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I’m Experimenting Again : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Short Chapter Shifts

22 Aug

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Short Chapter Shifts

New direction my creative work is going.

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A Light Crime Mystery Laced with Humor (Short Story)

Short Chapters, My Growing Preference – Guest Post on Andrew Knighton site

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Intro

Several factors have led me to feel comfortable trying something new out in my fiction.

Not that trying new things is entirely new for me :-)  The related article titles above both have nice examples of creative play.

Series within series

Prose and poetry

And my first 1st-person pov fiction since the early 90s

And not that my newest book, “Grandma and Grandpa do Lunch in Austin” is new in technique to fiction itself -

I first found I liked short chapters reading a 50 page preview of one of Patterson’s books, Zoo. Couldn’t afford the ebook, so had to wait for State of Fear by Michale Crichton to get another fuller taste of this form.

And being a subscriber on Scribd, I found “lots” more of Michael’s work, including his first books, written as John Lange. http://www.scribd.com/michael5crichton

And Joe Konrath’s book “A Shot of Tequila” gave me a strong taste for scene shifting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._A._Konrath

No, basically I’m talking about these things being new to me, esp in terms of writing my own fiction.

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Grandma and Grandpa Do Lunch in Austin

Where in previous fiction, I worked to build word-based transitions from pov to pov and scene shifts in the story (Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel is a good example) – now, in this new story, I broaden the povs expressed, increasing the shifts in scene.

Since it’s a short story, the scene shifts are within the larger continuous scene of the story of Grandma and Grandpa taking four of the grandchildren, or trying to, to lunch :-)

I find the result similar to watching a half hour television show with multiple characters of interest, like The Middle (one of my wife and I’s favs).

Scene or pov shifts have a small space and asterisk notation.

I add the latter ( * ) because I’ve noticed that, while reading on my iPhone, if the space break between scenes or pov shift are at the bottom of the flip page, sometimes the next section seems to start immediately, and the space break isn’t apparent until you realize there’s been a shift.

Essentially then, I’m working cinematically.

I think I’ve been trying to write like that, for quite awhile. “The Old American Artist” my first novel since 1983, has short chapters and even bounces back and forth on two time-lines, the past and present, til they meet near the end of the book.

What I want to do now, is do it more cleanly, more clearly – oh, and have a lot of fun :-)

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New Mystery-Thriller Novella

As a tease (I plan to do a lot more posts on this) I’ll mention that I’ve finished the second write-through of a new novella, my first longer mystery-thriller since “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” which is a short story.

The new novella, possibly named “One Night in the Hill Country” has over 70 chapters and is running just under 30,000 words.

Below, are previews of both short stories mentioned earlier: “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” and “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them

21 Aug

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A Light Crime Mystery Laced with Humor (Short Story)

Scribd vs Kindle Unlimited – Scribd, for Readers Writers & Libraries (For Now)

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I’ve a Guest Post on Andrew Knighton’s Site :-)

I’m very glad to say I’ve my first guest post on another person’s site, Short Chapters, My Growing Preference

As proof of the internet’s reach, even for folk like me, Andrew’s located in Northern England, and I’m situated in Texas (though currently visiting Vermont, my wife’s home state.)

Shorter segments has been my growing preference, both in reading and writing, for a while. And mimics my usual poetry length of one page or so.

I get to go into all that in this short piece. Please go by if you can and say hello (smiles.)

Excerpt:

Whether I’m reading shorter chapters or writing them, I’m finding more and more I really enjoy how they encapsulate micro moments in a story’s thread. Like scenes in TV show or movie I really enjoy, like The Middle or instance.

What’s surprising to me is, I should’ve know all along!

Andrew’s an interesting fellow. Be sure and check out his “about” page – http://andrewknighton.com/about/

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Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

My newest short story, “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is my first work where I consciously allowed myself to apply the concept of shorter chapters.

I like the concept of “chapters” vs segments, because they seem to be more complete pieces in themselves. I don’t think that’s a necessary definition, but just something that fits with my own perceptions, and thus works for me.

“Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is a short story, set in Austin Texas, and available via regular major online outlets, subscription services, and libraries.

Preview, courtesy via Scribd :

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

14 Jul

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinOyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

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Short light crime mystery-thriller, set in Austin Texas.

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In This Post :

  • Previous Related Articles
  • Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)
  • The Winner, so Far
  • Reasons
  • Available Titles and Reading App Features
  • Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd
  • A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd (preview)
  • My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

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Previous Related Articles :

Finally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

The Winner, so Far

As you can tell from my own related articles above, I’ve been tracking how things go with both Scribd and Oyster since my work first started appearing on them (via Smashwords) early this year (2014.)

Picking a winner though, right now, would be like saying which thorough bred was the winner just outside the gate. Too many things can change. New competitors, new features, being bought out, etc (and no I don’t have any inside knowledge or info, just what can happen with most any company).

