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Shining Path

Sat 14 Mar 2020 by mskala Tags used: , , ,

I finished the manuscript for my first professional-grade novel in 2011, spent a few years trying to find an agent to represent it to publishers, and then shelved it as the demands of other parts of my life took priority. Now, I've posted it online at https://shiningpathbook.com/ . Please share that link widely.

It's a 100,000-word book in a genre I would describe as dark anime science fiction. Drugs, sex, religion, gangsters, catgirls.

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Any chance you would be willing to distribute it as an epub?
Johann - 2020-03-14 17:18
Maybe. I'm looking into the technical aspects of how to do that.
Matt - 2020-03-14 17:37
Further to that - in principle building a EPUB is something I'd like to do, but the software wouldn't run on my machine, so I upgraded my Linux distribution and a bunch of other things broke, and now I have to fix those before I can work on the EPUB. So, it'll probably be coming eventually, but only after the yaks are shaved.
Matt - 2020-03-17 09:14
Okay, I think I've got an EPUB file built and it's linked from the "about" page on the shiningpathbook.com site. I have very little experience with these and it's possible I made some mistakes doing the conversion, but the file at least passes an online validator I found.
Matt - 2020-03-17 11:50

I pushed to my reader and flipped through quickly. Not trouble so far. Looking forward to reading it!
Johann - 2020-03-18 01:31
Not to be too pedantic about proscription in word choice, but you meant to write typescript and not "manuscript" correct? Because it sounds much more impressive than it actually is when you deliberately chose the wrong noun for it. But you could easily argue that you didn't know that...
owen - 2020-06-15 03:30
My understanding is that this kind of document (the author's original version of something being submitted for publication or editing) is always called a "manuscript" in hardcopy publishing even when it was actually prepared on a typewriter or computer instead of with a pen. That's certainly how all the academic publishers I dealt with used the term, and my using it in this sense didn't excite any comment from the agents and fiction publishers I talked to ten years ago. It's also in Wiktionary. Has the usage changed recently?
Matt - 2020-06-15 06:50

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