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Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Gunman in Black is now self-published on Amazon.com

My short-story collection The Gunman in Black, 5 stories of crime, is now live. It took me two weeks to proofread, edit, copyright, and upload. I'm happy with the result. There are only one or two formatting mistakes and they are minor. Because the two weeks of editing was more work than I had imagined, I was unable to write a new short story a week. So, my goal of writing fifty stories this year might not be do-able, unless I hit a strong writing streak. But, I'll be happy if I can finish forty or so stories. I have some ideas, and now I can get back to writing.

The cover image fonts had to be reset over and over again, because the words on the cover were not readable as a thumbnail. The present cover seems to be the best.


A new cover can be added at any time, but I'm happy with this one for now.

The biggest challenge was in converting the .docx to Web Page, filtered. It's necessary to make this change in order to insert hyperlinks to allow a reader to go from the index directly to the story she wants to read without scrolling through each page to get there. Actually, switching to Web Page was relatively easy. What confounded me was going back in new files to .docx. I spent hours trying to figure that one out. I finally joined Microsoft Community, explained my problem, and within a few minutes someone gave me the answer. I was so relieved, you can't imagine. There is so much help out there if you just look and ask.

If you get a chance to read the stories, I hope you enjoy them. And, please send me a comment via e-mail, or on this blog, or a review on Amazon.com about the stories. I'd like to know what you think.

27 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love that cover Richard.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Congratulations, Richard. Yes, the cover looks good. And the title is thought-provoking, for sure.

On another note, thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciated your comment.

Jon said...

Congratulations! The cover looks great to me. Designing and publishing a book is a lot more difficult than it looks (I'm speaking from experience).

Julia Hones said...

Congrats Richard! Can we get a hardcopy?

Julia Hones said...

The reason I ask is because I have to fix the kindle in my pc. It would be easier to buy the physical book. But if this is not possible, don't worry. I will find the way to get to it.

Richard Hughes said...

Hi, Julia, Thank you for commenting. It's only an e-book at this time.
O.E., Jon, Elizabeth, thank you for commenting.

Clarissa Draper said...

I'm going to buy it. I have your stories but haven't had a chance to get to them yet but I will. I promise.

Richard Hughes said...

Hi, Clarissa, It's okay. I was on a schedule and wanted to stay on it. I know you've been busy.

Julia Hones said...

Hi again, Richard. I fixed the issue! Now I have access to your stories. I will get to them. Thanks.

Richard Hughes said...

Julia, Thank you.

Tanya Reimer said...

Hey cool!!!! Can't wait to read these suckers. Big HUGS on the new release.

Richard Hughes said...

Tanya, Thank you. They're somewhat different than what I usually do.

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats, Richard! I hope it does well!

Richard Hughes said...

Thank you, Misha

Elise Fallson said...

The cover came out great Richard. Congratulations! I'll add this to my list of books to read and will hopefully get to them soon.

Richard Hughes said...

Elise, Thank you.

Helene Titsch said...

Congrats on this great achievement! Getting a book published is a daunting task...I'm so happy that you made it to the wires so that we can sample your work! Cheers to the completion!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats Richard, this is super.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Btw..forgot to tell you that I just love the cover.

Richard Hughes said...

Thank you, Helene and Rachna.

Jeff Hargett said...

Congratulations on getting it published! Hope you find much success with it.

Richard Hughes said...

Thanks, Jeff.

David P. King said...

Awesome! I'll have to check it out. :)

Richard Hughes said...

Thanks, David

Valentina Hepburn said...

Congratulations, Richard. Honestly, you have my complete admiration. I wouldn't know where to start!

Teresa Coltrin said...

Over from Clarissa's. Way to go, Richard. Hope it is a great success.

Richard Hughes said...

Thank you, Valentina, but it's easier than you think.

Thank you, Teresa. It's a new direction in my writing.