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Times of the Changes out now on Amazon

Well that took a long time.

I thought I was nearly finished just under a year ago. Seems I was nowhere near. To be fair, I haven’t spent much time on writing related pursuits recently. The garden seems to have taken priority!

Anyway, doing a bit here and a bit there, I’ve finally arrived at the point where I can release book two of the Supremacy trilogy – Times of the Changes. The Kindle and paperback versions are now both available on Amazon.

Before I start on book three, I want to get my short story collection out. Now Times of the Changes is out, I can concentrate on this project now, when I’m not taking advantage of the weather to be out gardening.

I’d like to think the collection will be out this year, but given the length of time that elapsed between me thinking I was in that position with Times of the Changes, and now, I won’t make any predictions.


For the Love of Sci-Fi, and other things

A couple of days ago I went over to Manchester to the ‘For the Love of Sci-Fi’ convention. Three of us left Bangor at 7.15am on Sunday morning, arriving nearly two hours later in the queue to get in. Fortunately it was quite fast moving. There were horror stories of overcrowding the previous day, but we were lucky; Sunday wasn’t sold out.

I’ve never been to one of these before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have to admit, one of the main reasons for going was to see William Shatner’s talk in the afternoon. Gareth spent most of his morning queueing, first to get Dolph Lundgren’s autograph and then his photo, while me and Kevin wandered round the various stalls becoming a bit bored with it all. We went to see Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars) on the live stage and sat a long time before someone came out and said he was having trouble with his voice and wouldn’t be appearing. Disappointing. So we killed some time going round the trade stalls before watching the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra rattling off some sci-fi tunes.

Who you looking at?

After finding Gareth, complete with photo, we went for some lunch and spent forever in a queue waiting to be served. We were annoyed to discover we could have been watching David Hasselhoff. Not that any of us are big fans; he just seems a very interesting character; a larger than life character. Instead we got cold queueing, then our food got cold as we tried to eat quickly before going back inside. Cold nachos with chilli isn’t as nice as when it’s hot.

Another thing I wanted to see were some Daleks which were supposed to be there, but they weren’t. We searched the hall for them but no Daleks. I wanted a photograph of myself with them. Oh well. We decided to go into the Live stage area and grab seats ready for William Shatner. We couldn’t get as close to the front as we would like to because it was already filling up. A magic show was in progress which was quite entertaining. Then Billy Dee Williams (Lando in Star Wars) came on stage for a Q&A session. He seemed very slow, and perhaps not as with it as he should have been (he is 80 after all). He seemed to suffer from memory problems and needed the occasional reminder and prompt. Shame really.

When I grow up I want to be a dalek!

What we couldn’t understand was why some people got up to leave after his session, with William Shatner due on stage five minutes later. The hall really filled up for him and I don’t think anyone was disappointed. For an 86 year old he was still quite sharp. There was the occasional slip, such as referring to Stephen Hawking as Peter Hawking once, though he didn’t repeat the error when naming him again. He also mixed up a few astronomical terms but the gist of his talk was clear and interesting. Then he did a Q&A session. He was very comfortable talking about himself (which we thought the Hoff would be as well). The time flew by. If he didn’t point out he’d overrun, the session could have gone on for hours. He was a very good talker and seeing him more than justified the cost of the ticket. I really enjoyed it.

Would I go to another one? That depends. In the morning me and Kev agreed it was probably a once in a lifetime event and this was that occasion. After seeing William Shatner I think I’ll reserve judgement and see what guests are lined up.

Plus points: William Shatner

Negative points: no Daleks (which were advertised) and no Ian McDiarmid

As you can tell, I’m a Star trek fan (more so than Star Wars, though judging by the costumes people were wearing it would seem more people were fans of Star Wars). Someone asked William Shatner what he thought of the new Star Trek (Discovery), and he said he hadn’t watched it. I have to agree with some of the criticisms of it from the audience – shallow characters and disjointed episodes. I’m hoping for better things when the series resumes in January now the Discovery (and all its advanced technology) has been shuffled off to wherever its gone (parallel universe perhaps). I found it hard to reconcile the fact that it was supposed to be set ten years before Captain Kirk went boldly where no-one (including, presumably, the Discovery) had gone before. He would have loved the technology of the Discovery on board the Enterprise. Can’t wait for it to resume.

