I’m Finally Almost Done With My Paperback Versions of The Inventor’s Son!

Mock up provided by the super awesome Covervault! These will soon be a reality!

I may seem to have been missing lately, although some of my fellow indie authors might see me in groups or on the usual haunts. I’ve had a few setbacks with getting my projects going. I work full time at a day job, and this writing gig is now assuredly a part time job. I’d far rather be doing this than working part time at Starbucks or McDonald’s! But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Along with the day job being more taxing than it should have been during the summer, I also lost my last remaining greyhound last Monday. He was my pal, and I’m still having a hard time. Although now I have a cat. The last time I did serious writing with a cat around was years ago. I think it’s an adjustment.
As for the print books project I’d been putting off and putting off, I now am fully involved and made a deadline for November 1 to have The Inventor’s Son at least in the publishing stage. I started the project in CreateSpace, and those of you who frequent kboards or some of the other indie author hangouts online know that some of us have had the option to publish a print version of our books directly with Amazon through KDP. When the option magically appeared last week, I thought about it for about 5 minutes, and then decided to proceed with my original plan to use CreateSpace, at least in the short term. I figure I can always change the trim size and get a new ISBN in the future if I decide to go fully with Amazon, and who knows, maybe CreateSpace is getting melded into Amazon’s KDP service in the near future. For right now, I’m only concerned with getting the book ready for the holidays.
Initially, I will offer the first three full-size books in print. I don’t plan on making the prequel novella available in print unless there’s some kind of demand for it. I tend to use that book as a lead magnet anyway, so it’s really better as an eBook, in my opinion.
I’ve had a few issues that I ran into while making the print book files. It’s not as simple or as easy as some people would like you to believe. I tried using a file that I compiled using Scrivener, and I thought that would work, until I started getting “fancy.” I wanted to use Goudy Trajan Regular font for the chapter titles and for the headers and footers. That font just would not embed, which, if you want to create a pdf file, is essential to be able to do. And so I tried to remove it from everywhere, substituting with another font… Yeah, that wasn’t working. So I took the drastic step of “going nuclear” and making a fresh, unformatted file (no italics!) and started with the CreateSpace provided 5.25 X 8 inch template. I’m pretty sure this is going to work. Hopefully once I upload the new file the previewer on CreateSpace won’t spit out any issues. Once that’s all done, it’s time for the cover!

Speaking of the cover, I did something really dumb last year when making up my spiffy covers; I flattened all the layers before I saved the file, making the original cover files essentially useless. I can pretty quickly fix that problem, though, and make up my cover files once I know what size the spine needs to be. I’m much faster with Photoshop this year than I was with GIMP last year, and I can do a lot more with Ps than GIMP, so I’m optimistic that I’ll get that phase done quickly.

I want The Inventor’s Son finished in time for a cross-author promotion I’m planning to be part of a little later in November. The idea being “Buy the print book and get the Kindle version for free instantly (instant gratification)” and the author running it seems to do really well with the print books, so hey, I say let’s give it a shot. You’ll be hearing more about it soon.

Also, on an unrelated note, I will be taking the Author Social Media Deep Dive and moving it to this blog, so I’ll have just the two blogs (this one and the one on my website). The theme of SB James Doing the Write Thing has morphed into a more author-centric blog, and I find I have no need for the separate Social Media Deep Dive blog anymore. You’ll start seeing those posts and a new category here soon!

This Weekend, Grab Some Great FREE Books!

Science Fiction Fantasy FREE Books October 1-2

Today starts the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Promotion. There are over 100 books (including my own book, The Inventor’s Son) included in this cross promotion, and this time, they are all FREE! Every book is in the fantasy or science fiction genres, and if you are a fan of either or both genres, you’re sure to find something awesome.

These books are not only available on Amazon, but other retailers like Apple, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and Google Play. Here’s how it works: just click on the image above or…

Click Here for the Science Fiction Fantasy Promo

And you will see the icons for your preferred eBook retailer. Click on one of them and you’ll see the books that are available from that retailer. (My book is available at all of them except Smashwords).

Also, please spread the word if you know anyone else who might enjoy some free books! Have a great weekend!

Daily Prompt: Unfinished

via Daily Prompt: Unfinished

Thanks to Quentin Tarantino, the first thing I think of now when I hear the word “Unfinished” is Kill Bill:

But I digress, which is why I have unfinished business…
I’m tinkering with my website AGAIN! That seems to never be finished. With the transition of making my book 1 permafree instead of the prequel novella, I have realized that I’ve neglected a lot of my marketing and now have to step it up dramatically.

Also unfinished (but will be finished in October) is my print book project. The Inventor’s Son and The Scientist’s Son are just about done with the formatting.

Might this someday be a reality?

I have The Explorer’s Son to finish, creating a template for the book covers, and possibly I might create a print version of The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning if I think there is a possibility someone might want it. Although I’ve seen series where books like ISTB end up as eBook only as well, so we’ll see. I’d love to have them ready for the holidays!

What do you think? Should I do the prequel novella as a print book or not?

