Slubes edition 2 is now available, paperback and ebook!

Once upon a time, over six years ago, I started working on an actual novel. A lot of off-and-on work later and the final result is finally final! Slubes is here, for reals this time!

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The ebook is available at Smashwords here for $1, and the physical book is available on Amazon here for $12. There is also a free preview on Smashwords, should be one coming up on Amazon soon, and I’ll also put up a preview on this website here. In fact, after I type up this blog post I’m going to go through this website and update a lot of pages. Should be fun!

I fully believe this book is better in every aspect from the old one, which I suppose is a good thing because anything less would be kind of stupid. It’s bigger, more detailed, stronger, and the author intrusions are more obvious now yaaaay!

I’m sitting here thinking of what else to say, but all I can think is that I hope you (the internet) check out the first writing of mine ever on the internet to be finished, refinished, refurbished, reapplied, refibrillated, refinished again, completely finished, recompleted, and made into a readable format! And then I hope, if you do check it out, that you also like it. Like and subscribe! Review it, let me know its strengths and weaknesses, help make the sequel even better (of course, half of that is on this website, but not as finished as Slubes now is).

Oh, and I may have Kindle version of Slubes available later this month. That’s all for now.

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Patreon changes and pre-order notes

It turns out to make pre-ordering a thing with a Createspace-self-published book requires hoops. As it stands, when setting up the book information you can select a publication date, but you can’t select a publication date in the future. When I saw that, the first thing that came to mind is that someone has a planned publication date, they can enter in their date, and once it’s approved pre-ordering can begin. Nothing of the sort! That’s just there if the book was published in the past, I guess? I dunno. And of course once a book’s proof is approved, once the author says “yes, everything looks fine, the book is in place and set up right”, that’s equivalent to saying “sell the book NOW”.

So, to summarize, no pre-orders. Also, I can’t actually order non-proof copies of the book before approving it, so pre-ordering it by pledging on my Patreon won’t really get it any faster either. So that’s kind of a dead end there, no pre-ordering for the physical book, and for the ebook only pre-ordering through my Patreon.

Speaking of Patreon, I’ve done some changes. (Actually as of my typing this I have made no changes, but I’m partly using this to organize my thoughts while I change it). One of these days I should change that intro video to just be my voice with some images, no one wants to stare at me for a few minutes.

I’ve done a bit of editing on the about page, but it’s nothing too major. I might have changed one word on the milestones. What I’m really changing are the rewards. The $12 reward was originally for a signed book, but that has been changed to an unsigned one. There’s a new reward of $15 for a signed book. Why?

A signed book nearly doubles the cost to me, because first I have to ship it to me, sign it, then ship it out, so I pay for shipping twice. Cost analysis: as a creator, ordering a copy of Slubes only costs me $4.61, with $3.59 for shipping. Thus, if I ship it directly to someone this way, it costs $8.20. This is slightly lowered when I order them to my place because I’ll get 10 or so at once; since shipping doesn’t go up the same amount per book, it’ll result in something resembling $6 per book. Then I sign it, and from what the USPS website says the cost of shipping the book to someone becomes $6.45, so that comes to about $12 or so. The cost of signing the book is about $4 (not counting the ink used, and I kind of have a box of 50 pens I got for free due to Amazon free shipping shenaginags so whatever).

For the record, and I don’t think I mentioned this yet and probably should have, the new edition of Slubes will have a price of $12. I don’t give a fig for this $#.99 nonsense. Psychological pricing, pfft. Also while looking up the name of that I came across the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Hats off to the UK. Not that I’m wearing a hat. In my case it might be hair off. Not for another month or so. Where was I? Oh, right.

$12 for Slubes normally, minus whatever percentage off Amazon might do at any given moment, plus shipping unless you have some membership with something or spend another $23 or so. $12 pledge on Patreon for a copy with no shipping cost, and $15 pledge for a signed copy with no shipping cost. Ebooks, meanwhile, are $1 regardless of Patreon or directly on Smashwords. And I don’t think I can sign ebooks…

That’s about it for this informationativel update. More fun stuff later!

Announcements of Editing, Serials, and Patreon!

I mentioned around the middle of June that I was planning some big changes, and here they are!

If you’re like me and prefer to read than watch someone yap about it, here it all is in text form:

Slubes Availability, Editing

The first change is my first novel, Slubes, will no longer be available through Createspace and Amazon.com. I’m sure you’ve heard about Amazon using jerk tactics to get better deals from companies that inevitably hurt writers. So I’ve been looking around for somewhere better. I’m considering Lulu.com, though I haven’t totally decided yet. However, in the meantime, Slubes is getting a makeover. I’m getting a professional editor to help me make Slubes, well, better. Wait, no. Amazing! I currently have no estimate for completion of that.

During this time, Slubes will still be available as an e-book on Smashwords, though, of course, it’s the old edition. However, over the next while or so I’ll be uploading it online to this website in a serial format–each month (my plan is) I will upload the next part of the novel for free online. As of now the first Day of Slubes (split into two parts) is available. I plan to do this with each novel–what I upload will be a sort of pre-final draft before getting it professionally edited. Along with this, I have another announcement…

Patreon

I have decided to get a Patreon account to go along with my writing and to help me out. Patreon is a website where fans of creators–authors, cartoonists, musicians, whatever–can become patrons and pledge money per month or per work. The idea is a little give and take: the creators make something and put it on the internet, the fans give them money, and then the creators make more stuff–patrons can get rewards for pledging, and milestone goals give them something to work towards.

