Saturday, September 28, 2013

I'm finished (litterally and figuratively)


I just finished writing the last short story for this year. I'm planning to translate and release them early next year in anthologies of 3-5 stories (depending on length). As I had planned (and tracked with the super helpful Write Track by David Gale), I wrote 125,000 words this year..

You cannot believe how incredibly tired I am. But I'm also elated because I managed to reach my goal a month early. That will give me most of October (except for the kids' holidays) to recover and plan my NaNoWriMo novel.

You think me crazy for going NaNo again? Well, this time, I only need to do it for fun, not to reach any wordcount goals, since I've done everythign already. It'll be a completely new feeling for me. ;-)

How about you? Do you set yourself yearly goals? Do you track them? How?
Share your advice with me,

Friday, September 20, 2013

rip-off: German eBook platforms conspiere against Indies


I am currently trying to get my books into the shops of German eBook sellers -- it's a nightmare. Not enough that an ISBN is obligatory (getting them is a whole different chapter of rambling on my part), most also require me to list my books in a list of books available for sale, the so called VBL. Listing a book there costs 3,40EUR per title per year WITH A MINIMUM FEE of 70,-EUR! I call that robbery.

Then, I found several services similar to Smashwords and contacted them. Most do not accept ePub, only PDFs that they then "convert" to ePub. How can I control the quality of my eBooks if I'm not allowed to upload them myself? Converters are good for those who are no programmers, but I've got a PhD in programming for C's sake.

To top it off, I found out that I have to pay an "upload fee" for some of them of 250,-EUR per title. That's pure rip-off. I am currently of the opinion that those firms do not trust the growth of the eBook market. They try to squeeze as much money out of the Indie authors as they can. I, for one, will stay away from those.

The problem remains. How will I get my eBooks to the reader aside from amazon? I'm still searching.
Keep your fingers crossed for me,

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I beg you, webcomic creators


I'm back at translating reMIND, the best webcomic I've read in recent years. It's aimed at children AND grown ups, and combines an interesting story with incredible artwork. I was so taken that I asked the artist if I could translate this story into German. He gave me permission and I started working on the story enthusiastically.

I still am (as you can see by the progress-meter in my sidebar) working on it. The translation itself went fast and was fairly easy, the thing that drives me nuts is putting the translated texts into the speech bubbles and adjusting sound effects. Often, the bubbles are too small, since German often uses more words than English. Worst are the places where the sound effects have accidentally been merged with the background.

So, here's my plea to all webcomic creators who hope to get translated one day: please, pretty please, do NOT merge sound effects into your art. It's a nightmare to adjust especially if the language in question uses a completely different alphabet (like many Aisan languages or Russian).

That said, I'm still as enthusiastically working on the comic and hope to have the second volume finished by the end of October (so I'll be free to NaNo once more this year). Will any of you NaNo? If so, let me know your username so I can buddy you if I haven't already.

Have a great day,

Monday, September 9, 2013

Podcast Interview with me - funny accent for free


Yesterday, I was interviewed by Voice Over artist Katie Adler. Before the show started I wondered, "How will we fill a whole hour? I'm not really that interesting." Man, was I wrong. I even surprised myself with some of the answers I gave. Truth be told, you only get a good interview if the interviewer knows how to ask good questions. I had a lot of fun and highly recommend her site. She has this kind of podcast every first Sunday in the month (mine was a week late due to technical problems).

You can find the short stories I wrote (two 500 word flash stories) on Katie's site:
Short Story Sunday with Katie Adler

and while you're there listen to the replay, or listen to it here:

Have a great day,