Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Novel is now on Smashwords

Done It.

I loaded PENELOPE AND THE BIRTHDAY CURSE  to Smashwords.  Surprising I did not run into any problems that caused the system to hiccup, although I did take four shots at getting it to my liking.
After the first load, I read it and found blank pages preceding chapters. The problems comes from a suggestion in the Smashwords style manual to add some blank lines, a few squiggles (~~~~) and a few more blank lines to mark the chapter end.  The problem is that blanks at the chapter end mean possible blank pages if the ereader goes to next page on a blank.  I removed all blank lines at the chapter end, left in the squiggles and added a final page break.  That fixed the problem. I reloaded.

The second time I saw a blaring format error, fixed it and loaded it the third.  I downloaded the epub version to my ereader last night and decided to read a bit of the story.  Then I realized I had a lot more format errors such as missing italics, things that shouldn’t be centered and smart quotes going the wrong way. I spent the rest of the evening and most of today reading it carefully. I corrected the problems and loaded a fourth time.

Now I wait for the uploaded copy to be reviewed by some human at Smashwords.  Upon success, the novel should move on to B&N, Amazon, Apple Bookstore and a few others. The whole process will most likely take another 2–3 weeks before it shows up on the big name websites.

So I wait.

1 comment:

  1. And wait and wait and wait like the characters in Casablanca trying to get out of that city.

    Congrats on getting the Big P out there for everyone else to consume.

    -Rick Bylina
    The only rule: writers write! Everything else is a guideline. Updated 5/28/11