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(Fark Fiction Anthology)   "It is a sad but very real truth that there is no future for relationships where spaghetti and chocolate milk does not play a major role." -- Chuck Tingle. This is your Fark Writer's Thread, Pounded Edition   (farkfiction.net) divider line
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2022-11-23 4:11:32 PM  
Chuck Tingle is the nom de plume of a surrealist satire and erotica writer who has achieved success, notoriety, and two Hugo award nominations. His 'Tinglers' are short stories generally available on Amazon and feature every conceivable element in the entire spectrum of sexuality, to include Space Raptors, Unicorns, Brexit, Tide Pods, the concept of linear time, business strategy and strategic targeted marketing, and leftover chocolate chip cookies. There's an entire series of erotica based on pounding from the physical manifestations of concepts. You get the picture.

Due to his anonymity, it's not easy to judge his success in terms of sales. He's stated $60,000 as his total earnings, but he also claims he's a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has a PhD in holistic massage from DeVry, which doesn't offer such a program. He does, however, regularly break the Amazon top 100 for his Tinglers, and considering that erotica is one of the highest selling categories in self-publishing, he's probably doing all right.

Part of his character as performance art revolves around what we wouldn't call . . . 'good writing,' in that punctuation or capitalization are optional, and much of what he posts on Twitter is a few degrees off of expected so it's sometimes a rough read. He does however offer free downloads of some of his works, and those show a clear, readable prose that may not win stylistic awards on its own but is absolutely serviceable and doesn't get in the way of the story.

Whatever you might think about his public statements and persona, you have to admit that he is a master of creating, producing, and marketing his work. He creates his own covers, has his son as an editor, and self-publishes completely without external assistance. He's found a completely unique niche and filled it, and since we're talking about Chuck Tingle all our minds collectively went into the gutter with that last sentence. Let's move on.

This article lists . . . some advice on writing, and other things, from Chuck Tingle.

1.drink chocolate milk buddy not that sick water throw that out
2.you are important and so is your way. this is already a story that can be told
3.the void is not worth your curiostiy
4.listen to your buds
5.there is something to learn from traditional horseplay and there is something to be learned from modern trots. respect both
6.dont try to tell people what art is you will always be wrong
7.there is not very much that separates you from a big timers sometimes it is hard work and sometimes it is luck but its almost never talent
8.spend time with your family
9.have gratitude if you dont youll look like a goofball and youll feel like one too
10.prove love always


In terms of technical advice on craftsmanship, it's not nearly the list of tips and tricks for streamlined Amazon publishing that I'd hope for, but I suspect that there's something in here that we can all learn from, if we just sit down with a glass of chocolate milk and think it through.

Writer's Thread Question of the week!

What tips and tricks have you learned about publishing lately?
 
2022-11-23 4:13:16 PM  
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2022-11-23 4:21:24 PM  
So I guess I'm officially published now. Hi everyone I'm Alan White I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person even though I haven't always been active. I like writing and I wish I did it more often, however life gets in the way and being pork I just sucks and can zap your creativity. Also for some reason open Office keeps crashing every few minutes after I make changes and it doesn't restore the backups like it's supposed to I don't know what's up with that. I've tried pirating Microsoft Office because I refuse to pay a subscription fee for something I could have just bought. But it didn't end up working out
 
2022-11-23 4:48:38 PM  
I just received my copy of the FFA so I can brandish iat about at Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow.

Amusingly, my story came about exactly one year ago at Thanksgiving Dinner; I got into a conversation with another guest, which ended with me saying "I can probably turn that into a story."

This weekend I go to the SF Con, Chessiecon, where I can wave it about some more.
 
2022-11-23 4:50:46 PM  
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2022-11-23 4:51:18 PM  
Spaghetti and ass, a great combination!
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2022-11-23 4:53:52 PM  

Boo_Guy: Spaghetti and ass, a great combination!
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I'm here to eat ass and eat spaghetti and I'm all out of mouth.
 
2022-11-23 4:58:53 PM  
I'm just here to correct Subby.  There are multiple subjects of the sentence, so you should use "do" not "does" to describe their collective behavior.
 