With regard to my writing, I’m working on the comments I’ve received back from it being read. Several chapters have been rewritten, but, of course, this all has a knock on effect on the rest of the story. I’m less than a hundred pages from the end now. Releasing it this year won’t happen now. Hopefully it wont be too late into the new year. I’m still waiting for the cover design to come back, so I couldn’t have gone live with it yet anyway.

One of four draft copies printed for readers to comment on (temporary cover)

The short stories haven’t progressed. I’ll finish the two remaining stories once I’ve finished Times of the Changes.

Finding time to write is a problem. You would think, having retired, I’d have lots of time. It’s true what they say – I don’t know how I ever found the time to work. I think the problem is you fill your life with lots of other stuff – writing is just one of those things. Another is the local dog training club. I somehow seem to have not only become a member of the club, but get elected to the committee, and then become the Chairman. I’ve also taken on most of the computer based functions (apart from the Facebook side of it, which my wife handles), and I organise the Agility sessions as well – Nantlle Vale Dog Training Club, if anyone is interested (I’m as bad at putting entries on their blog as I am on my own! OK, perhaps not quite as bad.)

Instead of writing this, I could have been editing. Doh!

Here’s a lesson for you all

Having finished the draft of the first part of the novel last week, I’ve started from the beginning again, doing a readability and sense check. On Sunday night, having completed chapter 4, I saved my work and closed up my laptop, pretty much as normal.

Yesterday morning when I opened my lap top, instead of resuming Windows as it normally does, it informed me the previous run hadn’t been shut down normally. I selected the normal start option. This happens occasionally.

I think you know what’s coming here.

Usually, Open Office flags up documents which were open, and goes into recovery mode, On this occasion it didn’t. So I went into the folder and clicked on the document. It presented me with a panel headed ‘ASCII Filter Options’. Strange. I’d never seen this before. It contained a number of options which seemed to suggest it was importing from an ASCII file, rather than opening an Open Office file. Whatever option I selected, by the time it opened the document, all that could be seen were #’s. 204K of them! (It also thought the document was locked by an unknown user, so I could either open it in read-only mode or as a copy. The copy didn’t work, so I had to select it as read-only)

I spent yesterday trying to get out of this problem, before reluctantly having to say goodbye to my document. I even tried software which searches the disk for deleted copies in the hope it might find a version deleted by the word processor when it saved a newer version.

No joy.

From googling the problem, it seems the file is corrupt and the only way out is to resort to a backup.

Guess what. I had no recent backup.

With everything that’s been going on this year I’ve not been very good at doing the house keeping. The most recent copy I could find was on an external disk, written in early May. Ironically, I had been thinking it was time to do a backup on Sunday afternoon. I wish I’d followed up on the thought at the time, but somehow the editing seemed more important.

Fortunately, on this occasion, it’s not as bad as it seems. I have been extracting a chapter at a time into a separate document, editing it and then pasting it back in to the main document. So with a bit of work I can get back to where I was at the start of last week. I know I did a few tweaks to the text after putting some chapters back, so I’ll have to look out for them when I go through it all again. The only stumbling block here is that as I did the editing I created multiple copies of each chapter document, so I need to figure out which versions to incorporate.

By doing this I should be able to come up with a fairly recent copy. When I started the readability checks, I did so against the main document, so all the changes I made – and there were a lot of them – have been lost. On Sunday night I had just completed chapter 4, so at least I don’t have too much to do, but a couple of the chapters are quite long.

I’ve rebuilt the first four chapters of the book now, and while the changes (might) be fresh in my head, I intend to do the readability check now before rebuilding any more of the document. This unfortunately spoils the continuity of the editing process. I don’t think I’m going to end up with the changes I was happy with before, so I have this sneaking suspicion I will feel less than happy about chapters one to four, no matter what I do to them from here on.

So, the lesson to you all, is never put off doing a backup because you think the more interesting stuff is more important.

What is really ironic is that when I was working as a Database Administrator, I was so diligent about backup and recovery routines. Losing someone’s financial or planning data wasn’t something I ever wanted to experience. Yes we sometimes ‘lost’ data, for instance with disk failures, but we were always able to recover it from backups. Funny how other people’s data seems more important than your own.

I’ve learned a lesson here the hard way and intend to change my method of working. As a temporary measure, I will backup to a memory stick before closing the lid, to cover me between backups to external disk.

Take backups seriously.

