Friday, January 7, 2011

The Quest of Dai: The Eroe is on Kindle, but...

So, Outskirts Press is awesome and published my book up on Kindle lickey-split! I heart Outskirts. I really do. They're so fast!

I thought one of the pluses of being up on Kindle would be that I could fix all the horribly embarrassing errors I had left in the book when I published it originally (such as spelling sheath "shief"--did you know Word wouldn't catch that as a misspelling? 'cause... I didn't...). So I went into the Kindle author bookshelf to download the book so I could happily update the HTML file...

And lo and behold, Outskirts locked the file.

I cannot update it.

I tried like mad to download the file, to no avail. It is locked to me. I can't fix it. I can't update it. It's as locked as my book.

So, the book is on Kindle. It's .99. But I'm not announcing it because... Let's face it... It's kind of embarrassing.

Sadly, it looks like I'm just going to have to suck it up and contact Outskirts and ask them to give me an estimate on replacing the manuscript. (They give you a cost estimate on "updating" the book post-publication on a case-by-case basis, I assume based on the length of your book and how much effort it's going to take them to update it.) But if I'm going to update the misspellings, I'm just going to update/revise the whole damn book. There are so many things I want to fix...

UGH. How frustrating... /sigh

So, if you don't mind some terribly misspelled words, give the book a shot. Hey--it's only .99 cents, right? ;)


Jane Rutherford said...

You know what... I'm going to offer to be your editor/second pair of eyes for any future projects to save you some of this frustration. I mean, if you want to, you might not, and it's alright :)

But just in case, you can email me at janerites AT

Anonymous said...

Have you asked your contact at Outskirts Press for the HTML file? The PRC file that is uploaded to the DTP account cannot be edited, but the HTML file can be and may just need to be requested.

Vivian Marie said...

Oh my gosh! I have not requested it from Outskirts--I hadn't even THOUGHT of that! What a brilliant idea! I will have to do that--thank you!!!

(And thank you, Jane! <3 You are so wonderful!!!)