2022-11-23 5:01:09 PM  
"What tips and tricks have you learned about publishing lately? "

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction accept online submissions. You have to format it as if you wrote it on a typewriter. Read the rules.

Regarding relationships and chocolate, I went to a good bakery and bought a chocolate croissant for my GF yesterday. You should have seen the look on her face.
 
2022-11-23 5:05:08 PM  
After all the Fark jokes finally spent 3 bucks to see what the punchline was.

Not disappointed.

"4,500 words of blossoming platonic friendship between buds, including learning about each other, sharing a fun dinner with a box of chocolates as an appetizer, and riding a Ferris wheel at night without a shred of romance"

https://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-Thoughts-Pounding-Aromantic-Wonderfully-ebook/dp/B08WPQG6ZR?ref_=d6k_applink_bb_dls&dplnkId=ebfbf73b-463f-4c5e-ba16-0344a80ad5ee
 
2022-11-23 5:06:02 PM  
The Chuck Tingle Writer's Thread Headline pounded me in the ass relentlessly.

The previously flaccid dangling participle now a turgid sentence, had become a solid conjunction with my ass. But what was previously an excited sexual retelling of pumping was now simply beating a dead horse. The previously anticipated climax was now just waiting to get to the point. An ennui of numbness of my butt.

The creciendo of the Chuck Tingle Writer's Thread Headline pounding me in the ass relentlessly was less a torrent of wisdom, and more akin to minor memory dump of cat-like typing. Awkward confusion. Mostly due to the fact that if all the writer's threads, this was the one I chose to participate in.

/SLAYER!
 
2022-11-23 5:09:59 PM  
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2022-11-23 5:11:03 PM  
No relationships for me then.  :(
 
2022-11-23 5:16:12 PM  
Chuck Tingle - the spaghetti and choccy milk-flavored penetrating fist of truth.
 
2022-11-23 5:17:38 PM  

Nintenfreak: So I guess I'm officially published now. Hi everyone I'm Alan White I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person even though I haven't always been active. I like writing and I wish I did it more often, however life gets in the way and being pork I just sucks and can zap your creativity. Also for some reason open Office keeps crashing every few minutes after I make changes and it doesn't restore the backups like it's supposed to I don't know what's up with that. I've tried pirating Microsoft Office because I refuse to pay a subscription fee for something I could have just bought. But it didn't end up working out


It's almost 2023.  Stop giving any of your money to Microsoft.

https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download-libreoffice/

Also,

 https://ubuntu.com/download
 
2022-11-23 5:24:13 PM  

nartreb: Nintenfreak: So I guess I'm officially published now. Hi everyone I'm Alan White I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person even though I haven't always been active. I like writing and I wish I did it more often, however life gets in the way and being pork I just sucks and can zap your creativity. Also for some reason open Office keeps crashing every few minutes after I make changes and it doesn't restore the backups like it's supposed to I don't know what's up with that. I've tried pirating Microsoft Office because I refuse to pay a subscription fee for something I could have just bought. But it didn't end up working out

It's almost 2023.  Stop giving any of your money to Microsoft.

https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download-libreoffice/

Also,

 https://ubuntu.com/download


This.

Libre Office is amazing. It can be a bit of a learning curve with the layouts for tools in the spreadsheet vs Excel, but it's very stable, capable, and doesn't feel cheap.

Also, unless you have some very rare, uncommon hardware that demands Windows, or even OS X/macOS depending upon the age of the equipment, Ubuntu should be your first choice for an operating system. Just make sure you perform the initial installation with a wired Ethernet connection.
 
2022-11-23 5:30:04 PM  

toraque: What tips and tricks have you learned about publishing lately?


I'm looking into Kindle Vella for kicks at the moment. It may be good to get word out about my work, but I doubt I'll  make much money from it. Does anyone here know anything about Kindle Vella? It sounds like a mixed bag, but I'm curious.

I interview well known horror writers for The Horror Zine. I've learned to try to not go all fangirl over them, but sometimes I can't avoid it. The cool thing is I get to interview people I've admired for years, sometimes decades. I recently met Joe Lansdale at a con and it was glorious. He's one of my favorite writers. I want to interview him now!

I've also learned (again) to resubmit a rejected story almost as soon as it's rejected. If I'm patient, it finds a home. My story "Willful Child" now appears in Aphelion Web Zine after multiple rejections elsewhere. It's about the demon Asmodeus and his bratty teenaged daughter. The story is a free read. Here's the link if you want to check it out.

http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/shorts/2022/11/WillfulChild.html

I'm also bragging about my story in the 2022 Fark Fiction anthology. My family can't avoid it! Sure beats talking about politics and religion at Thanksgiving dinner. I'll keep getting the word out about it.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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2022-11-23 5:38:51 PM  
I just want to mention how grateful I am for these weekly writers threads. They really helped me endure the Shutdown in a new city, where I knew nobody.

I have also gotten lots of helpful advice and encouragement here.

So, thank you to all the people here who have encouraged me.
 
2022-11-23 5:49:27 PM  
If Tingle is right about luck, that could explain why I've never turned pro. I'm not afraid of hard work, but Fortune tends to frown on me.

I'm going to try to do some self-publishing this weekend. I heard nobody pays attention to you on Amazon until you have ten items or more. Right now I'm sitting at two, but I've got twenty dieselpunk pieces that just need a quick spit polish, a cover, and a pat on the head. It's all part of a fifty-story cycle called Darkness Eternal.
 
2022-11-23 5:56:03 PM  

Claude Ballse: Just make sure you perform the initial installation with a wired Ethernet connection.


I'll have to learn how to do that
 
2022-11-23 6:01:06 PM  

Russell_Secord: If Tingle is right about luck, that could explain why I've never turned pro. I'm not afraid of hard work, but Fortune tends to frown on me.

I'm going to try to do some self-publishing this weekend. I heard nobody pays attention to you on Amazon until you have ten items or more. Right now I'm sitting at two, but I've got twenty dieselpunk pieces that just need a quick spit polish, a cover, and a pat on the head. It's all part of a fifty-story cycle called Darkness Eternal.


Do it!

Chuck Tingle pops out books so quickly they get flagged by Amazon sometimes.

Remember when Mike Pence got a fly on his head? Chuck had a book out about it by the next morning.  Amazon thought it was a hacker trying to impersonate Tingle.

Not everyone can turn out that kind of content, but you can definitely put out more than GRRM or that Kovthe author
 
2022-11-23 6:04:39 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Remember when Mike Pence got a fly on his head? Chuck had a book out about it by the next morning.  Amazon thought it was a hacker trying to impersonate Tingle.


Tingle is a shape-shifter.  He was the fly.
 
2022-11-23 6:08:50 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: leeksfromchichis: Remember when Mike Pence got a fly on his head? Chuck had a book out about it by the next morning.  Amazon thought it was a hacker trying to impersonate Tingle.

Tingle is a shape-shifter.  He was the fly.


World's Greatest Author man name of Dr Chuck Tingle is a true buckaroo who trots many timelines to prove love is real, but I don't think he's ever claimed shapeshifting ability and would never use them to rub on a devil full of void crabs and ooze.

He just writes FAST.
 
2022-11-23 6:25:22 PM  

ms_lara_croft: Does anyone here know anything about Kindle Vella?


I actually misread your question and started writing up something about Kindle Create.

Last year or so KDP stopped accepting .mobi formats for ebook readers, which sucked because I only found out about that the day I was trying to format the kindle edition of that year's anthology. Their proprietary .kpf format at the time could only be generated by some Mac program I'd never heard of, and I already have three computers in my office and don't need another one - not that there was time to buy a Mac or something to get the proper format - so that year we had to go with a non-flow format .pdf which looked awful and pissed me off to no end.

This year it looks like they released a free kindle ebook creator, 'Kindle Create' which actually does a pretty solid job of converting a .docx into their format. It's all a pretty obvious gambit to tie writers into their ecology, but for a free app it's surprisingly good.

