They have a best Catholic fiction contest going on. I can’t get my Empress Theresa manuscript in by the Sept 30 deadline, but there’s always next year.
I noticed on your link your blog posting said you’ve used the Amazon Kindle service. How has it worked?
I’m thinking of going the Kindle route myself if no literary agent has taken me on a year from now. Since Kindle suggests you supply a cover design I’m going to paint my own cover. I can paint too. The painting will show Theresa and hints of seven scenes in the story.
Believe it or not, I started working on this painting’s design today with pencil and paper and computer printouts of teenage girls and a jet fighter and a Boeing 747 which have “parts” so to speak in the book ( Theresa seems to have bad luck with airplanes . :eek:)
I should be transferring the design to canvas within a week.
Thanks for telling me about the best Catholic fiction contest at Tuscany Press. I submitted my novella, The Gabriel Memos - A Companion to The Screwtape Letters. I’ve already published it as an e-book on Smashwords.com. I hope that is not something that would disqualify it. I retain the copyright with Smashwords.
I don’t know if it’s an idea for you to try using Sigil - it’s a free application that allows you to create an ebook from scratch in epub format, which you can then convert into an AZW file using Calibre, another free application. The advantage of Sigil is that you are completely in control of the formatting and appearance of your ebook, and it is not that difficult to master. You need to become a little familiar with CSS (that is what you do the formatting in) but I didn’t find it that difficult to pick up. Plenty of online tutorials if one gets stuck.
Kindle is the ereader offered by Amazon, who will host your book for free on their site and take a small percentage of its sales.
Smashwords is a site that focusses exclusively on ebooks, but is otherwise similar to Amazon in its modus operandi.
Sigil is a programme, downloadable for free, that enables you to create your own ebook exactly as you want it to look. Sigil creates only epub files, so you need to download Calibre to convert it into an AZW file (the kind a kindle can read). Once you have created your ebook you can then upload it to Amazon or Smashwords.
Amazon is indeed the big guy on the block which is perhaps the problem - your book is one tiny drop in a very big ocean. You may have a better chance of getting noticed on Smashwords, though personally I think it an ocean nearly as big. Your best bet is to try and find a publisher - at least he will have a target readership who will give your book a look.