New Cover Reveal and Other News

Well, it looks like I’ll be going full-fledged publishing house after all – well, not to a large extent. But I find myself being forced to revamp/rebuild the online bookstore I keep here for the sake of The Heavenly Bride. You see, I finally was able to save up enough money to go to Ingram Spark, a self-publishing situation I’ve been eyeballing forever and a day. As of today, The Heavenly Bride Book 1 is approved for international distribution.

This means other things I’ve had to keep on the downlow will be falling in line. For the sake of my sanity and wallet, I’ve decided to handle them one by one. I don’t want too much time taken away from finishing up Boulder so that The Heavenly Bride Book 2 can also be submitted to Ingram. But there’s so much to do and so little time.

I’ve given up trying to find people who are serious enough to take over my book formatting business, so in a few hours I will be emailing Smashwords with a formal request to remove me from that part of Mark’s List forever. I’m going to keep the cover making side, though. I built that business up from the ground, and it really kept us fed when we needed it the most. However, things have changed for the better. I’m so happy to type that. Let me type it again. Things have changed for the better.

Our finances are finally stabilizing – thanks in large part to the effort of my darling hubby – so I can choose writing and creating more. At. Last. AT LAST!!!! I don’t get to choose 100% just yet, but this is a work in progress.

So while I continue to fight to make the visual novel and finish Boulder, I am also working towards something else I’ve always had to put off. I recently hired a voice actor to produce Only the Innocent in audiobook format.

Yes, I could have read it myself… when it comes to Black Wolf, Silver Fox I just might unless I can raise a few thousand towards that venture… but I really wanted to hear someone else read it. Production is underway, and with it comes the fact that this short ebook is going through a rerelease. Huh! And wow! The fact snuck up on me.

Rereleases mean new covers, so I’d like to announce this following beauty:


The prose version of the ebook is being uploaded to my ebook partners today. I will not be distributing it through Ingram as that won’t be necessary. It will still stay available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and a host of other places. I can’t wait to be able to announce that the audio version is complete.

When the bookstore is finished being revamped, I might announce it here. In the meantime, enjoy the spiffy new cover! And onward we go.

Kindle Comics Creator!

Here’s a little tip for folks who are trying to put their comics into KF8 form – Amazon just released another Kindle app called Kindle Comics Creator. It apparently even has an automatic sense so that it will suggest where to put in the zoom function that makes KF8 so comic friendly.

Now I’m of two minds on this situation. I’m very happy the app is out, because I have been struggling with learning KF8 lately and wasn’t able to go but so far. But as a new owner of a  generation one Kindle Fire, I realized “Wait a minute. The comics are able to be read just FINE on this big huge hulking screen.” The only place I could see the zoom function when it comes to this, as a result, would be on a droid app… except my droid app doesn’t support the zoom function.

So why bother with KF8? Seriously I have no idea, unless you’re doing a children’s book that needs the landscape function or a magazine that requires a very complicated layout. BUT, here’s the fun part, if this new app by Kindle allows me to put in hidden text so that my comics can be read aloud by my Fire I’m shoo’d in.  And okay I admit… being able to do a double page spread without being locked into it would be real nice. And wouldn’t it be neat if I could afford to get voice actors for the various parts, maybe some background music – maybe just say screw it to the whole concept of comics period at that point?  =^-^=

I haven’t tried the app yet myself having only downloaded it a few minutes ago, but I’m sure I’ll be able to let you know something soon.

Here’s a link to the app!