New site bookstore, and other things


1. The plugin I was using to sell Twenty Palaces directly from my website wasn’t working correctly, so I’ve switched to something else. This new thing is quite complicated, almost like getting an iPhone just so you can tell the time, but I hope soon to have more fiction to sell from my site, so here it is.

The only problem is that I can’t make the PayPal Sandbox work so I can’t test drive the whole thing first. It’s annoying, but if someone wants to buy Twenty Palaces through the site, would you let me know how it goes? I assume I’ll hear from people who have problems, but… you know. It’d be nice to be sure all this works. (Added later: It doesn’t.)

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3. I have the first eight(ish) chapters of A Blessing of Monsters ready to send to my agent. My wife is reading them first to catch anything deeply stupid (not that… ahem… there’s anything… oh hell). She’s not what you’d call a fan of epic fantasy, but she’s giving it a go anyway.

4. And having the new book is helping me deal with self-publishing Twenty Palaces. I can’t say I’m pleased to be releasing it this way. Yeah, I’m glad readers who love the series get this story, too, but it also makes me mourn a bit more.

Which is why it’s good to have something fun and cool to work on.

5. If I can get decent cover art together, I’m going to add short fiction to my online bookstore. Assuming the bookstore is any good.

6. And yes, I’m up late. My son is having a bit of trouble getting to sleep.

4 thoughts on “New site bookstore, and other things

  1. Thank you, Kate! I’ve added your review to my upcoming link review roundup. And no worries about the online store. It seems to be working, sorta, but I already want to change it.

    I should mention that the book is also available on for the Kindle, and will be available for the Nook soonest.

  2. I started Twenty Palaces last night and I’m enjoying it. I’m especially impressed with the portrayal of Ray’s effortful meekness (in improv we’d call it “low status”) coming out of prison.

    Couple technical questions/issues:

    1. The iPad Kindle app is presenting the book in courier. Is that a deliberate choice on your part, or is the iPad/Kindle missing a font in the XML and going to courier as a fallback.

    2. Did you work with an outside editor on the book at all for any of the classic “editor functions” (including copy-editing/proofreading, but also “macro-editing” stuff) or did you go the one-man band route? (NB: This question is input for blogging I might do about varieties of approaches to direct publishing.)

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