Pay Me, Bug! is now an honest-to-God ebook.

Well, I went and did it. I've edited it as much as I can without paying for a proper editor (which means it's still 20% more error-laden than your averaged professionally published book, but hopefully significantly less error-laden than your average self-published book) and it's now making its way out to the ebook stores...

It's already out on Amazon for the Kindle and the Kindle app:

It should be out on Barnes and Noble later today. I'm still working on getting it out on iTunes, and I have no idea what to do with Smashwords since I created my own epub and they demand something in MS Word format. :P

But hey! It's very exciting for me!

The next step is, of course, publicity. I'm pretty sure that's going to be a mitigated[1] disaster. I'm at work now so I can't do too much but this evening I'll be preparing the official announcement on my site. Other than that I guess I... hm...


Yeah. That's the problem right there. Other than flacking it on my site, I have no idea what to do. I am working on a dead-tree version that I'm going to put on Lulu, since a physical object might be a good Christmas present, and I hope to have that ready soon. And I might be able to use the dead-tree version to generate a review or two from a few people, but... I dunno. Other than that, all the research I've done (i.e., looking at other people posting about how to get the word out) has resulted in some very broad concepts that seem marvelously ineffective.

Ah well. Anyway, just wanted to share!


[1]"Mitigated" in terms of "having very low expectations."

And now it's up at Barnes & Noble, though it doesn't show up when you search on the title.

Congratulations! Perfect timing.

Good luck.


I bought the book, although I am actually listening to the podiobook version.

Also, have you submitted the book to smashwords? They offer a bigger cut of sales.


Smashwords is a problem.

I spent a month making solid ebook and mobile versions of PMB! and Smashwords wants you to submit it in a very specific MS Word format so THEY can do the ebook conversion. Well... first, I already created the ebook and its a perfectly valid and good file. Second, my primary system, the one I do all my writing on, is Linux. Word doesn't run natively. Basically there are too many damn hoops to get to where I already am...

I haven't finished it, but I recommended it here:

@ aha, okay. How much of a cut of sales does B&N give you? I haven't considered them as a sales venue.

Oh, also I'm up to episode three of the podiobook. If I want to say nice things about the book, where should I do that? :)

Well, you can comment in the individual chapters for a while after they're up, but I don't have a forum for general discussion or anything like that. I had one once, but nobody ever used it so it was sort of a waste of time (it was one of those things that a few readers petitioned actively for, and when I finally set it up all it did was gather dust).

Yeah, that's one of the reasons I fear putting up forums on my own blog. That said, some of the discussions on my blog go pretty far a field from the actual story, and I'm wondering if forums might be necessary right now.

I don't have forums, but I do have places to post comments on every page. It's worked well for me so far.

Every chapter and podcast listing should have a comments section, but they're supposed to close off after a month in order to prevent spambots from filling the old entries with blogspam. That hasn't been working consistently on my site for some reason, I'm not sure why.

I think I left a comment on your chapter four. Did I?

... yeah, it looks like it. Which is kind of surprising, since I would have expected the comments on something that far back to have locked down at this point.

Thanks for the kinds words. Now I have to figure out why you were able to leave them. :-)

I left you an amazon review to go with the one on my Livejournal, ubersoft, now that I've finished the book. Well-done, and when do we get the sequel? :)

Well I have to write it first. :) If everything goes according to plan I'll start putting it up online sometime towards the end of next year.

Thank you very much for the review!