Writing Again

After everything that has happened this year, I’m pretty confident about saying I’ll miss the two targets I set for myself during 2016. Both the second volume of the Supremacy Trilogy and the short story collection are unlikely to be out this year. The good news, however, is that I’m getting back into the swing of writing.

I’m editing the first part of Times of the Changes, the follow-up to Betrayal, although I’ve still got to write a few connecting chapters near the end, to tie it all together.

At the same time, I’m working on the short story collection. Five stories included so far. I want at least 8 stories, so 3 more to go. I was editing an old time travel story, but after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to put that one hold for a while, and am now writing a new one for inclusion.

Outside writing, my mum’s injury appears to be responding to treatment. The nurse who changes the dressing twice a week seems happy with the progress. I’m also back at the agility, wearing an ankle support, and running round the field trying to control the dog over/through all the obstacles. I’m still taking care, however. Don’t want to reverse my recovery. We’ve also had two long weekends away during September which meant no writing: one at my son’s place in Derbyshire close to the Peak District, the other at my uncle’s in the Yorkshire Dales. My relatives live in some nice places! Visiting them is the kind of distraction I don’t mind having.

Writing again

Why do things conspire to stop me writing?

I’ve begun to get back into the writing, but things are still intruding on my writing time. I’m pleased to say my mum is out of hospital as of yesterday, after a six week stay. I’ve also been doing a lot of work for the dog training club I belong to, ready for the AGM, which was two nights ago. I’m now on the committee, so more work no doubt. The garden is in danger of getting out of hand and the seedlings won’t wait to go in for much longer before they get past it.

I won’t get much opportunity to write over the next few weeks. We’re on a week break with my wife’s family, in Derbyshire, as part of her 60th birthday celebrations. Then we’re back for about a week and a half before we fly out to Malta for a ten day holiday, during which my son will be getting married over there.

Everything seems against me at the moment. But I have managed to replace the first four chapters of the follow up book to Betrayal, by a single chapter. I’ll run it by my wife  – she wasn’t happy with the previously long introduction. I’ve reduced the word count from around 101k to 89k. It’s still too long considering I’ve yet to write some bits of the ending. My next task is to tackle chapter 2, which I think is too long, so I’ll cull that and then see how it looks.


Writing Progress and Wordcounts

It took a long time to edit the third short story, and I don’t think it’s complete yet. After rewriting substantial parts of it, I think I’ll leave it to rest for a while and come back to it later. So I’ve moved onto the fourth short story. This one, I wrote three years ago, and it describes the fortunes of a ‘changeling’ in a grim off-world prison when his ‘talents’ are called into service for the use of others.

My first novel, Betrayal, started out life as a short story, or rather a novella, and grew from there as I explored the various possibilities. I’m well into the second book of what is now going to be a trilogy. I see, in this fourth short story, the potential for it to also be grown into a novel, allowing me to develop the characters more, and expand the plot. But I shall resist. Maybe one day I’ll come back to it, if I run out of other ideas.

I think I said my revised date for the completion of the short story collection was Easter. I didn’t realise Easter was early this year. I could have done with it being a late one! I think I will miss that ‘deadline’ as well. I won’t schedule a revised date. I’ll just work at it, as and when. My plan was to reserve my evening writing for the short stories, but the second novel in the trilogy, Times of the Changes, keeps encroaching into it.

Talking of the second volume. I passed 100,000 words recently. This is too long in my opinion. I’m a slow reader, and I’m put off by over-long books. They’re too easy for me to give up on. I tend to shy away from books that approach, or exceed, 400 pages. Betrayal was around 90,000 words which, with the formatting I used, came out at 350 pages. Quite long enough. I don’t want to put off any potential new readers with something too daunting, especially from an unknown author. Another consideration is the cost of production of a paper copy. The higher the page count, the higher the production costs, pushing up the price of the paperback.

As a first stab at reducing the word count, I’ve decided I’m going to go back and rewrite the first six chapters (about 20,000) words to shorten what is basically an introduction to the main story to make it less meandering and more relevant, but I’ll need to cull a lot more when I finish writing.

I had set a target date of the middle of the year to have the book ready but I’ll probably miss that deadline as well. Hopefully it will still be this year.

I’m an Author

Last night I published Betrayal, the first book of my Supremacy trilogy, through CreateSpace and this morning I published it through KDP.


