Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Social Media

I'm now on the following social media sites:

Facebook: as Rina Flanagan http://www.facebook.com/home.php

Twitter: @mmcflanagan
There's a line through the "at-sign" here so don't copy and paste this as a link.
Similarly, if not already connected to me at Facebook, you'll have to go to the general FB Home page and search for my name.

As soon as I can figure out how, I'll post a page of pics for "Anthills, Elephants and Other Fascinations". Looks like it's possible to do it from within Blogger with a bit of Html tweaking.

I really like my old Adobe GoLive application - for making web sites and writing bits of html - on my (even older) Powerbook, but in the case of the first, it's no longer supported, and the latter is getting so long in the tooth that I work on it as little as possible to preserve the beastie. There's no replacing the dear thing if it dies.

So, am experimenting with a PC-based HTML editor called HTML-Kit on the relatively new laptop...

Monday, January 21, 2013

The e-publishing has been quite a learning curve. There is so much material out there, thanks to the internet, that it takes many hours to sift through and find the useful stuff. In this blog I hope to share with other newbie e-publishers what I have learned, so you can get there quicker. No gimmicks, no packages or PDFs or things to buy... just free sharing of what I have learned, what hasn't worked, and what is working well.

Even starting this blog. Finally decided on this platform after reading screeds of info on blog platforms. It seems to have a relatively easy interface... though it took me a while to find the 'New Post' sitting unobtrusively in its little corner, top right on the screen. Isn't that just how it is? Everything's easy when you know how.

Will follow up with stuff that's more interesting: some great e-publishing tips I learned (that will hopefully shorten your learning curve), and also want to scan and post some old photographs that folks might enjoy, from Rhodesia/Zimbabwe in the 60's and 70's - when I was growing up in Africa.

Ebook publishing

December 10, 2012 - following the relatively easy pleasure of writing about growing up in Africa, I have pondered and read and gyrated my worrisome way through the technicalities of e-publishing for the first time. Finally reached the point of no return and uploaded the memoir (though you can actually go back and change and re-upload your e-book... huge pain in the derriere, though - easier to get to a point of 'thus far and no further' and hit the upload button once, and for all, and be done with it).
So here it is, at Amazon: