Blog & Site Updates

10.17.17 Today I tried uploading the file for the title's cover and the module accepted the file, yet the same problem happened. The upload module for that title refused to go through the proper steps to continue the process to revision. So I did some research and discovered that the "upload link" patch which keeps appearing shows the wrong email address to submit things to. There is not even an attachment link. So I emailed the main company at their email address and also filled out a complaint through the Better Business Bureau. Hopefully that will fix the problem. After that, it is only a question as to whether I continue to use that service for future publications.
     Update: Just a few minutes ago I went into their site to see if anything changed and it had. Everything is copacetic. The new cover is reflected on the page already, so things are going smoothly again. ♦

10.16.17 In an effort to improve the appearance and quality of my books, I revised several covers to my fiction books and one nonfiction book. All passed through but one, for some unknown reason, and I have found out that my printer service had some "browser issues" when I called them to complain. Well, I cleared my browser cache and tried again. The revision solidly refused to pass through. After about 10 times in trying I gave up and decided to try again tomorrow. Hopefully they will have fixed their little problems by then. It's not something to panic over; however, the title in question has been a good seller.
     I am going as fast as I can to produce the EPUBs I mentioned in my last entry so that you can have the available option. I think my nonfiction books with pictures will have to be produced as text only, since the software's generic e-ink setter cannot support images. If you want the images anyway, I recommend the PDFs since they are basically digital versions of the print books.
     I have been informed that the deadline for ordering the print books for sale is December 8 in order to arrive by Dec. 24. After that I cannot guarantee delivery on time. I will post the deadline on each product page closer to the date. The ebooks will be available without interruption. Remember that you have to order them for email delivery or I can't send them to you. In theory you can upload them into whatever device you use.
     More news as it happens. ♦

10.11.17 Today marks the introduction of this blog, which it has been pressed upon me that maintaining a blog of some kind on this site would prove beneficial. Since I have been working hard on creating my books and associated products I guess it is incumbent on me to keep my readers informed on recent developments.
     Well, that was an epic fail. Distribution through Bookbaby proved to be a waste of time and money. So I have closed my account and opted to use free open source conversion software to create my epubs. I have put up additional buy buttons for those on the site, and I have not finished doing this yet so please be patient. So far, so good, and I am looking forward to orders since my print books are beginning to pick up in sales.
     I have begun changing some of the books' covers since I gather the reason some are not being sold is because of the covers. Perhaps they were not minimalist enough, because recently I have seen that new books on the market have the simplest, most basic and non-artlike covers I have ever seen. And they have been doing well, apparently, since a few have wound up on the NY Times bestseller list. My nonfiction is doing well; the covers were simple to begin with. But the fiction is another kettle of soup. So changes are in order.
     I have purchased the latest edition of Roxio media processing software so that I can create newer and better videos, and as I change covers I would have to create new videos anyway. The last program I bought, Adobe Premiere Elements 15, did not function as I expected and was too complicated to use. It was as if Adobe built planned obsolescence into the program, and why have to time slides off the timeline? That I will never understand. Anyway, I am pleased with the new software, as all the bugs in the previous version have been ironed out.
     I am still working on Swords of The Dragon's Blood. I am also beginning my research on Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century - The Early Years, which I anticipate will be published in December 2017 or early 2018. So I can't claim to be bored. ♦


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