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Two pieces of exciting news this week: first, thanks to a great tip from Art Kavanagh, I was able to use Pages to create a new epub… which I then uploaded to Kobo and Google Play, since they were the two retailers that didn’t have their own built-in epub creator.
This means that none of the current ebooks have Pronoun branding or dead links to Pronoun sites. Yay!
My ebook is also now live on Google Play, and my ebook and paperback are live on Barnes & Noble. I’m back on every major retailer except Apple iBooks, because… I don’t even want to get into it. Oh-my-GOD Apple iBooks is complicated. I currently have a help desk request out with them and I’m hoping I can get some help with this.
The other piece of exciting news is that I started permissions requests for the lyrics and copyrighted text I want to quote in Volume 2. This actually means that I spent all morning looking at the various lyrics I wanted to quote throughout the book and then went “I can rework you, and you…” because quoting lyrics isn’t free.
Whenever I rework a piece of text so it doesn’t rely on a character singing or remembering a song lyric, I do feel better about the text afterwards. Yes, it would be nice if I could write out the actual phrase that is stuck in a character’s head (or that a character is singing onstage, or rehearsing with a choir) but it’s also fun to figure out how to allude to it without quoting it. The Biographies of Ordinary People is about musicians, so there are a lot of songs referenced in the book, and I don’t expect everyone to get every reference — so the challenge is to make the paragraph work whether or not the reader knows which song the crowd sang when they stood outside the White House on the night President Obama was elected.
(It was “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” I was there.)
I did end up sending out three permissions requests: one so I could quote a prayer, one so I could quote from a sorority creed, and one so I could quote from Hamilton.
The prayer and creed requests went out via email to their organizations’ respective administrators (I’ve already heard back about the prayer; it’s in public domain). The Hamilton request required me to fill out a form with Alfred Music and email them the chapter in which the text will be used; I’ll hear back in 45 days.
I could have rewritten the chapter so it didn’t include a direct Hamilton quote, and I may still do that if it turns out to be super-expensive to use it. But I decided to go ahead with the permissions request because I’d never actually sent one — you might remember that I thought about sending out requests for Volume 1 and then ended up rewriting all of the sections — and I wanted to get over my fear of doing it.
I also wanted that particular request because… um… then I could tell the Hamilton people that my book has Hamilton in it. (Like, on Twitter. We know they like fanart.)
Anyway, I promise I’ll tell you when I hear back from Alfred Music, and I’ll also let you know more about the “how to get a book on Apple iBooks” process as soon as I figure it out myself. ❤️