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Monday, November 7, 2011

This Just In-5:25 p.m.-11/07/2011

Hey readers!

I know I left you only one or two hours ago; but, a couple of things have developed in the past couple of hours. I have good and bad news.

Good news...

First, I have successfully created a demo (or "stand-in") cover, which you can see is now my profile picture. Second, I have successfully uploaded my book onto Smashwords and it's on sale for $9.99 at . I hope enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Well, I hope you enjoy reading it MORE than I enjoyed creating it, because honestly, I have read this book over and over and over trying to edit it; so, you can imagine that I am sick of it. (Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great book, but I think you know what I mean). You also can read a sample online. If you like it please buy it and spread the word.

Bad news...

My book has failed EpubCheck. and 100% EpubCheck compliance is required by Apple. They say I have a text box somewhere in my manuscript, but I can't fond it anywhere (even with show and hide). I just don't know what to do. I'm at a lost for words. I don't know if the problem is with Apple's requirements or for all the other distributor who use Epub. Not only that, but I can't download my different formats from Smashwords (or anything) on the library and school computers. So, I can't go in and find the problem. Right now, I have no choice but to leave it and I'm afraid that may badly effect me in the long run.

Anywhoo, I'll ponder my options tonight at home. Until next time readers...


  1. Love the cover! Looks good. I went to Smashwords and read a bit of your novel. There are still a few grammar errors, but it's better than most I've seen there. (The price may be too high, though.) I stopped reading at the masturbation scene. I was wondering just how old this character was . . . 25? 15? In the opening scene I thought she was 12. In your excitement to get published I think you may have rushed a bit. I understand that feeling; I've rushed almost every project of mine. I have a suggestion: publish on Createspace and order a proof but wait a month to read it. A fresh perspective then will help you see myriad ways to improve your story. During that month read Dwight X. Swain's book Techniques of the Selling Writer. Have a highlighter ready because you will find treasure on every page. Good luck!

  2. Okay thanks. If you don't mind me asking, what exactly lead you to believe the main character was 12? I was just curious for future refrences. Also, I'm not saying that there weren't any grammer errors (I did rush a bit so there are probably a lot), but I tried portray the slang that is used by the characters so some of the errors were done on purpose.As for the price, it's my first book so I didn't know exactly what was an appropriate price range. What would you suggest?