Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Shadow Warriors and Reading Devices

After a certain amount of pain, having to do with cleaning up and formatting the now ancient (2001) manuscript of The Shadow Warriors, that was still in individual chapters.  I came through the process.  Much of it was ugly, like making sausage.  Smashwords has lots of formatting rules, and my original manuscript broke most of them. 

Nothing worthwhile is ever accomplished without work, have you noticed?  Even the roast pork fried rice I'm making from the leftover pork tenderloin  is work:  cook the egg, cook the bacon, cook the rice, cut up the meat, the onion, the ginger, slice the mushrooms, yada yada.   Of course the effort will be delicious, and full of good veggies and flavorings, lean and "nutritionally correct," more or less.  Not that I pay a lot of attention.  So:  work.

I have been slaving over The Shadow Warriors off and on for many years.  Writing and rewriting.  You know what they say.  Writing is rewriting.  So the baby is out there in print, on the Kindle, and now on a wealth of other devices.  Hopefully I will get it into the "premier" catalog.  I downloaded Adobe Digital Editions.  My NCX looks great.  The text version had weird fonts, but here was as way to adjust that was pretty cool.  It's a whole new world out there.  A world where one has to be technical (or rich to hire someone to do the technology ).  I have a love/hate relationship with technology.  Mostly love,  until Smashwords smashes me.  We're friends again.  I guess. 

Buy the book and let me know if you like it.  I think you will.