Our normal workflow for an anthology was to take submissions from authors into MS Word, put them up on shared Google Drive (thus using Google Docs for shared editing) and then reintake them into MS word so I could do the final formatting in that (which of course causes all sorts of weird crap due to incompatibilities between the two systems.) At that point, each story is an individual .docx file, which gets glommed together into Scrivener (which again, causes incompatibility.) That gets exported to .pdf through an MS Word plugin (again, issues, specifically with ToC links) and can be uploaded to Amazon. For ebooks, the process was to just export to .mobi (dealing with conversion issues) but instead all that I have to do is save it all out as a .docx again and import it into Kindle Create and . . . it just works? (Aside from autodetecting every forced page break used to correct orphans as a chapter, which is an easy fix.) Kindle Create is pretty robust.

If they get the rest of it working as well as the import I'd actually start using it as an editor or something.

But Kindle Vella? Uh, no, I know nothing about that. Sorry!
 
2022-11-23 6:45:52 PM  

Nintenfreak: Claude Ballse: Just make sure you perform the initial installation with a wired Ethernet connection.

I'll have to learn how to do that


Don't know why, but if Ubuntu doesn't have wired access while trying to install at least Broadcom Wi-Fi drivers, they never work properly. You have to manually sudo enable or some nonsense.

Install the drivers where it updates and verifies during the installation phase? They work flawlessly forever more. Had this happen on both a Mac AirBook and a Dell Optiplex, and I can't explain why.
 
2022-11-23 7:01:34 PM  
I've decided to put a love scene in my book. I'm not sure how much difference a love scene is to a sex scene. I'm guessing its where you stop the scene. I've never wrote erotic, in my other books I even have spelled out s e x. Ironically the scene involves virgins. In there mid twenties, perves. They are getting married in the morning but they are spending a night together.  I think this gives me some material. After they find out they both are virgins they decide to wait until tomorrow night. This gets them to trying to decide how they would know if they were bad in bed. Which gets them to talking about what they think it should be, which leads to the idea of practicing, for the wedding night.  I'm guessing the practice turns into the real deal. S E X. What is nice is that another scene is happening outside, where there's going to be a killing, probably I'll even note they don't hear the gunshots or screams because they are making out. Nice because I can cut back and forth between sex and death.

When I think about it, I'll probably keep out of the erotica business.
 
7 days ago  

mad cowboy: I've decided to put a love scene in my book. I'm not sure how much difference a love scene is to a sex scene. I'm guessing its where you stop the scene


No, that's incorrect.
 
7 days ago  

Nintenfreak: So I guess I'm officially published now. Hi everyone I'm Alan White I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person even though I haven't always been active. I like writing and I wish I did it more often, however life gets in the way and being pork I just sucks and can zap your creativity. Also for some reason open Office keeps crashing every few minutes after I make changes and it doesn't restore the backups like it's supposed to I don't know what's up with that. I've tried pirating Microsoft Office because I refuse to pay a subscription fee for something I could have just bought. But it didn't end up working out


Try Libreoffice? I'm using it with some comfort.
 
7 days ago  

Nintenfreak: I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person


I guess that's better than being raised by Reddit, but still a farking frightening thought.
 
7 days ago  

Noticeably F.A.T.: Nintenfreak: I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person

I guess that's better than being raised by Reddit, but still a farking frightening thought.


I've found farkers are generally better people than most other communities
 
7 days ago  
Anyone have some advice about self-publishing?

I have twenty short stories I've put together as a 270-page, 127K word collection, but I can't seem to get anyone interested in publishing my writing (except Fark). I need to find a decent editor and someone to do cover art and some way to publish this thing, and I have no idea how to do any of that on my own.

Any advice would be appreciated.
 
7 days ago  

Nintenfreak: Noticeably F.A.T.: Nintenfreak: I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person

I guess that's better than being raised by Reddit, but still a farking frightening thought.

I've found farkers are generally better people than most other communities


The fact that we recognize that it's a frightening thought means maybe we're not too far gone. Also sorry for all the bad raising advice. I take full responsibility.
 
6 days ago  

delysid25: After all the Fark jokes finally spent 3 bucks to see what the punchline was.

Not disappointed.

"4,500 words of blossoming platonic friendship between buds, including learning about each other, sharing a fun dinner with a box of chocolates as an appetizer, and riding a Ferris wheel at night without a shred of romance"

https://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-Thoughts-Pounding-Aromantic-Wonderfully-ebook/dp/B08WPQG6ZR?ref_=d6k_applink_bb_dls&dplnkId=ebfbf73b-463f-4c5e-ba16-0344a80ad5ee


We don't deserve Chuck
 
6 days ago  

RedVentrue: Nintenfreak: Noticeably F.A.T.: Nintenfreak: I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person

I guess that's better than being raised by Reddit, but still a farking frightening thought.

