The web home for the novel 'Earthsingers', by Lynn Collins.

Month: September, 2012

cover art

draft 1 cover design

This is the result of most of the afternoon spent fiddling with Office Publisher. Mission: to place 3 words onto the cover image.
Result : tolerable. ????
I would appreciate your feedback as to whether this would work as a tiny tiny {2cm high} image on the Kindle bookstore.

I am too silly and befuddled right now to en-smallen it to that size; so maybe, Dear Reader, you could just get up and walk a few steps from your screen?… that’s right… no, back a bit further.

OK. How does it look from there?

And before you ask, mates of mine… yes, it is the painting hanging in my kitchen. A corner of it anyway. When I painted it I had no idea there was a female fgure lurking in the shadows, bottom left. But there she is. Enigmatic,Eh?

Show me the way to go Home

Enthusiasm and my personal techno-idiocy have conspired to create TWO home pages now. Almost identical: but things are coming along. At least I have managed to put some actual words up here now.

All the advice says …’Just set up a blog and website, then start to build an internet platform .’ Easy. Yeah, right. That word ‘just’…

….five days later and I have managed two posts, and two almost identical home pages. So, Dear Reader, you can take your pick of which version of the gripping book-blurb you prefer, from the Home page/s. Personally, I’m partial to the tabloid-style bold italics. Maybe you reached the inexplicable ‘Page Not Found’ announcement first? It seems impossible to get rid of, and appears at random.

My instinct says I have spent far too long fiddling with computers. I will go in the garden, sit in the sun. Calm down. Possibly with a nice cuppa. And try not to worry about the ‘profile’ content, which is the next looming task.   ‘JUST set up a blog…’ HA!!!

It is, scold the experts, all completely necessary if I am to develop a Web Presence. The writing of the book was the easy part. All 420 made-up pages of it. Because it was not about me….maybe just a little like some of the people I know. (You know who you are, especially the clairvoyant ones. But you knew that in advance anyway.)

It feels as though I have been given tedious homework by the WordPress people… not to mention the Facebook Page setup. Their little boxes are very demanding, suddenly bursting out and asking all sorts of nosy questions ‘About You’. Does anyone else slide into a catatonic state whenever asked to ‘say a bit about yourself” by a machine? I will most likely be sent to the Naughty Chair for not filling in boxes properly.

Anyway, I would be fascinated to hear any of your comments on the hard-won precis on the home page.

Inspiration: the cake method


I noticed, whilst skimming through the last draft, looking for a plot-hole my daughter had picked up…that the characters in my book are always drinking tea. I mean – to excess. I wonder, is this a peculiarly British habit, in times of crisis or great weirdness going down? Have I reflected reality as recognised by millions of people?

Or is the major tea-drinking just authorial wishful-thinking? How often does a writer distract herself with thoughts of : ‘must be time for a little something’ ? She then goes on to write a scene where the heroine enters a cafe to think / meet somebody / be savaged by zombie waitresses. You know the sort of thing. The thinking / meeting / savaging has to go on after the Earl Grey and nice slice of cake are ordered. ( That was not a plot-spoiler by the way )

The cake in books is always crumbly, rich and delicious. And perfectly cooked, unless the character is baking at home and it all goes terribly wrong. Thus revealing a serious personality disorder. Yet ‘Tea’ is always a welcome anchor of normality amidst a series of crazed happenings. We can all do it safely at home. It suggests that at least one character, amidst the burly-burly of jolly gripping events, has the plain good sense to put the kettle on.

…..sorry, just nipped into the kitchen for a moment….
As I was saying, making a cuppa is a wonderful bulwark against the misery of the daily grind, the demands of ‘reality’, or the sheer oddness of things when you really think about them.
…must go. Kettle’s boiling.

Update….i’m a newbie, bear with me. Why does this photo, uploaded on iPad, come out the size of Canada?

Earthsingers and IndiWAPs

This is the online home for the novel ‘Earthsingers’ by Lynn Collins. The webpages here at WordPress are under construction.

This blog charts the adventures of a newbie IndieWAP ( Independent Writer As Publisher )
Having spent several YEARS writing the book, at the risk of my own sanity and that of my N&Ds, I now venture into the badlands of ebook self-publication.

Steep learning curve. Made steeper by the capriciousness of Windows Vista.

Soon to follow is a blurb-description of the book. I will post excerpts soon, along with the ETA for Earthsingers as an Amazon Kindle ebook, and possibly also on Smashwords.

I would love to hear from anybody who has experience of ebook self-publishing. Have you trodden this path yourself, or know someone who has?

…. OK, so I have set the blog up, (Sweat pours from brow). Now back to the slog of formatting the manuscript correctly for Kindle Publishing… using, yes … Windows Vista. Beloved iPad just won’t do it. A return to the Blue Screen of Death at every vital stage.


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