Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Up to my neck in HTML

(Mostly unedited stream-of-consciousness ramble follows. Too lazy to really care.)

A recent confluence of events – Katey's post on Aaron Polson's blog that included a link to J.A. Konrath's thoughts about the Kindle, me being informed that my "niche" novella is now an orphan because the publisher will not be going ahead with the anthology, and me wanting to clear out my backlog of stuff now currently languishing – got me thinking.

Probably too much.

Anyway, I've decided to make the above-mentioned novella available in Kindle format on Amazon.Com, and also to follow up with a hard-copy version of it from Createspace. I'll post an announcement and a link to that within the next few days.

I've also decided to go ahead and self-publish my first novel on Createspace. It probably deserves better, but who knows? Maybe I'll catch lightning in a bottle. But if not, the semi-autobiographical tale will no doubt be a hit with my family. And that's okay with me.

When it is published (should be within the next few weeks) I plan on making a half-dozen or so available for free to my "blog buddies" . . . with the proviso that they'll do their best to both read it and post an Amazon review of it, good or bad. It's up to you. I won't ask anyone to promise to do it, because life is short and people get busy.

But if you do grab a copy when I make them available, I'd appreciate it if you would.

Today's post title refers to the time and effort required to make a Word document format properly for the Kindle. I do alright as an amateur making my way around HTML, but it does require lots of time to get things just right. I won't bore you with the details.

So anyway, keep your eye out for the novella announcement. It's hard enough to place a novella anywhere, but you'll see what I meant about the "niche" interest folks might have in this one. But it's a great story, if I do say so myself. If you've got a Kindle and like young adult fiction and baseball (most particularly the Red Sox) it might be right up your alley!

As always, thanks for reading.


Aaron Polson said...

Best of luck with the venture(s). I used to be an HTML whiz (back in the "early days of the 'net"). I don't know that I could HTML myself out of a wet paper sack now.

Brendan P. Myers said...

Thanks, Aaron. I truly appreciate it.

And Kanye West is a putz.

Unknown said...

i don't even really know what HTML means. seriously. maybe that code thing. hm.

is it a novella with baseball and say evil umpires? cause i totally dig evil umpires. who eat flesh perhaps.

Brendan P. Myers said...

You're close Samantha. HTML is the programming language that all web pages (and many electronic devices like the Kindle) use to display text.

You wanna see some real horror (and you use IE) just go to the menu bar and choose "View" - "Source" and it will show you the native HTML that the web page you are looking at was programmed in.

Evil umpires who eat flesh . . . hmmm . . . or maybe . . . a Vampire Umpire (a "Vamp Ump" to coin a phrase) who - for reasons unknown to his colleagues - can only work night games . . .

You're a genius!

Cate Gardner said...

Good luck. My HTML capabilities are pants.

Brendan P. Myers said...

Hilarious, Catherine, and thanks!