Public Service Announcement

Thanks everyone for your input on my previous question. We (this would be the West household) are going to keep the Author Name under which the stories were originally published.

I have ISBNs! I have a block of one hundred ISBNs! I’m sorry – ISBNs always make me ridiculously happy. It’s a quirk.

Some people might notice that on Smashwords there is one Michelle West novella available; this is because I wanted to make sure that the Smashwords formatting — on my end — actually works. (It does! Yay! It’s the first thing I’ve done so far that’s worked right on the first attempt). It also takes about two weeks for any Smashwords titles to propagate to their various retailer sites.

Because I’m Canadian, there are extra tax forms that need to be filled out, submitted, and acknowledged at any of the various vendors that sell ebooks and with whom I will deal directly. So the second part of this is that I need to be an active account for the paperwork to be relevant.

So…(yes, there’s always more), I also submitted the same short story (Echoes) to the Amazon store and the Apple store. The Apple store apparently takes weeks to review an application to become an iBooks seller (it takes time to review every single book, as well). So the book in the iBooks channel, if I have filled everything out correctly, will also not be available for weeks. (I realize this will not be exciting to many people, as Echoes is one of the stories to be found for downloading for free in the sidebar.)

When I started this, I had the naively optimistic view that the bulk of the time would be spent reading, proof-reading (four different passes on Echoes by me alone, in various formats because changing the way text looks changes the way I catch errors); plus two other proof-readers, and etc.

In the case of Echoes, however, the formatting took far more time. The learning curve here (I typed curb originally, go figure) is probably steeper on my end than it would be on many other people’s. I have learned how to format epub, mobi and MS Word for Smashwords .docs. I have also found, downloaded, filled out W-8BENs for various vendors (that was today’s ordeal). I have made accounts and uploaded and downloaded to make sure things actually work, where work in this case means that only on the Kobo is an extra page inserted at the end of every section, for reasons I cannot quite figure out. But this happened with the six Kobo samples I downloaded as well, and those were publisher-created epubs.

So…I wanted to let you all know that this is not part of the mass release (which I had intended to do), and it’s not part of the collected six stories (since it’s only one); it’s kind of a lone, floating denizen, sent out into the wilds because it’s proof of my commercial US presence, which will make the W-8BENs internally relevant to their various vendors, since every entity that sends you any money at all has to have one on file (this would include the agents).

But the other five stories, the collection and with luck, the print-on-demand version of the collection, should appear in a more orderly fashion at the same time (weeks from now), all paperwork having been submitted, all formatting concerns having been addressed, and covers extant. The covers were the easiest part of the process because the person doing those already knows what she’s doing.

At the end of July, I will put up the sample chapter of Cast in Ruin.

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aaron
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:28:36

    Congratulations! I look forward to ordering the trade paperback when it’s available.

    Also, I see this as a fitting accomplishment considering that you’re coming up on your 20th anniversary of being published. I hope you have something special planned for you and your loved ones.


  2. Fyreink
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:39:02

    What a lovely cover!! The designer did a great job with the cover and I look forward to seeing the other covers as well. Are all the covers going to follow a similar design form? Like, will there will be a single object that the cover will focus on?

    I’m looking forward to reading the short stories as well as the first chapter of Cast in Ruin.


    • Michelle Sagara
      Jul 02, 2011 @ 00:40:18

      Are all the covers going to follow a similar design form? Like, will there will be a single object that the cover will focus on?

      For the first six, yes. For the ones that follow, I’m less certain; the design elements of text and placement will be similar, but I think the images will be less unified. Which is not a great way of explaining it, for which I apologize. I’ve only seen concept roughs that give an overall impression, but nothing as solid as these; the concept roughs for these were actually created using Japanese flower art as backgrounds in the first round.


  3. Genna Warner
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 23:19:08

    *is very excited* I will search for Echoes on a daily bases until I find it. And i am both happy and not happy about Cast in Ruins sample chapter begin put up a the end of the month. It will make waiting all that much harder. :)


  4. Joey
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 02:57:51

    Yay for a POD version!


  5. predal catherine
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 10:43:12

    like genna waner, im sorry that you put your sample chapter of cast in ruins only at the end of the is so so long…
    you know,I began to learn to read english “exprès” (specificaly ?) to read yours books because it was to long to wait them in french…it was when cast in courtlight was publied…
    bye of Ré island, cathy


  6. DG
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 23:53:55

    YAY! Sample chapter! :D

    Self-Proclaimed President of Team Nightshade


  7. Estara
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 07:15:39

    This cover really works, and it will do so as a thumbnail, too. Yay for slowly but surely getting there – I can wait for whatever goodness you’ll eventually share with us. Since I’m in the busiest working phase of my yearly work cycle I have fallen back on re-reading keepers – which at this moment means reading the Chronicles of Elantra bundle of the first three Cast in.. – books ^^ – they really stand the test of time.


