Publishing

Another One Bites the Dust

If you spend any time within the self-publishing areas online, then you likely know that Pronoun has shut down. If you don’t, let me explain a little. Pronoun was similar to Smashwords and Draft2Digital in that it took your ebook and distributed it to a range of markets. It gave authors 70% of the royalties, even on $0.99 books, which made it very appealing. It also created very nice looking books with only a little know-how and trial and error. As well, you got a snazzy looking author page for each pen name, and a page for each book

Giveaways

Six years of blogging

I’ve never really done anything for my “blogaversary” but I figure after six years of blogging at this blog — whether it was called Bacon & Whiskey or Amoeba Kat Musings or whatever name it might have in the future — maybe a little celebration is in order. Some people do full on blog parties for their blogging anniversaries. I truly admire that. I would attempt it, but I know I don’t have it in me to do it right. Better I leave it to the pros. Instead, I’m just going to make an effort to post here more

Musings

Happy Beltane!

Today is May 1st, making it the traditional day for Beltane, a Pagan festival. (Or, okay, well, my traditional day for Beltane.) In the Neo-Wiccan Wheel of the Year, Beltane is one of eight sabbats (solar festivals; the others are the solstices, equinoxes, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, and Samhain). It is based off older traditions from various parts of Europe and the British Isles, but its modern-day celebrations are a mishmash of these traditions. Like Wicca, today’s Neo-Pagan Beltane is new. Celebrations of Beltane can include jumping the fire for fertility (of any sort; not just baby-making), dancing around the May-pole (which, yes,

Gossip Diet posts / Musings

Wishful thinking

I recently got an iPad (the newest one) for various business reasons — mainly to see how ebooks look on it, and to eventually play around with creating books as apps (even though I’m not sure of the long-term viability of that idea, it’s my job as a publisher to, you know, keep on top of this kind of stuff). So, I now have no less than three ebook reading apps on my iPad and a growing number of book apps. As there are a lot of free books in the iBooks store, I’ve got a huge collection of

Gossip Diet posts / The Third Age

The ebook of Bellica is complete

Complete and on Kindle already! I’m pretty excited. I was super excited about getting print copies done too, but I’m even more excited about this — because Kindle is a wider audience. Even if people don’t own an actual Kindle, the option to get Kindle apps is across most platforms. And free. While I am aiming to make a living with this book (as I can’t work anymore, with my spinal injury, writing is now officially my job), mostly I just want people to read it. Which is far more possible with it being on Kindle. Future plans include

Musings

Bellica’s new cover

So, I released a cover a while back that was still tugging at me, saying “No, no, I need more, preciousssssss.”  (Yeah, I don’t just have characters telling me what to do — I have covers as well.) I realized it was missing green. I’d always envisioned Bellica as a green covered book, and then I designed this cover with no green on it (aside from some really dark shades of it in the picture on the front). Either I was high, or I was just so eager to get a cover out I didn’t take my time with