The Uncial Letter – April 2014

Ever wonder what goes into an ebook? Besides a terrific story, that is?

The story is the important thing, of course. Without our authors, our talented storytellers, Uncial Press would never have been born. Getting their stories to you, our readers, is not a simple task though.

Every ebook we sell goes through two edits. The first one is to find and suggest fixes for problems, to discover typos, to smooth any rough spots. The second edit checks for small-but-important stuff like missing quote marks, misplaced periods, and leftover markups from the first round. In each round, the author reads, to make sure we got it right, didn’t take out anything we weren’t supposed to, or leave in a strikeover or two. Even after that we run our spell checker, because sometimes what we all thought is the right spelling turns out not to be. We do a bunch of other checks, all aimed at eliminating as many errors as possible, although we long ago gave up aiming for perfection, because there are evil pixies that insert subtle little errors into every book after everyone agrees that it’s perfect.

When it’s time to turn the edited book into an ebook, we make two copies, one that will be coded much like a web page, one that will be formatted much like a print book. The latter becomes a PDF file, readable with Adobe Reader (or other appropriate software). It’s the one we make pretty, because what we turn out is exactly what you will see when you read it. That’s not true with the other file, the HTML-based one. It’s marvelously adaptable, and will fit pretty much any screen you choose to read on, from your smartphone to a 30-inch computer monitor. Page length will vary according to your screen size and what font size (and style) you choose to display. We use this file to make the EPUB, MOBI, and HTML files we sell. We used to sell other formats too, but not many people want PDB, RB, or PRC files these days. If someone does want one, we’ll make it on request.

Oh, wait, we forgot to mention what goes into creating the cover. But that’s a whole different story, one we’ll leave for another month when we need a topic for The Uncial Letter. Right now it’s time to talk about our April releases.

A Glimmer of Guile isn’t your ordinary fantasy-quest tale. Mary Patterson Thornburg weaves a fascinating story that’s part fantasy, part adventure, part coming-of-age, part romance, and all exciting. Vivia is not a witch, but she does have guile, the ability to change her shape, to influence people’s perceptions, and to exert some control over her environment. She is young and somewhat inexperienced when she begins her quest to restore a kidnapped princeling to his parents. Experience and adventure teach her that some secrets should be revealed, that evil can be stronger than good when wielded skillfully, and that friendship and love can strengthen like nothing else. (ISBN 978-1-60174-180-6; $6.99; http://www.uncialpress.com/A-Glimmer-of-Guile.html )

Susanne Marie Knight always tells a good tale, whether long or short. Homesick is one of her shorts, but it packs a lot into its almost 6,000 words. Jayna is not a scientist; she’s an artist. The only reason she’s part of the Mars expedition is because her husband is one of the scientists vital to the team. Lacking the all-consuming passion of satisfying research, she is at loose ends and dreadfully homesick for the soft breezes and gentle green fields of Earth. Mars is harsh, red, and cold. She can’t even breathe without a mask. As she paints the stark landscape, she gradually sees its beauty. And then something so incredible, so impossible happens, and she has to adapt to Mars…or die. (ISBN 978-1-60174-181-3; $2.99; http://www.uncialpress.com/Homesick.html )

Ever wonder what goes into an ebook? Besides a terrific story, that is?

The story is the important thing, of course. Without our authors, our talented storytellers, Uncial Press would never have been born. Getting their stories to you, our readers, is not a simple task though.

Every ebook we sell goes through two edits. The first one is to find and suggest fixes for problems, to discover typos, to smooth any rough spots. The second edit checks for small-but-important stuff like missing quote marks, misplaced periods, and leftover markups from the first round. In each round, the author reads, to make sure we got it right, didn’t take out anything we weren’t supposed to, or leave in a strikeover or two. Even after that we run our spell checker, because sometimes what we all thought is the right spelling turns out not to be. We do a bunch of other checks, all aimed at eliminating as many errors as possible, although we long ago gave up aiming for perfection, because there are evil pixies that insert subtle little errors into every book after everyone agrees that it’s perfect.

When it’s time to turn the edited book into an ebook, we make two copies, one that will be coded much like a web page, one that will be formatted much like a print book. The latter becomes a PDF file, readable with Adobe Reader (or other appropriate software). It’s the one we make pretty, because what we turn out is exactly what you will see when you read it. That’s not true with the other file, the HTML-based one. It’s marvelously adaptable, and will fit pretty much any screen you choose to read on, from your smartphone to a 30-inch computer monitor. Page length will vary according to your screen size and what font size (and style) you choose to display. We use this file to make the EPUB, MOBI, and HTML files we sell. We used to sell other formats too, but not many people want PDB, RB, or PRC files these days. If someone does want one, we’ll make it on request.

Oh, wait, we forgot to mention what goes into creating the cover. But that’s a whole different story, one we’ll leave for another month when we need a topic for The Uncial Letter. Right now it’s time to talk about our April releases.

A Glimmer of Guile isn’t your ordinary fantasy-quest tale. Mary Patterson Thornburg weaves a fascinating story that’s part fantasy, part adventure, part coming-of-age, part romance, and all exciting. Vivia is not a witch, but she does have guile, the ability to change her shape, to influence people’s perceptions, and to exert some control over her environment. She is young and somewhat inexperienced when she begins her quest to restore a kidnapped princeling to his parents. Experience and adventure teach her that some secrets should be revealed, that evil can be stronger than good when wielded skillfully, and that friendship and love can strengthen like nothing else. (ISBN 978-1-60174-180-6; $6.99; http://www.uncialpress.com/A-Glimmer-of-Guile.html )

Susanne Marie Knight always tells a good tale, whether long or short. Homesick is one of her shorts, but it packs a lot into its almost 6,000 words. Jayna is not a scientist; she’s an artist. The only reason she’s part of the Mars expedition is because her husband is one of the scientists vital to the team. Lacking the all-consuming passion of satisfying research, she is at loose ends and dreadfully homesick for the soft breezes and gentle green fields of Earth. Mars is harsh, red, and cold. She can’t even breathe without a mask. As she paints the stark landscape, she gradually sees its beauty. And then something so incredible, so impossible happens, and she has to adapt to Mars…or die. (ISBN 978-1-60174-181-3; $2.99; http://www.uncialpress.com/Homesick.html )

We already told you about the May releases, and this time we’ve got them in the right month. F.I. Goldhaber shows you what can happen when a girl buys a Ticket to Faerie, and actually goes there. Lark Dodge visits Ireland and finds mystery, murder and more in Sheila Simonson’s Malarkey, book 5 in the Lark Dodge Mysteries.

It’s Spring here in Oregon, and lovely, with flowers everywhere. We hope that wherever you are, you can also find a flower or three to enjoy. And when you’re not smelling the roses, stop and read an ebook…

Star & Jude

We already told you about the May releases, and this time we’ve got them in the right month. F.I. Goldhaber shows you what can happen when a girl buys a Ticket to Faerie, and actually goes there. Lark Dodge visits Ireland and finds mystery, murder and more in Sheila Simonson’s Malarkey, book 5 in the Lark Dodge Mysteries.

It’s Spring here in Oregon, and lovely, with flowers everywhere. We hope that wherever you are, you can also find a flower or three to enjoy. And when you’re not smelling the roses, stop and read an ebook…

Star & Jude

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