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Friday, March 22, 2013

Celebrating My 100,000 Hits With a Free Ebook!

Today my blog reached 100,000 hits and beyond. I wondered how to celebrate. I have, to be honest, become a little tired of book giveaways; hardly anyone ever enters, no matter how well promoted the giveaway is! It's a disappointment. That doesn't mean I will never do another one, but right now - no.

However, I have decided to do a sort-of-giveaway. I have put together some of my stories originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, as an ebook. I couldn't find the file of my first one - I think I may have typed it on a previous computer and somehow it's just not there any more. I will retype it from the published version - later. The most recent is really too recent, having been in ASIM #54, which is still in print, and unless it somehow made it on to the Ditmar short list, I think I will leave it for now. I should have done this while the Ditmar nominations were still open - too late, alas!

So, from now on, you'll find a permanent link on the side of this page - well, as long as Ebook Glue is around, and it's a fairly new web site.

I had to do it in Ebook Glue to be able to put a link on to the page, so it will have a plain cover and the title "Creativity Rocks!", which is the title of the blog I set up especially for the purpose of turning posts into ebook for my students' work, but if you want something a little fancier, email me and I'll send you the version I created on Creative Book Builder. But that version is only on ePub; this one will give you a choice of ePub or Mobi. And I've added an afterword to each one, talking about how I came up with the idea for the story, only on the Ebook Glue version.

Here are the stories:

Bytepals, published in ASIM #8, edited by former ASIM  co-op member Sally Beasley. Have you ever wondered why kids on the Internet always look glazed-eyed and sit around in the dark? It's set in the Wolfborn universe, sort of, but in our world and in modern times. Australia has had werewolves since convict times and nobody travels to Armorique, where there are - erk! - vampires! Vampires are not allowed in Australia, even cute ones with dark, curly hair who were born that way....

Choices, from ASIM #12, edited by Edwina Harvey, who is now a freelance editor specialising in speculative fiction, but willing to edit anything, including doctoral theses (she's currently doing just that, but I KNOW she'd rather edit a novel, especially a YA novel). King Arthur's wizard, Merlin, has retired, leaving his apprentice, Nimue, in charge. Nimue can see Camelot's end coming and wants to prevent it. Can she change history? Read it and find out!

Of Loaves, Fishes And Mars Bars, published in ASIM #29, edited by Dirk Flinthart, himself a fabulous writer who is doing very well these days. Elanor, named after a character from Tolkien, is a member of a family that has had a cheap-looking metal cup for generations. When she becomes an Arthurian scholar, she has a sneaking suspicion the cup may be a bit more than it seems....

Go on, owners of ebook readers, go and get my mini-ebook - you know you want to! Help me celebrate my 100,000th hit!

Here's a link, in case you're too lazy to click into the link under Pages:

SINCE WRITING THE ABOVE: I have been having trouble with the Ebook Glue site. If you click into the link under Pages, you'll get the three stories, but also my school's anthology. So I emailed the owner of Ebook Glue, who kindly fixed it up for me and offered to ebook other stuff for me, but also said the site is going to paid.

Anyway, I can't give you a link to that right now, unless it has been fixed at the web site level - will check it out and report back. Meanwhile, anyone who wants a copy in either mobi or ePub can contact me at, or comment here with their own email. I have sent off a PDF to miki, which I got from my own app, and can also do ePub on that.

I am planning to whip up an ebook of my eligibles for the Chronos Awards - of which more later. There are only a few more days to nominate.


Sean Wright said...


I am teaching myself Sigil. It might be possible to take the blog content and tidy the epub up if it needs it.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Let me know how it goes. Is Sigil a software or an app or what?

Sue Bursztynski said...

Ah. Checked it Sigil. It looks good, but it's for Windws. I have a Mac. Thanks anyway. There's bound to be something.

Oh, and my Ebook Glue links here aren't working any more. I may delete them.