I've found farkers are generally better people than most other communities

The fact that we recognize that it's a frightening thought means maybe we're not too far gone. Also sorry for all the bad raising advice. I take full responsibility.


You're good. I just wish I had more foresight when she's in a username. Not that I don't enjoy video games mind you but this is definitely a teenager username
 
6 days ago  

Wenchmaster: Anyone have some advice about self-publishing?

I have twenty short stories I've put together as a 270-page, 127K word collection, but I can't seem to get anyone interested in publishing my writing (except Fark). I need to find a decent editor and someone to do cover art and some way to publish this thing, and I have no idea how to do any of that on my own.

Any advice would be appreciated.


If you're interested, I have the technical know-how to get things up on Amazon, and I have access to a bunch of world class artists who might be willing to do cover art on contract. Considering how reliably you're an anthology submitter I'd be more than happy to do a line edit pass on any manuscript you have and manage the whole KDP stuff if you just want to go on Amazon (although, full disclosure: there are far more knowledgeable people than me even just here on Fark) but sadly I know very little about the promotional or marketing side of things.

Getting a book up for sale on Amazon sounds daunting but it's actually pretty easy. Like a lot of other things, the quality of the end result depends on what you want to put into it. I know the guy who did the cover art for this book, and the guy who did this one, and I bet our resident genius artist who does the Anthology covers now is available too if she has the time. Grab me at ed­it­or­s­[nospam-﹫-backwards]n­oitcif­kr­af­*net and I'll happily tell you everything I know.
 
6 days ago  

Wenchmaster: Anyone have some advice about self-publishing?

I have twenty short stories I've put together as a 270-page, 127K word collection, but I can't seem to get anyone interested in publishing my writing (except Fark). I need to find a decent editor and someone to do cover art and some way to publish this thing, and I have no idea how to do any of that on my own.

Any advice would be appreciated.


I publish through strategic books publishers and  rights agency. They're online and they charge but they can do it all. They really helped me get my books to print. No way could I have done it by my self. Even stuff like getting it registered  for copyrites. And for sale almost wherever they sell books.

I think it should be said if you just want to publish scribd is a good place. I haven't checked in years but I had over a thousand reads on my books there. Way more than the published buys. I think you need to set your expectations, my guys say they are not vanity publishers,those guys will put out whatever you'll pay for. Getting a book to sell, that's kind of a mystery to me.
 
6 days ago  

Nintenfreak: RedVentrue: Nintenfreak: Noticeably F.A.T.: Nintenfreak: I've been here since I was a teenager and I think that this place has helped me grow as a person

I guess that's better than being raised by Reddit, but still a farking frightening thought.

I've found farkers are generally better people than most other communities

The fact that we recognize that it's a frightening thought means maybe we're not too far gone. Also sorry for all the bad raising advice. I take full responsibility.

You're good. I just wish I had more foresight when she's in a username. Not that I don't enjoy video games mind you but this is definitely a teenager username


Ha! Me too. I've had this username since the 90s. I used to love Vampire the Masquerade. One of my best characters was a Soviet era oligarch.
 
6 days ago  

toraque: ms_lara_croft: Does anyone here know anything about Kindle Vella?

I actually misread your question and started writing up something about Kindle Create.

Last year or so KDP stopped accepting .mobi formats for ebook readers, which sucked because I only found out about that the day I was trying to format the kindle edition of that year's anthology. Their proprietary .kpf format at the time could only be generated by some Mac program I'd never heard of, and I already have three computers in my office and don't need another one - not that there was time to buy a Mac or something to get the proper format - so that year we had to go with a non-flow format .pdf which looked awful and pissed me off to no end.

This year it looks like they released a free kindle ebook creator, 'Kindle Create' which actually does a pretty solid job of converting a .docx into their format. It's all a pretty obvious gambit to tie writers into their ecology, but for a free app it's surprisingly good.

