Public Service Announcement

Posted in Business, DAW, self-publishing, Short Stories.

Thanks everyone for your input on my previous ques­tion. We (this would be the West house­hold) are going to keep the Author Name under which the stories were orig­i­nally published.

I have ISBNs! I have a block of one hundred ISBNs! I’m sorry — ISBNs always make me ridicu­lously happy. It’s a quirk.

Some people might notice that on Smash­words there is one Michelle West novella avail­able; this is because I wanted to make sure that the Smash­words format­ting — on my end — actu­ally works. (It does! Yay! It’s the first thing I’ve done so far that’s worked right on the first attempt). It also takes about two weeks for any Smash­words titles to prop­a­gate to their various retailer sites.

Because I’m Cana­dian, there are extra tax forms that need to be filled out, submitted, and acknowl­edged at any of the various vendors that sell ebooks and with whom I will deal directly. So the second part of this is that I need to be an active account for the paper­work to be rele­vant.

So…(yes, there’s always more), I also submitted the same short story (Echoes) to the Amazon store and the Apple store. The Apple store appar­ently takes weeks to review an appli­ca­tion to become an iBooks seller (it takes time to review every single book, as well). So the book in the iBooks channel, if I have filled every­thing out correctly, will also not be avail­able for weeks. (I realize this will not be exciting to many people, as Echoes is one of the stories to be found for down­loading for free in the sidebar.)

When I started this, I had the naively opti­mistic view that the bulk of the time would be spent reading, proof-reading (four different passes on Echoes by me alone, in various formats because changing the way text looks changes the way I catch errors); plus two other proof-readers, and etc.

In the case of Echoes, however, the format­ting took far more time. The learning curve here (I typed curb orig­i­nally, go figure) is prob­ably steeper on my end than it would be on many other people’s. I have learned how to format epub, mobi and MS Word for Smash­words .docs. I have also found, down­loaded, filled out W‑8BENs for various vendors (that was today’s ordeal). I have made accounts and uploaded and down­loaded to make sure things actu­ally work, where work in this case means that only on the Kobo is an extra page inserted at the end of every section, for reasons I cannot quite figure out. But this happened with the six Kobo samples I down­loaded as well, and those were publisher-created epubs.

So…I wanted to let you all know that this is not part of the mass release (which I had intended to do), and it’s not part of the collected six stories (since it’s only one); it’s kind of a lone, floating denizen, sent out into the wilds because it’s proof of my commer­cial US pres­ence, which will make the W‑8BENs inter­nally rele­vant to their various vendors, since every entity that sends you any money at all has to have one on file (this would include the agents).

But the other five stories, the collec­tion and with luck, the print-on-demand version of the collec­tion, should appear in a more orderly fashion at the same time (weeks from now), all paper­work having been submitted, all format­ting concerns having been addressed, and covers extant. The covers were the easiest part of the process because the person doing those already knows what she’s doing.

At the end of July, I will put up the sample chapter of Cast in Ruin.

20 Responses to Public Service Announcement

  1. Aaron says:

    Congrat­u­la­tions! I look forward to ordering the trade paper­back when it’s avail­able.

    Also, I see this as a fitting accom­plish­ment consid­ering that you’re coming up on your 20th anniver­sary of being published. I hope you have some­thing special planned for you and your loved ones.

  2. Fyreink says:

    What a lovely cover!! The designer did a great job with the cover and I look forward to seeing the other covers as well. Are all the covers going to follow a similar design form? Like, will there will be a single object that the cover will focus on?

    I’m looking forward to reading the short stories as well as the first chapter of Cast in Ruin.

  3. Genna Warner says:

    *is very excited* I will search for Echoes on a daily bases until I find it. And i am both happy and not happy about Cast in Ruins sample chapter begin put up a the end of the month. It will make waiting all that much harder. :)

  4. Are all the covers going to follow a similar design form? Like, will there will be a single object that the cover will focus on?

    For the first six, yes. For the ones that follow, I’m less certain; the design elements of text and place­ment will be similar, but I think the images will be less unified. Which is not a great way of explaining it, for which I apol­o­gize. I’ve only seen concept roughs that give an overall impres­sion, but nothing as solid as these; the concept roughs for these were actu­ally created using Japanese flower art as back­grounds in the first round.

  5. like genna waner, im sorry that you put your sample chapter of cast in ruins only at the end of the month​.it is so so long…
    you know,I began to learn to read english “exprès” (specif­i­caly ?) to read yours books because it was to long to wait them in french…it was when cast in court­light was publied…
    bye of Ré island, cathy

  6. Estara says:

    This cover really works, and it will do so as a thumb­nail, too. Yay for slowly but surely getting there — I can wait for what­ever good­ness you’ll even­tu­ally share with us. Since I’m in the busiest working phase of my yearly work cycle I have fallen back on re-reading keepers — which at this moment means reading the Chron­i­cles of Elantra bundle of the first three Cast in.. — books ^^ — they really stand the test of time.

