Digital books are becoming ever more popular, but unlike real books, you cannot do what I like to do and pick up the entire novel in a book shop to read samples chosen at random as you flick through the book. In a bookshop, it is quite easy to pull up a chair and read the entire chapter if you want, to see if it is compelling enough to purchase it.
It’s a long time now since Nick from New Girl managed to finish his long-awaited zombie novel, Z is for Zombie, but it’s been on my mind lately. It is famous for having the word rhythm spelled incorrectly 38 different times. It is also where Julius Pepperwood first appeared, a character and alter ego that Nick made up in Season 2. Julius is a hard-boiled New Orleans zombie detective, racing around on fan-boats, who finds JFK alive.
Update - Pronoun (the subject of this post) is now defunct I’m always looking for new channels to place my books with, and this brought me to Pronoun. I thought to myself I would use Pronoun to cover any tiny channels that I wasn’t reaching through Draft2Digital or Smashwords. Pronoun say their mission is to build a new model for publishing that puts authors first. They believe that independent authors deserve a better way to publish, so they are creating the tools, technology, and information they need to succeed in today’s digital market.
Update - Pronoun (the subject of this post) is now defunct I am more and more impressed with Pronoun for self-publishing. I’ve been with the platform for only a couple of days and already things are happening. It isn’t reporting to me that I’ve made any money yet, but things are happening. A Kindle edition of Galaxy Dog is listed on Goodreads, and it already has a four star rating on Goodreads.
It’s all about the sofas. Anyone who has seen 2001 A Space Odyssey will be likely to remember the uncomfortable-looking and futuristic red chairs in the Hilton lobby of Space Station Five, where Dr Floyd stops on his way to the moon. In the visual medium that is movie making these chairs are a powerful background detail that the audience notices without any time being taken away from the film’s action.
I’ve finally reached the final couple of scenes of my latest ripsnorting sci-fi action novel, Sun Chaser, and so it is time to get jiggy with it. The Longman dictionary defines this as dancing with a lot of energy, but that isn’t exactly what I mean. I’m going to rejig the start of the book so that it better flows into the climax of the novel. I have scenes, at the moment in the current version, where characters are doing some pretty stupid things for no easily discernible reason.
I’m sorting out technical issues with my blog today, starting with the terrible curly quotes that had been disfiguring my beautiful internet text. The problem is that I write each post in LibreOffice so I can have a spell checker running as I write. Then, when I’m sure the spelling is okay and I’m happy with what I’ve written, the next step is transferring it to Komodo Edit for turning into a web page.