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by M.O.Muriel
Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Thanks, Amanda, Martin, and Morshana wotf001 . Indeed, I want my "people" to look as real as possible. Muhaha, so now you know my secret: they aren't models with painterly filters on them; they are literally hundreds of little pieces of images and textures--and more digital airbrushing, bl...
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

And here we go! Check out my new military SF novella, TIME SKIFF, up at Smashwords and Amazon for $1.99. I really had fun doing the cover art for this ebook. The type of illustration I do is similar to Cliff Nielsen's art, however, I don't use models--although I do use references. I call 'em my &quo...
by M.O.Muriel
Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4922
Views: 888087

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Holy cowbells! Congratz to Tina and Marina!!!!!!!!! And of course, Steve. wotf009 What a way to GO! Ladies (and gent), I shall see you at the workshops: hot me up for ice breakers, and feel free to ask me anything about either side of the contest! It's a whirlwind ride, the Awards Show is absolutely...
by M.O.Muriel
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I'm seeing some coolish cover on here, guys! wotf007 And thanks for the compliments! Bard, love the City of Glass cover. Simple, yet intriguing. Amanda, I'm going to be a dissenter here. I like the concept in your original cover for Alone in the Night. It needs a touch of work. Maybe blow up the ima...
by M.O.Muriel
Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Thanks Scott and Annie! My goal was to get them up before my flight out to the WotF workshop week. Whew! Yes, and I can still make a personal deadline (hard, hard, hard). Now I only have 7 more stories lined up needing cover art <sigh> wotf007 . Unless I write MORE short stories, lol! P.S. Annie, yo...
by M.O.Muriel
Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Okay, and here is the second short: http://cache.smashwire.com/bookCovers/f800b5a6a0c4186fdc50afb3a7520eb421c78261 Short Description: FAST Commander Wolf's trip into omniscience comes with an unexpected personal cost, when he utilizes an illicit technology to pry into Collective Consciousness in his...
by M.O.Muriel
Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Hey guys! I've just put two shorts on amazon and smashwords. Both were WotF Honorable Mentions, and both are novel excerpts, self-contained chapters, of my military-themed, post-apocalyptic novel, Shadow Gate, first in a trilogy, which I will be proverbially taking with me to the WotF workshop this ...
by M.O.Muriel
Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Hey! I was totally wondering about that!!! I actually added 4 images (including the cover) to the customer image feature. They were there on-and-off for a day or so, but now I can't find them . . . or for that matter, pictures under anyone else's books either, like WotF Vol. 27--and I know we have c...
by M.O.Muriel
Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Well guys, I can now say that THE LAND OF OCKT is officially up on Amazon for Kindle! Since I'm working with images, I wanted to be sure that all the bells and whistles were working 100% to my satisfaction before announcing it :) The color e-readers seem to be all the craze now, so I hope to hit the...
by M.O.Muriel
Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Haha, Annie, that's my point. I've been actively querying agents for novels for the better part of 11 years now (been writing the darned things since I was 7), so yeah, talk about over and over. The way the hubs looks at it is, well, 11 years and STILL nothing? Running out of time here real quick, b...
by M.O.Muriel
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Thanks, Annie! That was a well thought out response, and I appreciate hearing your story. E-Pub is still so new, and with color readers coming out, and my penchant for color interior art, the possibilities arise, and everything is so new, but we've got to ride the wave and get in *now*! Now, before ...
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Absolutely, Annie. wotf007 Sometimes I'm tempted to just help people, but I honestly can't afford to. It's hard to say 'no.' At least with us IotFers--and we run the gamut for styles and levels of quality for different outlets--we've had to go through that grueling 30-day read-this-story-and-illustr...
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Thanks, Annie. His rates sound professional. Not bad for 3 covers (I assume the rate would have been closer to a clean thousand for three titles without the nice discount). Give or take, similar rates would be around what I would expect IotFer to charge. I consider us IotFers to be at the Journeyman...
by M.O.Muriel
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