A Quick Update on the Status of The Inventor’s Son

thenewIScover2015Last week I had mentioned that I was switching out my permafree book. Well, since then, The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning is reverted back to a paid book on all sales channels (and I resumed putting it on Scribd and 24Symbols), and now I have gotten The Inventor’s Son free on all sales channels besides Amazon. Google Play books had the price changed first, soon followed by Kobo, then Apple and Barnes & Noble (who, I have to say, has really improved the price change turnaround times since last year). Now, I have to get Amazon to price match. This time around I will fight with them to get the price free in every store Amazon runs, not just the US, CA and UK stores. I always felt bad that they would not price match the other book in the AU store.

It’s been said that customers reporting a lower price elsewhere has a bit of influence. I will do what I can on my end, but watch this space. If I can’t get the price match in a certain country, I will let you know. If anyone is interested in getting the Kindle version from the Amazon store in their country, they should not be excluded.

Of course, there is one other alternative: it can get delivered to your inbox if you let me know where to send it! Yes, this book is one of the lead magnets, as well as being a permafree in stores! (Please let me know if you just love the rockin’ landing page I whipped up, would you?)

I’m working on a post about the virtues of permafree. I know at one point I was dead set against it, but I’ve come to a realization over the past month or so that really drove home the power it still has. Not to mention this really great episode of the Rocking Self Publishing Podcast featuring Nathan Van Coops called “The Power of Free.” The only thing I can nitpick about this episode is the fact that Van Coops has the one permafree and the other two books are in Kindle Unlimited. Okay, that’s kind of off topic for this particular blog post, sorry about that! :-[

Also doing some more remodeling on my website, but not this blog. I’m really quite happy with this blog just the way it is at this point!


Summer’s Nearly Over, So It’s Time For Some Changes

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Back before I published my first book, I had the idea that I would make a special book that I could offer for free. The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning was the book that evolved into what we in the indie publishing world like to call a “permafree” book. That is, it’s a book that anyone could download from one of the ebook retailers for free. And since August of 2014, I had made The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple and a little later on from Google Play Books for free.

This morning, I went to my dashboard at Draft2Digital (a digital book distributor I highly recommend) and set the price back to $0.99. And then I went to Google Play Books and did the same thing. Once the price change is in effect, I expect that Amazon will stop the free price match and reset the price to $0.99 there as well.

You might be wondering, especially if you are a fellow indie author, why I decided to take ISTB off permafree. The short answer is because I am initiating a few really exciting changes, and for this to work, I need to have ISTB back to it’s original price. I don’t expect it to sell that well, but that’s hardly what I’m after, to be honest.

The longer answer is because… Drum roll please… I’m going to work on making The Inventor’s Son my permafree book! I’m creating a new funnel, one that uses The Inventor’s Son, the full length Book 1 of the series, to get readers introduced to the series. I am at a point now where readers who liked book 1 can go on to buy a book 2 and a book 3. Soon there will be a book 4 as well.

ISTB fits into this in two ways:

  1. Readers who liked The Inventor’s Son can then pick up ISTB as a prequel novella and I think there will be far more appreciation of the book if it is actually read after IS.
  2. Using IS as a loss leader from Amazon and the other retailers can get people to sign up for my mailing list by offering ISTB for free if they sign up (even though it’s available at a cost from the ebook stores). I think this creates more value for the reader by offering a thorough introduction to the series, and also by being on my mailing list, I can keep in better touch with them about other upcoming events and goodies in the works.

I will work on getting The Inventor’s Son priced to free as soon as the changes from The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning have gone through. In the meantime, I have posted the first chapter of The Inventor’s Son on Wattpad if you are a member and want to take a peek over there. I’m going to be uploading one chapter every couple of days until the entire book is posted. And I will soon be setting up a mailing list segment that gets The Inventor’s Son for free by signing up for the list. Watch this space for that if you are interested!

How to create a great box set

All interesting ideas I hadn’t thought of when creating my cover for my box set!

click here to find out

Kobo Writing Life

By Tara Cremin

Box sets are hugely popular on Kobo at the moment. Our best selling titles on Kobo Writing Life are nearly always ones that are part of a greater series. It’s important to note that we have no limit on the price that you can set your box set. You can set as high as you’d like and still receive 70% royalties! Here are some tips to help you create a great box set.

The Content

Whether your box set is three books or ten books, you should really spend time ensuring that it’s easy to navigate through your finished ePub. You want your reader to be able to easily go through each title so it’s important that you check your Table of Contents. Maybe you don’t need to include a specific link to your acknowledgments or about the author section for each book. You may want to consider…

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I Have Commitment Issues

Oh, lordy, all of the above sometimes! An awesome post!

These Writerly Conundrums

Hey everyone!

So These Writerly Conundrums has been on a bit of an unexpected hiatus… which is largely my fault >.> But this month we have some things in store for you, and I am looking forward to getting this blog back up and running again.

Now… the main reason this whole hiatus happened is because sometimes, I have commitment issues. I decided I was going to commit to this blog but then I got a little lazy and had the mindset of ‘I’ll add this to my list and get to it later.’ Which, evidently, I didn’t do. Until now.


But that’s not the point of this blog post. Because, ladies, gentlemen and all my fellow writes – We all have commitment issues!

They come in all different forms and sizes. I’m going to run through a couple of them here, and then I will mention the solutions too.

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