Our normal workflow for an anthology was to take submissions from authors into MS Word, put them up on shared Google Drive (thus using Google Docs for shared editing) and then reintake them into MS word so I could do the final formatting in that (which of course causes all sorts of weird crap due to incompatibilities between the two systems.) At that point, each story is an individual .docx file, which gets glommed together into Scrivener (which again, causes incompatibility.) That gets exported to .pdf through an MS Word plugin (again, issues, specifically with ToC links) and can be uploaded to Amazon. For ebooks, the process was to just export to .mobi (dealing with conversion issues) but instead all that I have to do is save it all out as a .docx again and import it into Kindle Create and . . . it just works? (Aside from autodetecting every forced page break used to correct orphans as a chapter, which is an easy fix.) Kindle Create is pretty robust.

If they get the rest of it working as well ...


Thanks for all that, Toraque. It annoys the hell out of me that Kindle no longer accepts Mobi files. I think they're strictly epub now. I have an old Kindle that likes Mobi files so I don't know what to do about it. Yet. You had your work cut out for you editing and formatting the Fark anthologies. You do a great job, too. I'm proud to be in five of the anthologies.

All I know about Kindle Vella is that it's for writing serials. The first three episodes (they call chapters episodes) are free, and if readers want to continue, they must unlock (pay for) the subsequent episodes. I have a mystery I've been hawking, and I want to take a crack at Vella with it. I'm still learning about royalties and such. I know that bonuses are given, but the last bonus which was given which was a few days ago was very disappointing for most Vella writers. It's giving me pause, since I'm suspecting not many writers made decent royalties. I may try a shorter work instead of a full blown novel. I haven't decided yet.

At turkey dinner tomorrow, I'm going to talk up "Doomscrollling". It beats listening to a crazy racist uncle. LOL  Thank you and anyone else who works with you for putting the book together. It's an honor to be in it. Happy Thanksgiving!
 
6 days ago  

ms_lara_croft: toraque: ms_lara_croft: Does anyone here know anything about Kindle Vella?

I actually misread your question and started writing up something about Kindle Create.

Last year or so KDP stopped accepting .mobi formats for ebook readers, which sucked because I only found out about that the day I was trying to format the kindle edition of that year's anthology. Their proprietary .kpf format at the time could only be generated by some Mac program I'd never heard of, and I already have three computers in my office and don't need another one - not that there was time to buy a Mac or something to get the proper format - so that year we had to go with a non-flow format .pdf which looked awful and pissed me off to no end.

This year it looks like they released a free kindle ebook creator, 'Kindle Create' which actually does a pretty solid job of converting a .docx into their format. It's all a pretty obvious gambit to tie writers into their ecology, but for a free app it's surprisingly good.

Our normal workflow for an anthology was to take submissions from authors into MS Word, put them up on shared Google Drive (thus using Google Docs for shared editing) and then reintake them into MS word so I could do the final formatting in that (which of course causes all sorts of weird crap due to incompatibilities between the two systems.) At that point, each story is an individual .docx file, which gets glommed together into Scrivener (which again, causes incompatibility.) That gets exported to .pdf through an MS Word plugin (again, issues, specifically with ToC links) and can be uploaded to Amazon. For ebooks, the process was to just export to .mobi (dealing with conversion issues) but instead all that I have to do is save it all out as a .docx again and import it into Kindle Create and . . . it just works? (Aside from autodetecting every forced page break used to correct orphans as a chapter, which is an easy fix.) Kindle Create is pretty robust.

If they get the rest of it working ...


I used to come up with theories and narratives through the year to intercept and derail crazy racist uncle and save the rest of the family. I used to get a lot of ideas from Coast to Coast AM.

Crazy racist uncle begins political diatribe...

Me. "You ever heard of Ed Dames? Listen to this!"
 
6 days ago  

WastrelWay: "What tips and tricks have you learned about publishing lately? "

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction accept online submissions. You have to format it as if you wrote it on a typewriter. Read the rules.

Regarding relationships and chocolate, I went to a good bakery and bought a chocolate croissant for my GF yesterday. You should have seen the look on her face.


Did they drop the Isaac Asimov from the title?

I grew up on both of them
 
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