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[personal profile] capriuni
The Monsters' Rhapsody: Disability, Culture, & Identity entered the world as an ink-and-paper bundle of joy on August 4, 2016.

In that time, 17 copies have sold: 3 to me (for technical reasons) and 14 to other people.

Somewhere on YouTube, I watched a vid of a panel of authors talking about self publishing, and one of them said that even when you get published via the traditional route (unless you're a Big Name Author that the publishing house is actively promoting), selling 200 copies a year is par for the course.

Considering that she was talking about prose books, and (if I recall correctly) her own work was of a traditional fiction sub-genre, and my book is poetry and it has an esoteric focus (unlike, say love poetry, or straight-up autobiography/confessional/abuse survival), I'm rather pleased to be within sight of 10% of that.*

Anyway, yesterday, I got it into head to try and convert my book from ink-and-paper to pixel-and-silicon by August 4, this year. ...

And this was after the computer I composed the book on died, so I had to re-download the PDF Lulu.com has on file, and go through the whole thing and rework the format to make it ebook compatible. ... My Inner Critic is fretting and chewing her fingernails, 'cause whoever first composed ebook algorithms didn't take the requirements of poetry into account at all (like allowing extra lines between stanzas).

So wish me luck.



*(shameless plug) If you'd like to help me get to a full 10% of Par For the Course, you can buy the book either at Lulu.com (where there's a 20% discount, and I earn $1.69):

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


or on Amazon (where there is no discount, and I earn $0.03 from the U.S., and $0.33 from the UK [no, I have no idea why I get more money from a foreign-to-me seller])
(/shameless plug)

Date: 2017-06-27 08:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quarryquest
Having written a book myself, and then been let down badly by a proof reader, I'll in limbo waiting for another proof reader to finish the job. After an informative time with no help from publishers (most of whom are vanity publishers in one form or another) I put it on Amazon as an ebook. I can easily unload the changed version as 2nd ed (I may add some pictures as well). The whole process rather frustrated me but it did keep me busy during a very dry and boring tie a time work before my redundancy. I must be thankful for that.

Date: 2017-06-28 01:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quarryquest
My book is The Big Scary book of Fandom. I think I set it up as DRM free but if I haven't next time I go in there to edit it I will do my best.

I'm a big fan of Calibre (open source ebook maanagement sofware) which has DRM stripping tools galore. I don't strip to pirate, I do it so I can put it on the reader I prefer. Kindles annoy me and I wish I still had a Sony Reader as that was even able to play mp3s.
Edited Date: 2017-06-28 01:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-28 02:48 pm (UTC)
quarryquest: (Default)
From: [personal profile] quarryquest
I like the Kindle cloud app for reading books on a computer screen. Amazon does play a little dirty on this though as you can't copy and paste text. It's not much good if you are trying to quote something in an article / book chapter. Kindles are better as if you highlight they keep a text file you can download (and so do Kobo for that matter actually). The really sneaky thing about Kindles is the way the books download onto your desktop - they have changed the file so it's not readable by Calibre and therefore not convertable (or movable). That can be fixed (for now) but backtracking on the software but it's all not about the user, more about the big corporate giants who want to lock you into their product and make it difficult to use any other.

Date: 2017-06-28 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quarryquest
That's the only other reason I will de-DRM a book - to lend it to someone on the understanding that they delete it on finishing it. Or buy their own copy of the want to keep it.

Date: 2017-06-29 01:14 am (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Ultra modern white fabric interlaced to create strong weave (interdependence)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Speaking of which, I have backups of your OO docs if that's any use?

Offsite backups for the win!

Date: 2017-06-29 01:09 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Ultra modern white fabric interlaced to create strong weave (interdependence)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Put a combo zip on my Dropbox and sent you the link

Re: Offsite backups for the win!

Date: 2017-06-29 02:00 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
You'll get an email with a link.

Open the link to go to Dropbox web site.

Right-click on the link and choose "Download link to" and choose a place.

That's all -- you don't need an account or anything.

Otherwise the file is 36 mb -- can you handle that? I'll mail it to you and we'll see :,)

Re: Offsite backups for the win!

Date: 2017-06-29 04:05 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
I also mailed you the same stuff in three ZIPs, because I'm obsessive like that.

These do contain the TXT files, so if you need to do a lot of formatting, it might be easier to start with them rather than pasting from PDF, where you'll have to confirm every line break.

Happy to confuse you more in email :,)

Date: 2017-06-29 06:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Yay! *cheers*

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