“The journey is the thing.” Homer, The Odyssey

Wattpad CoverJust wanted to let people know that my three year journey writing the first book in The Wandering King series is at an end.  The book went up on Amazon.com this morning.  To say that I am excited is a massive understatement.

You can find the book here:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Wandering-King-Harvest-ebook/dp/B00C38S0L8

Even though it’s only $2.99, don’t buy it!  Wait till Tuesday.  I will be offering the book for free for 5 days, from Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 6.

It took me several nights this week to get The Wandering King uploaded onto Amazon.  The formatting is a bit of a bitch.  Ultimately it just takes a little time and patience.

When you upload your book, you can preview it before you click ‘Save & Publish.’  The preview pane is a great help, plus you can click on various options to see what it will look like on the Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad and even an iPhone.

In the preview pane you can see where you might have problems with spacing, margins, indents, formatting and other issues.  One of the issues for me was trying to make my two maps look at least half way decent.  Of course, it’s not Amazon’s fault that my maps are low res and not sized properly.  That’s just something I’ll have to continue to work on and fix in version 1.1.

After fiddling with the formatting, I finally got things where I liked them, and released the book last night.  Amazon says it can take 24 hours to approve your work, so it was a true joy to wake up this morning to find it online.

If anyone has any questions on formatting or other issues, please don’t hesitate to reply to this post and I’ll do my best to help.

Next step is to work on getting The Wandering King into paperback.  Amazon has an arrangement with a company called Create Space that allows you to take your e-book and sell it on Amazon as a hard copy or an audio book.  As I learn more about Create Space I’ll share it here.


One thought on ““The journey is the thing.” Homer, The Odyssey

  1. fiona

    This blog provides a magnificent trove of information to nascent authors, a veritable tutorial in writing of creative fiction as well as a scholarly review of ancient Greek history, something of which many of us are deficient but which Marte has immersed himself for many years. This period albeit ancient still is relevant to us with applications in government, philosophy, ethics, literaure theater, athletics and, even war. Although a first-time novelist, he appears to have a promising, productive future, perhaps with other genres and periods a la Bernard Cornwell. Kudos (an old Greek word). I look forward to sequels of the journey of the Wandering King!



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