But, for now, based on just my own personal experience, as a reader and a writer involved with both, I have to pick Scribd.

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Reasons

Price, at a dollar difference, is not enough to sway either way. Though, I’ll admit, if Scribd went up a dollar I’d be angry and demand to know why :-)

And though there’s lots of differentiating features, more so for writers (but which benefit readers), which I’ll list in a moment, the big big difference for me has been superior customer service at Scribd that I give the current ultimate compliment of being Amazon-like! My own consistent contact at Scribd I’ve been extremely fortunate to have, is a lady named Alison.

Over and over, as evidenced by some my articles linked to above, I have had consistently helpful, courteous, approachable service from Scribd.

Granted, I haven’t felt I needed to contact Oyster for anything in regard to my books listed with them, but then :

they don’t have an author page that would need tweaking or updating

or an embedding feature where links to my books need to be stable and continuous

or reporting data on sales and views that enables a person to analyze and question and verify

or the ability to search titles without a subscription – specifically mine :-)

or enable readers to read my free-priced titles fully, even without a subscription

Most of those features above help me, as a writer, as much as a reader.

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Available Titles and Reading App Features

The mesh of available titles and features that continually are being upgraded on both subscription plans are, I believe, on par enough not to be a major factor for me.

I do – very much – like I can read my Scribd titles online, via Scribd’s site, but I believe Oyster is working on that. This feature easily lets me have more than one book going, each bookmarked to my last point read. Very handy :-)

And I don’t mean to minimize either the title selection or app features. If either platform fell far behind in important features to lots of folk (whether it be highlighting & sharing, dictionaries, bookmarking, etc) – there could be a perception that that company was “falling behind” and wonder why.

I have seen that Scribd has had job ads for engineers for a few months now, and Oyster may have, I don’t know, but I take these as good signs that they, Scribd in particular, is committed to developing. I don’t really doubt Oyster is in the same mode, or they wouldn’t catching up on the number of types of apps (android, ios, etc) being released.

This is all good for us, as writers and readers.

Below, to give you an idea of the spread of titles available, I’ve listed those I’ve either read, or delved into enough I’d consider it a “browse” (ie, triggering a partial sale for the writer) and, I’ve kept it for further reading in my library for later on.

I know that, without paying huge amounts for current bestsellers, in hardback or over-priced ebooks, I have more books than I’ll be able to read for a long long time.

And what’s nicer, I can browse into any available title, and not encumber additional cost or worry about returns and getting a credit. Much like Netflix. I really like that :-)

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Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd

Scratch One – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

Odds On – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

State of Fear – Michael Crichton

Easy Smashwords Formatting In OpenOffice – Jay Johnson

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) – Amy Thomas

The Days of the French Revolution – Christopher Hibbert

Three to Get Deadly: A Stephanie Plum Novel – Janet Evanovich

What Every BODY is Saying – Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins

The Good Life According to Hemingway – A. E. Hotchner

Five Hundred Buildings of Paris – Kathy Borrus

He’s With the Band – J.M. Hardin

Janet Evanovich: A Biography – Donna Birdsell

The Lives of the Muses – Francine Prose

Stuck in Downward Dog – Chantel Guertin

Books Up Next

(in no particular order, i often like to stop/start on whim)

Easy Go – Michael Crichton, John Lange

Walks With Men – Ann Beattie

A Season in Hell – Jack Higgins

The Private Lives of the Impressionists – Sue Roe

A Dark and Sure Descent: Being a True Account of the Long Island Outbreak – Saul Tanpepper

Reclaiming Paris: A Novel – Fabiola Santiago

And who know what else :-)

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A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd

Preview : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks: Around Blvd St-Germain, Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2 -

http://www.scribd.com/book/231370469/Paris-in-5-1-2-Weeks-Around-Blvd-St-Germain-Small-Streets-of-Paris-Notre-Dame-Days-1-2

Going to SXSW in Our 60s, a Photo-Memoir -

http://www.scribd.com/book/231371122/Going-to-SXSW-in-Our-60s-a-Photo-Memoir

The Concert (Texas Shorts) -

http://www.scribd.com/book/210942956/The-Concert-Texas-Shorts

Slumming in Paris Part 2, With the Children: Welcome to Paris -

http://www.scribd.com/book/211894367/Slumming-in-Paris-Part-2-With-the-Children-Welcome-to-Paris

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts) -

http://www.scribd.com/book/202759053/Grandma-and-Grandpa-in-the-Latin-Quarter-Paris-Shorts

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er) a Beginner’s Viewhttp://www.scribd.com/book/210941698/Nice-Thing-Bout-Getting-Old-er-a-Beginner-s-View

Please Note – if you have problems accessing any of these titles with or without a current Scribd subscription, please email my Scribd contact, Alison, at : support@scribd.com or smashwords@scribd.com .

