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Fun With Formatting

Formatting is fun, isn’t it?
When I write, I tend to write on pen and paper. Yes, I know, luddite, but tech just clouds my thought processes and I’d rather do it the old fashioned way. Plus it means you get to do a clean-up/redraft when it comes to typing the thing up. About five or six years ago, not long after I first got a computer (yes, luddite, shut up), I thought it was about time I typed up the endless stories clugging up my cupboard, so I did. Took months and months, but I did. You would think that would make it easier when it came time to self-publish, wouldn’t you?
Well, maybe you wouldn’t. The problem, of course, is formatting. See, I used Wordpad to type them up, didn’t even get Word till like four years ago (shut up) and didn’t even do that right, as it turns out. So now everything is crappily formatted, all over the place and everything else, and that’s not even counting the specific instructions you have to follow for the likes of Kindle and Smashwords. So, to cut a long story short… it’s taking me a while.
I suppose that’s good in a way, otherwise I’d just dump a hundred or so e-books on the net in the space of a week, which probably wouldn’t be a good idea either…

Introducing Winniston High

This week I self-published “The Plot to Destroy Paris!” to Amazon. This is the first installment in the very, very silly high school spoof series “Winniston High”. Winniston High is effectively my “other” companion series to Ian’s Gang, albeit it has nowhere near as many different installments. It’s also a lot sillier!
It is a very fun series though – lurid, over the top, completely barking made with teen murderesses, evil Headmasters and various other nutters. It may be a school series, but it’s not really for kids lol!

Series Format

Because of the unusual format of “Ian’s Gang”, it stands to reason that it needed a bit of thought to work out the best format with which to make it available for Kindle readers via Amazon. The solution I came up with was to release each individual story separately and then in an Anthology format (say, with maybe six stories per anthology) for perhaps a little bit cheaper than buying the stories individually to encourage regular readers. The first six stories and the first “Ian’s Gang” anthology are now up on Amazon.

This weekend will see the release of the next two individual “Ian’s Gang” ebooks – the stories “Witch’s Brew” and “Sideways”. There will be five more individual ebooks to come in this format over the next three weeks (one of which is a 2 part story which will be available in separate parts or both together) and then the 2nd anthology will come the week after that. It seems the best and most logical way to do it.

Pricing, of course, is another story entirely…