Great News for Crimson Knight!

Crimson Knight was successfully rereleased by Kindle Direct Publishing earlier in the week.  Several days before that, I was successful at getting the ebook version finally edited and formatted properly so it could be published as well.  It’s now live on Amazon.com along with the print version.

Over the last few days, I’ve begun work on producing the audio book version of Crimson Knight as many of my friends listen to audio books and requested one of my book.  I don’t speak as well as I once did now that I have dentures and a fake palette covering most of the roof of my mouth so doing the narrative myself is out of the question.  I posted the job on Audible, Amazon’s audio book production arm, and I actually sent a proposal to a narrator after listening to some of the narrators’ audition recordings the same day I posted the job.

She turned me down.  I began to worry about finding someone much less figuring out how to pay them.  I wondered if I should even pursue this avenue.  I let it go a day and then, early yesterday morning, I got a message from Audible saying someone had sent me an audition recording.  I listened to it, and I was amazed by the man’s talent.  I read his profile, and it said he’d just completed his 50th book on Audible!  I began to think he was out of my league!

Since he’d sent a message with his audition recording wanting to know more about the book, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to talk to him a bit.  We exchanged messages, and he was very understanding of this being my first attempt at creating an audio book and working with Audible.  Long story short, I listened to two more audition recordings from two other narrators, and I decided to go with the first guy.

We have a contract now and are moving forward with the project.  I will get the first 15 minutes of the story in about a week and after going over that with the narrator, I won’t get anything again until the initial recording is complete.  My projected release date is 10 May, 2019 – the day before my birthday.

I am learning a lot from this process, and I’m feeling a bit more confident with it.  I’m going to be editing cover art for the audio book next.

Below is the link to the print and ebook versions of Crimson Knight.  If you do decide to grab a copy, please leave a review!  I don’t care if it’s bad or good, I welcome all feedback!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Writing News – Jan. 21, 2019

So, last week, I ended up with three days off, and I spent most of that time catching up with housekeeping and some other projects that had been neglected of late due to my work schedule.  One of these projects was me cleaning out my huge amount of email.

One of the emails I received while I was offline was a notification of things happening over on Kindle Direct Publishing.  I moved to them when they merged with Create Space.  I was initially told all my published work would be seamlessly moved over and would be available from Amazon just like before.

Well, this new email made this all a lie.  Apparently, the site has changed publishing applications so everything from CreateSpace is no longer compatible.  Of course.  Knew something like this was going to happen.  So, I started with the ebook I had been making before I went offline.  The program for this is not that user friendly, and I got frustruated with it after working on it for several hours.  I decided to leave it alone and go back to it on my next day off.

As luck would have it, I worked one day and was off again yesterday.  I managed to figure out the issue I’d been having with the ebook creator program and completed the ebook – finally.  It’s now available of Amazon. Yay me.  Anyway, I began work on the release of the novel the ebook is for: Crimson Knight.

First off, neither of the programs used to create the print version of my novel is user friendly.  The book cover creator program also forces you to use templates that are quite limited.  I tried to use my old cover and found no option for that – if anyone finds it please let me know!  After I finally got the cover made, I turned to the program used to actually create the book – you have to upload your manuscript initially and then do some other things before it will accept your book for publishing.

I am now having formatting issues from hell.  My own manuscript is great, but it looks awful on KDPs previewer even after I’ve followed the guidelines for saving, formatting, sizing etc.  I messed with it for hours before giving up and saving it for my next day off.  That should be Sunday, and I’ll let you know what happens when it does.  Wish me luck.

That’s it for this post, folks.  I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!