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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230

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I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Ebook Formatting at Appealize.com

I’ve been saying for some time that a whole new breed of publishers is coming.

A breed of business based on a whole new model, which is actually an old business model, in which the writer (or perhaps a rich patron) purchases various publishing services from the publishers. You know, like the old days, when you

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So You Wanna be a Pirate?

Arr, matey! I can help you with that!

For the next couple of weeks (or until I get tired of it), I will send a FREE copy of any one of my seven ebooks to you, on the following conditions:

You MUST make five copies and send them to five of your friends. (Bear in

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March Sale on Ebooks! All my ebooks are 99 cents!

This sale will end a) when March does, or b) when I get around to it, whichever comes later.

Free Software: Sigil ePub Editor

A week and a half or so ago, I stumbled across a free, open-source program called Sigil.

(Don’t blame me for the fact that you have to be part geek to even figure out how to download it. It’s there, you just have to poke around a bit.)

Anyway, Sigil is the final piece I’ve been waiting

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The Journey of a Thousand Miles…

…yadda yadda yah. You all know the old saw, something about beginning with a single fall on the porch steps or some such. Well, I don’t have a thousand ebooks to post, but I’m relieved happy to announce that I’ve conquered a bit more of the alpine learning curve, and I have ebooks going up

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The Perfect eReader System

(all they have to do is ask me)

Seems to me we already have the perfect system for writing ebooks – we simply do them the same ways, using all the same tools, that we do websites. Then, as a reader, all you have to do is sign up, get your username and password, and abracapoofie!

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The Dinosaur and the Ebooks – An Update

I don’t think I’m constitutionally opposed to ebooks.

Not quite. But I am opposed to most of the facts about the current implementation of the ebook as an object.

I believe that the single largest problem the publishing industry is facing today is the fact that it takes what is fundamentally an art form and attempts (mostly

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Yes, An Old Dog CAN Learn New Tricks

Here’s a funny thing:

The people emailing me to tell me how wrong I was when I decided to remove my works from Smashwords (and even the occasional person who has chosen to tell me in a public forum) outnumber the people who ever downloaded my novellas from Smashwords by nearly two to one.

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Storytelling – It’s NOT All About the Words

Pop quiz:

Question one: What’s this?

Question two: What’s this?

 

The moral of the story? It’s not all about the words.

You know what the top picture is, what it means, where you might encounter it, and what to do with it. The second picture is a lot less meaningful, and yet what is it lacking,

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