Blog & Updates
|by Theresa M. Moore|
5.13.20 I have now added Square to my payment methods for those who do not like PayPal and prefer to buy things one at a time. Just use the buttons as indicated. The buttons will take you to Square's Checkout Page, where you can use any card you like to pay for things. Meanwhile, I expect to add Stripe at some point, though I have had difficulties with them. Square is much easier and simpler to use.
I am looking at several sites for distribution to other ebook hosting sites. More news about this later. ♦
5.5.20 Happy Cinco de Mayo! As it turned out, the coding for the css sheet turned out to be bogus. I went back from pixels to points for the fonts, and as you see, some features of the site are looking the way they should. It looks like whoever was tutoring people about HTML 5 made a mistake. So now, in a few hours things should look good, and Google will be happy. ♦
4.30.20 If the type looks really big to you, it's because Google is once more dunning me on the head about how the site looks to a 40 inch television screen. I have boosted the sizes of fonts once again to satisfy their requests, but I am not doing it again. They will just have to accept whatever I give them, because I have done this many times and they are not happy. It's their problem.
It looks like 1960 - 1961 will not be published until early May, at the rate I am going. Then, on to some other books I put on the back burner. ♦
4.23.20 After another day of some frustration, I decided to unpublish the series on Amazon as that could trigger some confusion, since only offering some ebooks of the series would be counterproductive. I am offering them here on the site only. It would appear that the subject matter, while compiled and composed by me, is too close to what is "freely available" on the internet. So I cannot find distribution for them unless I shell out $$$ apiece. It is clearly not worth the effort.
I have chosen to segregate series which have more than 3 books apiece into separate pages, as their listing on the main pages takes up too much room. I would prefer that to making people scroll through a long page of listings.
4.22.20 Happy Earth Day. I am busy trying to put ebook versions of my books on Kindle, but am encountering some difficulty with them. Apparently, the nonfiction ebooks are either being blocked or go live in a few minutes, then are blocked later. This presents a problem with one of my series. If I cannot publish them for Kindle, I might as well give up. I don't think it's no more than an inconvenience, since the ebooks are also available here. They will not import to Kindle, but that's Amazon's problem, not mine. They are creating the roadblock on their own, but I think Amazon is having problems with all their products right now. If I can't surmount the obstacle I will just ignore Amazon and continue selling through other venues.
Meanwhile, work on 1960 - 1961 continues. ♦
4.17.20 My, what a few days can do to bookselling. I have just published The Queen's Marksman and The Pirate's Pledge AND The Childen of The Night. That was fast. Despite gloomy predictions about book sales in general, I have been more busy than in the last year. Self-isolation helps, and I don't miss the outside as much as I thought. The next project is to finish 1960 - 1961 for publication later this month. Then, finish setting up Alexander And Lucien (working title) and publish those by early May. I am still wavering over the titles until I can find something suitable for each. So I am not bored, and can expect some sales to start ramping up in June or July, I hope. ♦
4.13.20 I have just published Destiny's Forge: the novel and am on track with The Queen's Marksman and The Pirate's Pledge. Meanwhile, work proceeds apace with 1960 - 1961. I don't know what publication dates there will be, but if the gods will it, it ought to come out later this month. Meanwhile, I have gone into Bowker and discovered that books I marked available somehow got relegated to "not yet available". I have corrected this and the books should be available on bookseller sites, soon. More news later. ♦
4.10.20 Good news. The print on demand service at Ingram is still up and running, so I am posting new books as I go. I am slowly catching up with publishing. I still can't guarantee timely delivery, however, as the shippers are slowing down thanks to the outbreak so far. If you will be patient, I will be able to get the books to you, and you can order them from other stores, that is, if they have not closed down. More news later. ♦
4.6.20 It looks at this point like there is no going around it. I have 3 books ready to print and another on the way to finishing, and there is no way to upload and expect to get the books to my printer. Aside from that, the mayor of my town has instituted a lockdown on traveling. One can no longer go out of the house and visit the grocery store or the post office. so the only thing I can do is to keep working from home and my printing service is offering POD, but Barnes & Noble has closed its stores temporarily, and Amazon has put books on the back burner. I have no choice now but to finish or start the books I had anticipated writing through the rest of the year. Ordinarily this would make me happier, but I don't like the direction the outbreaks are taking. For now, I can offer ebooks because I can transmit them via email. This way there is no physical contact to worry about. Sorry about this, but I have no control over the situation. You take care, now, and I hope to see you on the other side. ♦
3.21.20 Happy Equinox wherever you are. In the last week or so, I have struggled to figure out what to do about the coronavirus pandemic. First of all, it was quite a surprise, since no one in the U.S. were informed about it until February. China sat on the news for 2 or 3 months before they finally acknowledged that the virus had broken out. I learned that apparently a wild animal market in Wuhan was the origin, and that was from eating raw bats. Raw Bats. Eewwww. I know, you are probably thinking that I should not criticize, since I readily eat sushi or sashimi. But those things are prepared in a safe and relatively sterile environment. We have no idea how the bats were prepared for eating, but it looks like no one examined them for any contagion. Now it's too late.