The Kindle version should be available within about 12 hours of me publishing, which will be around 11:30 tonight. CreateSpace said the paperback version should be on Amazon within the next three to five business days. As there’s a weekend coming up, I didn’t expect to see it there before Monday. But when I checked at around 13:30 today, it’s already there. Hopefully the Kindle version will be quick as well, although I gather it can take a while for them to be matched up on Amazon.

It’s a strange feeling seeing something I’ve created up on Amazon, almost like I can’t quite believe it.

I set the paperback price at £8.75 / $10.99 / 10.50 and the Kindle price at £2.99 / $3.99 (prices for other territories will be converted from the US price)

When you look at the price of published science fiction paperbacks I find there is no way I can match the price traditionally published authors can achieve. The overheads of Amazon’s print on demand service makes it impossible to sell for such low prices, in fact they won’t even let you sell as cheaply as them.

I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to work out how to convince the Kindle Online Previewer to open my book at Chapter One. Whatever I did, it had the idea of opening it at some point in the table of contents or on the copyright page.

There was no problem using the Kindle Previewer on my laptop. That was the annoying thing. Whatever I tried, I couldn’t force the start reading location to Chapter One in the online Previewer. I could move it around within the table of contents and even into the copyright page, but not to Chapter One.

I did a lot of research on the web and found a lot of people have the same issue and there doesn’t appear to be a definitive fix to the problem. It all goes wrong once KDP put the separately uploaded cover image onto the book.

I wrote the book in OpenOffice and then converted it to html which I input to SIGIL to convert it to an epub document. This gave me quite a bit of control over the look of the book.

I never expected to have to do html editing to get the book ready for Kindle. Anyway it allowed me to see exactly what commands were going to be used to format the book. It was quite fun to play around with it and see how it works. Seriously, it allowed me to tidy up the messy html generated by OpenOffice.

The whole point of using SIGIL was to allow me to set up an NCX table of contents which would display the chapters in the ‘goto’ guide on a Kindle. This worked ok.

For anyone technical out there, I set the start reading location to Chapter One using a guide entry in the content.opf file, but this was either getting changed or was being overridden by the KDP build process. The html table of contents (defining the contents as seen as part of the book) couldn’t be easily edited in SIGIL without it complaining, so I resorted to unpacking the epub file and using an html editor on it. But all I succeeded in doing was more moving around of the start reading location (but not to the correct point). So I gave up on that approach.

What was obvious, however, was that editing the html that made up the html table of contents file had an effect on the start reading location, which was why I persevered.

Anyway, after a couple of weeks of banging my head against a brick wall I decided if the start reading location doesn’t want to be Chapter One, I’d try making it something else. I set it to the title page and after uploading it to KDP, it didn’t move somewhere else, so I’m going with that.

While I was writing this I noticed the Kindle version had become available on Amazon. At the moment the paperback and the Kindle versions are separate entries but hopefully, soon, Amazon will tie them up into a single entry.

The book description is:

Book One of the Supremacy Trilogy
After thousands of years the Earth-based Supremacy controls a vast galactic empire where the only permitted life-form is human.
For fighter pilot Brad Johnson, injured after crash-landing on an alien world teeming with seemingly dangerous plant and animal life, it is the start of a transformational journey.
Nursed back to health by the enemy, he is forced to question the ethics and motives of those he serves.
And when rescue comes, it is from an unexpected direction.

Not sure if this gives enough information away, but I don’t want to include any spoilers in it.

Anyway, it’s up there on Amazon now for anyone to have a look, and maybe buy a copy. I need to have a think about how to publicise it a bit now, beyond the blog and facebook and twitter.

Just as I was about to publish this post, it’s been pointed out to me that on where I specified a price of $3.99, it’s actually there for $4.66. Not sure what’s happening there. I’ll have to investigate.

What I’ve been up to

There’s been quite a delay in the publishing process. When the new cover design appeared on the CreateSpace project page for the book, the title was too high. It was right on the edge. It needed to be shifted down a bit. I’ve now received the updated cover art and have uploaded it, along with the final(?) version of the text. I’ve sent that off to be reviewed so hopefully I will be ordering another proof copy by the end of tomorrow.

In the meantime I’ve been doing some work on Book 2 and editing a short story. I’m hoping to put a collection of short stories out by the end of the year. It’s been nice to get the brain back into coming up with new stuff instead of re-arranging something that’s been written for over a year now. It was strange, it took a long time to get back into the swing of it after so long spent proof reading and correcting.

