Thursday, December 18, 2008

The blogger, the vacuum and the backpack

It's that singular anomaly, Keegan's Day Off, so this will be "on the fly," and a little short ... and with a bit of luck I'll be able to post again later in the day. Not that there's anything special to blog about ... the Mel-o-Sphere is quiet as the crypt.

We're still working on the newsletter: still trying to figure out what went wrong at the software level. It's quite a mystery -- bear with us! DreamCraft uses a list manager called SendBlaster, and it's normally error free. This time? Spode's Law. If it can go wrong, it will.

In fact, it's been amazing how much has gone wrong in the last couple of months! This is the reason THE LORDS OF HARBENDANE has been delayed till January, at least as far as the paperback is concerned. It'll be going to Amazon directly. It's been problems all the way -- even right up to the way the CreateSpace account jammed itself in neutral for over two weeks, which meant we couldn't do a darned thing until a human being realized what the problem was, and fixed it!

No response from Google yet as per the page ranking debacle -- as you'd expect. I shouldn't think the problem will be sorted till end end of January.

So -- I'd like to thank all the people who have assisted by emailing the urls of interesting and useful posts ... you have no idea how much this helps! I'll be asking for the same kind of help when I launch the digital novels next month ... I'd expected to be able to launch them from this blog, but Google has sunk that idea for the time being. So: when the online novels go, uh, online, I'll be putting out a plea for "same again, please." They call it "viral information." If everyone who finds out about the digital novels -- online and free -- tells just two other people, and you start with only 100 people, you get up to 5,000 people pretty fast. Crunch the numbers yourself, and see. This is what I'm hoping.

There's little more to blog about -- seriously! For the moment, let me sign off here and go do something clever with a backpack and a cooler chest...

Ciao for now,

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