These titles are also available via major participating online etailers and local libraries. Some sites fully participate (Scribd), some elect which to price free, and some – like Scribd – don’t require registration (Smashwords). Complete info is on my Free page on this site.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

18 May

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Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – My Poster Child (of sorts)

As I’ve mentioned in several of my posts, my short story “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again, in my entry into being listed by subscription services, especially Scribd.

“Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” is a short story that, even via reviewers who left 3 star reviews, say it’s good.  Yet, my sales on direct channels are nil.

But, in Scribd, this short first person mystery story became my first with over 1000 views.

Why is this happening on Scribd and not on other outlets?

And why do I think it’s not?

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Discoverability

Oyster

Is it happening on Oyster?  No idea.  No data.

Direct Sales Outlets

Does it come close on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobe, etc?  No idea.  No data.

Smashwords (SW) & Comparing View Counts

I’ve listed SW separately because, though it does direct sales on its site, its major value for me is its distribution system.

And SW does list “views” by potential readers for the listings on its site.

How fair it is to compare preview views from folk who might want to buy one of my ebooks on Smashwords, to :

  • views that may or may not be non-subscription views (potential subscribers)
  • partial views (either triggering or not triggering a “partial read” for royalty purposes)
  • or full views (enough of my book read to qualify for a full royalty payment to me)

I have no idea.  Not enough data.

Notice though, I say “not enough data” vs “no data.”

I can compare the number of views, of my poster child ebook for discoverability, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” for May 17, 2014, approx 2:45 cst.

  • SW samples : 40
  • Scribd views (which would minimally be a sample) : 428, 1262

Why two counts on Scribd?  They’re not sure, but are looking into it.  One shows up on a sample “do you want to read” page, and the other on the document book file page itself.

One is 10 times the views, while the other is 30 times the views.

One thing I do know.  Scribd has followed through before.

For instance : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin was inadvertently bumped off Scribd before they enhanced their book duplication software.  Thanks to some very hard work by the Scribd author support people, it was back up in about a week.  But, my “views” prior to its return, could not be re-instated in the count.

Two points : Scribd will do what they say for authors, and my count for Dirty Sixth Street, Austin is, in reality, 3-4 hundred views higher than indicated above.

Making the SW vs Scribd views, at least in regard to discoverability, even more significant.

Scribd Results Translated into Income

Are my views on Scribd translating into sales and money for me to live on to continue doing creative work (what it comes down to unless one is well off or subsidized)?

No idea – yet.  No sales data – yet.

At least, the promise of data has been made, by both Smashwords and Scribd, and, in my opinion, is something I can reasonably count on.

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Preview : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A mystery suspense short

I’d like to add that other titles, like “Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda” and “Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)” are also now both at or touching the 1000 view mark.

And I hope you’ll also choose to take a peek at another title crossing the 1000 view line :-)

Preview : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts) – A family fun short story

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Bottom Line

There’s something at Scribd not happening at the other sites I have the same book listed.

In my next article, Scribd vs Oyster : An Early Comparison, For Reader & Writer, hopefully ready next week, the comparison will list components that I think make the difference.

Some of those elements may be present at Oyster, and eventually show up.

Others, I know, are not.

The number of views and the numbers of people joining Scribd’s subscription service tell me that, realistically, not only are my views higher than elsewhere, my sales probably are too.

Hopefully, soon, I’ll be able to post an update between discoverability, and sales.

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Breaking Info :

Subscription Services Debate, a Press Release :

Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services (June 11th)

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/announcing-dbw-debates-ebook-subscription-services/

Looks to be a doozie ;-)

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17 May

Slumming in Paris Part OneAlert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

June 11, 2014

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A Paris Romance.

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The Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

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Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Digital Book World Announces eBook Subscription Debate for June 11th

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/announcing-dbw-debates-ebook-subscription-services/

This is an extremely welcome debate, with reps from both sides of the equation.

There’s a link to sign up.

Hopefully it’ll be recorded and available for those unable to attend.

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The Digital Reader is sparking a nice preliminary discussion on his site, with the comment thread beginning to develop nicely.

The Future of eBooks? Streaming is Now 21% of Music Revenues in the US

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Why I Care

Well ;-) as a writer and a reader, I’m very interested in ways to read books I like affordably, and, have ways to have my own books seen and hopefully enjoyed in a way that pays me fairly for my creative work.

There’s a lot at stake.

But honestly, compared to the opportunities before Amazon made the ebook easy to purchase, what’s at stake is really more about best choices for discoverability and fair income.

