In the updates, the ramblings.

I spent most of this past weekend glued to my computer. It’s been a while since I’ve sat up until 4AM staring at my monitor (a very long while), and I’m feeling it today.  It reminds me I’m not 19 and in college anymore.

Right.

Updates:

ALT 2.0 is done. We uploaded the files to CreateSpace last night. I should hear back from them sometime tomorrow. If everything’s sound, I’ll order the proof; if that’s sound, everything gets the green light. I’m estimating early July for Amazon; late July/early August for other distro channels.

The print version is going to retail for $13.95, as some pages were cut (nothing from the story, however), and my royalty slightly increased. I dropped the price a buck to even it out.  As for the eBook version, it’s going to be available in early July as well.  It will be available on Smashwords, in all available formats, for 99 cents.  If you read a previous entry on the pricing of eBooks, you’ll know this pricing decision isn’t permanent. It’s more of an experiment.  You may say it drop down to “free” for a while, and you may see it rise to $2.99.  I want to see where it performs best. (And, by the way, I’m still looking for input on that entry, hint-hint.)

Now, the Kindle version. I can’t say it will be available right away on Amazon, simply because I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to sift through the code and make it perform the way I want it to perform. Could I upload the Smashwords-ready .doc and be done with it? Yes. But, something I learned this weekend is that the Smash guides dictate a free-flowing document, with as little extras as possible, because they’re catering to a wide variety of formats. The Kindle, on the other hand, is a controlled environment, with features that, when utilized, can make the reading experience all the better. Namely, page breaks for chapters, and the ability to jump ahead to those chapters from a table of contents.

This version will also be available for 99 cents.

If you think this is too much, or too cheap, please say so and explain why. I’m new to this sort of thing, as are most of us in publishing, and there isn’t a tried-and-true way to price a book just yet.

As for material changes to the book, there isn’t much. The back cover changed a bit, with a new description and bio, and also an extra blurb. The cover remains the same. The text and story isn’t vastly different. All the plot points are there. I added a sentence or two to flesh things out. I added a couple of lines to the ending. So, if you were concerned you’d have to buy a new copy due to changes in the story, fear not. The story hasn’t changed. After a couple more months, your copy will be one of a few.  Maybe, some day, a rare first edition might fetch you a decent sum on eBay.

Signed copies? Possibly. It depends on when the book is ready, and so on. I want to work out a better system than I’ve utilized in the past (and I’m open to suggestions). We’ll see.

I accomplished little in the way of TLM this weekend, as I was knee-deep in edits and Word documents and code, but after I finish this post, I’m going to grab a bite to eat and then devote a few hours to finishing chapter 8. It’s at 70k words now, and I estimate another 5k-8k will be required to finish out Part 2.  The longest book I’ve written clocked in at 108k words. If this one goes as long as I expect it to, it could very easily top 110k.

August is looking more and more likely for a finished first draft.

Well, I’m starving, so I’ll go ahead and say good night, in case we don’t see one another until tomorrow.

TK