Sunday, 21 August 2011

Going Kindle

Well, I've gone and done it. Tales From Under The Bridge is now available on Kindle. I was going to wait until I could sort out an ITIN for the US IRS. An ITIN is, simply speaking, a tax number so that you use to let the people paying you royalties not to withhold 30% of them for the IRS. In order to get an ITIN you need to fill in paperwork and send it off with a letter from whoever is paying your royalties. Then send that number to them so they can legal pay you the full amount.

It all seems quite straight forward but it means waiting until I am eligible to get a letter from Smashwords. Amazon, as far as I can tell, just flat out refuse to give anyone a letter at all. It's all a bit daunting to be honest and I'd much rather be writing stories than filling out forms.

In any case, I decided to just go for it and put the book on Amazon anyway.

Now I just need to finish off preparing the first novel for publication. It may seem as though I'm rushing ahead with it, but I have three in a series already written, with the plot for a fourth stewing away in my head. The first is almost ready, the second in the process of being edited and the third is a finished first  draft.

I estimate about a month before the first is released, and will pop out updates as I go.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Tales From Under the Bridge

Ok, It's ready and I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning. The book is edited, polished to as near perfection as I can get it, formatted to Smashword's specifications and has a pretty nice cover.

It's been shoved through Smashword's meatgrinder and is now available. I've set the price at $2.99 and intend to publish on Kindle too, but I'm holding on until I can sort out an ITIN before I go that route. More on that tangle of red tape in a future post though. For now, here it is.

Tales From Under the Bridge, all you ever wanted to know about trolls, and a few things you probably didn't. Life and death, myth and legend, magic and mayhem, all rolled up into six fabulous stories that lift the lid off the dark world of these wonderful, horrible creatures. With a supporting cast of drunken gnomes and angry fairies, Tales From Under the Bridge drags trolls out of the darkness, kicking, fighting, biting, drinking, belching and farting, into the light of day. Just don't expect them to be happy about it.

Join these marvellous monsters as they practice their own, well, different, flavour of magic in a school for troll wizards. Observe them prepare for parenthood, question their morals and fight for their bridges. Experience their seasonal festivals and intrude upon their mating habits. Prepare to witness secrets never before revealed.

Coming soon to B&N, Kobo, Apple and Sony

And now, I can get on with publishing my first novel.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Almost There

I've finished the last story in my anthology and now I have a lot of editing, revising, compiling and messing around with formats to suit Kindle and Smashwords.

I've broken the whole hideous lot down into a series of tasks, thrity eight in all, that I will do, in order, one at a time. Thankfully I already have the cover done. Something I can thank a brief stint in 3D art and modelling for. I'll may reveal that particular chicken later on, once the rest of the eggs have hatched.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Another one bites the dust

Just finished a 15k short. I'm starting a 6k story next (but it may grow), the last in an anthology. I'll tell you all more about it once it's all done, dusted, edited, cleaned, polished and packed up into e-book format.