  8. Joey
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 14:24:24

    Why do the first six collected stories need to be numbered? I couldn’t find the “why” …


  9. Michelle Sagara
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 14:41:32

    Why do the first six collected stories need to be numbered? I couldn’t find the “why” …

    Thomas likes numbered lists?

    I was going to just list by title as they came out. Thomas felt that this would be harder to keep track of than numbers. There was a long discussion about this in the West household . I don’t personally use numbers unless things are linked; the short stories – with two exceptions – stand alone.

    But…he does. If he does, I reasoned that the numbers would be helpful for other readers who are also not me. So it was largely because of his request, and the way he keeps track of things, that the stories are going to be numbered in order of re-release.

    So…it’s Tom’s fault :D.


  10. Michael
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 06:39:39

    Yay, it’s available on already!

    Are you going to let us know how these do for you commercially (either here or on your live journal)?

    And has there been a re-release of the Cast novels or something? They seem to be showing up twice on the Kindle store at two different prices….


    • Michelle Sagara
      Jul 04, 2011 @ 22:51:01

      And has there been a re-release of the Cast novels or something? They seem to be showing up twice on the Kindle store at two different prices….

      My guess is that the prices for the kindle books reflect the prices of the print editions in some fashion. FURY and SILENCE are slated for mass market release at some point in the near future, and Luna has, unannounced, previously swapped out the mass market editions of the previous books with the trade paperbacks on occasion. I’m not sure; I know that they 2 are definitely coming in mass market in August.


  11. Carol Duffy
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 22:28:04

    And it’s on as well. So it’s now on my iPad :)

    Where, with any luck, it will soon have company.


  12. Genna Warner
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 08:34:58

    Purchased Echoes last night from Amazon and put it on my kindle. Just one comment on it, the introduction doesn’t show up as dark of text as the rest of the story. It looks like the intro is using a 50% or less gray color for the text, I have’t looked at it through a different reader to see if the text is darker. Loved the story!


    • Michelle Sagara
      Jul 05, 2011 @ 15:54:51

      It looks like the intro is using a 50% or less gray color for the text, I have’t looked at it through a different reader to see if the text is darker.

      I’ve looked at it on the Kindle for iPad, and on the Kindle viewer for Mac (which better approximates an actual Kindle, but looks really really bad on a desktop), and the colour on both of my screens is black – it’s the same for either Intro or story =/.

      I’ve gone back to the original .mobi file and I’ve checked everything and recompiled it, so I will upload it again at Amazon tonight, although it seems to take about 36 hours for any change to propagate. I’m sorry >.<.


  13. Genna Warner
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 08:36:47

    And one question I noticed that Cast in Moonlight was not listed to come out as an individual story. Do you plan on putting that short out as well?


    • Ann Kopchik (amergina)
      Jul 05, 2011 @ 13:15:43

      Not to speak for Michelle… but since she already spoke for herself…. ;-)

      Back in her last State of the Writer, she said:

      “Unlike every other short I’ve written, the Luna novella for Harvest Moon, is also entirely under the purview of HLQ for the duration.”

      So it looks like Michelle can’t bring Cast in Moonlight out herself, as HLQ (Harlequin) owns the rights to it.


  14. Hilda
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 19:20:36

    1. Thanks a lot for the information on how I could obtain Riven Shield, I bought it and it’s already on its way to my home. I’m happy, I can now read the complete series.
    2. I’m looking forward to to your first chapter of Ruin; I ordered the book from Amazon months ago. Hopefully, they will send it earlier than expected. I’ll also look forward to the short stories as they are re-publish.
    3. Concern and question: For my birthday in August, I requested my sons and daughter to give me an easy to use e-reader, (I have way over 1,000 books at home) Your paper books are showing my intense use. I’m in no way an expert in anything electronic. Previous discussions in this forum seem to indicate difficulties in obtaining your books or some of them in Kindle. No discussions of the Nook. 3 days ago, I went to compare Kindle and Nook. I found lots of your books in the Nook (Barnes and Noble) under Sagara and West, maybe all of them; they were very easy to read. I also went to a Kindle vendor, but could not compare them, except for looking at the screen size, the 9″ Kindle, vs. the 7″: Nook.. Will all your books, currently published and in the future, be easily available in Nook? A friend also suggested that I could use an I Pad. Would I be able to access all your books there? If I sound ignorant, I am. My law degree is not good here.


    • Jacob
      Jul 07, 2011 @ 06:57:03

      I personally would, (and did), go for the iPad. It has free apps for both the kindle and the nook so you don’t have to worry about what store you buy your books from. The device is more expensive though so I wouldn’t get an iPad if you are just looking for an e-reader.


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