Working on the Active Table of Contents.

Ebookncx

Working on the Active Table of Contents.

The current files for the Paperback copy of the book are in the Createspace review process so I’m back to working on the ebook. In the image above you can see the Table of Contents from the physical version. This looks far better then the current version in the ebook so will port this one over (well convert the paperback manuscript to the ebook version.) In the smaller window you can see the contents from the books NCX file, this is the file that amazon refers to as the “Active Table of Contents“. Once you understand the basics of it, then the file is not at all daunting.

EDIT 1: So now have the NCX and of files but can’t use them with .doc files so I have waisted all that time.

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DOH!

In the immortal words of Homer J Simpson “DOH!”
Just in time for Christmas, the proof copy of my book turned up today (24th) and I realised that I made a critical error with it!
I uploaded the wrong Manuscript!

The text by it’s self is fine but the index is half missing and all the internal artwork is also missing!

Thank god it’s only a proof.

First paperback proof inbound.

After much hard work and swearing the current file drafts passed the pre-publish review and I have ordered the proof paperback.

Its costing me nearly £10 in P&P but hopefully it will arrive in time for Christmas.

To be honest, I’m sick of tired of re-reading this book for editing so am going to move on to the next book called Æther Shadow.

Some will notice that the current book is numbered #00, this is not an error, it is intentional. Æther Shadow was always intended to be the First book in the series but the test readers wanted to know about some of the back story and so The End was written. This one shouldn’t take much to get published as it’s near complete (bar the proofreading and editing).

After the writing course there are some thing i will add and some that need removing but I am eager to move on.

Finding things in books.

I had a discussion with Lois Elsden of http://loiselden.com about buying old books and finding things left in them.

While on a trip I popped into a national trust book shop and picked up a photoshopping book. Inside I found a clear pouch filled with some seaside shots printed on Epson paper. The quality of the prints are amazing and I wonder who the photographer was and why they were placed there.

Everybody fails, it’s how you deal with it that counts

Suffolk Scribblings

sochi ringsWe all fail. All of us. It could be a small thing or it could be an enormous, publicly humiliating failure in front of a global audience, like when one of the rings failed to open at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year. Failure is a natural occurrence. It’s what you do next that’s important.

sochi closing ringsIf you believed the press at the time, after the Sochi opening ceremony Vladimir Putin either sacked, imprisoned or executed the person responsible. After the bad publicity the Sochi Games had received about gay rights (and quite right too) it was another humiliating embarrassment. The press was full of pictures of this ‘catastrophe’ for days. So how did the organising committee deal with the situation? By making a joke of it at the closing ceremony, embracing their failure and dispelling a few Russian stereotypes at the same time.

The publishing rollercoaster

When you publish a book there will always…

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