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Meredith
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quote:
Welcome to this week's Novel Support Group. Anyone can join. If you're new, tell us a bit about who you are and what project you are working on. Feel free to update the NSG Work in Progress thread with your current projects. Although we can report on any number of things, here is a list of suggestions (suggestions welcomed).


What were your goals last week and did you accomplish them?
Describe what you worked on.
Set goals for next week.
Did you learn something during this week?

Here is a list of things that you can do each week as we work on our novels (suggestions welcomed).


Writing on a novel
Characterization
World Building
Relevant research

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As for me:

Last Week's Goals:

DUAL MAGICS SERIES (THE SHAMAN'S CURSE, THE VOICE OF PROPHECY, BEYOND THE PROPHECY,and WAR OF MAGIC): Lower prices for promo next week.
Done. [Smile]

Wide Distribution Project: Since it's clear that Amazon never will resolve this issue (turning the text red!), it's time to start looking for another solution.
No progress yet. [Mad] Though Amazon does seem to have kicked it up a level.

BECOME: BROTHERS: Promote on social media.
Eh. Some. [Smile]

BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING: Keep on writing.
Yes, but not as much as I need to. [Frown]

MAGE STORM: Probably nothing this week.
Good call. [Wink]

OTHER:
Update my blog twice a week.
Yes. [Smile]

Next Week's Goals:

DUAL MAGICS SERIES (THE SHAMAN'S CURSE, THE VOICE OF PROPHECY, BEYOND THE PROPHECY,and WAR OF MAGIC):
Raise price back to normal.

Wide Distribution Project:
While Amazon continues to fumble for a solution to why their upload turned the text red, I need to start considering other options.

BECOME: BROTHERS:
Promote on social media.

BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING:
Keep on writing.

MAGE STORM:
Probably nothing this week.

OTHER:
Update my blog twice a week.

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Worked some on that Steampunk-dragon punk thing. Finally finished the reworking of the first part of the last chapter I will do.

Almost finished with the revision of Journey.
My own opinion but I think it is a good tale well done. Soon though I will be needing a beta reader or three to see if anyone agrees with me and what I can do to make it better.


Waiting for my proofreader to have the time next month to go over Courier

And finally got to the urgent need that my hero was trying to help. She got attacked and than had to steal a horse drawn wagon from a gangster's thugs. But now she is at the person's house who needs the help and fighting some wolf size strange creatures.

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quote:
Originally posted by Meredith:
Wide Distribution Project: Since it's clear that Amazon never will resolve this issue (turning the text red!), it's time to start looking for another solution.
No progress yet. [Mad] Though Amazon does seem to have kicked it up a level.

Wide Distribution Project:
While Amazon continues to fumble for a solution to why their upload turned the text red, I need to start considering other options.

Microsoft Word's verbose proprietary format codes often remain inline and otherwise invisible in edited text after content deletions or changes. Stray red color change open and close format tags might be the culprit, might be due to a prior Track Changes or Red Line edit operation -- maybe, or some similar process. Amazon's conversion from Word to digital publication format then performs the change color function and ignores the close tag if no content lays between the code tags. A conversion fluke that's more common than might be thought, also happens with content-less italics, bold, other text decorations, and font change format codes.

Consider WordPerfect's Reveal Codes function with advanced search format code criteria to verify if such is the situation, and for a definitive solution.

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quote:
Originally posted by extrinsic:
Microsoft Word's verbose proprietary format codes often remain inline and otherwise invisible in edited text after content deletions or changes. Stray red color change open and close format tags might be the culprit, might be due to a prior Track Changes or Red Line edit operation -- maybe, or some similar process. Amazon's conversion from Word to digital publication format then performs the change color function and ignores the close tag if no content lays between the code tags. A conversion fluke that's more common than might be thought, also happens with content-less italics, bold, other text decorations, and font change format codes.

Consider WordPerfect's Reveal Codes function with advanced search format code criteria to verify if such is the situation, and for a definitive solution.

Agreed that that can happen. I use Word's styles and have gotten pretty good at ferreting out the extraneous stuff.

They mystery, here, is that what I'm trying to upload is a revision purely to change the back matter--as I've done on all my books but three. Making sure there are links to all my other books, changing those links to universal ones, and revising the call to action for reviews (not that that works as often as I'd like).

But, in this case, I'm not uploading a word document, since I want to keep some more advanced formatting. I've converted it to an .epub and uploaded that. And only on the last two book I've tried to upload--two separate books--has this happened.

I'm seriously considering unpublishing them from Amazon and then letting Pronoun publish them to the Zon. Alternately, I could just upload the .docx, which will lose some of my formatting, and wait for Amazon to eventually figure out their problem.

For the record, Amazon's latest suggestion is that I try one of their other upload processes--for text books. [Confused]

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