Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Not Quite Writing

Not writing at all, really. However, I’ve decided to turn some of my published books into eBooks. A friend of mine has done so and is enjoying new sales. Almost everyone knows about Joe Konrath’s experience, but I’m sure I’ll never sell anywhere near what he has.

The first time I thought about doing this it overwhelmed me. You see, I’m going to have to type into my computer any book I want to make an eBook. I never made a backup copy on a CD. Mostly because they didn’t exist in 1984. I backed them up onto floppies and later to the small discs (can’t remember what we called them) and even if I had them I’d have no way to put those into my computer as there’s no slots for them.

My cookbook holder just arrived. No, I’m not going to start cooking. I need the holder to hold my book upright while I type it into Word.

But first I have to read how to format, etc. The first book I’m going to do is A CREATIVE KIND OF KILLER, originally published under my pseudonym, Jack Early. This time the it will say, Sandra Scoppettone writing as Jack Early.

I think I’ll keep writing about this new venture here so you can follow my progress, should there be any. I don’t feel overwhelmed now because what else am I doing?

Tomorrow I’ll begin reading the instructions. I’m not great at following instructions. I taught myself everything about the computer in the 80s. And then I taught myself how to get online. Still, I don’t think I can teach myself how to do this without at least glancing at the instructions.

So wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Much luck! Can't wait to download them.

Consuelo Saah Baehr said...

I feel excited for you. It is a brave new world but the thrill of accomplishment will carry you through. And you can always call me with questions.

Patty G. Henderson said...


I think there are some people who will copy your books and send you a Word document. Then you can format that into the eBook. You don't have to type anything.

I think mystery author Tony Fennelly has all her books copied and then turns that document file into the eBook format.

Let me find out for you....


Kay Sexton said...

Oh, I just caught up with this and I love A Creative Kind Of Killer - I bought my copy in the USA when I didn't know you were Jack and loved it.