M.O.Muriel- Tom Edwards did the cover (http://www.tomedwardsconcepts.daportfolio.com/). He was amazing to work with and I think really captured the mood/feel I want. wotf008 Amazing portfolio. Annie, what was his going rate for the Casimir Hypogean cover? I do my own cover art, but I'm curious to s...
by M.O.Muriel
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Ah! I haven't been on this thread in a while. I agree with Kyle's sentiment! Lots of books, guys. Way awesome. Right now I'm scrambling to prepare as much as I can for the WotF workshop, so when I'm not herding kids and ferrets, I'm writing, and when I'm not writing, I'm trying to catch up on my bac...
by M.O.Muriel
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I love that cover, Annie. Who is your cover artist?
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

On a side note . . . OCKT is on a PR roll!!!: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/writingcontestnews/wotfiotf-double-threat-m-o-muriel-releases-the-land-of-ockt Thanks, Jordan, for this awesome plug! (I feel all warm and tingly). Currently it's also up at B&N, the Apple iBookstore, Kobo, and Diese...
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Here is the link to that article. I HIGHLY recommend all of you who are serious about e-publishing, especially those interested in going through Amazon independently, to read this: http://blog.smashwords.com/2011/12/amazon-shows-predatory-spots-with-kdp.html Given Amazon's insanely big platform, thi...
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

UPDATE - Just thought I'd post this update from Smashwords: Mark Coker wrote: December 8, 2011 - Amazon announced their new KDP Select program today. My take: Writer Beware. I blogged about it at the Smashwords Blog in a post titled, Amazon Shows Predatory Spots with KDP Select. They're making a pow...
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

@ Rebecca: Correct. If you have a Kindle, you can, right this very moment, go download books off Smashwords in the MOBI format. Once Amazon gets their $*&% together with Smashwords, however, Smashwords books will then ALSO show up on the virtual shelf-space of Amazon.com. Some are already there;...
by M.O.Muriel
Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

@ Martin: it's like Netflix for books! BTW: Smashwords IS across platforms. It's the ultimate cross-platforms distributor. We're just waiting for the final (biggie) platform: Amazon. International-wise, I think Kobo fits that bill (not 100% sure), but it's like the Japanese Amazon. Apple I KNOW for ...
by M.O.Muriel
Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Can't see anything wrong from my angle, Rebecca. Looks good. Then again, I'm usually an easy to please girl, unless there's something glaring. I like the bold reds wotf013 . Yeah, as much coverage as possible is the key. Looks just as I thought: Amazon is the biggie. And people are dedicated 100% to...
by M.O.Muriel
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I also intend (at a minimum) to put my stuff on Nook, and Sony once I figure it out. But I'm not going the Smashwords route because: A) I already figured out Kindle, and I started there; and B) I'm trying to do a dedicated version for each platform. For instance, my Kindle version also includes Kin...
by M.O.Muriel
Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I'll admit: if it's not on Amazon, it's effectively invisible to me. I know the routine there, and all my payment information and everything are all set up. Shopping there is effortless for me (which is exactly what they want: an effortless pipeline from my wallet to theirs). That's right, Martin, ...
by M.O.Muriel
Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

wotf015 Scott, your images never cease to amaze. wotf011
by M.O.Muriel
Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Out of curiosity: who amongst us here only buys Kindle books via the Amazon site? AKA: should fellow forum members not announce an eBook until it's up on Amazon, regardless of what other retailers and venues its avalible at (even if in Kindle format)? The reason I'm asking is that Amazon, as basical...
by M.O.Muriel
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Merrow, grrrrr . . . bam-bam-bam <from the sniper you didn't see perched behind that rock>! In all seriousness, though, the story (brief synopsis anyway) behind "The Fields of Katun" is that these armored soldier dudes are offworlders. Why? Well, sweeping your eyes past their armor, take a...
by M.O.Muriel
Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I think Ms. Nobu is onto something, publishing all her shorts. The world of e-publishing is now opening up the door for the novelette and novella. The novella especially hasn't had much of a place in the traditional world for a long time. Really, e-pubbing your shorts can be excellent advertising fo...
by M.O.Muriel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Yay! The Land of OCKT and the Adventures of Peeje, the Kat Herder, is officially in Smashwords Premium Catalog and has been sent out to all the retailers (except Amazon, but that might take until the end of the month for them to get on board with the Smashwords distribution model). In the meantime, ...
by M.O.Muriel
Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 594
Views: 213271

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Good job, Thomas! wotf010

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