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Q2 2011 WotF Winners, etc…

I’m a bit behind, so a late congrats to the Q2 Writers of the Future Winners:

William Ledbetter 1st Place – from Texas
Nicholas Tchan 2nd Place – from Sydney, Australia
Corry L. Lee 3rd Place – from Washington

Glad to see a girl in there, so at least I know I won’t be the only one :) Of course, she’s probably got a bit more brains on me considering she’s just received her PhD in Physics…a subject I will admit I have only a limited grasp on. Why, yes, my piece was fantasy, can’t you read my heading? Heh.

In any case…Congrats guys!

In other news as catch up…

Working on putting RibbonSight together into a collection right now. Stumbling my way through a pod version through Createspace at the moment and will announce when things have finally come together and have been published.

Also working behind the scenes on more upgrades to my site. I don’t like the way my bibliography is all set up right now and have been working slowly on a new way to showcase my indie published work, partially to separate it from my traditional work, partially because I have grand plans…(don’t we all)…and a million novels to write.

And a third tiny announcement that isn’t really an announcement at all. More like the announcement that an announcement is coming…I know, I know. I’m a dork.

But…yes.

There’s something fun coming. At least, it was fun for me :)

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Congrats to Q1 Illustrators

The Quarter 1 2011 Winners in the Illustrators of the Future Contest have been announced. Congrats to:

Hunter Bonyun from Alberta, Canada
Carly Trowbridge of Huntsville, Alabama
Greg Opalinski of Ridgewood, New York

Can’t wait to meet you next year :)

New Covers

Alright. While my stick figures are amazing, I have discovered that my cover skills…not so much. The content of my stories has never changed, but I think I’ve uploaded new covers for my RibbonSight series a total of six times now.

I think I’ve finally managed to get them looking like…well, book covers.

They’ve been uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords, though everywhere else will have a delay before they are updated. So now they have a whole new look, hopefully one that’s more professional in quality.

A Moving Evaluation: RibbonSight #8

The eighth short story (out of ten) in the RibbonSight Series has been published on Kindle and Smashwords and is now available for $0.99.

A Moving Evaluation: RibbonSight #8 

During a simple evaluation job, Navadin Council Investigators Aly and Sevori find themselves in a position to bend the Council’s orders. However, to do so they will not only have to trust relative strangers with their lives, but also get rid of another pesky Investigator pair who decides to lend an unwanted hand.

On Kindle

On Smashwords

E-Publishing Experience

I have to say, the learning curve is steep. However, there is (thank god) a decline after a while.

It’s painful, just as anything new is, but it’s the good sort of pain. The kind of pain that makes you grow. Whether as a person, or simply to increase your knowledge base. Both are beneficial.

So, while I still have three more in the RibbonSight series to publish to complete my first real experience with e-pubbing, I can already say I’ve learned a great deal.

Editing, formatting, covers…re-formatting cause I realized I got crap wrong…re-doing covers (twice /sigh) cause I kept messing up the dimensions and the dpi. Re-saving things properly over and over again until I finally got my system down correct enough that I’m not saving over a copy that I’ll need later. Trying to judge when to push the publish button because I’m trying to have a story available by a certain day.

And I haven’t even stepped into pod yet. That will come with it’s own learning.

But I’m happy to say that I am on the downward side of the hill now when it comes to e-publishing my work. Very happy to say that.

The past two months have been filled with a lot of work. (Usually frustrating work cause I’m re-doing something for the fifth damn time.) Yet, now I know that the next series I do, or the next novel I publish, I won’t have to deal with all of that. Nope, I’ll find some other thing that I happened to be ignorant about and realize I’ve been messing that up this entire time.

Go figure. That’s life. But if I’d never published anything, whether because I’d been too scared to learn something new, or too worried what people might think of me, I’d never have learned anything at all. You have to actually do things to learn anything in life. 

So despite all the bumps I’ve run into during this first stretch, I’m pleased. Because I know now how to avoid those bumps in the future.

Btw. Learning how to center text in html = epic. Not knowing for over two years = epic fail. Discovering how to do it on the first link in a google search after smashing my head against the desk for an hour = priceless.