It’s an exciting time! :-)

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Preview : Slumming in Paris Part One Arthur & Gricinda – a Paris Romance

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The Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

17 May

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinThe Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

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The Conversation is Growing

 

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Alert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

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Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Update: First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Intro

Subscription Services for eBooks

I was preparing a post, finally giving my preliminary impression of Oyster vs Scribd (coming later next week I hope), and saw this, from The Digital Reader:

The Future of eBooks? Streaming is Now 21% of Music Revenues in the US

Below, is my comment, one of several – and I’d highly recommend the others for the point-of-view and info.

In my comment, I reference a debate on the subject, which I believe, has the potential to be a reference point for where the discussion about subscription services for books is heading.

Meanwhile, the points Digital Reader makes, and the comments on his site, are well worth the short read.  It’ll be interesting to later read what Digital Reader (“I have my ideas, but I want to know what you think”) will also have to say. :-)

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My Comment on The Digital Reader

The Future of eBooks? Streaming is Now 21% of Music Revenues in the US

Potentially great debate coming up in June between pro & con folk on both sides of the subject : http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/announcing-dbw-debates-ebook-subscription-services/

My own reading on the subject, beginning when I needed to decide whether to join in with Smashwords to distribute to Scribd and Oyster, came up with the idea that book subscriptions, though similar to music streaming, were closer to Netflix’s model.

My personal reading experience, on both platforms, seems to support that idea.

Now, how that will translate to authors, which I am also ;-) is still unknown. As per this date, I’ve received no sales or views or reads data from Smashwords. Scribd does show me the number of views for a title, but it’s unknown if it’s a royalty triggering “view.”

However, my view count alone is significantly higher than I guess my views to be on other platforms, but I can only guess that at this point.

Some folk, like Joe Konrath, whom I respect hugely, feel the book subscription model is unsustainable (as per a comment reply from him to me on one of his posts). And without hard data yet, that’s certainly a possibility. I don’t agree with that, but again, without hard data, hard to say yet.

That’s why I began my comment with the link to June’s debate, sponsored by Digital Book World, narrated by Jeremy Greenfield. Reps (from the pro side) from Scribd and Smashwords will debate “NPR” style vs the CEO of ePubDirect and journalist Jonathan Blum.

I make a big deal of this because, there is so much still unknown and/or unreported, and this seems like a nicely open forum for a real debate, where facts and can be compared and contrasted.

If done right, I think this debate will define, either immediately or in hindsight, the book subscription model for the near future.

For now, I’m all in with both Scribd and Oyster.

And remain in my direct sales outlets.

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Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink – a Paris Short Story, Second Edition

14 May

Cotton Swabs, in Paris PinkCotton Swabs, in Paris Pink – a Paris Short Story

Second Edition now available.

New Original Paris images.

Two Paris poems.

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A very short story about the twinges of young love in Paris.

Humorous, sweet, touching.

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Architecture in Paris

Near Place Saint-Michel and eastern end of rue Saint André des Arts

Image included in “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink”

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Updated!

Initially released November 2013, I’ve updated “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink” with new bonus material :

  • 6 original Paris images, including the pink box that inspired the story.
  • 2 original Paris poems, including one published by Belleville Park Press in Paris, plus one new poem, written this year.
  • Lists to Paris photo-poem and Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks posts available free on this site.
  • Additionally, “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink” is now available by subscription or direct purchase.  Please visit my Authors Page for links to outlets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Oyster, and Scribd.

The original story, a short humorous touching look at young love in Paris, has been kept intact.

Below is a small preview, courtesy of Scribd.

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Preview, Cotton  Swabs, in Paris Pink

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This story, like my other short stories set in Paris, is set within the time frame of the seven novellas making up “Slumming in Paris, With the Children – Parts 2-8.”  The preceding link lists all the volumes and the chapter titles.

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Other Paris Short Stories

Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

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Longer Paris Work Available

Slumming in Paris Part One, Arthur & Gricinda

Slumming in Paris, Part Two, With the Children – Welcome to Paris

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Mayday! on Amazon – “Very” Nice! ;-)

30 Apr

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinMayday! on Amazon – “Very” Nice! ;-)

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Pictured Left : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Short story crime mystery fiction.

Introduces a new character to my usual cast of tween-teens (6 children ages 9 to “almost” 18) – Sam (Samantha).

Available on all participating outlets

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First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

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Intro

Choosing an App for My Next Book

App Download Glitch

Final Thoughts

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Intro

About a month ago, after agonizing for forever in emotional time ;-) I finally decided on my first tablet.

Considering my first computer was a gigantic box from Apple back about ’92, 1992 that is, and having progressed through Bondi Blue and into MacBooks, choosing to by-pass an iPad in favor of an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, was wrenching.

But I did it.

There were more considerations than options for taco choices in Austin : price, app needs, camera megapixels, storage, connectivity, and, of course, customer support.

