Fixed Theme – A Short Story – An Epiphany

I jumped in tonight and fixed whatever it was that was breaking the header here on the site.  I had upgraded the theme that I use quickly and without paying much attention (I apologize).  The upgrade wiped out the custom css styling and long story short, I had to put the customization back to make things look right again!  🙂  I also upgraded a favicon plugin and now the little icon that shows up in a browser tab should be working again as well.

Separately, I read a great book (business book, non fiction) by my friend Jim Kukral today.  Jim writes How to and business books and does a lot of good things as a business advisor, small business coach and marketer in genera.

He recently published an ebook through Amazon titled "No Publisher Needed - Crowdfunding Your Book - How I Raised Over $30k in 30-Days To Pre-Fund My New Book".  This particular book is free, because Jim did some extraordinary work raising money to fund the project before he wrote the book!

Well, that was inspirational all by itself, but one section of the book triggered a bit of an epiphany for me.  Instead of rolling my prologue into Peter3d Out (only).  I'm going to separately publish it as a short story all by itself.  The prologue does stand on its own and I already have it produced as an audiobook.  hell it's ready to go and I'm super happy with the way it turned out.  Plus, I think it will help when I attempt to raise funds for marketing and development on the rest of the book whether I go through Kickstarter or as Jim recommends in the book, possibly running a promotion directly from my own site.

More Changes coming this way, name changes, and foreign language version of Peter3d Out!

I'm bringing a number of changes to the site shortly.  The best of those changes will be more chapters!

But some structural stuff too.  Among other things, I'm going to push this out in a bunch of foreign languages.  Mostly I love the idea of people around the world reading about Al Qaeda in space.  Could care less what they think of the rest of the book, but that one just kind of makes me giggle.

I'm also changing some names.  Jesse and Jessy will now become . . .

Well, they'll become something different.  I'm not going with the dual name, two characters with slightly similar names.  I thought it would make for some purposefully twisted humor as people got them confused, but I just didn't really get the result I was looking for so I'm going with something different.  Different names for each, but probably some backstory about how they had the same nick name.

Also, I have to get Facebook comments back up and running.  The API changed and I have to created a new app to go with Facebook.  That will probably be a weekend project, but it will happen soon.

Got to run for now, sending the first few chapters to the voice over production company that is prepping to create the first audio book samples, which we will use for our future Kickstarter project.

Yup, audio book will be coming, along with ebooks for the iPad and kindle and other portable readers.

hmmm, what else, I think that may be it for now, check back soon, and do sign up for a free membership to get access to all of the chapters!

Quick Re-edit of Early Chapters plus Peter3d Out for the ipad

I've been making a lot of writing progress this weekend, but along the way I've also been reading quite a bit, Freakonomics being the latest book after the Jumper series.

The point is that I've been reading these on my new iPad that I won at BlogWorld a few weeks back, and I'm becoming a convert for ebooks finally.  So the other night I was playing around and figured out how to publish the first part of this book, Peter3d Out as an .epub file so that someone could read it on an iPad.

As I started reading my own book on my iPad it helped me see some editorial issues that were probably apparent to other people, but I had missed.  Writing/editing yourself is sometimes like doing the same exercise over and over again.  Your muscle memory kicks in and before you know it you are not getting much additional benefit from the same old exercise routine.  Same thing goes for writing and more importantly editing yourself.

You wrote it, you knew what you were talking about when you did that.  So when you go back and edit it, you read it subjectively through the same lens that you wrote it through, ergo you miss the obvious things that other people catch.

Now, one of the things I do and have always done is work to read, reread everything I write in different mediums, so if I write this in New Novelist (which sucks for editing, but great for getting organized), I make a lot of mistakes.  If I then move the chapters into MindManager, which is better for moving chunks and sections around and also very good for rewriting narration as dialogue, (but again bad for spelling/grammar issues) well I catch some things and miss others.

If I then put it into Microsoft Word, and over here in WordPress, again, I will catch more issues and fix them as I go.

But all of these tools / mediums are familiar to me, so its not foreign looking enough to jar me into temporarily thinking it is some one else's writing and then giving it the edit that it needs.  However, when I read it as an iBook on my iPad it doesn't look like something I have written.

I can't edit it there directly, but awkward things do stand out, which I think will help me tune up this book even more (until I find a real editor that knows what they are doing or at least a friend to give me a real thrashing of a critique or proof read.  Or maybe lots and lots of visitors here on this site that might jump in and cut me to pieces with lots of suggestions and complaints.

I'll take whatever I can get!

Anyway, just to summarize, making lots of writing progress, going to offer Part 1 up as an iBook in .epub format soon, maybe in the Apple library or maybe direct from this site, dunno about price.  Might be zero, might be some nominal amount to keep out the spammers, but I am definitely going to do it soon.

I haven't had a chance to figure out how to publish in formats that work for the Kindle, but if anyone has any tips, links, resources to help guide me down that path let me know.

New Novel Cover for Peter3d Out

Sometimes when you start with a bad thing, it actually evolves.

Well, I'm not blind enough to believe that will work for me, but I have developed, redeveloped, hacked would be a better description, a new novel cover.

I did it really for NaNoWriMo purposes, just needed some type of art to put there.  My plan is still to find someone that knows what they are doing in the novel cover department, but in the meantime, here's the vertical version.  🙂

Why is it so Hard to Read this damn book Online?

I've just set up this website, and frankly its still in its infancy (no excuse).  That unfortunately means that it is still relatively a pain in the ass to read the available chapters and twice as difficult to provide me any useful feedback to improve those chapters.

That kind of defeats the purpose of the website!

So I'm working rapidly to get some things set up on the site so that it will be reader friendly, editor, proof reader friendly and much more.

My apologies to my mother and wife who are probably the first to experience this pain in the ass.  😉