Richard’s Playlist (50): I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day by Wizzard

Photo of Roy Wood of Wizzard

Roy Wood of Wizzard

 

Richard and Rose spend a quiet Christmas together and Rose feels it is the best Christmas ever, so my favourite Christmas song, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day by Wizzard seemed appropriate for this scene. Find our what gifts they exchanged by downloading Richard Liveth Yet here for Kindle (£1.99) or you can buy print versions here:

CreateSpace e-store  ($17 + p&p)

 Blurb (from £7.51 + p&p)

Or get a signed copy of the Blurb version for £10 plus p&p by emailing me (jrlarner@aol.com)

 

 

 

Image credit: By G00labek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Richard’s Playlist (49) – DNA by Little Mix

Rose and Richard hear that Richard’s DNA has been analysed and discuss the results. The scene title had to be DNA by Little Mix. I love Little Mix, the best girl band for years and years. Find out the rest of the DNA story by downloading Richard Liveth Yet.

 

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Image credit: By Flickr: Rebekah Esme (Flickr: Little Mix) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

The pros and cons of self-publishing on: Kindle, Amazon (CreateSpace) and Blurb

I have just uploaded my new novel to Amazon and Blurb, as well as having it available on Kindle as an e-book. Each of these publishing platforms require different formats and respond differently. So which is best? Well, the overused phrase ‘swings and roundabouts’ comes to mind.

Let us look first at Kindle. I would recommend downloading their free guides on how to publish on Kindle – they are quite well-explained and easy to follow. You need to have the book saved as a Word document and, if you want readers to be able to navigate through the book properly you have to ensure you create an e-book friendly Table of Contents. You do this in Word and the Kindle guides explain how to do it clearly. You can then upload it to Kindle and either publish or set it up for pre-order with a release date, as long as it is more or less completed. You can also use their software to create a cover. Here is a thumbnail version:

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If you want to make it available on Amazon in a print version, one advantage is that, providing your title, author name, description, etc are the same, Amazon will automatically link it with the Kindle version. However, a major disadvantage is that if you have to make any corrections you have to go through their review process all over again which takes 24 hours. Also, if you are in the UK and you want a proof copy, it takes weeks to arrive as it’s sent from America. There is an online proof reader, but it isn’t as good as having the book in your hand. CreateSpace also has templates for you to design a cover, but it would be better if it could align with Kindle, so the covers can be the same as, unless you have a complete cover PDF to upload, it turns out differently. This is my uploaded finished version.

CreateSpace cover

So, what about Blurb?  My first book was available on Blurb and there are again advantages and disadvantages to it. In my opinion, the print quality is much better in Blurb as you can use font templates which mean you can have attractive chapter end  icons and titles which have nice little twiddly bits around them. However the down side is that their software (Bookwright) is very laborious to use and even crashed on me just as I had completed the book, which meant I lost several days’ work. Also, if you have to make changes, you get assigned a new ISBN number each time, which seems rather over the top to me. You can design a cover, but have little choice of layout, although I like them as you can use the templates to make the background something other than plain white.

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You can also use the backgrounds inside for your title pages, etc. I found the page numbering to be fiddly and non-intuitive, although I also had trouble with CreateSpace for this. If you want to be sent a proof from Blurb it is much quicker than CreateSpace. You can save the work in Word, although they recommend installing each chapter separately. Uploading the final book to the website for publishing takes AGES! My latest work which is about 421 pages took THREE HOURS, whereas CreateSpace  only takes a few minutes (but then you have the 24 hour wait for approval and the weeks to get a proof!).

So, in the end, I have published my latest novel on all three. I tend to order from Blurb in batches to get a discount and save on postage and then I sell them personally, whereas for those living outside the UK, ordering on Amazon would probably be more cost-effective.

New Release on Saturday 26th March

In commemoration of the anniversary of Richard III’s re-interment, my new book, Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country will be released on Kindle on Saturday. You can pre-order it here and it will be sent to your Kindle on 26th (or your laptop/tablet/iPhone, etc)

If you prefer a print copy, I have ordered some Blurb editions which you can get (signed) by e-mailing me direct (jrlarner@aol.com – quote ‘A Foreign Country’ in subject line), or it will also be available on Amazon. The Blurb copies are £10 plus p&p, the Amazon ones will be £11.82 (plus p&p), although for those who live outside the UK it might be cost-effective as you can get it on Amazon.com. The Kindle e-book is £2.08 (it is slightly longer than the first book).Picture of Richard Liveth Yet (Book II): A Foreign Country book cover

Richard’s Playlist (48) – Dream A Dream by Charlotte Church

Rose, Richard and Lynne ask for information to be revealed to them in dreams, regarding how Richard can get back to his own time and who is helping him from the spirit world. I love this song, Dream A Dream, and it was perfect to illustrate this scene, dramatic and sung by the ‘voice of an angel’, Charlotte Church.Photo of Charlotte Church

Read the whole story on Kindle or order a print copy from Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: By Keven Law from Los Angeles, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Richard’s Playlist (47) – Hocus Pocus by Focus

Richard and Rose continue their research about how he can try to return to his own time, enlisting the help of Rose’s friend, Lynne. But Richard isn’t happy with her suggestion!

Find out what she said and their final decision by downloading Richard Liveth Yet or purchasing the print copy here.

I decided to call this scene Hocus Pocus – the track reminds me of my youth and I loved Focus, a great Dutch band of the seventies.

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Image credit: By AVRO (Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Richard’s Playlist (46) – Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Richard joins a mediaeval-style band and learns a ‘new’ tune: Greensleeves. The band, The Middle Agers, even plays a few local gigs, so Richard has a new profession, playing his lute. The obvious choice for the scene title was, of course, Greensleeves and my favourite version is the Ralph Vaughan Williams one.

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Image credit:By Immanuel Giel (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Concert by The Legendary Ten Seconds, in York House, Stony Stratford February 20th 2016

Some of this band’s songs will be titles for the new book’s scenes!

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Having enjoyed the three CD albums of songs about Richard III by The Legendary Ten Seconds (which can be bought here), I was very keen to attend when I heard there was to be a live concert by the group, who comprise Ian Churchward on lead vocals and acoustic guitar (and writer of almost all of the songs), Lord Zarquon on keyboards and Rob Bright on lead guitar. The lyrics of the songs all deal with various aspects of Richard’s life and reputation and the music is a combination of folk-rock and medieval – a perfectly unique sound. The concert was organised by the Bucks and Beds branch of the Richard III Society, so all who attended were pro-Richard. I have given links to the tracks that I could find on You Tube.

Photo of The Legendary Ten Seconds (L-R): Lord Zarquon, Ian Churchward and Rob Bright

There was a modest but very appreciative audience…

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