A blog where Stephanie M. Belser test-drives her fictional stories.
Expect the occasional
"stall, spin, crash & burn".

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The People

A flash-fiction challenge. I hit #13.

    Christa followed the crumbling black path into town.  That’s not entirely correct, for she guided her horse to the side of the path.  The hard surface of the path itself was hard on the hooves of horses and the feet of other animals.  The path she rode on was worn.  Occasionally, the path crossed other had paths that were either black or grayish.  Some of them were very wide.  She saw a large herd of bison a thousand or so paces to her right.  One rider wasn’t a threat to them. Both she and the bison ignored each other.  Between her and the herd stood a large rusting machine.  She didn’t know what it was.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Riddle Me This

How can the Hidden Witness, which has sold over a hundred copies, have a lower Kindle Rank (by almost a factor of five) over Blood on the Snow?

The only thing I can think of is that I revised the older book and then put that up, rather than just replace what was there before. So maybe Amazon doesn't count the earlier ones?

More mysteries to ponder.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Amazon: With Success Comes a Pain in the Ass

When I first uploaded the Hidden Witness to Kindle, Amazon was happy to accept it in almost any format.

Not any more. They've gotten a lot pickier. MS-Word, thankyewveddymuch, and there are a number of formatting "guidelines".

That'd be OK, I guess, if I wrote using Word. But I don't. So I have to spend a few hours reformatting and shit like that there.

Yeah, I know: First World Problems.