Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Free T-Shirt – or Short Story – for a Little Help?

Cover of Is there anyone out there well-versed in Smashwords who can give me a hand?

I’ve just posted my short story, The Dragon’s Clause, so that lots of folks can read it natively on their hardware, but I’m not happy with the way the formatting has turned out.

The title, front matter and end notes sometimes slip into a san-serif font in some versions of the book.

I’ve combed through the Smashwords Style Guide for hints, even going as far as trying the “nuclear” method for formatting, and no matter what, the fonts keep changing.

But after 15 uploads, I’m tired of trying. I need a little help. 🙂

If you can help me figure out how to make it right, I’ll send you a t-shirt bearing the cover of The Dragon’s Clause. If that doesn’t interest you, I’ll be happy to send you a copy of my story, On the Path. It was published in the Parsec Inc. Anthology, Triangulation: Dark Glass, a few years ago, and will be my next experiment on Smashwords.

Drop me a line via email if you can help. Thanks!

2 comments to Free T-Shirt – or Short Story – for a Little Help?

  • I can’t help you, Kelly, only sympathize. I’ve dealt with a publisher who (now) wants submissions only in the Smashwords format. A lot of writers are complaining about it. Any style guide that needs 72 pages and lots of screen shots to explain itself is, by my definition, too complicated!

    I took my Word document and fought my way through the style guide in order to submit a story, but I wasn’t preparing it for final publication, as you are. Moreover, the editor will fix whatever I got wrong.

    All I can do is wish you luck, and hope you find someone to whom you can send that T-shirt!

    • Hi Steve! You’re the first person telling me that editors are now asking for things in Smashwords format! Wow, that’s amazing! (Personally, I want to spend my time creating, not formatting…isn’t that what publications do?) Thanks for the commiseration…

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