Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since my last post. As an unpublished author, I had quite a few hurtles to overcome getting my sci-fi novel published. There are a lot of publishers offering to help people like us to resort to self-publishing for a fee of course. Cost ranges from $1200.00 to $5000.00. Not having much cash on hand, I surfed the web for cheaper ways of getting published and e-books seem like a good option for me. Many publishers also offer the same alternative, again, for a fee of $500 or more.
Instead I found a title by Ali Luke called “Publishing E-Books for Dummies”. I was amazed to find resources for e-book publishing that are done cheaply or for free. Ali’s book only costs $25.00. She provides step-by-step instructions on how to get started and how to prepare a manuscript. The most important lesson I learned—always have someone proofread the final version before publishing. Trust me on this. What sounds good to you may be confusing to someone else. You want your reader to understand clearly what you wrote.
Second, Ali provides guidelines to have you book sale-ready.
- Such as how obtaining an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for the book.
- Setting up an account with various distributors such as Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Apple.
- Uploading e-books
- Copyright information
- Distribution of books
- Adding payment information at various distributors mentioned above.
Quick start guide to creating an E-Book
Once your novel is ready for publishing, it’s time to upload to an e-book management tool. For the purpose of this post, I used one of the management tools she listed in her book called Calibre, a software created by Kovid Goya. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows – XP, Vista, and 7 – as well as Apple’s OS X (and various mixes of Linux). I downloaded the software from the internet for free and I opted to give a small contribution to help in the advancement of this e-book converter. E-books have to be converted into either and EPUB or MOBI, depending on what the distributor requires. And Calibre will convert your files to either version.
Ali covers multiple topics such as:
- Creating your E-book
- Creating a website
- Selling and Marketing your E-book
- Getting reviewers for you book
Come to think of it, if any of you would like to review my book on Amazon.com, I will send the first five volunteers a free paperback copy
If you haven’t read R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice Series, you’re missing big time suspense. The series which is now on television and wireless is the best fantasy fiction I ever read. There are five books and I am impatient to read the last volume if it ever comes out sigh.
Martin make good use of Norse myths and legends to create his very own mystical characters and beings. The first book, The Game of Thrones leaves out the supernatural and shows the gentlest and most dangerous personalities you’d ever want to meet. So much mystery lingers when the northern lord named Stark follows his king to the south with his two daughters to arrange a marriage for one and a proper education for the youngest. Things get messy when Stark starts a personal investigation in the deaths of male children related to the court. I won’t say anymore because you really need to meet the queen from hell with a son to match.
There’s a lot of suspense and cliffhangers and action. The chapters are arranged by the name of characters which make it easy to locate a specific person and basically follow up the fate or adventures of each. There are maps showing various lands. Stark is the lord of the north and he has the task of keeping mutated or supernatural creatures away from the rest of the continent with the help of the Keep which has very long and high walls. His leaving the nest can only bring uninmaginable disaster.
R.R. is not afraid to kill off important characters for emotional effects on the reader. I like that. Many anti-heroes become heroes and vice versa. He writes well, easy to understand and follow. Whoever does his editing is a master.
But, and I say this with a big sigh, that I was unhappy about the fifth book, Dance with Dragons. First of all, Martin introduced new characters like he’s on a mission to make unlimited volumes. I like closure and I want to know what happens to all the characters I came to love and detest. After all there are quite a few of them to begin with. Nevetheless you will love this fictional series. Despite the size of each book, you will get through them because the story is fast paced with lots of twist and turns and evolving plots.
REVIEW OF OTHER BOOKS WILL RESUME IN APRIL 2014
Another Good Read
The Atlantis Gene
I just finished a great science fiction novel by A. G. Riddle. It is his first sci-fi novel and what a thriller. I had trouble putting the book down. Riddle weaved a tale of suspense, action and non stop plodding with several of his characters. Historical accounts are intertwined with futuristic themes. The most vulnerable characters are intelligent and have a lot of grit. He keeps them moving non stop. Like his name there are quite a few riddles to solve and they are dangerous.
He does an excellent job of digging up aliens without revealing their identity so a Book Deux may be in the works.
Welcome to my website. Although I am a big fan of Science Fiction, I do like to read historical works of non fiction. In this post I would like to introduce Michael Chrichton’s novel, The Great Train Robbery. I am writing a short article on this book because I enjoyed it very much. It had everything going for it; it was insightfull, a good mystery, great con operation with daring exploits and much more. Most of all, it is based on a true story.
The Great Train Robbery of 1855 took place during the Victorian era in England. I downloaded this Kindle book to read on the plane of which seemed appropriate since I was vacationing in England. I am so glad I did as it provided a bit of nostalgia to all the historical sites I visited.
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery was indeed a true story and provides and insight and tidbits on Victorian moral attitudes. Chrichton relayed the story as a cross between fiction and actuality. He shufffled through historical records and document to reenact the characters with attributes worthy of their crime. Chrichton also did the same characterization with The Eaters of the Dead, providing Beowulf and his crew a more realistic approach to the Norse myth.
The main character, Edward Pierce’s last name does resound his cold and calculating nature, piercing into human nature as a tool for his plan to rob the gold bullion. He made good use of his insights in dealing with underworld figures. Pierce knew how to pick his people for a job that boggled even Scotland Yard. It was like reading Sherlock Holmes. Chrichton wielded figures together beautifully.
If you ever get a chance to read this book, you will not regret it.