Farewell

This will be my last blog post. I thank those who have read it over the years. My life has taken some unexpected turns and I will not be posting anymore. I wish everyone a wonderful life

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Time Change

Tonight is officially the end of day-light-savings time for 2015. It officially marks the end of the summer season without any question. Fall is here with Winter to follow all too soon.

For us, it means that our RV is now winterized and the wheels are covered to protect them from the sun. All the food and clothing has been removed. Floors, walls and cupboards have been cleaned and the curtains closed. We had many happy times this year in our home on wheels. There is a compactness that makes life a little easier.

Next season I hope we can use it even more.

Enjoy the extra hour of sleep tonight and face the coming season with excitement and anticipation of what memories you will make.

DB

Phase 2 CreateSpace

It is an interesting journey so far. I spent 5 hours reformating my manuscript doc. for createspace.com. What was frustrating was it was the “finished” formatted manuscript I received from a different publisher that I have used. There were all kinds of page break, section page break and header errors. To be fair, I am using Mircosoft Office and it wouldn’t be the first time I have had compatibility errors between the windows and mac versions. But when I opened it up in the windows side on word the errors were still there.

I went through and cleared all formatting and went back through and redid it. Then submitted the “interior” back to CreateSpace. I continued to get the message there was an error, but in the preview mode it said there wasn’t one. I did call their support line and worked with a person who showed me how to solve the problem quickly. Now it is in the review process and I should know in the next 24 hours if it is ready. Stay tuned . . .

I am running a special on A Boy out of Time Kindle version for $2.99 for the next week. After that, it will go back to its regular price. 🙂

iBook vs Kindle

Good Morning All,

I have spent the last several days trying to get my books on iBooks. The only one that is on there is A Boy out of Time. And even at that it is barely readable. By that, I mean that the book is on there, but there are few options to read it with. I started putting Captured in Atlantis on but soon discovered that I was in an exclusive ebook contract with Amazon that doesn’t expire until December.

After four days of working with this I am glad for a rest. It has brought to light some things that surprised me. After being in the PC world for almost 30 years, I was surprised at how easy Apple products were to use. The phrase “intuitive” has been used a lot and I have to agree. I wouldn’t willingly go back to the PC world.

Having said that, I expected the same ease with iBook publishing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even if I bypass iBook Author, (which I tried and failed miserably,) you still have to use iTunes Producer. That has a learning curve all its own. Once done with that you go into itunesconnect to finish the process. This is where you can get promo codes to pass out (but reviews can’t be given if read through a Promo Code.) After doing all this, I finally downloaded my book only to find that it was clumsy to navigate through and I could not change the font size. I also have not discovered any way to remove a book from iBooks. I can remove it from the store by going through and removing the price from 51 different country screens, but the book still shows up in my folder.

The bottom line is that if I want to publish through iBooks I am going to have to slow down and start going through tutorials. In this case iBooks isn’t as intuitive as the rest of Apple. It is as clumsy as the PC world.

Kindle is the platform I have used for several years now. It was by request of readers that I started looking at making my books available on iBooks. With Kindle, I can take my word document and drop it into the KDP website and walk through the steps of adding the rest of the information and I am done. I can even download a working sample of it to my desktop and open it in kindle and read it.

In my opinion, Kindle is much more intuitive and easier to use than the whole iBook process. I think Apple needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink their process if they want it to be consistent with the rest of their products.

I would give Kindle a 4-star rating (still have problems with picture books) and I would give iBooks a 1-star rating. Maybe that will change as I work my way through the process, but on the learning curve the rating will stand.

If other authors have had better luck with the iBook process I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading

DB

Blog sharing

I haven’t often shared anyone else’s blog post on my blog. But I have two I would like to direct you to. One is called The Dying Away. His insightfulness is amazing and refreshing. I think you will enjoy it.

The other is a new one and I know the blogger very well and think you will enjoy his outlook on life. He is a photographer and a speed cuber. Please visit his blog and stay tuned to the crazies  cyotheking.

As time goes on I will feature other blogs.

Have a good night

DB

Why did I write?

Sometimes I can get so caught up in what I am doing that I forget why I am doing it. It is especially true with my writing. I have spent the last bit of time working hard on marketing what I have written and most of the time feel like I have been sending printed material to a blind man. The results have been almost nothing. This morning I took a step back and decided to write about why I wrote my first book. Here is the result of that.

A Boy out of Time is the first book in the Time Twins Series. It started out with an idea that rattled around in my head for about 10 years. I wanted to write a science fiction that could have been based on a young earth idea. I know there are a lot of people out there that are hooked on the evolutionary teaching, lock-stock-and-barrel. That’s okay. Think of this as a unique way to look at things and just enjoy the story.
I chose to use the first six chapters of Genisis as a reference point. I did this because if you add all the years up in that bible my time- line figures about right. I also decided to go a little further. If what Genisis says about the creation of man is true, then what kind of being would he have been? We are used to thinking in an evolutionary way and say that he started out stupid and slowly evolved to the wonderful being he is today. What if the opposite were true? What if he started out a highly created being and we are a de-evolution of what he was? What if some of the things we dream about doing are just memories of what we could have done at the beginning?
That was the thought process that went into this book. It makes it unlike any other sci-fi out there, it makes it unique. Isn’t that what every author strives for — to write something in a way no one else has?

 You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate the story. The idea was to write something different that teens would enjoy.
You can get your copy at http://www.aboyoutoftime.com. I have them in paperback, kindle, and iBooks.
Please if you do get the book and read it, leave a review for me. Reviews help fuel sales and sales help keep the lights on here. Also in the front of each book is a link to additional information on the characters. I created a blog from their standpoint. It covers thoughts and feelings that happen between the lines of the story. I only have the timeline for the first book out. In the next couple of weeks, I will get the second book timeline out too.

The Adventure!!

Good Evening everyone.

I have been on an adventure over the last couple of days. I have been charting my way through iBooks, iBooks Author, iTune Producer and iTune Connect. The map should be straight forward, I mean isn’t that what Apple is all about — being intuitive?

I have published to Kindle now for a couple of years and found it easy. iBooks, on the other hand, is fraught with strange twist and turns. I thought I could create the epub file for iTune Producer in Pages, I mean after all Pages save/converts to .epub format. So happily I worked my way through the process (taking most of the evening,) and published Captured in Atlantis on iBooks. I even got a promo code so I could download a copy for myself in iBooks.

I anxiously waited for the download and opened it. It reminded me of a book that came out in the early ’70 called “Everything I know about Sex.” That’s right, all the pages were blank!

It only took me an hour to figure out how to remove it from the iBook store. I then took the .epub and started with iBook Author and worked my way through that for the next hour. Now I am waiting for it to be live on the iBooks Store so I can download my copy — hopefully filled with text 🙂

It has been a winding and twisting road with potholes and hair-raising drop-offs, but I think I may have finally arrived.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the results. Have a good night

DB