Book Formatting Changes

Book Formatting Changes

Okay, so, a long time ago I shook up how I made the ePub versions of my books. Times changed. Many things changed, actually. It’s been over three years since then (!!). That’s a long time and in that time I’ve put out more books. I’m at nine now and going at ten. I’m at scale for managing my book copies. And at ‘scale’, I’ve experienced the pain with how I was doing things in the past with regards to...

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🗓 24 May 2020
📁 Publishing

The Corruption of Dark Print Cover

The Corruption of Dark Print Cover

The four books following HTSW - OFE are related to the Primordial Essences as the first four were on the primary elements. They match like this if it wasn't obvious already: Expansion of Expression - Expansion (Scorpion) The Madness of Light - Order/Light (White Spider) The Corruption of Dark - Chaos/Dark (Black Spider) Containment Collapse - Containment (Clam) The covers so far reflect that... Expansion Expression Cover TMOL Cover TCOD Cover Each cover show cases a stylized essence. The print...

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🗓 14 Jul 2018
📁 Media 📁 Publishing

Expansion Expression Print Copy (or My Journey with Lulu)

Expansion Expression Print Copy (or My Journey with Lulu)

It took me awhile, but I got my act together in making a print copy of Expansion Expression. After my exciting divorce with Amazon, I decided to try new things with medium. Yada yada. I bound my own book. I pimped out my e copy. Who cares? It's very froo-froo. What's the basic version of this freedom? Well. That's where I went looking. I still wanted simple print copies of the series to put on my shelf/shrine. That used to...

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🗓 02 Jun 2017
📁 Publishing 📁 Updates

The Future of Formatting

The Future of Formatting

As part of my liberation from Amazon and other methods of distributing electronic book copies, I have gained the ability to format my eBooks in whatever way I want to. There are many features and capabilities that exist in the ePub 3 format that have not been present in any Amazon format. Some of them are, for sure, but how to actually get that in an Amazon copy is very annoying. It can be done, but neither easily nor in...

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🗓 21 Jan 2017
📁 Publishing

2016 - A Year in Review

2016 - A Year in Review

So what happened in 2016? More than can be iterated here, certainly, but this is mainly a focus on what transpired in my writing career and how The Adventures of the Trinity and the One developed. Which isn't short list, to be sure, but it is definitely more focused. So where to begin? Well, let's start with the novels. 27/3/2016 - Threads that Bind the Tempest was released. 31/8/2016 - Of Fractured Edges was released. Two novels were published! Half...

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🗓 31 Dec 2016
📁 Personal 📁 Publishing

Subjective Criticism in an Objective World

Subjective Criticism in an Objective World

When you put yourself out there, you are opening yourself up to criticism. You are putting your product and passion up for the scrutiny of others. Others that may not be aware of what you were trying to do, may have different tastes, and may just be cruel with their words. This is the game of being a creative, of producing anything. There will be critics. I am a critic. I have a food and movie review blog. I like...

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🗓 21 Nov 2016
📁 Publishing

One Year Anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire!

One Year Anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire!

Well, it's been a crazy ride. It has been one full year since How to Stop Wildfire was originally published. This is the one year anniversary of How to Stop Wildfire. One whole year. Wow. It doesn't feel that long at all. So much has happened and the time blew by pretty quickly. What exactly happened? Well, I'm going to list off what I can remember. I think it is good to do retrospectives sometimes to see how far we've...

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🗓 22 Apr 2016
📁 Personal 📁 Publishing

The Use of Genre

The Use of Genre

I've rambled about genre before. I'm not going to repeat myself and say what genre is or isn't or what not. This is, instead, a vague response to a trend I've noticed. I've seen a lot of posts recently discussing why science fiction and fantasy are important. How they can help society and such. I don't disagree with such things on principle. The use of genre can make a theme resonate more. Genre is a device of its own that...

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🗓 07 Jan 2016
📁 Publishing 📁 Writing

How to Self-Publish: A Snarky Guide for Novices

How to Self-Publish: A Snarky Guide for Novices

I published a self-publishing guide. How to self-publish and all that jazz. It's on Amazon. Check it out. It is kind of hilarious. I had fun writing it. Some of the stuff is taken from my blog posts, but there is a bunch of new wisdom and snark. Cheers.

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🗓 20 Nov 2015
📁 Publishing

Being off beat (and loving it.)

Being off beat (and loving it.)

So, How to Stop Wildfire was reviewed by T.R Briar, an author of a series called Realm Wraith that I liked a lot. The point that really stuck with me was how he said the book was off beat. Which is kind of obvious if you have read it. But it wasn't really that obvious to me. I mean, I knew it was out there, but sometimes I forget how...bizarre it is to the uninitiated. Off beat. I'm so used...

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🗓 01 Oct 2015
📁 Publishing

Who to Write for

Who to Write for

Who do you write for? There are actually two ways to interpret that question. Who to write for as in a more literal, who-is-your-audience type way. As in, who is going to read said work. The intended audience. Like if you are writing a post about start-ups, then your audience is someone in that business or interested in being in that business. The other way is the more metaphorical sense. Who are you writing for. In the greater way. Like...

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🗓 21 Sep 2015
📁 Publishing

If you use DRM, I hate you.

If you use DRM, I hate you.

Also published on Medium Preface: I don't use DRM on my books. Do what you want with it. Pirate it for all I care. If people are reading it, I'm happy. Brendan Mruk and Matt Lee If you use DRM, I hate you. DRM is terrible. It needs to die in a fire and never come back. I bought something. Doesn’t that mean I own it and I can do whatever I want (barring distribution/piracy) with it? Dammit, I just...

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🗓 11 Sep 2015
📁 Publishing