How to Add Fonts to Gimp

Want more font options in GIMP?

1.   Go to datafont and pick a font.  Note that some “fonts” are packets of several fonts. Some are free for personal use. Some are free but you can donate to the artist through PayPal. (don’t piss off the art gods – if you want people to pay for your book, it would be tacky not to pay your font designer.)

2. Download the font and open it in the download folder.

3. Unzip the fonts.

4. Select all and copy.

5. Go to your control panel and open the fonts file.

6. Paste.  You might get some messages saying that one or several files aren’t allowed — just click okay until you’re done.

7. Open GIMP — ta-da! You’ve got fonts.

Covergasm

What can I say?

I keep thinking how great Samhain’s covers are getting– and then they just get better!  This is for Kristen Painter’s upcoming Miss Bramble and the Leviathan.

I smell a hit…

Kanaxa (the artist) — take a bow.

Blood Lust by Zoe Winters

Likari’s rating: 3.99

The three novellas in Zoe Winters’ Blood Lust trilogy — Kept, Claimed, and Mated tell the story of how three couples in her world find true love and hook up. The series is a fast-paced and well-done introduction to the world of the Preternaturals series. (The full-length novel Save My Soul will be the next installment.)

You can’t write about Winters’ work without mentioning that she is an indie publisher — see? — and then remarking on how professional her presentation is — see?  Well, she is.  And it is.

I’ve enjoyed all three novellas. The stories are fresh and complex and full of smart humor.  Sentences like “Anthony has minions?” and “Cole didn’t have time to listen to his beta’s excuses.” Hilarious in context, delivered by an excellent story teller.

Oh, and as to the which did I like best question:  Claimed — but only by a hair’s breadth.

I’m so glad I read these novellas. I heartily recommend them all.

Blue Amber by LK Rigel

Blue Amber, free at Smashwords

When Mallory met Edmund…

Mallory of Settlement 20 is a rare fertile female in a world made sterile by global war and ecological cataclysm.

When she’s 13 years old, she’s sent to Red City, an environmentally clean enclave where she will be safe. On her way, she meets Edmund, a prince who will one day bid on her services.

A kind gesture by Edmund sparks Mal’s adolescent crush, but friendship with princes is forbidden by law.

Blue Amber is the extended prologue to Bleeder, a postapocalyptic paranormal romance, the first novel in the Afterworld series.

A Happily Ever After of Her Own by Nadia Lee

Amazon Link.

Likari’s rating: 1.99

Nadia Lee’s charming fractured fairy tale demonstrates the pleasures and the pitfalls of indie publishing. But before I get to that, let me say: If one ounce of the joy of Story remains within your heart after all these years of Life on Planet Earth, you will laugh out loud several times over the course of this novella.

It is a delight.

From Ms. Lee’s product description:

Melinda Lightfoot, a preschool teacher with an unusual ability to flit in and out of fairy tales, never thought she would get into trouble…

…until the Fairy Tale Police arrest her while she is in Beauty and the Beast. They offer her a deal: Find Beauty, who left the story when Melinda trespassed into it, or be charged with the ultimate crime — Fairy Tale Killer. If that’s not bad enough the Beast tags along in search of his true love, and Melinda starts falling for the fairy tale prince. She must choose between doing the right thing and having her own happily ever after.

Now, about that Indie Publishing comment:

A Happily Ever After of Her Own is just the kind of thing for Indie Publishing. It’s too short and too quirky for any publisher to deign to notice, and yet it’s perfect for the Kindle. Ms. Lee has done a professional job on the production. The formatting is wonderful. I saw no typos or technical mistakes to take me out of the story.

It’s a wonderful story, but it could have been closer to fabulous with a stronger editor. There’s a streak of weak sentences that run through the piece, and at least one very minor story element that a good editor would discuss with the author.

But who cares? In a non-indie world, this story would still exist on Ms. Lee’s website and newsletter. Not impossible to find, but highly unlikely. In today’s brave new world, we get to enjoy it, the Olde Publishing Gods be damned, haha!

EDIT: In re-reading this review, I’m embarrassed to say it does not reflect my enthusiasm for this novella. I needed a strong editor! ha. I really, really, really enjoyed this story and I wholeheartedly recommend it. In fact, as I was reading, the pictures in my head were so vivid that it left me wanting to see the teevee movie version on SyFy. Sigh. Fie…

A note on my rating. I struggle with giving grades or rankings on reviews, so I’ve come up with this idea: I would have gladly paid 1.99 for this story, so this is my rating. (You can get it at Amazon for only .99!)

Watch Yer Metadata!

Remember the movie The Music Man? I think my favorite character was Mayor Shinn, who ran around telling all the kids to “Watch Your Phraseology!” whenever they used slang.

If you’re going to self-publish with Smashwords — and probably on the Kindle too — you want to watch your metadata. This is information about a document — including it’s author’s name — that Word hides in the Properties section.

I have wondered why on my Kindle for PC books, instead of a title it says something like tmp_f604-2962-496-43697-96 (I just made that number up). It even says this on Mark Coker’s guide to publishing on Smashwords, ha! So it’s obviously easy to miss.

That’s the place where you want it to have your title. And there is another place where it has the author of the text. This will be the user name that you entered when you first installed Word on your computer. So you probably want to change that to your pen name!

Here is how:
In the document, click on the office button in the upper left corner: then click on Prepare then click Properties.

A Properties panel will come up and you can fill in all the fields. I would fill out as many as you can think of, as future search functions may make use of them and bring your book onto more people’s radar.

When you’ve filled in the fields, click the little x to the far right and your new info will be saved. Ta-da! and now in the Kindle, it will show your name and title instead of other weird stuff.

Bundle of Love

Free at Smashwords

A woman is contacted by the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago.

Lots of things drive people a little crazy. Waiting drives authors crazy all the time. I’m crazy right now, waiting to hear back on a submission.

Meanwhile, I watch the fantastic and fun antics of Zoe Winters as she romps all over the Amazon charts.

I want to play! I’ve been working on Space Junque to pass the time, but it’s not enough. I desperately want something to be out there.

Bundle of Love is on the literary side of things, not funny, not a romance, not even more than a few pages. But people who’ve read it have liked it. I hope you do too.