Yes, the newly revised, re-covered, and reclaimed Uncle Devlin’s Bedtime Stories is now available on Amazon(click to go to the book’s page).
As I mentioned before, this is the full book as I intended it to be, including all 12 stories as well as brief introductions to each one.
Publishing this book has been a most eventful undertaking, and by ‘eventful’ I mean fraught with aggravation and one teeth-grinding moment after another.
Fortunately, I have friends who come through when I really, really need them.
You guys remember a couple of weeks ago when the blite was about to crash and burn from that silly world clock program going haywire, and I was off drunk at a casino, and Arianna stepped up to do the most incredible job of pulling my fat out of the fire I have ever seen. I still can’t thank her enough for that.
Well this one is on a par with that, fat out of the fire wise.
You already know that Loki Renard, in addition to being a wonderful and prolific erotic fiction writer, is a dab hand at cover design, because I told you so, and I still kind of sigh every time I look at what she did with this cover.
But what you don’t know, because I didn’t tell you yet, is that she also knows her way around computer programs, and, most importantly in this case, works on a PC! There’s that ‘fortunately’ bit again.
Because, oh most dearly beloved, even though I have uploaded and published three other books to Kindle in the past couple of years without any problem at all, the Kindle people in their wisdom decided it was just too easy for Mac users to do that, so they changed their system and now in order to upload a book to Kindle we have to use KindleGen, a program specifically written for Macintosh users, but which does not work with Macintosh computers unless one goes through a lengthy, aggravating, and heartbreakingly painful process that ultimately DOES NOT WORK ANYWAY.
I am not alone in this experience. There is a long give and take on Kindle’s own site amongst frustrated Mac users. Apparently one of us was lucky, and made the stupid KindleGen program work, so he thought he could tell everyone else how to do it, but of course he couldn’t. Then there was the reference to the guy on a different site who figured it out, and even said “all you have to do is” at one point, and his solution didn’t work either. If someone kills that man, any jury in the world would return a verdict of justifiable homicide, just for using that damnable phrase whilst giving advice.
Apparently this new Kindle manuscript uploading process is not at all a problem for PC users, who don’t have to even deal with KindleGen. They have to deal with some other program, Moby Grape or something like that, but it works quite well and very easily, because obviously the Kindle people are PC people and consider Mac users to lie somewhere beneath pond scum on the evolutionary ladder. Not that I’m bitter or anything.
So I was wondering if my only choice then was to go and buy a PC in order to upload this manuscript and get it published on Kindle.
Then, somewhere in the back of my mind, I detected the faint strains of The William Tell Overture.
And yes, sure enough, there was Loki Renard again, to the rescue. She said to save the file to HTML and send it to her.
Of course Word for Mac, which is what I use to write books, won’t save in HTML, only HTM, so first she had to convert the HTM file I sent her to HTML, which lost all my formatting and italics. Then she sent me the file in HTML, and I spent most of Thanksgiving day re-re-editing everything in it, and then sending it back to Loki so she could do the final step and save it in .prc or .prg or .pdq or whatever it is that KindleGen is supposed to convert the file to so it can (at last!) become a real boy.
Er, a real Kindle book, I mean, and the book is now published!
You knew this would all come right in the end, didn’t you?
So I’ll say it again - Uncle Devlin’s Bedtime Stories, the author’s full and revised edition in Kindle is now ready to go, with a spiffy cover, designed by Loki, featuring the adorable Pixie.
And thanks again to Pixie, and to Loki, and to Arianna, for being there when I needed them.
Now go buy my book. And buy one of Loki’s too while you’re at it. Loki’s Site