Labor of Like
I spent the better part of twelve hours reformatting the ebook version of Elf Mastery today. The thing is, a reader had found a typo (I wrote 'Now matter' instead of 'No matter') so I had to fix it. You're thinking, one typo? That's not so hard to fix! The thing is, the book exists in a few different formats. Amazon and Smashwords have different requirements for uploads. By itself not a big problem, except that a couple weeks ago my hard drive crashed. I saved my files but lost all my custom settings in Microsoft. I also forgot how to format. So I had to re-learn formatting and set up my settings. While I was fixing the typo, I also decided to change some fonts and tweak a couple things (Kyla's debacle at the end of Chapter One is less due to her own ignorance and more due to an unreliable mail system. This change was a concession on my part that perhaps I had made her a little too ignorant at the outset, though I maintain she is a sheltered individual unfamiliar with bureaucracy).
At any rate, in all the mucking around I always worry I created new problems Did I make a typo as I re-created my Table of Contents? I don't think so, but after several hours looking at a screen my eyes are no longer trustworthy. Better check in the morning. And then more fun making adjustments to the print files.
All in all, I kind of enjoyed the ordeal. Formatting, though frustrating, is still a bit of fun. I wonder if I could turn a profit doing this sort of thing?
Ah well. Time to sleep, as my brain is shutting dowwnw,fnsdfa.s,m.
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Bryant Reil currently resides in Kelowna, BC. Recent accomplishments include completing a Master's degree, and having finished two books, Elf Mastery and Elf Doubt. The third book, Elf Righteous, is underway.