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Last post Author Topic: Sci-fi novel now available from DC member kyrathaba!  (Read 183361 times)

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #475 on: July 17, 2013, 07:58:01 AM »
Chapter 7 culled. Beginning Chapter 8.

If you don't stop posting here and hurry up there's going to be trouble!  >:(

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #476 on: July 17, 2013, 08:21:35 AM »
Chapter 8 culled. Beginning Chapter 9.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #477 on: July 17, 2013, 12:58:00 PM »
Perry, sent you epub via email.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #478 on: July 17, 2013, 06:57:31 PM »
Perry and I just chatted. We want the four of us (Perry,  mouser,  4wd, and me) to read through the novel as a consumer seeking reading pleasure. When we finish, we each wanna rate it firstly just purely in terms of whether we found it to be a pleasurable read. Then we'll clean up any remaining technical points.


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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #479 on: July 17, 2013, 07:49:42 PM »
You know what would totally rock? If OpenOffice team built in functionality to export a Word document (*.doc) in the particular flavor needed by Smashwords' Meatgrinder.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #480 on: July 17, 2013, 08:58:55 PM »
Shane Etter is reading the final draft, from a macro rather than micro (scanning for typos) perspective. He will let me know if he enjoys it. I think he will, because Chapter 14 of my novel is all about a setting/scene that featured in his book Bottom Dwellers. An accidental, but happy, coincidence.
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #481 on: July 17, 2013, 11:11:33 PM »
K, you need to check your manuscript, either due to a misedit or the import into GDocs screwed up, timecode 2283-07-14T09:31-5:00, Sewage Treatment Cavern occurs too early in the book.

I've marked it on GDocs.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #482 on: July 17, 2013, 11:20:53 PM »
Will check it on desktop  in the morning.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #483 on: July 18, 2013, 07:39:23 AM »
Beta-readers, there is a misplaced passage in Ch 21 beginning "Mephord and Jaimie entered the Sewage Treatment Cavern." and ending "Then, “Good shooting, Jaimie.” It shouldn't occur until Ch 22 and has been removed from Ch 21 in the manuscript.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #484 on: July 18, 2013, 08:27:47 AM »
Beta-readers, we've identified hyphenation used often where it shouldn't be, sometimes instead there should be a double word, or two separate words. I will also be going through and correcting the misuse of the word 'and' as in "one hundred and thirty". Also, numbers between 21-99 should be hyphenated unless evenly divisible by ten. Will fix.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #485 on: July 18, 2013, 09:40:26 AM »
(I havent been following the thread lately so sorry if I missed anything:)

do you have/use a style sheet (Style guide) ?
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #486 on: July 18, 2013, 09:41:35 AM »
The editor, Jutoh, has templates for Styles which use CSS.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #487 on: July 18, 2013, 09:42:33 AM »
I'm using the Smashwords style guide. Although ppl's e-readers can generally override actual default font, I'm using Arial 12-pt.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #488 on: July 18, 2013, 10:30:01 AM »
Sorry, I should have been clearer initially:
I meant one for the language - spelling, punctuation, use of hyphenation as you mentioned, etc, etc.
(I presume the Smashwords style guide covers that too.)
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #489 on: July 18, 2013, 10:40:15 AM »
Yes, I'm using the Chicago Manual of Style (online)

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #490 on: July 18, 2013, 10:56:38 AM »
Up to 71 Likes on my author page (see sig) from 54 last week. Trying to build awareness/buzz. So far, 68 ppl have "said" they're gonna buy the novel. Then there are the genre-feeders who buy anything new in a particular genre. Submitted a request (not actual ebook) to two review sites today. One is offering me to guest blog about the experience we've all had collaborating!

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #491 on: July 18, 2013, 10:59:47 PM »
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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #492 on: July 18, 2013, 11:02:17 PM »
Alert: my wife has set a deadline of August 10th for submitting book to Smashwords  :o

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #493 on: July 19, 2013, 01:52:12 AM »
She has decided you're going on holiday on the 11th.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #494 on: July 19, 2013, 12:10:37 PM »
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She has decided you're going on holiday on the 11th.

That's fairly accurate, 4wd. Gives us, what, 20+ days?

4wd, I've listed Perry as Contributor in the e-book metadata. Would like to list you as well, if you're in agreement. If you want me to do this, email me your first and last name.

I've been in one of the family tobacco patches pulling weeds this morning. Whew! Hard on a 41 year old who's 30 lbs overweight!

Glad to be back to my PC ;)

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #495 on: July 19, 2013, 05:24:39 PM »
Guys, I got Prologue through Ch 8 comments actioned.

In my MS:

(a) GSAR to ensure capitalization of "Administrator"
(b) GSAR to ensure hyphenation of "auto-guns"

Backups in 4 local drives and 3 online locations.


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Three review sites and one author friend are reviewing for "overall effect" (is this an enjoyable read?)

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #496 on: July 19, 2013, 11:01:49 PM »
For those following this thread,  I emailed Perry and 4wd tonight and outlined our timetable for getting through with final edits by deadline.  In brief, I'm asking them to consider the Prologue through Chapter 8 done, and to concentrate on the remaining chapters with an eye out just for these things: tautologies, logic errors, typos, and other grammatical errors.

Then, lf we get the book drudged for those bottom-feeders, we can go back and leisurely tweak phrasing, and do other polishing.  The goal for right now, however, is to rid the book of any remaining outright errors prior to my deadline.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #497 on: July 20, 2013, 11:00:40 AM »
Perry and 4wd have been hard at work: I've got the MS locked-in from Prologue through end of Chapter 11. Great job, guys! Will await your feedback on further chapters.

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #498 on: July 20, 2013, 01:59:46 PM »
Okay, I've got three previously published authors reading the book (and maybe a 4th: see below). If they like it, they'll offer a blurb for me to insert at the beginning of the book.

The authors are:

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Re: Sci-fi novel due on Amazon and B&N in August or September
« Reply #499 on: July 20, 2013, 04:02:49 PM »
Impressive - how did you manage that?