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As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm producing data CD versions of Fur-Face, so I'll be able to sign and sell copies in person as well as online.  Since there'll be plenty of room on the disk, I thought it might be nice to include a 'Some of my friends' folder, where people who buy the CD can browse through book trailers/sample chapters etc. of some of your work. 

I haven't finalised the details yet, but I'm thinking of a seperate folder for each writer, containing a cover pic and sample chapter (preferably on Adobe PDF) of your latest book, together with a book trailer (if you have one - I may put all trailers in a single folder) and a one-page bio (also on PDF), with your book blurb, a bit about you and links to where folks can find you online.

I'm limiting it to one book trailer/blurb per author at the moment.
 
If you don't have a book published, you're more than welcome to send me a bio/blurb page with links to a few of your short stories or other work, or even a sample.

I use Windows, so if you have a Mac or something else, we may have to iron out a few wrinkles, but I'm sure we can sort something out.

I won't be producing the CD until the end of this month, so please don't send me anything yet. 

For the moment, I'd just let me know if you'd be interested, and as always, if you have any suggestions/cunning plans to do with this idea, I'd be glad to hear them. 


ETA : Thanks to Peadar (aka [info]peadarog) for this great suggestion.

Why not prepare your sample chapter/story in eBook form?

Here are the steps:
Download a *free* program called
calibre.
Open the sample chapter in Word and save it as an .rtf file.
Open the Calibre program.
Click on "add ebook".
Select the .rtf file you saved. You should see it added to the ebook library on Calibre.
Now click on "convert ebook". In the top right hand corner is a dropdown box where you can select the format you want to convert to. These days, two ebook formats cover the entire market: mobi for kindles, and ePub for eveything else.



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bogwitch64
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oooooo! That's really awesome, Jon. If it's cool with Eric, I'd be interested.
jongibbs
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not expecting it to have a huge impact on people's careers, but it might make the odd sale for someone here or there :)
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peadarog
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Another excellent idea. However... if you're selling an ebook (and I suspect you are ;) ), why not have the samples in an ebook format? It's *very* easy to do.

Here are the steps:
Download a *free* program called calibre.
Open the sample chapter in Word and save it as an .rtf file.
Open the Calibre program.
Click on "add ebook".
Select the .rtf file you saved. You should see it added to the ebook library on Calibre.
Now click on "convert ebook". In the top right hand corner is a dropdown box where you can select the format you want to convert to. These days, two ebook formats cover the entire market: mobi for kindles, and ePub for eveything else.
Have fun!
msstacy13
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm...
so long as there's no legal pitfall concerning ebook rights,
that would probably be the best approach.
I think I'd prefer files on disc,
but I don't always like the best approach.
OTOH, I'm getting tired of telling people to buy my books,
and would be willing to compromise a bit
if it means getting someone else to tell people to buy my books
for a change.
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msstacy13
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm.
Well, yeah, maybe a copy of the front cover as an icon,
and clicking on it gives the nice quotes from the back cover,
a few pages of the title story,
and a "Find it on amazon"
Something like that?

If you want a stunning video, I'll see what I can do,
but on the other hand, a modest presentation on my part
will enhance the impact of the more impressive presentations.
jongibbs
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
I imagine more people will watch a book trailer than read a sample chapter, though I could be wrong.
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ladysaotome
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing idea. I imagine you may be wanting to limit file size or length?
jongibbs
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Trailer files aren't too big - the file for the Fur-Face teaser trailer is only about 27MB, but it soon adds up.

I figure one trailer plus chapter per author for now.

What size files have you got?
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jakobdrud
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea. I've no books or stories to hawk, but the invitation is much appreciated :-)
jongibbs
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Jakob. If you want to just send a bio with a link to your b;og/website, that'd be fine too :)
(no subject) - jakobdrud - Aug. 4th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
slweippert
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Very interested, let me know if I qualify. I have a short story that's a re-telling of Puss n Boots from the cat's POV and I think it would fit with Fur Face very well.
jongibbs
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
That'd be fine, Stephanie. I'm going to have a seperate section for MG stuff :)
mary_j_59
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
That's a neat idea, Jon! I think I might be able to send a sample - either the short story that was published last summer (the rights have reverted to me, so it would be legal), or the first chapter, which is posted on my blog.
jongibbs
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds good, Mary :)
temporus
Aug. 4th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Gah. Calibre is not a very good tool in my opinion.
jongibbs
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
What would you recommend, Ed?
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jjschwabach
Aug. 4th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
I would totally love to post a sample chapter. Let me ask my publisher!
Generous as well as bonkers ;)!
jongibbs
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
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cloudscudding
Aug. 5th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Free publicity is always good! Just let us know when you want samples etc. (and maybe remind about the ebook thing)
jongibbs
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Will do, Abra.
siebendach
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
What a tremendous idea, Jon! You never fail to amaze.
jongibbs
Aug. 6th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Lol, hopefully in a good way :)
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