First part of Chapter 6 for OFS went to proofreaders. Will post in 24 hours hopefully.
Archives for April 2016
Good morning, good morning, IA readers! Happy Tuesday! I appreciate the patience of the many who have emailed Ilona and Gordon while they have been furiously working to get Magic Binds ready for release in late summer. I have tried to answer most of the questions along the way. We are finally catching up on the ones that needed Authorlord input.
One question I have received over and over is about a bit of dialogue dropped from Sweep in Peace when it was released. Back in January Ilona shared that the line “Don’t die, small human!” would be added back to the electronic download and everyone would be able to update. Little did we know how involved an update to an e-book could be!
Ilona looped in the amazing Natanya Wheeler to help us solve the mystery of updating e-books.
Amazon – They really do handle this through their customer support, so they want us to refer your readers to this: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A1RGGPBKDR1BPZ
Nook – To receive the updated NOOK Book file at no additional charge, the customer can re-download the NOOK Book by using the Archive/Un-Archive feature.
On a NOOK device, this is done in the Library by pressing and holding your finger on the cover image until a menu pops up, and then selecting “Archive”. In the upper right corner click “My Stuff” > “Archived”, and then press and hold your finger again on the cover image and select “Unarchive.”
If there is any trouble, the customer can follow the link below for the web-based customer support system:https://help.barnesandnoble.com You can also call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-THE-BOOK (1-800-843-2665).
iBooks – Readers just need to delete and redownload.
For all of our InScribe retailers, (Kobo, GooglePlay, etc.), the reader just needs to delete from their device and redownload.
Have a great day! Susan
I have to do things. I have to approve the new cover for OFS – it is gorgeous, by the way, – but that requires running it by everyone at the agency and showing it to other people, because I usually get art from Doris and default right into “It’s so pretty!” Unfortunately, there is branding and continuity to consider, etc.
I have to fix the website. We lost internet right in the middle of me editing it, and the front page is kinda blank. And been blank for a week.
I have to finish editing Magic Binds.
I have to put together two packages for the winners of random prize for DABWAHA, which must be mailed tomorrow.
I have to put up my laundry.
I have to clean my desk. Oh, I so have to clean my desk.
All I really want to do is hide away and write. Funny how that turns out.
We finally have internet! Five days. FIVE DAYS! Okay, I’ll hush about first world problems now. Anyway, unfortunately we also have contracts to review and line edits on Kate’s finale that just landed yesterday and are due beginning of next week.
Just to give you an idea of our deadlines this year:
- Magic Binds manuscript, written in 4 months, due March 15th.
- Massive structural edit, arrived March 21, due April 15th.
- Line edits of the structural edit, arrived in two parts, first one on April 18th, due Monday.
We have done the structural edit and we are mostly through the line edit, but because it’s due Monday, we have to knuckle down and get through it. So innkeeper will be delayed, and you will get two installments next week. As a consolation prize, we are posting Chapter 1 for you. The first part of it will seem familiar because we had posted it previously before the edit. It was revised, and is unlikely to significantly change from this point on. It is over 5,000 words long, so please click read more link below to keep reading.
The skull glared at me out of empty eye sockets. Odd runes marked its forehead, carved into the yellowed bone and filled with black ink. Its thick bottom jaw supported a row of conical fangs, long and sharp like the teeth of a crocodile. The skull sat on top of an old STOP sign. Someone had painted the surface of the hexagon white and written KEEP OUT across it in large jagged letters. A reddish-brown splatter stained the bottom edge, looking suspiciously like dry blood. I leaned closer. Yep, blood. Some hair, too. Human hair.
Curran frowned at the sign. “Do you think he’s trying to tell us something?”
“I don’t know. He’s being so subtle about it.”
I looked past the sign. About a hundred yards back, a large two story house waited. It was clearly built post-Shift, out of solid timber and brown stone laid by hand to ensure it would survive the magic waves. But instead of the usual simple square or rectangular box of most post-Shift buildings, this house had all the pre-Shift bells and whistles of a modern prairie home: rows of big windows, sweeping horizontal lines, and a spacious layout. Except prairie style homes usually had long flat roofs and little ornamentation, while this place sported pitched roofs with elaborate carved gables, beautiful barge boards, and ornate wooden windows.
“It’s like someone took a Russian log cabin and a pre-Shift contemporary house, stuck them into a blender, and dumped it over there.”
Curran frowned. “It’s his… what do you call it? Terem.”
“A terem is where Russian princesses lived.”