October 25, 2012

With New Kindles Come New Responsibilities

So, Amazon released a new build of KindleGen today. It is the program that makes the Kindle eBooks used by publishing professionals. As a reader, you could probably care less, but I'll tell you why you should be interested. This new program ensures that eBooks can be properly read on the new Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD devices. Therefore, I spent the better part of the day getting my fiction recompiled so it's more enjoyable for readers with these new-fangled contraptions. Having a piss poor eBook being sold to your readers is sort of asking for the Rodney Dangerfeld treatment.

Anyway, here's some of my fiction that's up there now:

Paperwhite on the Left and Kindle Fire on the Right (America Goes On)
Drop Caps and Glyphs - W00T! (America Goes On)
Little Saddam Heads as Section Breaks - Why Not (The Bunker Below Believers' Palace)
While my writing still has a ways to go, I'd like to think that at least the design and formatting is 4.0. As the Managing Director of an eBook conversion shop, I'd be a really schnook if it wasn't. Check it out on Amazon by visiting my author page.

October 7, 2012

My Dumb Life

Just in case you're hearing all the boring details of my life, you can find them here at Belinda Nicoll's blog. She has a great new series for authors focusing on Change and has asked them to provide stepping stones in their life. This is a challenge for most authors, since they are not accustomed to talking about themselves. Sure, writing a 100K-worder novel is no problem, but asking for 500-1,000 words on yourself...that's tough.