I’m not totally sure what the status of my book is at this point on Smashwords – they keep rejecting it for things like blank space at the ends of paragraphs. But for whatever it’s worth I’ve filled out one of their author interviews, the results of which can be found here.
I’ve also been making some progress on revisions to my long-mostly-finished (but languishing on my hard drive for several years) traditional fantasy work which will probably end up as one or more e-books under the title Spirit’s End.
The Sillymarillion is now listed at Smashwords, which means it can be purchased directly from there and also from Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and numerous other online outlets. The Smashwords release coincides with that site’s Read an Ebook Week event where books are offered at deep discounts (or even free) – so from March 2nd through 8th it will be available there for
99 cents $1.50!
(Edit – I added the book to the promotion in the wee hours of the morning and tried to do 99 cents, but it wouldn’t let me go lower than $1.50 unless I wanted to give it away for free… and after a few hours’ much-needed sleep this fact had gone >poof!< out of my mind.)
After much tinkering with e-book formatting and in spite of the fact that Amazon insists on turning the last page of the table of contents into the default opening page of the book, The Sillymarillion is now an e-book! For the moment it’s exclusively available from the Kindle store, but in late November when Amazon’s 90-day exclusivity period is over I’ll be releasing it in other formats through other venues.
I’ve also added a page of some of the artwork from the book and concept art my wife created while it was being written. The e-book version includes these images in a new appendix, but by sizing them to fit on the screen for most e-book readers, I sacrificed some display quality on newer devices. To make up for this, I’ve made them available at a somewhat higher resolution here.
I had the eBook version of The Sillymarillion all ready to go – I’d converted it to EPUB format and used Amazon’s own tool to convert it to MOBI and preview it. Then I uploaded it to Amazon and was told it had errors that were probably due to being converted by a non-Amazon tool (which, as I mentioned, was not the case).
Amazon recommended a tool called epubcheck which I downloaded and used to produce a list of errors… but now what? Looks like I might have to learn the EPUB file format and do some manual editing, then hope Amazon can convert my fixed version…