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Just Checking In

It’s been a while since I posted anything, so I thought I’d catch you up. Here’s updates as to what I’m working on.

  • SPAB! – this is my simple to use self publishing program. It’s been rewritten to remove dependencies on other programs. It automatically produces the various files you need to upload to the various self-publishing sites. Right now, I’m only packaging it for Windows, but it’s written in python, so I’ll (someday) package it up for other platforms, or at least drop the code on github so that anyone with python installed can run it. I’m very exited about this, and I’ll need some of you folks to help me test it out. This software is also central to my next project, which is-
  • HowToSelfPublishABook.org – this is my tutorial site. I’m rewriting everything to make a simple, cohesive book. I’ll eventually release it as an ebook on Kindle et al. with a couple of bonus chapters for those more advanced types. Needless to say, SPAB! is part of the workflow I’ll be teaching. I haven’t gotten far yet, but you’re welcome to check it out. I’m also using that site to showcase the new version of Book WP.
  • The Journey of St. Laurent – I bet you thought I’d forgotten all about it, didn’t you. Well, now I’ve edited 57 chapters. I’m in the home stretch. I have a feeling the epilogue is going to change, I’ve written out a couple of¬†unnecessary¬†secondary characters, and in general I think it’s a way more gooder awesomer book.
  • I’ll be republishing Oasis in Paperback so it can have the new cover to match the ebook version. And I’m adding a brand new first chapter!
  • Once I get all that taken care of, I’ll finish up the Children’s book I’ve been working on.
  • I’m in early stages of planning a series of novelettes/novellas.
  • I’m toying with the idea of making and selling a couple of smartphone apps.
  • And I’m writing another tiny piece of software related to audio drama scripts (of which I have ideas for many).

 

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  1. J. Dane Tyler, February 27, 2013:

    I’m kinda looking forward to the new SPAB! program. I’m willing to test it, if, y’know, it’s not too hard to install python. Is python a framework, like .NET, or is it a program of some sort?

    Anyway, I don’t want to break my computer, but I’d be willing to try it for you if you want. I have a few novellas I’m looking to convert. I like using Scrivener for this, but it’s time consuming to upload them into there, even from Word, so just converting them outright (with something like Mobi PocketCreator, f’rinstance) would be cool.

    Problem with MPC is, it only produces .prc files, and I want .mobi or .epub files too, which I can get from Scrivener. So if SPAB! does that, I’m in. Love it.

    Will it upload cover images too? See, that’s key. So hopefully you’ve got that all figgered.

    And I can’t wait to see the new Chapter 1 of Oasis. Will I get to test-read?

  2. Bryce Beattie, February 27, 2013:

    Python is just another programming language. If you have it installed, you could run SPAB from the source without much trouble.

    You won’t have to worry about python, though. I’m using py2exe to compile and package everything up. You (& any other testers) will just download a zip file, unzip it, and run the program.

    There’s not really a risk of crashing your computer, it’s more like I need to make sure that it is simply generating everything I think it will, and that the output looks good to more people than just me. (& those files are accepted at the various sites.)

    The program is ready, I just need to work up a readable set of instructions.

    SPAB does insert the cover images for the appropriate files. It doesn’t generate a mobi directly for amazon, it creates a zipped html file formatted in a way that it’s going to look good when you upload to kdp. I’ve found that the kindle previewer does a better job of converting epub to mobi than kindlegen does. YMMV.

    I’ll give the new chapter 1 a glance over again and send you a copy. It’s nothing super groundbreaking, but hopefully it shows the reader why they should care about Corbin.

  3. DarcsFalcon, March 11, 2013:

    I’m looking forward to the children’s book! Sounds like fun!

    And did you say Smartphone apps? I love apps! LOL Can’t wait to see what you come up with. :)

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