To be honest, there wasn’t any huge differences, at least in terms of my own needs.

Well, maybe price and external wireless hard drive issues.

But my wife and I had sat in stunned silence the day we first saw an ad showing live customer support on the screen.

Mayday.

The image of live immediate 24/7 help while using a new computer/tablet stuck with me.

And once I got my new Fire, I couldn’t wait to try the new feature out.

But it would be a month before I really needed it.

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Choosing an App for My Next Book

[please note, there are not affiliate links on my posts or in my books, these are my choices only]

Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW

In-progress, outlined, partially written, simmering in some memory sauce :-)

As per my most recent post, I’ve been searching for a reliable inexpensive alternative to both Word and Pages, and have settled, at least for now, on OpenOffice.  As per comments on my post, I’ll probably give LibreOffice a shot also.

Meanwhile :-)  beyond using Notepad Pro, which is a fine program, I wanted to try out what looked like the most robust word processing program in Amazon’s app store (just my quick view opinion, not the say so from anyone I spoke with at Amazon).

One that might have some of the features I’ve migrated to OpenOffice for.

Browsing the word apps, and I settled on OfficeSuite Professional 7.

I can save and edit files in doc or OpenOffice formats.

I can create links within and from my files.

Eventually, once I have time, I’ll try it and LibreOffice out full throttle feature, and do posts on that.

But I’ve my hands full getting settled with OpenOffice, getting settled with it.  Basically, at this point, I wanted an app I could work on my next book on, in-between my main work on it on my laptop, but via my Kindle.  For convenience.  Ok, and maybe fun too :-)

My in-progress fiction work is another short story, “Grandma & Grandpa @ SXSW”.

Thus the reason I feature “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” at the top left of the page, and have a preview below.

This way I could work on my simpler work, format-wise, short fiction pieces, on my laptop, iPhone, or Kindle.

My more complex work, involving about a dozen images, a detailed in-file TOC, and numerous internally and externally directed links, still is easier on my laptop.  OfficeSuite Pro 7 on the Kindle may augment that, but we’ll see. :-)

Software writing app chosen, I was ready for the Kindle’s usual ultra fast glitch-free download.

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App Download Glitch

Despite various attempts, I kept receiving an error msg to try again.

After several tries I thought, “Hmmm, maybe it’s time to try that Mayday thing out.”

I pulled down on the screen from the top, revealing a series of options, such as settings, the app store, and of course, Mayday.

I tapped the icon, and waited about a minute.  I don’t remember if I got a “connecting” msg, but I didn’t seem worried.  After a few more moments, a small rectangular box opened up on my screen, and a pleasant lady identified herself and asked if she could help.

She listened to my narrative, asked a few questions, and we began trying to get OfficeSuite Pro 7 to “take” then download.

She asked if she could take over control of my screen.  I said yes, of course ;-)

I could see her hesitating, then she asked if I was using a blue tooth keyboard.

“Yes.”

My fear was I wouldn’t be able to use it anymore for some reason.  I really wanted to keep being able to use my new wireless keyboard ;-)

Turned out that was no problem, she just wanted to make sure that was why she couldn’t type into a search field.

She apologized and said someone in tech support would probably be better able to help and asked if she could transfer me over to them, after explaining my problem to them, so I wouldn’t have to be repeating myself.  Her tone of voice and manner made me feel this was more than a scripted response to my problem.

A Tech support person came on, but only a set of earphones showed up in the small box on-screen.

He had me pull up some settings, try a few things, then asked if he could call me on my phone, as it looked like we’d need to shut down my Fire and restart it.

After about another ten minutes, we found a way to download the app and we were done.

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Final Thoughts

I’m happy with this new level of customer service.  It’s reassuring.  It’s direct.  It works.

At least for me, this time.

I have heard, on various forums, a few, a very few folk, who’ve said their problem did not get solved.  But that’s the last I heard of it.

To me, this is a work in progress, and is a level of customer service and satisfaction building that, should, only get better.

And hopefully, be more emulated by other companies.

The only folk I’ve had direct experience with that even comes close to this level of service, as this was an author-client, rather than as a retail-customer, is Scribd.

There are other good companies trying out there in the retail world, even companies like Randalls with their Just For U app and phone service, and Walgreens with their Balance Rewards card and phone service – but Amazon is carrying the torch far into the distance.

That’s very hopeful to me.

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Preview, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin”

First of (currently) four first person light mystery-suspense short stories.

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I’m Using Open Office to Format for Smashwords

26 Apr

Paris in 5 1-2 Weeks Day 13 medI’m Using Open Office to Format for Smashwords

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Pictured Left : Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks, Day 13 – To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter (my first book formatted via OpenOffice).

10 original images.

Light commentary and links.

