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I spent today in the bowels of the beast, by which I mean Amazon and Smashwords. Most of the Amazon time was spent trying to figure out how I tell it that I don’t want to be exclusive to Kindle and just hitting “Save” until it told me it was in review and I couldn’t poke anything any more. I guess that’s how that works.

Theoretically the Goblin novella is up on Smashwords. I am looking at it and it looks like a thing that is up there.

I am frightened.

So as I understand it, Smashwords is mulling it over now and I guess they decide whether or not it meets the standards for kicking out to iBooks (which is the major reason to go through Smashwords at all) and I have no idea how long that takes.

Meanwhile, Amazon is also mulling it over and theoretically it will be up in about twelve hours or so.

And….err….that’s what I have done.

THIS IS TERRIFYING AND I’M COLD AND ALONE AND THERE ARE WOLVES SOMEONE HOLD ME OR AT LEAST GIVE THE WOLVES A CHEW TOY BECAUSE THE ONE ON THE LEFT IS GIVING ME A WEIRD LOOK

So I guess that’s me having self-published the first T. Kingfisher book.

Um.

So that’s that?

Anyway, if Smashwords is the thing you use, I guess you can buy a copy here. And I will try and do a big self-confident LOOK AT MY SHINY NEW BOOK RELEASE thing like a real author who wears pants and everything when all the formats are up and running.  (Please do not ask for an ETA. I don’t know either. I am starting to think this was all madness.)

ETA: It thinks it is live on Amazon, but in a horrifying twist of fate, the front end is live and buyable, while the backend thinks it hasn’t been published yet, so I can’t fix the big format bug that duplicates a chapter! ARRRRRRRGHGHH! If you bought it in the last few minutes, um…I’m very sorry. It will be fixed as soon as Amazon lets me!

WOLVES

(Incidentally, if you find any freakish formatting errors that destroy the reading experience, PLEASE tell me here, and I’ll do what I can. I can’t fix presentation on some of the weirder formats (Sony e-readers, looking in your direction!) but this is the sort of thing I’d like to know!)

ETA: AAAAARRGHGGHHHHH!  If you bought it before, um, 2:30, you’ll need to get the new version, because GODDAMN SCRIVENER DIE IN A FIRE duplicated a chapter. *sobbing*

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.



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This is because programmers are not wired correctly (I was one once - I had the extra wiring removed but I still twitch and get the nightmares). What they think is useful and intuitive would have anyone who spends more time in the sun and doesn't live in SecondLife (I'm guessing) screaming and clawing at their own face.

I wouldn't say programmers aren't wired correctly; I'd say they live in a different world. What they see as useful and intuitive often is, to someone who, like them, have an intimate understanding of the underlying structure of the system. Decoupling the user's experience from the architecture underneath is a special skill that is both hard to acquire, and of little use to the majority of programmers, who develop things (applications, frameworks, APIs etc) that are aimed at other programmers.

Mind you, in my 20 years as a programmer, I've never been tempted to play SecondLife or HabboHotel or what have you, so what do I know?

Nah, I'd say more that it's that they are familiar with the Rules of whatever it is they're working on, and have a better basis to figure out the errors. Even then, my partner, who has been coding since they were a child, still gets rage fits when something does not work as intended. (I have learned to recognize the "Why the fuck isn't this piece of shit fucked crap working already?" expression and hightail it.)

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