• Big Doings

    Posted on July 1, 2012 by in Publishing

    I have been a very busy bee.

    Over the weekend, I completed my book trailer for Out of the Ashes and updated my What Does She Do? page to reflect Ashes’ upcoming release.  I’m pleased with the way the trailer turned out, even if I was annoyed by the process.

    I’ve been working with  Adobe Premiere for nearly seven years.  Unfortunately, my copy of the software had been living on a computer that…blew up (long story).  So, because I hate Windows Movie Maker with the white hot passion of a thousand suns (I used it for Redemption’s trailer and nearly tore my hair out in frustration), I spent a fair amount of dough and replaced my old copy by buying the Adobe Master Collection CS6 (thank God for professional discounts!).  I’d splurged because I figured that way I could have access to not only to my favorite video editing program, but all the rest of Adobe’s nifty creative programs as well.

    The only problem is I made a rookie mistake.

    I forgot to check the tech specs.

    I didn’t really think I needed to.  My computer is less than six months old and fairly well loaded.  Unfortunately, its graphics card isn’t compatible with Premiere.  So…

    …back to Windows Movie Maker.  At least for this trailer.


    On a more positive note–after approximately 12 hours and way more autovetter error notices than I care to count, I finally uploaded Redemption onto Smashwords.


    I actually only needed to resubmit three times.  The bulk of the 12 hours was spent reformatting the 101,000 word manuscript.  Along the way, I learned a lot about styles and all the various ways your ebook can go terribly wrong if you mess those styles up.  I think I’m in good shape, though.  I’ve downloaded multiple versions of the book and they all look pretty good.  Thank God for small favors.

    Redemption is currently Pending Review on Smashwords.  As far as I understand (and please, those of you who actually know what you’re doing when it comes to Smashwords, feel free to chime in!), the Smashwords Powers That Be need to review uploads before they release the files to their retail partners.  This makes utter sense to me and I certainly don’t begrudge the site its quality control.  But I’ll admit I’m antsy.  I want to see the book live on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and the like. I blame having come up through fanfic–when you write fic, you post and that’s it–you’re good to go.

    Patience, Grasshopper.  That’s what I need to keep reminding myself.

    In the meantime, please tell your friends–Redemption is now available on Smashwords in all kinds of formats (in addition to it continuing to be sold on Amazon).   No more need for a Kindle.

    Even if that is my ereader of choice.  :-)


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