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Intro

My Reluctant Journey to Open Office

Migrating to Open Office

Internal Links Within a Document

Fonky Font Size Changes

Images

Final Thoughts

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I probably should have titled this “sorta” or “kinda” using Open Office to Format for Smashwords, given the limited features I’m using.

But, considering how important, for my needs, the features are I am using, and how hard it’s been to find an application to do this with, then yes, I’m using Open Office to format to Smashwords.  And actually to Amazon as well, since both accept doc format files for their book uploads.

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My Reluctant Journey to Open Office

American Robin in Snow, Vermont © Felipe Adan Lerma

American Robins in Snow, Vermont © Felipe Adan Lerma

Image in eBook :

American Robins Arriving in Vermont: The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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I’ve struggled, on and off, with a few respites, for a few years, to format my ebooks for successful uploading.

Andrew Updegrove has a nice post about why this is even still a problem, so many years since the advent of Word & WordPress: Why Johnny Can’t Format [a book] .

My immediate problem though, back in late 2011, was to produce a file Amazon, then Barnes & Noble, would accept.

I was using Apple’s Pages application and did tons of Google searches to understand how to create either an HTML or ePub file. With no luck. And was fortunate enough to get a simple key piece of advice: use Pages’ ePub conversion command.

I did, and it worked.

For a long time.

Years.

At that time (2011-12), I was staying away from both iTunes and Smashwords. Both had uploading requiring beyond what it was worth to me.

It’s no small thing when I agree with folk that Amazon enabled the digital book revolution.
Then Apple retooled Pages into a sorta simple text editor.  (Apple has indicated it has and will continue to re-introduce features from the older version back into the newer app.)

And I began desiring to simplify my uploads to non-Amazon eBook outlets. So I needed to now also meet Smashwords’ meat grinder (not my term) document protocols.

AND my Pages’ ePub conversions (using my older Pages app that Apples’ tech support showed me how to still use) were no longer passing Smashwords’ premium checks (my book files weren’t eligible for distribution beyond Smashwords’ site).

Apples’ Pages’ tech did show me that my files, however they showed after ePub check, were clearly still easily and accurately readable via iBooks.  Which is actually, for me, good to know.  If ePub standards variances prevent a Pages’ ePub file from uploading, they will still work with iTunes.

But at the time, I was needing either a clean ePub file, for both Amazon and Smashwords.
Or a clean word doc file.

Pages word doc file conversion started ok, but soon became problematic. Especially after further conversions to both mobi files on Amazon, or epubs on Smashwords.

Pictures (photos) became pixelated.

Links would quit working.

Font sizes changed.

It was a mess!

Though admittedly, much more so re Smashwords than re Amazon.

I was gonna have to learn word, or its equivalent – fast…

Or pay someone.  So yes, learn very fast! :-)

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Migrating to Open Office

Just Cruising

Just Cruising, Original Photography by Adan Lerma

Image in Blog Post :

Life & Love, It’s For the Birds In a Good Way – In Pictures # 14

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I had almost given in to paying to use Words new Apple friendly program, and learn it, when I decided to try Open Office one more time.

I’d tried Open Office about mid-way through the above sequence, and had usually ended up not needing to solve using the program.  Plus, for whatever reason, it didn’t run well on my computer.

Flash forward to last week, and my efforts to have the title at the top of the page, “Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks, Day 13 – To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter” (preview below near the end of this post) pass formatting through Smashwords.

The book was already up on Amazon.  But I really wanted it on all outlets, esp Scribd, where my subscription model experiment for ebooks continues.

I needed several problems solved for my Smashwords file : producing internal links within a document, preventing font size changes on conversions, and having my images work acceptably within the file.

Acceptable meant the file’s conversion to an ePub that Smashwords would approve for distribution in their premium channel, which then meant my book would go to iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Scribd and Oyster, the two subscription services Smashwords distributes to.

I Googled Open Office.  Downloaded it.  And started learning a new set of formatting commands.

It must have been the right decision, beyond the fact I (finally) succeeded with my file.

The title of an article posted just a few days ago, says, “Open source Apache Openoffice surpasses 100 million downloads“.

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Internal Links Within a Document

Birds in Winter Tree Photography © Felipe Adan Lerma

Birds in Winter Tree
Photography © Felipe Adan Lerma

Image in Blog Post :

Austin Texas : PhotoPoem # 2 : “Birds in a Winter Tree”

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Many folk won’t need to ever worry about this.  But I have lots of books where I link to images within a book, or reference other portions of my book.

This link, for my second preview example below, is a sample.  The preview itself has an example.

More complex use is in books like, “Inspirations from Life: Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images”.  Here individual images, commentary, and links often reference other items within the book, related in some aspect.  This could include theme, location or object pictured, time of year – just about anything that showed an interesting relationship.

