No, I’m not going to write a memoir. A friend asked if I planned to go into detail about my whole process of publishing The Brevity of Roses. I do plan to share that information. I will have a new section of this blog devoted to it. Those of you not interested in Indie publishing, won’t have to look. You can just read my usual blathering.
Speaking of this blog, there are major changes ahead. Sometime before my book is released you’ll see a new theme, custom header, and added pages. You’ll have to be content with the same old blogger though.
I finally figured out the print formatting. It looks nice, if I do say so myself. A couple of friends are checking it for errors while I work on the cover. Yes, I started that a couple of weeks ago, but an unexpected visit from family halted work. Turns out that was a good thing because, while I was away from it, I changed my mind about one element. I’ve started over, but it would have discouraged me to do that if I’d almost finished the first one.
I uploaded a PDF file of my book to my Kindle, so I could re-read it, and I tried out the Text to Speech utility. The robotic voice is too creepy for me to listen to for long, plus I was afraid I’d hear that voice in my mind as I read it, but it was a laugh to hear Mr. Reader mangle some of my characters’ names. It pronounced my main character’s name three different ways before I turned it off.
The harddrive on our desktop computer is probably failing, so I’ve started doing most of my work on the laptop. But I’ve also started properly using the Dropbox software I installed months ago. I work with the files stored online in my dropbox, so they’re automatically updated every time I save. If my computer fails or is stolen, no worries. All my work is backed-up online. I can access it from any computer with an internet connection. And, if I want to, I can place files in Shared or Public folders so others can access them. Best of all, Windows, Mac, and Linux users can have 2 GB of storage free. If you need more space, you can pay for a premium account.
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