Book signing photos taken by Aurbrey Sherman @ Books & Sundry.
Photos of the storm taken by author, Judith Campbell.
By gum, I’ve done it! My novel, BLOOD WILL OUT (With the Proper Solvent) went live today (June 1, 2022) as an ebook! “What a long, strange trip it’s been!”
I’m sorry that this has been such a lo-o-o-ong time coming, but I finally did it. (I think.) In the next few days my novel should be available as an ebook. I would have e-published it many moons ago, but after weeks that turned into months of struggle trying to retain the fun fonts of the print books, I threw up my hands. Ebook conversion just does not play nicely with others (on any e-publisher’s software).
But Eureka! I found a work-around to keep the chapter subtitles looking as they do in print, and (drum roll) get them to work in a table of contents! Alas, I could not do the same for the dropped caps. They kept shooting off into space far away from their parent paragraphs. So the adorable dropped cap font had to be thrown to the ravenous piranhas of infantile software. Even though any number of major newspapers (the New York Times for instance) use that same font (Chomsky) or a similar one, conversion turns the dropped cap into a generically boring dog biscuit.
Jeez! We can land a rover on Mars, but we can’t solve conversion issues in ebooks.
Ah, well. But to make it up to you Kindle kinder out there, I added a page of reviews (both real and non-), and A NEW FOOTNOTE! Oh–about that: You can’t have footnotes either in ebooks, or headers/footers, or page numbers. So . . . the footnotes are now endnotes at the back of the book, but they’re clickable from the table of contents, so you can shoot back and forth.
So okay . . . for those of you who just have to read onscreen, it will be available very soon. Sorry you won’t get the full reading experience of the most excellent print books, but that seems to be the current, industry-wide trade off.
On this day, March 15th, in 2015, one of the world’s funniest writers died–an exceedingly bright, curious mind, a kind and loving heart, and a clear-eyed (yet often righteously angry) view of the world–the late and very great Sir Terry Pratchett. Damn the “embuggerment!” GNU Sir Terry.
And in case you’re wondering about the meaning of “GNU” in this context, here’s a link to an article published just two days after his death: https://www.theguardian.com/books/shortcuts/2015/mar/17/terry-pratchetts-name-lives-on-in-the-clacks-with-hidden-web-code#:~:text=(This%20was%20also%20a%20realworld,his%20name%20is%20still%20spoken.%E2%80%9D
If you’re hankering for a hardback copy of my novel, BLOOD WILL OUT (With the Proper Solvent), the new price is $22.95. A steal for over 300 pages of fun and catharsis in a beautiful, laminated cover. Plenty of bang for your buck (including magicked fireworks aimed at culprits).
The fabulous Catriona McPherson’s latest Last Ditch mystery, Scot Mist, is out! Lexy Campbell and her pals are back, holing up during the pandemic, and racking up the laughs in this latest whodunit. Available at Amazon, but please support your local bookstores. https://www.amazon.com/Scot-Mist-Last-Ditch-mystery-ebook/dp/B09GK9J7GC