Garry Rogers SciFi, EcoSciFi, & Writing

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July 2015

Optimizing Amazon’s Free Kindle Textbook Creator Publishing Tool

Excellent review and resource for science fiction authors!


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Amazon’s new free tool, the Kindle Textbook Creator, is very convenient for e-textbooks and other e-books with rich formatting and complex layouts.

(Illustrated children’s e-books work better with another free tool, the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, and comic books work best with the free Kindle Comic Creator. However, books that primarily consist of paragraphs of text, such as novels, function best as a simple conversion following Amazon’s free guide, Building Your Book for Kindle.)

I recently published my trigonometry book, Learn or Review Trigonometry: Essential Skills, using the Kindle Textbook Creator.

I did more than simply upload my print PDF to the Kindle Textbook Creator. I spent a little time modifying my file in order to optimize it for the Kindle Textbook Creator. Later in this article, I will show you exactly how I did this.

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Samuel R. Delany Gives A Very Long Answer to a Very Open Question

In Part 1 of my interview with Samuel R. Delany, I ended the interview with an invitation to address a topic of his interest, rather than mine. The result was an answer that was longer than the entire rest of the interview, one that I felt was insightful and revealing; so much so, that I and the editors of SF Signal decided to present it on it’s own, as Part 2 of our interview with our loquacious Grandmaster. At the end of Part 1 Mr. Delany states “I think, by now, I’ve suggested some answers.” Here now are more answers to that pesky, problematic question that I used to end the interview.

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The Alex Cave Series

Thanks to author James Corkill for introducing his Alex Cave series to us. He states:
I would like to tell you a little bit about my eco-fiction stories.

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Classic novels, in 140 characters – IOL SciTech

So you’ve always fancied writing a novel, but you’re not sure if it would be publishable? And you aren’t prepared to spend a year or two working out the plot and baring your soul in 100,000 words if the resulting book isn’t going to reach an audience? Well, now there’s a speedy, super-modern way to test the water and see if your proposed masterpiece will pass muster with the people who make the decisions: tweet them a pitch.

No, it’s true. Curtis Brown, the distinguished and venerable literary agency, along with another agency, Conville & Walsh, has started an “online project”

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Could Pulp Novels Be Hollywood’s Next Comic Books? – Den of Geek!

With the studios running out of comic books to adapt, some are turning to paperback series in hopes of finding the new franchise.

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Bob Marley Murder Plot Novel Up For Booker – Sky News

The novel about an attempted assassination on the reggae singer is among the 12 fictional works up for the £50,000 prize.

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1st Scene Script of THE MANTLE by Frank Edward Kelly (plus interview)

The Mantle is about an FBI agent trapped in a mysterious, snowbound town who stumbles on a series of unearthly deaths that mirror a tragedy from his past.

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Watch this month’s Feature Screenplay Winning Readings. Submit your script by July 31st

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The Fracking War, Michael J. Fitzgerald

It was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, not economic data, that turned the page on slavery. It was The Grapes of Wrath, not demographic reports, that opened a nation’s eyes to Dust Bowl dislocation. Out of that tradition comes Michael J.

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