Fabled Kingdom – Chapter 12-13 and Smashwords

Hi all! Fabled Kingdom book 2 is still waiting on its proofs, but I have chapters 12-13 up already on Smashwords. It’s US$1.59 to buy these two chapters, while I wait to release the full version of book 2 in print and ebook.

This 2-chapter ebook will not be released on any other platform besides Smashwords. I have also withdrawn all of the “Fabled Kingdom” books distributed through Smashwords, and they should ONLY be available on SW (though it’s unlikely). I’ll talk more about it below.
 

As you may have noticed, I re-designed the covers:

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The main reason, apart to make it less “busy”, is due to the font. The original font I used was a fan-made font for the “Lord of the Rings” community (Ringbearer), which is rather inappropriate to use for self-publishing. I couldn’t secure permission for the creator to use it, so I used a paid font (which I bought the license to) called Mantinia instead. It’s an obscure font, but looks a lot like Ringbearer, so it sufficed. It’s important to own the rights to fonts and images you use in your work, folks!
 

About Smashwords:

I may have mentioned before that I’ve soured on SW as a distribution system, but I want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with SW itself, which I still think is a great platform. Instead, the reason is rather complicated – it’s due to the consolidation of the book market, and problems with SW’s downstream distributors.

There’s been a whole bunch of news reports lately about the e-book market stabilising to around 30% of total book sales, but much of it is misleading. First of all, these figures don’t distinguish between fiction and non-fiction books, but that’s not the main issue – the main issue is that while the e-book pie of the market isn’t growing as explosively as in 2008-2012, the number of new e-book selling platforms entering the e-book market has increased. This means that an increasing number of e-book sellers are fighting over a pie that isn’t growing as quickly as new sellers are entering.

Obviously, this leads to companies going bust, or being bought up by other companies. E-book selling in 2015 is a hot mess, with Amazon dominating everyone by far. This means that it’s become impossible to keep track of which e-book companies are still in business – including those which SW distributes to.

Hence, the problem with not SW, but the platforms SW distributes to. I know SW sells my books, but since SW also distributes to iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and other places, do I know who these platforms distribute to? Apart from iBooks (Apple ain’t in the e-book distributing business), the answer is NO. There’s currently no way to track which e-book platforms that, say, Kobo is distributing to, or whether these platforms will still be around in 2 years time.

This means that there’s a potentially infinite number of dead e-companies out there, with nothing to show for but large data warehouses full of e-books they may not even have the rights to distribute. Does this bother everyone? No, but it bothers me.

Hence, why I’ve decided to stay off SW’s distributors for a while. I’ll be posting the rest of the “Fabled Kingdom” series up, but that’ll be about it. After I finish book 3, I shall remove “Fabled Kingdom” from that platform until things settle down. It’s not a huge deal, but I don’t want to be caught in the cross-fire of Amazon and internet e-book companies when they start dying (which they already are).

Past the halfway mark!

I’ve got a new desk, folks. After 20 years of sitting (and drawing) on a small cramped space that was made to contain a tower PC, I now have a… slightly larger desk with actual elbow room and drawers that I don’t use. It hasn’t changed how I do anything, though, except I now have more room to scatter paper everywhere.

Appearances: I’ll be at Sydney Kinkuniya bookstore on the 8th August, 2015 @ 4pm-5:30pm, for a panel called “Women and Comics: A Comic Con-versation”. This is going to be interesting…

Fabled Kingdom News: I’m now past the 50% mark! The story is meant to be 21 chapters, and I’m now halfway through Chapter 12. It’s remarkable how quickly things can move – I’m doing a chapter a month, and I hope to finish Chapter 14 by the end of October.

Which brings me to this: I now have Chapter 8-11 of book2 available for sale as PDFs on Smashwords. They’re books 4 and 5 in the series, and they’ll also be available on Apple iBooks (and also Nook and Kobo, though it’s best to download the sample to make sure that the file can work on those readers).

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Again, I’ve had to mess with the chapter distribution. Previously, it was meant to be 9 ebooks with 2.5 chapters each, but thanks to the 10MB file size limit Smashwords imposes, it’s now 10 ebooks with 2 chapters each. Since it’s now 2 chapters each part instead of 2.5, I’ve lowered the price of each ebook to $1.69 and made book 4 free until the end of July. Sorry for the inconvenience, folks – hopefully this will be the last time this sort of thing happens.

Tumblr Posts: I’ve been posting animated gifts of my work up onto my tumblr. Check it out if you want to see more of these kinds of roughs-to-finished pics!

 

 

Comics-Prose Tutorial and Website Re-do: This is still happening, and in the works. However, I hope to at least get book 2 done first so I have some time to devote to finishing this… *sigh*

Latest News

Hi all! Just dropping in to let you all know what’s happening with me lately. I’m currently in Hong Kong, and instead of taking a well-earned break, I’m OF COURSE doing work. I have a bunch of stuff I want to work on, which I’ll list here.

Fabled Kingdom News: Chapters 8-10(of21) is done, but I need to edit and proof-read it. I’ve finished writing Chapter 11, and I hope to get Chapter 12-14 at least started while I’m away from my drawing table. Anyway, book 2 should definitely be done by the end of 2015. Meanwhile, book 1(of3) is finished, containing Chapters 1-7 (212 pages), and out in print and ebook format. Head on over to my Store page to check it out.

 

Fabled Kingdom Art: I’ve started to post animated gifs of my colouring/toning process over on my Tumblr, so I might as well post some here on my blog too. More coming!


 

Here’s an article I wrote: It’s for a blog, for Australian women writers of ethnic origins. I decided to write an article about body-image and cartooning, which is actually quite an interesting topic, mostly because of the way we regard the self-image of teen girls these days.

 

Updating my website: I’m reworking my website, and updating the way it looks. This will take a while, and a lot of bloopers, me thinks.

 

Geting my Comics-Prose Tutorial up: Halfway done! Need to step on it – it’s on at DeviantArt, due to the ease of asking questions and building a community there. Warning: I need to finish rest of the articles, so remember, it’s not yet done. After the tutorial is finished, I’ll probably look to do a self-publishing tutorial.