Kevin Brennan Is Self-Publishing His New Novel
Last week I told you that my new novel, Fascination, is right on track for imminent release, and I’ll be dropping more details on it next week. There’ll be a cover reveal and little blurb about the plot. It’s a strange plot. In fact, I’m having a heck of a time distilling it into a blurb that fits on a typical book flap. There’s Fascination, of course — the old arcade game — but there’s also Texas hold ‘em, a ladies-only cult, a tree sitter, a nice dog, Native American rituals, some garden gnomes, and zen nothingness. Add to the soup a faked suicide and a nice fat insurance payout, and you have a cavalcade of goofy goings-on that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Plus, as I mentioned, it’s illustrated with lots of fun photos, and your copy will be inscribed to you.
Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for a Twitter storm from yours truly that will culminate in a tasteful promo for the book. I have a new hashtag I’m introducing: #guerrillapublishing. Join in!
Now for the bad news. I’ve been busting my spheroids trying to get the book into a format that will look halfway decent on a Nook, and I just can’t get there. The conversion software, Calibre, tries ever so hard, and I guess if I started from scratch with a plain-text manuscript with no exotic formatting (like centered em dashes for section breaks), I might be able to come up with a readable ebook.
This means that Fascination will be available mainly for Kindle and any number of tablets. I’ve tested it on my older Kindle and on a 7” Kindle Fire. It looks great on both. It might also work on any tablet that can run the Adobe Acrobat Reader app, which preserves my painstakingly worked out page designs and all the images.
If you have a Nook, though, and you still want to buy and read the book, you can certainly download it to your laptop or PC and read on any software that can handle PDFs.
I learned in my poll last spring that a lot of people have more than one e-reader, so I hope I can accommodate everybody. Seems like Nook is silently slipping out the back door anyway. Tablets and Kindles are the go-to devices, but I have to say that this book might even be suitable for reading on a phone of reasonable size. The pages are small and tidy so the font is nice and readable and the pictures still pop.
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