Newer. Prettier. But the Same.

by wjw on February 7, 2016

TernSchooner700LITEI’ve been engaged in the detail work of bringing my ebooks up to the modern standard, modern being “2016” as opposed to “2012.”  Which is to say they look prettier, are better organized, have functioning tables of contents, and almost entirely up-to-date clickable lists of my other works, so that you can find them and buy them very easily, nearly without having to think, which is sort of the point.  Don’t think, just buy!  (Clickable links not available at Smashwords or Google, for technical reasons, so sorry about that.)

All the novels have had their upgrade.  Short fiction to come.

The Tern Schooner even has a new cover, much nicer than the old one.  Check it out!

Of course the contents are the same, so whether you want to replace your old file with a new one depends entirely on your aesthetic standards.  I know it’s easy to do at Smashwords, where you have a choice of which file to download, and you just pick the most recent, and it doesn’t cost you any money.  There may be ways to do it elsewhere.

Re-editing my work, I found a few surprises.  The climactic scene of To Glory Arise (Chapter 17) was found loitering around between Chapters 4 and 5, which must have confused a lot of readers, assuming of course that was the file they got, which may not have been the case.   (There are a lot of epub files by now, and which ones got send where, and when, is by now a little vague.)

The Tern Schooner for some reason had all its vacant lines edited out— any paragraph symbol not followed by text disappeared— which meant all the prose was jammed up together.  It was not unreadable, but it was ugly.

I think this was a side effect of Smashwords’ Meatgrinder program, which in the early days I was using for all my conversions.  But in those days I was also using Sigil for the final draft, and you’d think I would have noticed a problem that obvious and fixed it.  On the third hand, it may have been the way Jutoh (the program I’m using now) converted the old .epub file.

Anyway, everything is newer! prettier! but just the same!

So enjoy! or not! as you like!

And the prettier new Tern Schooner may be found at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, and Google.

Emily February 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm

I can show you how to make links for your Google Play books, if you want!

wjw February 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Oh, I know how to do it, I just haven’t had the time, and my Google sales hardly justify the bother.

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