I’m so excited to announce a new release of the ebook versions for “The Crimson League” and “The Magic Council.” This is all about new formatting.
- I added a character list to “The Crimson League.” While one has been available online, at my website, for months, it’s nice to have it in the ebook as well. (“The Magic Council” already had one.)
- I added a linkable table of contents to both: to send you to a chapter. Each title sends you back to the table of contents, if you want to go there. While I’ll never believe a TOC is required for fiction, it will make my character lists accessible when readers want to refer to them. I wanted that. Otherwise, what’s the point of the character lists?
- My chapters are titled, and I made sure to add the title of each chapter to the TOC. Hopefully, if someone “looks inside” before buying, they might find themselves intrigued by chapter titles such as “Of Death and Deception,” and “Of Snakes and Scorpions,” and “Of Sorcery.”
- I didn’t feel like the paragraph indents were enough to be easily marked in the earlier formatting, so I increased the size of the indentation.
- I decided to separate all the front matter in each book. I had deliberately chosen to link the front matter before, so that I would draw less attention and take up less space, but changed my mind.
- I believe I got rid of a glitch that displayed a random number at the end of every chapter on some versions of Kindle.
Improving Each Step of the Way
I never intended to, and don’t believe I did, ever release a sub-par product. I would never be okay with that. No author should ever be okay with that.
But, that doesn’t mean I can’t find ways to improve things when a glitch is brought to my attention, or I realize I can add something improve the overall experience of my readers, such as a TOC.
The ease and rapidity of making a formatting improvement are two of the reasons I love so much that I chose to self-publish. Yea!
I realized–after one reader mentioned it to me–that a TOC would be helpful. So I learned how to make one (via this youtube video about making a table of contents) and presto: got one added.
Now, I’m getting more and more stoked about the release of Book III of my trilogy, “The King’s Sons,” on May 31. It’s no longer merely the best book I feel I’ve written. (Which makes sense. Every writer should improve from novel to novel, as she gains experience.)
I will also be able to introduce a link-filled TOC and character list as part of “The King’s Sons” in e-book format from day 1. That makes me so excited!!!
Thanks to the small percentage of my readers who have offered suggestions, via Twitter and Google+ and my author email account, about how I could improve formatting and about the additions to the novel you wanted to see.
Your suggestions have proven invaluable, and I do believe I’ve improved the appearance of the book. That is important to me!
I never realized before that some things–for instance, indentations and vertical page placement on the kindle screen–vary in reality from what you see on the “preview” page when you prepare to publish on Kindle. Now I’ve learned how to upload the unpublished .mobi file to my Kindle, to make sure everything looks clean.
What are your formatting nightmare stories? What’s worked great for you? Do you format yourself or outsource that?
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