apps on tablets, unlike Adobe Reader which assumes a fixed size page and font size.

What I was saying is that the open-source program "Calibre" will convert a PDF to these formats but it doesn't always do a good job as it relies on optical character recognition (OCR, like scanning to text), and loses formatting. Good luck and thanks again!
 
2014-02-25 08:34:39 PM
My webspace won't let me upload .epub files for security reasons. This is hardly an ideal measure, but if you'd like an epub version send me an email address and I'll send you the file? These epub things are teeny tiny!
 
2014-02-26 12:31:49 AM

TalenLee: First up, the format/distribution questions!

Gig103: Any chance of having you run it into an .epub or .mobi, instead of PDF, subby? Calibre doesn't do a great job at the conversion, but both "cover jackets" did intrigue me, especially the former.

I have literally no idea what these things are, but simply because you've asked, I'm going to look into it, okay?

K.B.O. Winston: Or throw it up on Amazon and provide us a link when you run freebie promotions.  I love adding to my digital Fark library, but PDFs aren't so great.

Nervous about using Amazon, in part because my attempts to put stuff up there cost me money. :S Ultimately I haven't had any good resources or insights into ways to distribute these books that doesn't ask for an up-front fee I can't pay. I didn't figure I'd get more than say, ten, fifteen people reading them, so for now the free distribution worked fine.

Talk to me about alternatives, I'm super happy to make changes. I expect zero profit off this at the moment, after all.


There's no way you should ever have to pay for Kindle Direct Publishing or distribution.  There's a lot of formating you may need to learn quickly to make sure it looks good in .epub or .mobi but it converts pretty easily once you figure out the basics.

Aside from Kindle you can also use something like Smashwords.com which will distribute it to Apple/Nook/etc for you though you still have to follow their style guidelines in order for it to make the conversion process pretty.

You need help with the converting process, distribution bs or style questions I think my email is in my profile.  I self published last year and farked up a bunch but I can at least share how I farked up.
 
2014-02-26 09:48:15 AM
Hey, I vaguely remember that thread!

Hat's off to you, TalenLee, and I do believe I will take a look at your stories. And whilst I've never used Amazon for self-publication ('cause I'm too lazy to write stories, etc.), I've heard good things about it. Supposedly, if your works find an audience, it's a good way to get a foothold on making real money with your talents.

/Good luck, we're all counting on you.
 
2014-02-26 09:53:43 AM

Mercury Lemonade: Hey, I vaguely remember that thread!


That's awesome! I also vaguely remember it! I haven't combed through every single Google hit for my name during 2012 desperately trying to find what I had to say, uh ahahah hahaha. Hah...
 
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