Writing

Writing Update

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Here’s what we’ve been up to since we published Curse Bound earlier this year:

Rebecca completed an adult fantasy/humour novel, working title: The Witch’s Diary. Our first-readers have provided feedback and she’s gearing up to query it.

Adriaan completed a YA low-fantasy novel with a gender-fluid theme, working title: Part Time Girl. He has been querying it and has had some partials requested.

We have not forgotten the Mist Warden series! We recently completed the outline for book 3: Death Bound. There’s death and mayhem in Coldwater as the gate’s magic pushes farther into this reality.  Jess, Drew, and Mac face the toughest challenges yet, making decisions that will change the course of history.

Word, Ingram and Missing Fonts

I hit a snag publishing Curse Bound to Ingram Spark. Their file check flagged a missing embedded font. I checked the Fonts tab of the file Properties in Acrobat Reader and it looked like all the custom fonts we’re using embedded OK.

It took me a while to realize the problem:

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Notice how “Times New Roman” at the bottom of the list does not have “(embedded subset)” after the name.

This is because Word 2013 does not embed the Times New Roman font into PDFs when it creates them. This is reasonable behaviour in most cases where someone simply needs to read the doc, since T.N.R is available everywhere, but it confuses the Ingram scanner since it requires that all fonts be embedded.

The solution here was to find the few lines where we’d accidentally left the font set to T.N.R. It’s not actually used in the book, It was just lingering in a few blank lines and couple of the section headers.

Word’s Advanced Find feature was handy for finding where T.N.R was being used. There’s a “Format…” button at the bottom of the Advanced Find dialog where you can select a font to find and it will show you all the places in the document where that font is used. (Just make sure there’s no text in the “Find what:” field, or Word will search for that instead of the format).

Cheers

Book Signing!

Book Signing at Tea…and other things (110 2 Avenue W Cochrane, Alberta, Canada) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Join us on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to celebrate the release of Chaos Bound. Adriaan and Rebecca Brae will be at Cochrane’s beautiful Tea…and other things (110 2 Avenue W Cochrane, Alberta, Canada) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Browse an amazing selection of teas from around the world, buy a book, and enjoy the musical stylings of Mike Holden on piano (his new CD will be for sale too)! There may also be some Easter chocolates, but this is an unconfirmed rumour :)

Availability of Chaos Bound Print Book

I have learned today that CreateSpace does not distribute print books into Amazon Canada (amazon.ca). This was a bit of a surprise, but we have plans in motion to also print with Ingram, which should resolve this by getting our book into the standard catalogues. This will also make it feasible for other bookstores to purchase and stock our book.

CreateSpace also does not distribute to China (amazon.cn), Brazil (amazon.br) or India (amazon.in). Printing with Ingram should help with these as well, though of course no book store has any obligation to stock our book just because it’s in the catalogue so we will have to wait and see.

Readwave

It looks like ReadWave is starting to pick up more readers. We’re planning to post our existing short stories and serialize our novellas there over the next few months, posting one installment a week. I’ve started with The Pitch. It will be interesting to see what kind of feedback we get.

Now available at Smashwords

We’ve decided to publish some of our short stories via Smashwords as an easy way to provide eBook versions of our content. You’ll see links to the Smashwords page showing up on stories as they are published.

I’ve been very impressed with Smashwords so far. I’ve set up a ‘publisher’ account so Rebecca and I can have separate author profiles but still manage our books using one account. Smashwords will even provide ISBNs if needed, though we should be able to get a free block from Collections Canada.

We’ve published two of Rebecca’s stories: Legacy and Just Well Loved and we’ll be publishing the rest over the next few weeks.