We’re making eBooks. We’re making print books. We’re gaming. And we’re winning Parsecs! We’re talking about what we’ve learned in creating Ministry Protocol, and we’re going into the details of putting together a great looking eBook. Hang on for this crash course in InDesign, digital publishing, and what to expect when your eBook is ready…for testing.
Also, in light of this unexpected Parsec win, Tee and Pip give shout-outs and thank you’s to everyone keeping tabs on the bumpy year-so-far that has been 2013.
00:00 — Introduction
- Benedick says “Hi.”
- It’s not like we’ve got an Idris Elba fascination in this household.
- Holy cow, we won a Parsec?!?
- Hang on…let’s feed the kittehs first.
- Having a laugh about winning a Parsec.
- The 2013 Parsec Award Finalists for Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology
- Toasted Cake by Tina Connolly
- The Drabblecast by Norm Sherman
- The No Sleep Podcast by David Cummings
- Every Photo Tells… by Katharina and Mick Bordet
- …and Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 by us.
- And Pip fixed a toilet!
- The Parsecs have got us looking at how the Ministry has grown over the years…
- The eBooks are done and we are now working on the final details for the print
- Pip goes through her workflow in making the 99-Penny Dreadfuls (and other works we produce) into ePubs
- Keep your fonts simple.
- Formatting. Not a good idea.
- Short stories are a piece of cake compared to a novel or anthology.
- Rethinking the workflow
- The challenges of eBooks and digital reading devices
- Control is in the readers’ hands, not the publisher.
- Each ereader handles the source file differently.
- Tee’s workflow for eBooks and print books
- First stop — Adobe InDesign, Tee’s weapon of choice.
- Next stop — Calibre, as InDesign was squirrelly about exporting something to Kindle.
- What Tee prefers: a file per chapter as opposed to one massive file. Insane? Well….
- Creating a Book file in InDesign: why it works so well.
- Tee’s fastest turnaround time: 24 hours (for Pip, actually…)
- The difference between eBooks and print books — personality.
- Workflow, Part Two
- Create two copies of the InDesign files, label one “PRINT” and the other collection “DIGITAL”
- In the DIGITAL folder, use “Find Font” and remove all instances of “unique” fonts.
- Times New Roman — the “go to” font for eBooks.
- Tee’s looking ahead with Weather Child, re-worked by Pip and edited by Tee Tate.
- Before you release your eBook, test it on as many platforms as possible.
- And after you do test it, test again! Otherwise, your eBooks can wind up like George R.R. Martin’s…and not in a good way.
35:03 — Writers Off the Clock
- Hard to believe Pip is a two-time Parsec-winning podcaster…
- Tee, Pip and the Boom head out to Comics and Gaming of Gainesville, VA.
- Great place, and kid-friendly!
- Enjoying some “geek parent” moments…
- Purchasing some games. One is called Planet Steam. (Anyone know this?)
- A COOL DISCOVERY — Pacific Rim: Shuffling the Deck
- What looks like a gimicky card game actually works as a great game of strategy and concentration.
- Wait — hold on — is Pip REQUESTING a drop-in?!
- A great game for fans (or giant robots fighting monsters) of the film that doesn’t get too cutthroat.
- This game has been Boom-Approved.
- …and while you’re visiting your local bookstore…
44:35 — The Wrap-Up
- Lamenting about Dragon*Con. There was some people and things we missed.
- There was also a lot of things we didn’t miss.
- Big shout out to Mike seals who made it on live Atlanta news shows!
- What’s coming soon…
- Capclave, October 11-13
- The James River Writers Festival, October 19-20
- HalloRead Steampunk Tea, October 26
- Octopodipon, November 1-3
- Strasburg Railway Festival, November 16-17
- And Tee’s got some contract work. w00T!
- Tee’s waiting to hear from Kindle Worlds on his Valiant Comics novellas.
- Quick shout-out of condolences for the friends and family of Frederick Pohl.
- Works in progress for both Tee and Pip
- Another shout-out — this one, a warm fuzzy — to Steampunk India.
- Thanks, everyone, for keeping us in your hearts this year.
- And Tee gets cocky…
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