I’m getting ready to compile my latest book Diary of a Slut In-Training Part 1. I’m using a different tool set to create this one, so it’s an experiment right now. No promises that this will become my default tool set, but I’m really getting tired of the half-assed output I get from the standard MSWord/Smashwords and MSWord/Amazon setup that they recommend. If you’ve ever tried to use the Table of Contents links I have in my books, you probably know what I’m talking about, especially if you’ve tried to go back a page or two while reading.
Yeah, that tool set sucks. If this new one doesn’t work, there’s a non-zero chance I may try to tool my books by hand using a text editor and directly putting in the HTML/CSS tags myself, which would suck only slightly more. I can do this, I just don’t want to if I can avoid it.
If someone creates a website that uses, oh, I don’t know, WordPress, to write the books, using different blog posts for different chapters, and then allow you to generate books and sell them online from their store, I’d jump at it immediately. And no, Wattpad isn’t that by a long shot. We’ll call Wattpad the one that kind of got the basic idea, but still missed the goal by way too much.
Now that we’ve gone through the detour… I’m including the original version of Special Delivery in Diary as an added bonus, but I’m also going to create a slightly expanded version and publish it as a *free book at the same time as Diary. Remember, *free means “Free on Smashwords related sites, and probably $0.99 on Amazon since they don’t seem interested in price-matching my books anymore.”
In case you’re wondering, I’m really getting tired of Amazon and Smashwords right now. Really tired.
In any case, I have to work with them right now. There really isn’t any alternative to those two distributors at the moment.
Wish us all luck!