Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pete and Repete

As a child I learned this joke.  It goes like this:  "Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence.  Pete fell of.  Who was left?"

Then the response would be, "Repeat."

And the joke is that you repeated the first line, "Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence.  Pete fell of.  Who was left?"

And you continued until you had thoroughly  annoyed your parent or older sibling.  Today, I am annoying the Amazon publishing tools.  I completed and published my Periculum story.  Amazon approved and listed it.

And then I realized that I had a stupid typo on the fist page.  A page that I have read and re-read many many times.  Yet there it was.  Published for all the world to see and realize what an idiot I am.

And the only way that I can see to correct the issue is to upload a corrected version, and re-publish it.


Well at least it worked the first time.  Soon I will be letting everyone know that it is up there.  (Assuming that I don't find any more errors.)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Publishing Periculum

I have stopped editing.

I have stopped revising.

I have stopped asking for advice on my cover.  (and my designer friends may all cringe when they see it.)

And finally, I have uploaded my story to Amazon.

It is in review right now, but as soon as it is approved it will be out there for people to download, read, and review.  And so it is pins and needles for me.

If you remember the first few pages that I wrote in an earlier post called Periculum, well, this is that story.  I had originally thought that this would be a first chapter, but unlike most of my short stories that grow in scope to become novel like.  This one grew the other way.  It started with an outline for a novel, but as the story developed between my brain and keyboard, it shrank and became a short story.

If everything works out, I will be writing more in the Periculum world, and possibly one of those will actually become a novel.

For now.  We will have to see how my story of writing stories unfolds.

Now about Periculum, here is the synopsis.

The times comes for Jac to take over his fathers duties as a protector and defender of their city.  His first job seems simple enough, but things get complicated as Jac uncovers a plot against the city he must protect.  He is forced to make choices between his duty and the lives of his friends.  And he must find a way to avoid a confrontation that might tear everything apart.

So I am going to go sit here now and click refresh over and over on my email waiting for Amazon to approve it so that I can talk about it some more.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Making a Cover for a Short Story

So I am taking a break from politics, and have finished up my Periculum short story.  Before I start getting it out there and becoming famous, I needed a cover.  Here are my two cover attempts.  Please take a moment and let me know if you have a preference, or if I am up in the night.

I liked this first cover because it showed a couple of different parts of the story. The city, the dessert, and the conflict Jac encounters. Its not supposed to tell the story, but to let you know the story is exciting.  I had this in mind when I started, and it looks exactly like I imagined it.

This doesn't happen most of the time, so I am kind of proud of this one.
I like the second cover because it focuses on the adventure and conflict of the story.  It says, "Hey you!  Want to read and adventure story?  Well what are you waiting for?"  And it is the second cover so it is naturally better. Right?

This was more an exercise.  I cropped a picture.  I added an effect.  I put in the text.  So why do I like this one?  Maybe simpler is better.