November 1, 2013
A Construct of Angels, book, British English, eBook, ePublish, novel, publish, self-publish, spelling, story, words, writer, writing
I have occasionally ecountered comments that pointed out my failings - one of them being misspellings.
My spelling ‘mistakes’ often get picked up on Facebook and (occasionally) on WordPress.
I like to think I’m very thorough when I’m writing and take pride in my spelling and grammar.
Yes, I soemtimes mis-type (who doesn’t?) as my ‘want to type’ speed exceeds my ‘able to type’ speed and my fingers become a pink blur above the keyboard.
However, when I begin to receive feedback that I ‘should check my speling’ (sic) and see one-word corrections for my spelling when there is nothing amiss, I begin to see red.
I’ve been told (more than once) that I use a lot of British English (BrE). Yes, that’s true. I’m British, my characters are English and their story takes place in England. That would follow, wouldn’t you think?
Ciara Ballintyne appears to have the same problem and states her case here .
So recently, I’ve been writing British English, but with the knowledge that non-Brits may very well read my work. For instance, my character drives a Volvo ambulance instead of the (correct) locally-sourced type because only Brits would know what a Vauxhall Astra was. However, I don’t compromise on ‘labour’ or ‘honour’, ‘realise’ or ‘criticise’ because Brit readers would hate me for it. My characters use Pounds rather than Dollars. I was astounded when I was told that someone had to Google ‘Biro’ because it wasn’t clear that it was a ball point pen. What are those cheap, crystalline ball point pens made by BIC known as in the US - BIC pens?
These are things we need to know…
I had considered adding a disclaimer stating that the book contains ‘British English’ just to clarify. In this electronic age, the written word is spread far and wide and a novel in English could easily have been written in Australia, South Africa, Japan or any number of countries. I learned recently that along with Australia, Canada still uses BrE, which was a bit of a surprise. I wonder how many other countries do? I’d be interested to know that Britannia does not stand alone…
January 15, 2013
Amazon, angels, debut, eBook, ePub, ePublish, exclusive, exclusivity, first, html, kdp, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, novel, publish, romance, self-publish, Smashwords, Sony
This weekend, I did a quick mental calculation and realised that ‘A Constuct of Angels’ had been live on Amazon for almost three months.
How time flies!
Rightly or wrongly, I’d signed up to KDP Select’s 90-day exclusivity deal in order to test the Amazonian waters (well, it WAS my first time) and was interested by Amazon’s ‘Lending Library’ scheme that promised authors a share of umpteen millions per month depending on how many books were borrowed by other KDP members. Part of the downside of this is that the author has to sign an exclusivity deal with Amazon for a minimum of 90 days. Well, those 90 days have now expired and I had a peek at how many of my books had been borrowed by other KDP Select members.
So…(opens envelope), Ladies and Gentlemen, the number of borrowed books after 90 days totalled exactly (drum roll, please);
Zero, nada, nill.
Zero multiplied by umpteen millions = ? Well, you can do the math, as they say.
Amazon automatically renew KDP Select for the author, UNLESS that author remembers to untick the renewal box. With only two days to go, I unticked and have now dipped my toe into the next part of the adventure.
‘A Construct of Angels’ continues to be live at Amazon, but as of today, it’s also available from Smashwords in multiple formats.
Now, I’ve been warned that Smashwords is not simply a ‘post and forget’ site; that marketing work needs to continue.
Smashwords has many detractors on various blog sites, with some authors complaining about low sales. Others are constantly chiding these same authors for not marketing effectively.
So it will be an interesting experiment. A steep learning curve lies ahead, but I intend to do everything that my spare time allows to spread the word.
Also, now that I’m no longer tied into Amazon, I’m free to explore beyond the boundaries. To infinity – and beyond?
I will let you know how I get on.
Write on in 2013!