I’ve also been doing some reading. Last year when I was shifting lots of stuff in my mum and dad’s loft I came across a box containing some of my old paperbacks. I was pleased to find that most of my collection of Edmund Cooper books was amongst them, though I seem to have lost a few of them somewhere. They now occupy the shelf above my desk, just above my laptop, along with some Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Fred Hoyle and AE Van Vogt, amongst others.

I’ve started re-reading them and am enjoying them again, although they all seem a bit dated now (both in terms of their technology and attitudes). For anyone interested in Edmund Cooper there is very good web site ( detailing his bibliography. I have most of his novels and short stories. At the moment I’m reading his novel Transit (published in 1964), and his collection of short stories, Voices in the Dark (published in 1956). I have my dad to thank for getting me into Edmund Cooper. Several of the books on my shelf are his old copies (Voices in the Dark, I hasten to add is one of them, being published the year before I was born). I’ve had to buy Kindle versions of some of the older ones because they’re beginning to fall apart.

Recently I was looking through a stack of old sci-fi books at my mum and dad’s deciding on which to rescue. Unfortunately some of the older books have been ruined by wood-worm. I was flicking through one book thinking it looked as if someone had been throwing darts as it, but on closer inspection the holes went through three books, and there was no mistake about it when the things decided to move up and down and across the page, taking out lots of words at a time. What a shame. I binned them. Tomorrow I’m going to check out some more to see if they’re worth hanging on to.

Final checking

I’ve read through the CreateSpace proof copy many times now, and infuriatingly, I keep finding things that need changing. I guess I could go on doing this for the next year, until I’m really happy with the result. But I won’t. I need to be getting stuck in to the follow-up book, which has been placed on one side while I do all this editing.

I’ve also read the version on my Kindle as well and found things. I think the medium you read it on helps determine how much you will find, possibly due to line breaks being in different places. I discovered that on occasion, I didn’t read all the way to the end of a line or the very start of the next line, even when reading it out loud to myself. I keep reading what I meant to write. The trick I found with reading aloud was not to read it as you think it would sound as an audio book, but to try and do it slowly, a word at a time, in almost monotone. And when I’m reading silently, to myself, I force myself to slow down occasionally by imagining my words being spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800! At least it makes me read every word (most of the time).

Anyway, the CS proof copy is covered in hi-lighter markings now, but I think I’ve finished the editing now. I’m still trying to sort out a few glitches with using Sigil, to create the file to upload to KDP (rather than just uploading an html file). It’s just about there now. I’ll write about it in another post, detailing the issues it created and how I got round them (had to do some html editing).

In the meantime, my cover has been redesigned. My son’s girlfriend has come up with a much nicer design. Just a couple of issues with it at the moment, the main one being the placement of the title and author too close to the edge. Think they might get trimmed! When that has been completed, I’ll be ready to order another proof copy, which I will read (again). It will be nice to read one without all the coloured markings.

When I finally finish with Sigil, which should be soon now, I’ll read it on the Kindle as well to see if I can detect any more changes.

So it’s nearly there. I keep saying that, but I feel it is a lot closer now than it was, and I’m glad I’ve picked out most of the errors (well I hope I have!) rather than some reviewer on Amazon doing it.

Hopefully, I’ll get a picture of the cover up shortly for a comparison between the current one and the new one.

Problems with Kindle formatting

Since my first attempt at uploading a file, I have had numerous other attempts at sorting out niggling little problems (over ten attempts so far – and it’s still not quite right).

As I said in my first post on the subject, for some reason the book looked different on different devices. Some had paragraph spacing, some didn’t. Some had first paragraph indents, some didn’t, and some had a double indent on the first paragraph. I also mentioned a few other little problems. I’ll cover them all below.

Paragraph spacing:

My openoffice document had no space between paragraphs so I was pretty annoyed to find that Kindle devices put a gap between them. I downloaded the mobi file and loaded it on to my Kindle and on to an iPad and iPhone for comparison. The iPad and iPhone had no gap, the Kindle did.

The problem appears to be that I specified a gap of 0cm before and after the paragraphs.

