My Experience with Apple’s Cover Requirements

August 31, 2013 in General Topics

I’m going to keep my emotions out of this, and simply be as transactional as possible regarding a situation that’s arisen between myself and Apple. Call it a warning, or a heads-up, or a complaint, or what have you.

I use Draft2Digital to publish my ebooks on iTunes\iBooks, because I’m not dropping $600 or whatever on a Mac–a ridiculous requirement, by the way. Draft2Digital is amazing. I’d love to name the person involved in D2D’s camp, because they were a jewel at helping me jockey with Apple, but I’ll refrain. In any event, I want to stress that D2D had nothing to do with the problem I’m about to relate.

Anyway, my covers run me anywhere from $25-$50 a piece. I use a contractor to do them, and I think they do a fine job. It matters if I have to get them replaced. Matters a lot. Matters to the tune of expense. This is a business. Costs aren’t invisible, and can’t be shrugged off. Read the rest of this entry →

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Enjoy My Work on iBooks!

April 7, 2013 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

iBooks!

We’re now on iBooks\iTunes!

We’ve had a number of things going on since the release of the second part of the Beacon Saga, and as such it’s been quiet for a while. But it’s all been very positive stuff.

One of these items was putting a nail into a very valid reader request/complaint: our lack of a presence on iBooks. You can kiss that particular problem goodbye. I am very pleased to announce that almost all of our titles are now available on iTunes/iBooks, for the iOS device of your choice. Cindered Souls isn’t just yet, but it’s only a matter of time, and we didn’t want to hold up the announcement any longer while we waited on that publishing.
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Biting off more that I CAN chew…

February 22, 2012 in General Topics

So here’s the big long list of things I’m trying to do at the moment for self-publishing purposes:
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And today in the world of launching my own epublishing onslaught…

February 3, 2012 in General Topics

I found out today that my chosen LLC name, “Heavy Caliber Publishing LLC”, is available and the paperwork is being processed. Terrific.
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Self-Publishing

March 16, 2011 in General Topics

I’ve decided to take the plunge and do some self-publishing with some of my work (don’t worry, interested agents — not The Tyrant Stratagem). I suppose I’ll try Kindle, Nook, and a few others. Where this road will take me, I cannot say, but here’s what ultimately led me to the decision to at least test these waters:

1) Traditional publishing alone is not moving my writing career fast enough along in comparison to the amount of time I put in writing (at least, not yet).
2) My fiction that magazines, podcasts, and other markets have allowed to be given a chance have been met by the general public with overwhelming positive feedback, and a few awards nominations. So why wouldn’t I chance exposing some of my fiction to the public at large and see how it does?
3) If there is indeed a sea change in publishing, whether we are watching it now or later, I want to be on the right side of it.
4) I believe my fiction is strong enough to compete, and perhaps even claw its way to the top.

More information is on the way. Stay tuned.

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