(Was I supposed to do a big reveal there? Errr...play a little drum roll on your desk, maybe?)
(Also, Twitter told me to do that jacket quote. When I get some more blurbs, I may change it to something slightly less meta.)
Now, this is not the annotated fairy-tales, which I can't actually sell for copyright reasons--those are best treated as weird fan fic--but stuff like "Toad Words" and "The Sea Witch Sets The Record Straight" and "The Wolf And The Woodsman." Basically, most of the short stories and weird little things I've posted here over the last few years* plus--excitement!--an all new novella called "Boar & Apples" that has been seen nowhere before!
There is poetry, but not much of it. Hopefully not enough to damage your enjoyment.
Depending on proofreaders and my own mad schedule, I am hoping to get this out sometime this week. However, here's the thing...
Smashwords is...well...frustrating and very slow to push out to vendors and in a number of ways behind the times. And there is a service called Draft2Digital that will get the book into iBooks, Kobo, and B&N, and do it much faster than Smashwords and without the various griefs, which I'd kinda like to use. (Plus Amazon, on Kindle, obviously, but I want a non-Amazon alternative as well, because eggs, baskets, etc.)
The only thing that would be lacking here that Smashwords does is offer various formats, like .pdf, .rft, read online, etc, which would not be available if I don't go through the Smashwords Meatgrinder.
So my question is---is anybody using those formats here that will be completely unable to access the book if I don't do Smashwords? (If you want to read on your actual computer, there's a free program called Calibre that will take an epub, and the book would be in all the various stores.)
I'd kinda like to skip the Smashwords step, now that Draft2Digital is an option, but I don't want to lock anybody out of reading if I can help it, so I want to hear from you guys!
(Alternate possibility--skip Smashwords, and if you cannot do any of those other reading methods, e-mail me and I'll sell you a file directly--trying to avoid direct sales because I don't want to be tech support for that, but I could probably manage a couple if people really need .pdf or .txt!)
As always, Toad Words would be completely DRM free (or as free as I, as creator, can manage it--can't swear that various services don't get shady on the back end, but I'm opting out wherever there's an opt out.)
Anyway, let me know your thoughts, everybody!
*Except "Elegant and Fine" which is fan-fic for another five or six years, until the first Narnia book falls out of copyright.