Preview of “Inspirations from Life: Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images”

Apple’s older Pages app has a simple highlight and bookmark command, then equally simple highlight and link to (web, bookmark, etc) command.  All in from one box.

With Open Office, I Click on Insert, choose Bookmark, then name the bookmark.  The book mark itself, I’ve found, does not need to be something highlight.  It can be a space before or after a word, like a title, or point in a paragraph.  And It can be the cursor space at an image, which is handy for having an internal link, or manually added Table of Contents to the actual image, and not end up in a page or space before or after that image.

I’ve found it’s best not to leave spaces in the bookmark’s name, and to remove any quotes, dashes, colons, etc.  Just letters and/or numbers.

Initially, it took me several online searches and formatting experimentations to figure the info above out, but I did get it finally.  Like most things, this should become more second nature with more frequent use.  After all, I’m just starting Day 14 in my Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks series. :-)

Plus, in the process of discovering and remedying the problems I was having with my Smashwords uploads over the course of a few days, I also came across a Users Guide for Apache OpenOffice, which is what I had downloaded and am currently using.

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Fonky Font Size Changes

Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v2

Creativity & Awareness in Yoga v2, Original Digital Art, © Felipe Adan Lerma

Image in Blog Post :

Creativity & Yoga, Thoughts

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“Funky” these font size change problems were not.  So I choose to call them “fonky.” :-)

This is a problem that didn’t show up initially, when I would create a doc conversion from a Pages book file.  But more and more it did.

Sometimes the font change was just a partial sentence or sentence within a larger paragraph.

Sometimes it was just a few words.  Then it was anything with a link, internal or external directed.

Experimenting, I found an equivalent to Smashwords nuclear option for Word, ie, forcing all formatting back to a baseline to work from.  It’s actually a very sensible starting point, that should have eliminated my formatting problems.

In OpenOffice, it turned out (so far) to be selecting all and choosing “Text Body”.  I “think” I’ve made it my default, but that might be just within the document I’ve worked on so far, Day 13 of the Paris photo memoir series.

This did eliminate font size changes in everything except anything with a link.

Smashwords provides authors the ability to download the ePub file that will be used in distribution.  I use several viewers to check for differences: iBooks, Adobe Digital Editions, and Calibre.

No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get the link font size to show the same as the rest of text in my book file was formatted.

More online searches.  Experimenting,

This is what worked:

Format: Styles and Formatting (in a separate box to the right of the file window): Character Styles (second from left icon box, which a capital “A”): Internet Link: Modify (rather than new).

I then chose my font name and style, font size, and clicked OK.  Somewhere, somehow, I managed to name and save it, and I see it come up as a choice here and there.  I’m sure I’ll figure this out better with usage also. :-)

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Images

Fountain Place Saint-Michel © Felipe Adan Lerma

Fountain Place Saint-Michel © Felipe Adan Lerma

Photo in eBook :

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks, Day 13 – To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter

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My last problem proved more frustrating and problematic.  The user guide had info on image anchors, but they didn’t make sense to me right away.  I was used to Pages simple “floating” or “inline” – done by selecting the image and see the choices on the tool bar.

In OpenOffice, my choices of anchoring the image are:

To Paragraph

The graphic is associated with a paragraph and moves with the paragraph. It may be placed in the margin or another location. This method is useful as an alternative to a table for placing icons beside paragraphs.

To Character

The graphic is associated with a character but is not in the text sequence. It moves with the paragraph but may be placed in the margin or another location. This method is similar to anchoring to a paragraph but cannot be used with drawing objects.

As Character

The graphic is placed in the document like any other character and, therefore, affects the height of the text line and the line break. The graphic moves with the paragraph as you add or delete text before the paragraph. This method is useful for keeping screenshots in sequence in a procedure (by anchoring them as a character in a blank paragraph) or for adding a small (inline) icon in sequence in a sentence.

To Frame

If the graphic has been placed in a frame, you can anchor the graphic in a fixed position inside the frame. The frame can then be anchored to the page, a paragraph, or a character, as required.

I went down the line, watching the images jump around the page as each respective anchor was altered (via Right Mouse Click: Anchor: As Character).

It was the (thank goodness!) inclusion of “(inline)” within the description of “As Character” that finally gave me the solution.

Once that final change was made, the file saved, and re-uploaded to Smashwords, I quickly received word that the book file had been Premium approved and the next day it started appearing on Scribd, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and other online outlets.

Smashwords does have a list of videos and other info to help authors like myself, preferring or needing to self-format: https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq#Publishing

I haven’t seen all the above info on their site, and may well have saved myself much grief and time, but I have searched a few things, and those were helpful.  The videos are something I hadn’t noticed before, so I look forward to taking a look.

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Preview, “Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks, Day 13 – To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter”

Continues, in serial book form, my series of photo memoir posts, Days 1-12, free on my site.

