Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kindle, and New Edition of The Pict

Well, it's taking some time to get the various editions of The Pict straight on Amazon. There are two Kindle versions, one for $3.84, and one for $6.00. The $6.00 edition should be $4.80, and the $3.84 version (which should also be $4.80) is flowing through from an affiliated website (http://www.mobipocket.com/).

The latest paperback edition is priced lower than the original edition, but the original edition still shows up when the title is searched. The new edition shows up in the "Also Available in" box below the main title area. It will apparently take some time to get this all worked out. So far, I'm very happy with Amazon's responsiveness in dealing with it.

If nothing else, I'm learning a lot about publishing my own books and editions. By the time Number Two rolls around, I'll have it straight.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Kindle Version of The Pict

I've re-published The Pict for Kindle, but it'll take a couple of days while Amazon processes the new version. I fixed the formatting errors in the original version, so it should be easier to read on the Kindle.

If you don't have a Kindle, I strongly recommend it. I think e-readers are the future of book reading. The e-ink technology makes reading from the device easy on the eyes, the books are cheaper and easier to get, and they save trees. It's a lot easier (and cheaper) for authors to publish, so books can be priced much lower. The Kindle will pay for itself as you pay less for your books and download them instantaneously via Amazon's 3G Whispernet connection. There's no charge or subscription for the Whispernet connection; it's part of the Kindle.

I'm not getting a Kindle commission from Amazon. I just love my Kindle. :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Latest News

I'm in the process of publishing the 2nd edition of The Pict through Standing Stone Press, an imprint of Ridley Park Books. The 2nd edition will be available on Amazon within a few days. I like the new (slightly smaller) format much better than the first. It might not seem like there's much of a difference between (5.5" x 8.5") and (6" x 9"), but I think there is. The smaller size is closer to the size of a Kindle, and it just feels better.

I'm also publishing a 2nd edition for the Kindle, to fix formatting problems with the 1st edition. I've eliminated the graphic at the head of each chapter, because that only got in the way, and I want the text to flow more smoothly. I've learned from reading my own Kindle that simple, clean, and straightforward is best. The new Kindle edition should be available in a couple of weeks.

I'll publish my second novel, also historical fiction, shortly after the holidays, in early 2010. It's a much more substantial book than The Pict, pushing 500 pages, set in medieval Europe and Jerusalem. I like the way it's going. I think the story will be a good read.

Happy holidays to all!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Operation Ebook Drop

The Pict is now available as an ebook (on Smashwords, for Kindle, Sony eReader, Mobi, and other ebook readers), FREE to deployed military personnel, through Operation Ebook Drop.

Operation Ebook Drop provides free ebooks to deployed military personnel by e-mailing them coupons, upon request, for free ebooks from Smashwords. The service member then "purchases" the book at Smashwords, enters the coupon for 100% off, and downloads the book for use on the ereader of their choice.

Operation Ebook Drop was started by Ed C. Patterson, a prolific independent author, who partnered with Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, to build this effort into a resounding success. With close to 300 independently published authors participating, the program offers a wide variety of reading material.

Please help spread the word to deployed soldiers who would like to take advantage of this valuable program. For details on how to contact Operation Ebook Drop, go here, and scroll down to the How to Participate heading.

My many thanks to Ed and Mark for providing a way for independent authors to do a little something to support our troops, who are working so very hard, and so courageously to serve their country.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Progress on Number Two

I've been picking up steam on Number Two, pulling it all together, writing more all the time, and editing along the way. I deleted about 30,000 words with which I was no longer happy (thought it was crap, really), and I've gotten 102,000 words completed so far, in 33 chapters, with which I'm mostly happy. The story line's coming together even better than it was before - that's really inspired me, too.
I'm hoping to publish around Christmas.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


I've joined the ranks of the truly self-published. I've set up my own publishing company, and I'm ready to publish the second edition of The Pict, improved and re-formatted. I'll also self-publish Number Two, and the expanded Pict later this year.
In a later post, I'll go into the advantages of self-publishing, and the process. There's a lot of good information already out there, so I'll also provide an ample list of links. There are pros and cons, as in everything, but I think the pros far outweigh the cons. If anyone's interested, I'd be happy to discuss self-publishing.
I hope all is well with everyone.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patty's Day to all! Spring's coming, and words are flowing, and the Harley's calling me to blow out the cobwebs and get some miles on its bones. I hope all is well with everyone, and that all my fellow writers are feeling inspired and productive.
I set up my publishers' account with Lightning Source, so I've officially become a "publisher." I can really claim the title when I re-release The Pict under my own banner, Ridley Park Books, later this year. I'll also publish Novel Number Two later this year, and the expanded version of The Pict in early 2010.
I'll get more into the mechanics of that process soon, in case anyone's thinking of going truly independent to publish their work.
(website newly refurbished)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Working the Web Site

I'm reworking my website (http://www.jdixon.net/). I've had to switch web hosting companies, and I found what appears to be a good, solid web host. The problem is that their free online web development tool really sucks, so I'm teaching myself GoLive CS2 in the process. Nothing like diving into the deep end to learn how to swim.
I'll be building a second site, too, called Ridley Park Books (http://www.ridleyparkbooks.com/). I'll be publishing my second novel completely independently. It's a bold new venture - my favorite kind. I'll also help other authors who are interested in truly self-publishing rather than going with an "assisted self-publishing" company, to publish their work.
Things still look good for a Fall 2009 release of Novel Number Two, and then early Spring 2010 for the expanded version of The Pict. I'm most looking forward to the expanded Pict, as it's the story that's closest to my heart, and there's so much more to tell than I was able to get into the first release.
It seems someone beat me to the title for Number Two, the working title I've had at the head of the mauscript for about seven years. The Templar, by Paul Doherty, was published in April 2008. I haven't read it yet, but I'm looking forward to that when I have the time. Fair play to you, Paul! I wish you good fortune on your Templar series. Ah, well...this is the sort of thing that keeps us creative, now, isn't it, trying to come up with yet one more title that's just right for the story? Have to come up with something catchy for Number Two.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Number Two, Moving Along

Picking up the pace on Number Two, the tale of the tortured Templar. I'm anticipating a Fall 2009 release of my 2nd historical novel, followed closely by the amplification of The Pict. I continue to be pleased with the acceptance of The Pict, and I'm looking forward to meeting the requests I've received for more.