For some time now, I have been working on making download-ready editions of my first novel Here Today. Like the short story collection Saccades, it will be available in multiple formats simultaneously. All digital editions will be free to download and share, published under a Creative Commons licence. The print edition (of which I have a test copy I'm mildly in love with) will be sold at near cost. I've tried many different models of digital publishing over the years and I've found this to be the one that works best for readers. No shopping cart, no credit cards, just instant fiction. For all those who have downloaded Saccades in such a fashion, I hope you have enjoyed it. Saccades was really my test case for this novel. The idea was to iron out any kinks and make Here Today as seamless a process as possible. It hasn't worked out that way. Actually, Here Today has been an incredibly long and arduous process. Where the attitude behind Saccades had a suck-it-and-see approach with cheerful abandon, Here Today has been bogged down in the arduous process of making sure everything is right. I've been through about eighteen versions of the cover and obsessed over every instance of italics in the text. And that's just for the print version. All those ebook editions need a patient hand, especially now I know much more about ereaders and their various eccentricities.
I'll post more (much more) about Here Today when it's released at the end of this month.
As my daughter used to say, 'I'm very exciting!'