As promised in the last post, the 'Avalind' books are undergoing the Libre Office treatment and the first of them, 'Usurper' is now available in its updated form. To explain, the text is identical to what was available before, but a conversion via Libre Office Writer makes it more compatible with Kindle Create, so it should look better, regardless of what device is used to read it. Only the Kindle versions are affected. The 'Rutter' books and 'The Planning Officers' are already available on Draft2Digital, where they were converted into very stylish epubs for upload to Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribd etc. etc. No need to change them. The 'Avalind' books and the short stories will join them when their current KDP Select contracts expire.
This process has raised an issue with dropped capitals. If you are not familiar with the term, think of when you last read a book in which the opening letter of a chapter was enlarged, emboldened and dropped to cover the beginnings of the first three lines, with the rest of the text wrapping round it. That is a dropped capital (often referred to in the trade as a 'drop cap'). Not all word processors can do this, but the ones I use - WPS Writer and Libre Office - certainly can. Therein lies a problem, however. Although its drop cap facility produces beautiful dropped capitals, WPS only allows a single character to be dropped. Usually, this isn't a problem but every so often a chapter begins with somebody saying something - and a massive set of speech marks next to a perfectly ordinary capital letter looks ridiculous. For the ebooks, this is not a problem because both Kindle Create and Draft2Digital allow multiple characters to be dropped at the conversion stage. For printed books, however, it is. I could go via Libre Office, which does allow multiple characters, but I find it more cumbersome and less intuitive to use than the delightful WPS, so I don't. It is okay for converting ebooks but I wouldn't like to rely on its as my main writing tool. That may just be me, though. Instead I capitalise and embolden the first two words of a chapter, and then capitalise several more without emboldening.
I am giving the 'Avalind' books a slightly different look to their 'Rutter' stablemates. 'Rutter' used Kindle Create's 'Modern' interface. 'Avalind' uses the 'Classic' interface. The differences are not huge but they are more in keeping with the epic feel of the fantasy books.
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