The second problem is the publishing schedule for the 3 books I just mentioned in a previous post. It is now 3/21 and that was my projected deadline. Now, I must postpone everything in the hopper for yet another month or so, so I can only say they are Coming soon. Sorry about that. As soon as I am certain they can be published (since my printing service may have to shelter in place) I will post them as published. Otherwise, all bets are up in the air. More news later. ♦
3.02.20 I have been working on getting my images under control on the site while I update work on the 3 books mentioned below. I am about halfway through one of them, while the others are just waiting for an edit. ♦
2.26.20 Due to a situation beyond my control, I have pushed everything back a month. So Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: 1960 - 1961 won't be published until March 15th or so, and so will be Destiny's Forge and The Queen's Marksman.
I am also keeping an eye on the coronavirus epidemic, which they say is threatening to become a pandemic. While it may not affect me directly, many public buildings and schools have been closed and there is the general fear of contracting the disease, because the pathogen is airborne. So I may not leave the house for a while. I hope the doctors get this thing under control soon, but it appears a vaccine will not be available for several months.
More news later. ♦
2.13.20 This month, I am still working on Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: 1960 - 1961 while I have been dunned to issue the complete novel of Destiny's Forge, for those who prefer the entire book all at once. I had separated it into a trilogy, but maybe that was not such a good idea. The middle book of the trilogy is selling better than the other two books. The first one has not sold more than a copy or two. So, back to the drawing board.
Meanwhile, I anticipate publishing The Queen's Marksman later this month. More news later. ♦
1.15.20 Now that all details have been finished, Destiny's Forge: The Dreadnought and Destiny's Forge: Dragonhold are now published. Work on Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: 1960 - 1961 is still in progress.
I have sent a few of these books on to The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy at UC Riverside for inclusion in their library, in keeping with a long standing pledge to send any and all science fiction book I write to complete their collection. At the moment, the collection consists of about 100,000 books and magazines along with various other artifacts from science fiction films and television shows. I suggest you look it up and read about this amazing collection.
Next on my list will be The Queen's Marksman, which can stand a new edit. I had played around briefly about changing the title, but I find that this one is unique and stands alone. I anticipate publishing it in early February. More details will come later. ♦
1.08.20 Incidental to a rearrangement of books on the catalog, I have changed the title for NAGRASANTI to The Children of The Night since I am now using the original title as the new trademark for my other site. And work has begun on Destiny's Forge: The Dreadnought. It will be in a smaller format and will be published sometime later this month. ♦
1.07.20 Upon investigating the delay in shipment of one of my galley proofs, I discovered that the turnaround time for printing has slowed significantly, so that a single copy of a book may not be shipped out for two weeks. I am told that this is because of the weather where the printing plant is. The snow and ice in that area has been responsible for several severe accidents on the road, plane delays, and so on. So I can only wait around and twiddle my thumbs. I apologize for any such delay even though I really can't do anything about it.
Meanwhile, I have begun the work on Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: 1960 - 1961 and I anticipate finishing it by middle to late January. Why 2 years? Because there were not enough films in each year to fill out a decent sized book. It seems that there was a significant slowdown of production, after the explosion of films in 1959. This was the same case as with 1955-1956. After this, I am not sure what will happen with 1962, because at the moment I am only focused on the beginning of the decade. ♦
1.06.20 As it turned out, navigation throughout the site was hampered by the mysterious dropoff of various important links and other items. We have fixed this. Thanks for your attention. ♦
1.03.20 I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Welcome once again to our blog. Today, I am in the process of redating our copyrights on each page and cleaning up errors found in the process.
Some updates to our books have been made, including my writing schedule. I plan to begin work on Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: 1960 in the next couple of weeks. I am also working on Destiny's Forge: The Dreadnought, which will appear sooner than that. As you will see on the other pages, the publishing schedule has been extended a bit so I will have a small break between books. I'm only human, and I refuse to publish until all the details are cleared up and set properly. I will post more progress reports as are necessary. ♦
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