A Turn Up for the Books

This week I got some very surprising news.

Some of you may be aware that since early 2019, I’ve been selling my ebooks through Smashwords. Some of you may even be aware that since early 2022, Smashwords has been gradually merging with Draft2Digital. You might even know that Draft2Digital doesn’t accept Creative Commons-licensed works (which is why I went with Smashwords).

But how many of you knew that not only would Draft2Digital’s policy be the prevailing one in the merger, but Smashwords itself decided four or five years ago (i.e. just after I published my first CC-licensed work with them) that they didn’t accept CC-licensed works either?

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Welcome to the New Site!

Come on in and make yourself comfortable!

As promised, here are the answers to the Proofreading Fun quiz.

Probably Valentin de Boulogne - Saint Paul Writing His Epistles - Google Art ProjectChallenge One: matching the characters to the names.
1D, 2E, 3A, 4F, 5B, 6G, 7H, 8C
Which is to say:
guillemet «
interrobang ‽
obelus ÷
pilcrow ¶
asterism ⁂
solidus /
hedera ❧
octothorpe #

Challenge Two: where would you hyphenate the following words?
min-ute (tick tick, not tiny)
strength (there’s the trick question I warned you about)

Writing the Declaration of Independence 1776 cph.3g09904
Congratulations to those who took part. No one has yet said anything opprobrious regarding the Oxford Comma, but I trust that those who harbour ill-will towards it will feel welcome here nonetheless.

Exciting News

As you may well have guessed from the Monday post, a website is in the works! I considered beginning this post with the words “I am delighted to announce,” but that didn’t seem quite fair, given that there isn’t yet a website to point you to.

Well, actually, there is, but it is under lock and key, because it isn’t finished yet.

But what can you look forward to seeing once it is finished?

There’ll be all the good stuff from this site, of course: the blog (including the archives), information about me and the WIPs; license information; a search function…

But wait… there’s more. (Or will be, anyway.)

There’ll be information about Restoration Day as Release Day draws closer; there’ll be a place to sign up for updates should you wish; there’ll be a contact form for anything you might like to say without announcing it to the whole world. There’ll be a WIP-widget, and more.

stage-1015653_640What else? Well, since you are the ones who will likely visit it most, what would you like to see there? Alas, the limitations of modern technology prevent me offering you tea and cake, but do please make any other suggestions that come to mind.

Also feel free to make anti-suggestions. Music that plays automatically? Never! Menus that no one can find? Down with them! Zany colour schemes that give you a migraine? Under no circumstances!

The blog will be going into hibernation for a week or so while I get everything moved across and set up at the other end, and then it will be my delight to invite you all round for a good nosy.

In the meantime, the suggestion box is open!