The solution is to make it 0.01cm in both cases. It’s a bit of a bodge really. By specifying a zero value, the devices appear to use their default value for the paragraph spacing, which for a Kindle seems to be a single line. By specifying a very small amount, it fools the device into using the specified amount instead of its default. The value of 0.01cm is too small for the human eye to detect on a Kindle or an iPad.

Paragraph no indent:

I specified that the first paragraph in a chapter would have no indent, but subsequent chapters would be indented by 0.5cm.

The problem is that on some devices it works ok but on others there is either an indent the same as subsequent paragraphs, and even worse on others, the indent is twice the size of subsequent paragraphs.

The solution is to revert to the bodge again. I had specified an indent value of 0cm for the first line of the first paragraph, so it again seemed that the various devices took that to mean use their defaults. By specifying an indent of 0.01cm for the first line, it appears on all devices as if there is no indent on the first paragraph of each chapter.

This problem also affected the indents of the table of contents. I indent the chapter numbers under part numbers. Part numbers used a style that specified indent of 0cm, causing the iPad and iPhone to indent it more than the chapter numbers. Fixed by setting indent to 0.01cm. Another way round this problem would be to centre the table of contents instead.

Table of Contents spacing:

I thought the table of contents spread over too many screens, so I thought to close the gap up. I changed the style for the table of contents to have 0.01 before and after each item.

The problem here was it closed up the gaps between them, and yes it looked good and didn’t take up many screens (particularly on the smaller devices), but it wasn’t practical. I have quite small fingers and I struggled to hit the right line when I wanted to go direct to a specific chapter.

The solution was that a gap is necessary. I set it to 0.1cm below and above, which is just enough to separate the lines to make it easier to hit the right one (for me at least). I may revisit this.

Blank lines:

The existence of blank lines in my title page, copyright page and end matter caused issues across different devices. Mostly related to the styles having specified no gap between paragraphs. Where the default device gap was used I ended up with massive gaps between the paragraphs.

I changed all the styles used, and created some new ones, so that I have just about eliminated most blank lines. I still have one on the copyright page where I have also included contact info. I separated them with a blank line, but because the style no longer has 0cm specified above or below, it doesn’t look too bad.

Other stuff:

I converted email address and blog address to be hyperlinks (which I tested on the devices I copied the mobi file to, and they worked)

The bookmark problem with the Table of Contents caused it to be greyed out when you used the Kindle ‘go to’ function. I had specified the bookmark in uppercase. I redefined it as toc and it works ok.

Start point. I have a bookmark called start pointing at the title page in the openoffice document. But some devices go to chapter 1, some to the title page. It’s not consistent. I set the start to be the title page because when I specified it to be chapter 1, for some reason it went to a point somewhere before the start point, in the middle of the table of contents, or towards the end of the book, and the ‘go to’ guide was all over the place. So specifying the title page is again a bit of a bodge, but it seems to make it work after a fashion.

Still outstanding:

The paragraph indent on some devices is very small. It is noticeable but is about half the size of the indent on my Kindle. Not sure how to get round this one. I might leave this one as it’s not a bad problem.

The major issue I have now is that books I have downloaded to my Kindle tend to have the chapters in the ‘go to’ guide. There doesn’t seem to be a way of doing this from a word processor. So on the one hand KDP are saying they prefer the book uploaded in doc (Word) format, but at the same time suggesting it’s a good idea to have the chapters in the guide, which can’t be done as long as you stick with a word processor. That’s how I understand it anyway.

After a lot of time spent trying to find a way of achieving this impossible task, I have decided to download Sigil. So instead of uploading the html document from openoffice to KDP, I have loaded it into Sigil which is supposed to be able to create the table of contents in the right way to allow it to appear in the guide.

So that’s where I am at the moment. I basically have a Kindle version that works, except for getting the chapter numbers into the ‘go to’ guide. I could go live with it as is, but I feel it would be better to utilise the guide for navigating around the book (if readers want to do that). I’ve downloaded and installed Sigil and had a play with it. It seems to be the answer to the problem. I’ll document this in another post.

And I thought all you had to do was upload your source text. There’s a lot of work involved in getting a Kindle book looking good.

My plan now however is to read the CreateSpace proof copy which arrived on Monday to check for any last minute changes, and to check the formatting etc., and then order another proof copy (because of the changes I’ve already made to the source file). So release date is likely to be another three weeks or so, which is just as well because I haven’t finished doing all the setup for either the paperback or the ebook.