Thursday, January 17, 2019

Still waiting

I'm still waiting for Buddy to go live at the various PublishDrive stores.  It's been a week and a half now since I hit the publish button.

Obviously, I'm disappointed that it's taking so long.  If making price changes is as cumbersome as publishing, then I'll have to figure out what I'm going to do as far as promotions go.

My hope is that this delay is just due to it being my first upload and they put more scrutiny on a "new" publisher.  My hope is that subsequent uploads will go faster.  We'll see.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Neat video

It's the history of Europe, or at least the boundaries and populations, from 400 B.C. to 2017.  Pretty cool stuff.

The most dramatic moment is when the Mongols show up and steamroll half the continent.  The music "hits" at the same time, adding to the effect.

It's also remarkable to note how long the Roman Empire lasted and how stable its borders were for so long.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The sweetest high

First, a disclaimer: I don't use recreational drugs, nor would I encourage anyone else to do so.  Drugs are bad, kids, okay?

Having said that, I was reading the Wikipedia article on azaleas and--as often happens to me, because I'm a curious cat--fell down the rabbit hole of links and ended up at mad honey.

That's right.  Mad honey.

It turns out that azaleas have a toxic compound in the leaves and nectar.  When the nectar--found in other rhododendrons, too--is collected by bees and made into honey, the honey takes on psychedelic properties.

I found this article about it, and the title of the article inspired the title of this blog post.  (Credit where it's due.)

Here's a video about it:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Getting there

I received an email from PublishDrive today stating that Buddy has passed their review.  Now they're sending it to the various stores.  It will be a few more days before the book is live everywhere.

This has been an interesting experience.  I wonder if this week-long delay is because it's my first time publishing with them.  I wonder if subsequent books will go faster.  Or maybe this is just the speed at which they operate.  We'll see as time goes by, I guess.

In any event, the story has leaped one hurdle, so that's good.  Once it's live and I'm able to see that things look the way they should, then I'll upload some others.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Adventures in distribution

I'm in the process of loading my books on PublishDrive.  I hit "publish" on Buddy on Monday night.  As of now, Friday evening, the story is still "in review."

The distributor said it might take two or three days.  It's been four now.  I'm starting to wonder.

I really hope it goes through soon.  I'd like my PublishDrive experience to be free of snags.  And I want to get this all done so I can put it behind me and get it off my mind.

Hoping for the best.  *fingers crossed*

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New idea

Had a new idea for a series today.  Most likely, nothing will come of it.  I've got a folder full of ideas.  I jot them down whenever they occur to me.

It's nice to have these things on hand, though.  Even if I don't turn something into a book, there's always the possibility of a short story or two sprouting from that soil. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Progress report

I'm hoping to have book 3 published this month.  I've been pretty productive on it the past few days.  I'm getting back in the groove, I think.  Sort of.

In other news, I'll be updating my back matter.  Before I do that, though, I'll be putting my stuff on PublishDrive.  I just got done submitting Buddy.  It's a new distributor for me, so there's a learning curve.  I'm taking it slow to reduce the odds of screwing up.  If all goes well and there aren't any snafus, then I'll trickle the rest of my stuff in.

The Kobo people are still awesome.  There was a glitch on my dashboard, so I emailed them about it.  They explained that it was just an internal glitch and not something the customers would see.  And now there's a banner when I log in saying they're aware of the problem and are working on it.  But that sort of candor and forthrightness is exactly what good customer service is all about.  No mysteries, no evasion, just an honest and straightforward explanation of the problem.  I love those people.

Once I publish book 3, I'll have to re-do the outline for book 4 before I start writing it.  Not looking forward to that.

Finally, thanks to everyone who purchased a copy of Hostile Planet during the promotion.  I hope you enjoy it.  :)