What’s My Name, Again?

And here I thought it was going to be such a dramatic hassle to change the name of my novel from The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor to Inside the Skin.

I mean, I’ve been wanting to change it for quite a while now but kept putting it off thinking it would take a grand act of our dysfunctional Congress for it to happen.

But guess what?

Yup, you guessed it… it was a delicious piece of cake.

Seriously, for Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), all I had to do was go in and edit the book details to reflect the new name. Same for Smashwords, the service I use to distribute my books beyond Amazon.

For the paperback, there was a bit more work involved. I published it through CreateSpace and, because of the IBSN requirements, they do not allow name changes and your only recourse it to contact their support team for help.

Which I did.

And the woman who helped me was awesome, thankfully.

My choices were limited, however, which is to say, I only had one. I could unpublish/retire the old version of the book and then publish a whole new version. Once it went live, I would have to call back and have them link the print edition with the Kindle edition. Which I was prepared to do.

But then I asked a question somewhat off-topic.

I noticed a few weeks ago that my links pointing directly to my books at CreateSpace were being redirected to Amazon, so I asked the support lady about this. Come to find out, Amazon is merging all CreateSpace services within KDP. So I asked her if, since that would be happening soon, wouldn’t it be best if I use the new print service (that I noticed for the first time when I changed the Kindle title) that is now offered by KDP.

And she agreed, that def would be the best option since, once the print edition went live (which it now is), it would automatically be linked to the Kindle edition (which it now… is not (the nice CreateSpace support lady said it would take a few days for this to happen)).

Pretty cool.

So, the name change was the easy part.

The less than easy part was getting all the content spiffed up – front matter updated, new intro, new outro, et cetera, et cetera…

And the even more less than easy part was preparing the new book cover and getting it properly formatted and uploaded properly…

It wasn’t so much of a hassle with the Kindle and Smashwords editions, but it took some significant jiggering with the print edition.

However, I prevailed in the end and now everything is up and running (except at Smashwords… it takes them forever to approve books/changes and distribute them to all the retailers).

So, yeah…

It wasn’t a five minute project, that’s for sure…

But it wasn’t the project from Hades that I expected either.


Yeah, I know this Blink song is called “What’s my Age Again?” not “What’s my Name Again?” but just go with it, okay. This song’s been stuck in my head the entire time I’ve been working on the name change… but, of course, I’ve been singing it as What’s my name again?

Because that’s how I roll…

 
 

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Happy Cyborg Monday!

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This is not a Cyborg

Hey, wow! To celebrate Cyborg Monday*, you can download all my ebooks from Amazon for free for the day!

If interested, you can read a sample and download them from here.

And as always, thank you for shopping at Amazon where your feedback in the form of reviews are always welcomed (and desired).

#prayforthesingularity

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*It’s obvious to me, seeing how Jeff Bezos is embracing Cyborgs and dedicating an entire day of discounts and savings in their honor, that he doesn’t fear the AI Apocalypse quite as much as his billionaire bud Elon Musk does.

 

So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…

snapchat

I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat.

To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform right after giving it a very brief whirl of a befuddling go during the time I wrote the first post it.

However, I haven’t given up on trying to understand how it and other apps like it can help others promote their work, especially the younger Indie Authors who best fit the apps’ demographic. So, I’ve kept my eye open for anything relatively relative about it…

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So, about this Snapchat thing… Yeah, it really is a thing it seems

A while back I wrote a brief post asking if anyone was using Snapchat as part of their marketing platform. I got a few responses… I checked the app out… I didn’t get it at all… And then I forgot about it.

Well, it appears the app is making it harder and harder for us to forget it according to this NYT article.

  • Snapchat is worth $30 B-b-b-billion dollars
  • It’s larger than Twitter
  • Facebook and others are desperately trying to emulate its appeal

So, about this Snapchat thingy…

Anyone have anything new to share about it re: social marketing platform?

Scout…and doubt

I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

Please. :)

 

Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

So in the midst of this especially trying election season,  I’m announcing that I’m officially a candidate…for Kindle Scout. My newest novel is Wives of the Saints. Find my electioneering page here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2FG91Y0LS2F58  and visit at your own risk:    I know I should be cheerfully bombarding everyone for “nomination” clicks, but I won’t: I only invite you to look at the page and decide for yourself. And if you haven’t guessed already by the tone of this post, I’m not completely onboard with the whole thing, which is basically marketing and bothering people in the disguise of a writing competition. It is, however, a relatively painless and gentle way to roll out the new novel, which, if you haven’t guessed yet, is simply a funny and bittersweet book about a pair of longtime marriages. The folks at Scout  encourage you to compare it to some other work, which I…

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George Saunders On Story

I haven’t read any Saunders yet; been meaning to…more so after watching this:
 


 


I discovered this video at Saunders’ site.

I watched it first at The Atlantic.

You can see it in its original production at the beautiful site of Redglass Pictures.

If there are any Saunders fans or nonfans out there, what are your thoughts about his writing. . .

I wonder.

 
 

Don’t judge my book…

Kathy Cecala, an Indie Author and an active and valuable member of our private Facebook group for writers and readers, has some interesting and useful thoughts on the dark art of choosing and creating book covers. I strongly encourage you to check it and all the many other intriguing and compelling writing she has shared for us to read for free on her website.

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Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

Yes, I’m on a writing break, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the cover for my next. As we all know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we all do, it seems.  Supposed experts in publishing tell us the cover is your most important marketing tool, though my own informal survey of readers begs to differ. Some readers will choose a book solely on its cover, but others could care less, using reviews or information on the product page to make their decision.

Truth be told, I’m in the latter group. Half the time I don’t even look at the cover of a book, even when I’ve finished reading it. And this probably explains why I tend to give short shrift to my own covers as an author. But this time I’m trying to take it seriously, mainly because I don’t feel the…

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