  7. Joey says:

    Why do the first six collected stories need to be numbered? I couldn’t find the “why” …

  8. Why do the first six collected stories need to be numbered? I couldn’t find the “why” …

    Thomas likes numbered lists?

    I was going to just list by title as they came out. Thomas felt that this would be harder to keep track of than numbers. There was a long discus­sion about this in the West house­hold . I don’t person­ally use numbers unless things are linked; the short stories — with two excep­tions — stand alone.

    But…he does. If he does, I reasoned that the numbers would be helpful for other readers who are also not me. So it was largely because of his request, and the way he keeps track of things, that the stories are going to be numbered in order of re-release.

    So…it’s Tom’s fault :D.

  9. Michael says:

    Yay, it’s avail­able on Amazon​.co​.uk already!

    Are you going to let us know how these do for you commer­cially (either here or on your live journal)?

    And has there been a re-release of the Cast novels or some­thing? They seem to be showing up twice on the Kindle store at two different prices.…

  10. Carol Duffy says:

    And it’s on Amazon​.com as well. So it’s now on my iPad :)

    Where, with any luck, it will soon have company.

  11. And has there been a re-release of the Cast novels or some­thing? They seem to be showing up twice on the Kindle store at two different prices….

    My guess is that the prices for the kindle books reflect the prices of the print editions in some fashion. FURY and SILENCE are slated for mass market release at some point in the near future, and Luna has, unan­nounced, previ­ously swapped out the mass market editions of the previous books with the trade paper­backs on occa­sion. I’m not sure; I know that they 2 are defi­nitely coming in mass market in August.

  12. Genna Warner says:

    Purchased Echoes last night from Amazon and put it on my kindle. Just one comment on it, the intro­duc­tion doesn’t show up as dark of text as the rest of the story. It looks like the intro is using a 50% or less gray color for the text, I have’t looked at it through a different reader to see if the text is darker. Loved the story!

  13. Genna Warner says:

    And one ques­tion I noticed that Cast in Moon­light was not listed to come out as an indi­vidual story. Do you plan on putting that short out as well?

  14. Not to speak for Michelle… but since she already spoke for herself.… ;-)

    Back in her last State of the Writer, she said:

    Unlike every other short I’ve written, the Luna novella for Harvest Moon, is also entirely under the purview of HLQ for the dura­tion.”

    So it looks like Michelle can’t bring Cast in Moon­light out herself, as HLQ (Harle­quin) owns the rights to it.

  15. It looks like the intro is using a 50% or less gray color for the text, I have’t looked at it through a different reader to see if the text is darker.

    I’ve looked at it on the Kindle for iPad, and on the Kindle viewer for Mac (which better approx­i­mates an actual Kindle, but looks really really bad on a desktop), and the colour on both of my screens is black — it’s the same for either Intro or story =/.

    I’ve gone back to the orig­inal .mobi file and I’ve checked every­thing and recom­piled it, so I will upload it again at Amazon tonight, although it seems to take about 36 hours for any change to prop­a­gate. I’m sorry >.<.

  16. Hilda says:

    Michelle,
    1. Thanks a lot for the infor­ma­tion on how I could obtain Riven Shield, I bought it and it’s already on its way to my home. I’m happy, I can now read the complete series.
    2. I’m looking forward to to your first chapter of Ruin; I ordered the book from Amazon months ago. Hope­fully, they will send it earlier than expected. I’ll also look forward to the short stories as they are re-publish.
    3. Concern and ques­tion: For my birthday in August, I requested my sons and daughter to give me an easy to use e‑reader, (I have way over 1,000 books at home) Your paper books are showing my intense use. I’m in no way an expert in anything elec­tronic. Previous discus­sions in this forum seem to indi­cate diffi­cul­ties in obtaining your books or some of them in Kindle. No discus­sions of the Nook. 3 days ago, I went to compare Kindle and Nook. I found lots of your books in the Nook (Barnes and Noble) under Sagara and West, maybe all of them; they were very easy to read. I also went to a Kindle vendor, but could not compare them, except for looking at the screen size, the 9″ Kindle, vs. the 7″: Nook.. Will all your books, currently published and in the future, be easily avail­able in Nook? A friend also suggested that I could use an I Pad. Would I be able to access all your books there? If I sound igno­rant, I am. My law degree is not good here.

  17. Jacob says:

    I person­ally would, (and did), go for the iPad. It has free apps for both the kindle and the nook so you don’t have to worry about what store you buy your books from. The device is more expen­sive though so I wouldn’t get an iPad if you are just looking for an e‑reader.

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