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Final Thoughts

I don’t know if there are short(er) cuts to what I’ve discovered so far, using OpenOffice, or if my version would be the same as what anyone else might have (mine says Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1), but I do whole heartedly, so far :-) recommend anyone looking for an all around Word-like alternative, to give it a try.

As I’ve expressed many times, unlike the stock market, publishing and sharing one’s art via ebooks, is not a zero sum game.

We can all play.  We can all win.  We can all enjoy.

Smashwords, for all its challenges :-) definitely enables that.

Best wishes everyone, for ALL of us :-)

 

adan

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Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

16 Apr

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinScribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Intro

About a month ago, my then total of 56 titles of fiction, poetry, and imagery, were all posted and fully available on Scribd via Smashwords.

I had been posting advance posts about my preparations and expectations, plus preparing blog posts and some light advertising, including a paid press release.

I was beginning seasonal full time temp work in a few weeks, and I pushed rapidly ahead to have everything in place to take advantage of the timing of the uploads with SXSW among other things.

High Expectations

Needless to say, my expectations and hopes were high.  Very high.

In my defense, and continuing belief though, realistically high.

Top of my list of expectations, was a radical increase in visibility and discover-ability (please see link above).

And initially, it was all so.

Unexpected Problems

Then a slew of unexpected problems appeared.

Effects of which I am just now beginning to fully fix.

Thanks fully to the aid and assistance of the support staff at Scribd.

The Story

What follows is the story of the past month.  Recovering from a (for me) significant derailment that could have gone much worse.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again.

Some of the following problems should not occur again.  Or should be easily correctable.  I think.

But if you are an author, you may want to at least be aware of what happened, and be prepared.

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Preview :

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The Problem

While I was happily adding not only links to previous posts to choice selections of books now on Scribd, like Paris Shorts Vol 1 – Slumming in Paris Part One – Everyday Gratitude, and even placing strategically embedded previews of the books in those posts (courtesy of Scribd’s embedding links), the anti piracy mechanism being employed automatically removed a number of my titles.

The links in dozens of my posts to selected books were not only gone, but a notice that The Publisher had removed them was added.

The embedded links for removed books now said Deleted.

My press release now referred to books any searchers might be looking for as not available.

This included “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”  During SXSW.

Worsening the problem was a significant campaign on Twitter and Facebook coordinating the music event’s happening, to my Texas stories, including of course “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

Further worsening the problem was that I had posted a special free post on Scribd, another of their perks I whole-heartedly recommend, Going to SXSW in Our 60s, which pointed to “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” and was gaining momentum.

Actually both the free post and the short story (via subscription) were, as per the currently available stats (said to be improved upon even more in the near future) gaining jumps in visibility, ie, views.

I added fuel to the fire, not knowing the links were about to break or were being broken by the removal of the selected subscription titles, by advertising via Stumbleupon’s ad services, which appeared to be doing their job really well.

Momentum.  Visibility.  Discoverability.

I felt a wave was lifting me into sight of shore.

I started my full-time temp work, happy with my concerted efforts: creative and marketing.

A few days later I checked, expecting to possibly see a plateauing of my efforts, and found that over a dozen titles were no longer available.

Removed by publisher.  Deleted.  Not searchable.

A long exhaustive after-work, before-work, at-lunch inquiry into what had happened began.

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The Cause

Basically, the automatic system had mis-identified many of my titles as being possible copies or infringing on my copyrighted work from Smashwords.

But it was my own work.

Digital Reader has an excellent article, detailing better than I can, what went wrong.  And evidently, it’s not a Scribd or Smashwords specific problem, even if it did specifically affect me ;-)

Adding to the problem, was when a book was removed, and subsequently replaced, the url to that book also changed.  I am, hopefully, in the final stages of replacing the last of the links and embedded links in my posts to my work on Scribd.

That problem, of a title not retaining its original url on re-instatement, has now been corrected by Scribd.  Any future titles I may have inadvertently removed then replaced, should retain links I’ve placed to them within my articles and posts.

This engineering solution was a speedy prompt response from the team at Scribd.

Urls, I believe, are now static to a title.

There is a Smashwords specific email when requesting support from Scribd.

First hand, I can say Scribd’s support has been indispensable.

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Preview :

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The Scribd Author Support System

I honestly do not believe I would have stayed with either Scribd or Smashwords without the dogged persistence and determination of the folk at Scribd I’ve been in almost daily communication with.

Because of the folk at Scribd, I remain in their subscription program, can recommend it fully (while cautioning a prospective author to be aware of these possibilities), and have regained my optimism that my decision to be part of their program is a good one.

Scribd’s future promise is significant.

Their expectations on their own press release, are my expectations.

So for all other authors out there, I wish you all the best.

Now, I need to get back to work, my creative work.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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