In my case, it’s per chapter (or short story)–every time I post a part from a story, I’ll receive the money from my patrons. Since I’m trying to aim for a per-month basis, this would basically be per month, but as it’s per chapter it’s not set in stone.

Patrons can also receive rewards depending on amount given: $1 per chapter lets you see my Patreon activity stream (which I’ll use to post updates and secret information) and also gets you a coupon for the e-book of my latest novel (you’ll be put on a waiting list if you pledge before the second edition of Slubes is out); $5 gives you access to a live video stream I’ll do each month where I read from my novels and short stories–including the possibility of some I haven’t released yet–and take questions from people watching; $9 gets you a free signed physical copy of my latest novel (like the e-book one, you’ll be put on a list before Slubes is out); finally, there’s a $100 reward that I don’t expect anyone to go for. But hey, it’s there if you really like my writing and have extra money.

The milestone goals I have begin when I’m getting $50 per chapter, at which point I’ll give this site a bit of an overhaul with a WordPress premium account, letting me add custom fonts and colors and get a proper web address and remove ads; at $100 per chapter I’ll try to post a bonus chapter/short story each month without applying it to patrons’ pledges (so that you don’t suddenly give twice as much per month as before); after $250 per chapter I’ll begin writing a (planned monthly) comic where characters in the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos answer e-mails sent by real people on Earth, drawn by a talented artist (i.e. not me); finally (for now), at $500 per chapter I will consider everyone awesome, have to think of more milestone goals, and begin work planning an online Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos text tabletop-type role-playing game, the details of which are long and complex, but more information will come up if we begin to near this goal.

The Future

As I said, I don’t have a projection for when Slubes Edition 2: Professional Editor Ahoy will be done, but at the beginning of each month I’ll be posting online (for free!!) here the next part of Slubes. The entirety of Day 1 (which was previously up as a free preview) is up now in two parts (as is the short story Tough as Blades), and at my projected schedule, Slubes will be all posted on here as of March 2015, so Darmenzi will begin being posted April 2015. It would be nice to have Slubes finished (for reals this time) by then, so I’ll go with by next March as my goal-date.

I think that’s everything that’s happening coming up. I’ll keep everyone posted on what’s going on. Seriously. Everyone. I will break into the homes of the entire world populace and leave letters on what I’m doing. I will then eat your milk and drink your cookies and fly off on a reindeer-powered chimney. HO-DE-DO, VERY IFFMAST!

Big Changes Coming Up!

So over the recent week I’ve decided to make some decisions. The worst one was saying “I’ve decided to make some decisions.” But for reals, I’m gonna be changing how I do things. I’m not going to go into too much detail right now because I have not even begun work on these changes.

I will note right now that my first novel, Slubes, will be removed from sale on Amazon at the end of the month. I’ll be looking into moving to a different self-publishing place (as you may know, Amazon.com isn’t exactly the most friendly and not-using-bullying-tactics-to-steal-a-deal-and-eat-its-competitors place), but it won’t be made available again immediately. Things will change. They’ll change in the physical form, on this blog, and in my wallet (though I am not yet sure in what direction that last one will be changing). Slubes will still be available on Smashwords, though, and there probably won’t be a break in availability on there.

I hope to be ready to explain further by the end of the month. I’ve got 18 days to prepare, and there’s quite a bit of preparing to do, so as usual, *sits down and plays video games for several hours*

December “woo I won NaNoWriMo” sale

No, really, it is just a coincidence that it’s also the same month as Shoppiday, the shoppingest day of the year.

So for December, I’ve reduced the price of Slubes. I wanted to reduce it by half, but Amazon wouldn’t really let me, so Smashwords will pick up the slack regarding that.

On Amazon.com, the book will be $5.99, a 40% reduction. £5.15 in GBP, a 21% reduction, and €5.00 in EUR, a 35% reduction. Once again, these prices are based on the lowest Amazon would let me make it. I wasn’t able to reduce it at all for the Kindle version.

It’s free on Smashwords this month, though. Usually I refer to the e-books as the cheap version because I can’t really get fancy with them, but in this case cheap means cheap as free!

This is only for December, so if you’ve considered reading my weird, little book after seeing this site, now would be the time, I guess. (Note that for Amazon, it may take 3-5 days for the price change to appear. It seems to have been instantaneous for Smashwords.)

Ebook Version, Author Page, More Stuff Soon

Good morning! Or afternoon! Wait, wait… good noon!

The… um, Kindle version of Slubes is now available on Amazon. Over the next week I’ll be looking into having it available elsewhere (I’ve heard of Smashwords as a place, so, maybe), although as I’ve made my preference for the physical copy clear I won’t be making a big deal of it.

I also have an author page on Amazon now, although since you’re here at my blog there won’t be much there besides all the books (all one book) available at one place.

As a reminder, here’s the page for the paperback copy. And by reminder, I mean I edited last night’s post after the page went up in less than an hour. This is possibly because, as it turns out, I accidentally made them available early–about a week early for the paperback and 2 weeks early for the ebook! Ha ha ha ha I panicked more than I should have.

Anyhowzit, I just got up and my mouth feels like a swamp cave, so I’m gonna go do some stuff, then get back to this with posting a new Character Profile. After that I have some updating to do around the place.