As of 10:45 pm this evening, A Chant of Love and Lamentation was submitted to Smashwords, where it was successfully converted and is now available! In a week or two it will also become available on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and other platforms. It’s official.

You know how you were taught, in that typing class eons ago, to hit “Tab” when starting a new paragraph. Yeah, don’t do that. At least, don’t do that if you plan to submit your finished 117,000-word novel for e-publication. I just finished going through and deleting the tab indent in front of every single paragraph in the entire novel, a task which took about an hour. At least that’s done!

The next step is building a Table of Contents. It won’t take long, but it’s something that, for some reason, I never thought of myself.

I’m getting more and more excited as I grow close to getting the manuscript finished. Some day soon I want to write my thoughts on self-publishing vs. traditional publishing and what it means for someone who was raised in a certain paradigm. But for now I’ll just stick with these updates.

Welcome to my blog, another little slice of the Net. At the time of this writing, I’m in the process of prepping my novel, A Chant of Love and Lamentation, to submit it to Smashwords for publication on all platforms — Kindle, Nook, iPad, and lots of other readers. The process is not difficult, but it does take time and attention to detail. For example, last night I discovered I need to remove all Tab indents because they have strange effects on e-readers. Who knew? There is a way to do this in Word using the Find/Replace function, but since I’m using Open Office instead, things don’t work exactly the same and so I found I couldn’t do it the quick way. This means going through, paragraph by paragraph, all 117,000 words of the manuscript, and manually deleting tab indents. Good times.

More to come as I go through this process. And thank you for your interest!

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