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The Fight Against Smashwords’ Meatgrinder

Book Fight

Wohoo!

Finally I can say that Silent Sound is going to be available via retailers like Apple, Barnes and Nobles and Sony before long! Which means I won the dirty fight against the terrible monster Smashwords likes to call ‘the Meatgrinder’…

To those of you that don’t know, Smashwords is an ebook distributor, and in order for them to ship a book to their retail partners, it has to meet certain criteria. And that would be fine, if it wasn’t for one thing: The Meatgrinder.

The Meatgrinder is the automated process Smashwords puts your book through. They make you upload a Word document and the Meatgrinder cuts it into pieces and spits it out in all the different ebook formats. In theory, it should be a very time-saving process, but that’s not actually the case. Apparently, the conversion makes several mistakes appear, none of which could be found anywhere in the original document (I study IT, I know how to test for hidden errors, and I really couldn’t find them!).

The most prominent problem was the ePub. My Word document had the same paragraph formatting through the entire book. The ePub the Meatgrinder spit out did not. Every once in a while, a paragraph would have a different font size and I still can’t figure out how that happened…

But I won’t bore you with the details of this fight. All I will say is that I now have about 15 different versions of the Smashwords file of Silent Sound on my computer, and that’s almost how many new uploads it took for me to get it through their check.

The good news is that it now won’t be long before you can get an ebook copy of Silent Sound, even if you don’t shop at Amazon or directly at Smashwords!

To see all the places you can purchase Silent Sound, check out this post

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To My Beloved Brother

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Today was the release day for my new book Silent Sound and as happy as I am to see my second book on the market, there’s a personal reason for choosing this exact date.

I have known from the beginning that this book would be dedicated to my older brother Michael. So when May came around and I got ready to publish it, I realized that this would be the perfect day to do it.

Exactly 10 years ago, my brother died after having been hit by a car the day before. It was a huge blow to family and we nearly didn’t make it through it. But we did, and here all these years later, I have made my peace with it. But I still miss him and seeing how my life turned out, I thought this was the perfect way to mark this day.

Silent Sound’s Dedication 

To my beloved brother, who I know is watching over me from wherever he is now.

I’m sorry for not appreciating you while you were with me.

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Release of Silent Sound!

Silent Sound Cover Angel

The second book in the Angel’s Voice Series, Silent Sound, is finally out! Like Resounding Echo, it will be available in paperback and every ebook-format. If you liked the first book, be sure to pick up a copy!

 Silent Sound is available:

As paperback

Amazon

Createspace

As ebook

Amazon

Smashwords

Apple’s iBookstore(Available soon)

Barnes and Nobles

Sony’s Reader Store

Kobo

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Silent Sound Won’t Be Silent For Long!

Silent Sound Cover

Silent Sound - Cover

After an exciting weekend, I thought I would also bring some exciting news!

As I wrote in my blog post about my weekend at SVScon, Silent Sound is set to be released in May! Actually, if all goes well, it will be out this following week, but I learned not to trust the fickle gods of publishing when it comes to getting a book out when I promise it will be. Saying it will be out tomorrow is like saying it doesn’t look like it will rain before you go out. It’s gonna rain.

As with Resounding Echo, Silent Sound will be available in paperback on Amazon and as ebook at every major retailer.

Look out for it in the next couple of days!

Silent Sound

Life is much simpler when myths are merely fairy tales…

Selissa hardly thought her life could become any more complicated, but the gods seem to have developed a sadistic fondness for proving her wrong.

A request for her help with solving a series of mysterious attacks at one of the temples seemed fairly simple. But everything suddenly becomes far more complex when Selissa is told who she needs to protect from the unknown assailant. Because the target just happens to be the son of the archangel Arnath…

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Getting Ready to Invade SVScon(Again)

Box of BooksOnce again, I can tell you that I’m going to be at this year’s SVScon in Herning, Denmark! This year, it will be held over the weekend 3.-5. May 2013.

I had an amazing time last year when I had a booth at their Artist Alley-area, and I’m very excited to say that I can be found there both Friday and Saturday this year. I will also come better prepared this time!

Last year, the huge interest in my books took me by surprise and I ended up having sold out of my paper copies long before my time was up. This time, I have ordered home three times as many copies and I dare you to make me run out!

I’m also pleased to say that Silent Sound is almost done and will be ready before May, which means that I will be selling it in print for the first time at this convention. I am so excited about seeing it in print beside Resounding Echo that it’s nearly making me feel sick!

Like last year, I will also be selling posters and I have already ordered prints of my 5 favorite artworks. I would love to hear if you think there’s one I just HAVE to be selling as well. Feel free to look through the artwork page: The Angel’s Voice Series Artwork

My trusty sidekick Hans Christian, also known as Qulr on DeviantART(Last year going by the name Mitizaki), will also be joining me again. If you didn’t know, he is the one who took ZKROX’s amazing artwork and turned it into covers for Resounding Echo and Silent Sound.

If you visit my booth, you will also get a voucher for a free ebook copy of Huntress!

Once again, I will love to hear your opinions on poster choices, or any other ideas to what I should bring to SVScon (Even if you can’t make it to the convention yourself). And I really hope to see just as many amazing people as I did last year!

Rock on!