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And now, I get to do my favorite thing: Announce the winners of one of my very favorite books! Yeeee!

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Welcome! Looking forward to reading your book
 
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Jesikah, not sure if you are still hanging around permies land but some initial thoughts:  first, I am only through chapter 5 but I am intrigued, second, I would totally hold a bit bigger book for slightly larger print and no hyphenated words!!!
 
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Cris Fellows wrote:Jesikah, not sure if you are still hanging around permies land but some initial thoughts:  first, I am only through chapter 5 but I am intrigued, second, I would totally hold a bit bigger book for slightly larger print and no hyphenated words!!!



Hey Cris :-) Thank you! I appreciate the feedback. The font size is within industry standard and hyphens happen regardless of font-size. It's a pagination thing. And, alas, I would make zero money as an author with a bigger book. Bigger book = higher print costs. Readers are only willing to spend so much on a paperback. If only I were mass market to drive the print cost down . . . But, I thank you! My apologies for your reading troubles. Though, I am happy to hear you're at least intrigued :D

Happy reading!
 
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I think Cris might be talking about how, in Book 1, there's hyphens in the middle of lines, rather than bridging one line to the next. It's almost like the hyphens were added when the book was in a different page layout, and then the page layout changed (maybe the margins or the font size or font type?). It resulted in there being dashes in the middle of words that don't need them. Like Fil-lion. I can find some examples if you want. But, anyway, once I figured out what was going on, and that the hyphens weren't there for purposeful reasons, but rather accidental, they ceased to distract me. It's the first book published by an author--one cannot expect perfection!

(Just so you know, Cris, the rest of the books in the series don't have this problem that I can recall--only Legacy).

The font size was too small for my husband to read, which bummed me out a little. But, I figure I can read the books aloud to the rest of my family when the kids are a bit older . Small font size does make fiscal sense. Maybe if enough people buy her books (*hint* *hint* all you permies!), she might be able to do a second printing with larger font
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I think Cris might be talking about how, in Book 1, there's hyphens in the middle of lines, rather than bridging one line to the next. It's almost like the hyphens were added when the book was in a different page layout, and then the page layout changed (maybe the margins or the font size or font type?). It resulted in there being dashes in the middle of words that don't need them. Like Fil-lion. I can find some examples if you want. But, anyway, once I figured out what was going on, and that the hyphens weren't there for purposeful reasons, but rather accidental, they ceased to distract me. It's the first book published by an author--one cannot expect perfection!

(Just so you know, Cris, the rest of the books in the series don't have this problem that I can recall--only Legacy).

The font size was too small for my husband to read, which bummed me out a little. But, I figure I can read the books aloud to the rest of my family when the kids are a bit older . Small font size does make fiscal sense. Maybe if enough people buy her books (*hint* *hint* all you permies!), she might be able to do a second printing with larger font



Ah, I didn't realize there were hyphens in the middle of words. Weird! They're not in the copies I have at present :-/ I'll check with Amazon and see if they glitched and used an old file or shifted the finished document. Thanks for letting me know! And bummer
 
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As one of the winner. Thank you. It is a wonderful book, I like it alot,
 
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S Bengi wrote:As one of the winner. Thank you. It is a wonderful book, I like it alot,



Thank you :-) Glad to hear you enjoyed my ecopunk tale!
 
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I went back to find some specific examples, so you can see if they're in your copies, too (the bolding is mine, of course...and any other typos are from me trying to type out the sentences while watching my littles, lol!).

On page 156, in the little quote before chapter 17, it says, "Joel attended Sky Valley Education Center, graduating in 2016 with and Associate of Science from Cascadia Community College through the Running Start Program, from Alderleaf Wilderness College in Monroe in 2018, and from the School of Environmental and For-est Sciences at the University pf Washington in 2022."

On page 47, bottom paragraph, second-to-last sentence, "You are clear and your digital recognition records and biometric vitals have been up-dat-ed"
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I went back to find some specific examples, so you can see if they're in your copies, too (the bolding is mine, of course...and any other typos are from me trying to type out the sentences while watching my littles, lol!).

On page 156, in the little quote before chapter 17, it says, "Joel attended Sky Valley Education Center, graduating in 2016 with and Associate of Science from Cascadia Community College through the Running Start Program, from Alderleaf Wilderness College in Monroe in 2018, and from the School of Environmental and For-est Sciences at the University pf Washington in 2022."

On page 47, bottom paragraph, second-to-last sentence, "You are clear and your digital recognition records and biometric vitals have been up-dat-ed"



Hey Nicole

Nope, not in my copies. I'll reach out to Amazon and Ingram and find out what's going on. Thanks for the examples!
 
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Hi Jesikah! I started reading your book Legacy a couple of days ago, and I'm really enjoying it!
 
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Dave Burton wrote:Hi Jesikah! I started reading your book Legacy a couple of days ago, and I'm really enjoying it!



YAY!!! Thanks so much for sharing with me I hope my characters continue to do their job and entertain you.
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I went back to find some specific examples, so you can see if they're in your copies, too (the bolding is mine, of course...and any other typos are from me trying to type out the sentences while watching my littles, lol!).

On page 156, in the little quote before chapter 17, it says, "Joel attended Sky Valley Education Center, graduating in 2016 with and Associate of Science from Cascadia Community College through the Running Start Program, from Alderleaf Wilderness College in Monroe in 2018, and from the School of Environmental and For-est Sciences at the University pf Washington in 2022."

On page 47, bottom paragraph, second-to-last sentence, "You are clear and your digital recognition records and biometric vitals have been up-dat-ed"




Well, I heard back from Amazon. They admitted to using a pre-publishing placer doc instead of my master file because of a glitch ;_; INFINITE SADNESS. I'm working with them to correct the issue. So glad you and Cris brought this up! Sighs . . . #IndieAuthorLife

I wish I could say this was an uncommon occurrence, but it's not. Some of my other indie friends have experienced this with Amazon print on demand services too. And there's no recompense for the authors.
 
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Cris Fellows wrote:Jesikah, not sure if you are still hanging around permies land but some initial thoughts:  first, I am only through chapter 5 but I am intrigued, second, I would totally hold a bit bigger book for slightly larger print and no hyphenated words!!!



I was on Amazon this morning and saw your lovely review. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! *bows to you* Authors need reviews to trigger Amazon's algorithm in their favor to reach more readers. So, thank you <3 And, I'm thrilled you enjoyed my strange story despite font size and mis-hyphenation (which Amazon is correcting). Hope you enjoy book 2. Elements is a fan favorite :-)

Happy reading!
 
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Heads-up! I'm reading book two now, and they messed with your hyphenation there, too. I'll try to get you some examples soon (the book is in the bedroom with sleeping kids, and no way I'm going to way them!)
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:Heads-up! I'm reading book two now, and they messed with your hyphenation there, too. I'll try to get you some examples soon (the book is in the bedroom with sleeping kids, and no way I'm going to way them!)



Uuuuuuggghhhhh

Thanks for sharing with me. And, yeah, don't wake the kids! Eeeek!
 
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They all just woke up. Here's one

Page 2, in the italics before the start of chapter 1. First sentence of second quote: "...along the Sal-ton Sea in California"

I'll try to find more soon!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:They all just woke up. Here's one

Page 2, in the italics before the start of chapter 1. First sentence of second quote: "...along the Sal-ton Sea in California"

I'll try to find more soon!



Thank you, My Lady No need to find more. Amazon will do a document review. Thanks, again!
 
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I just finished the series.  I couldn't put it down.  Jesikah, what of Della though?  I thought surely Lynden would step up at some point and say she wasn't really gone.  I completely LOVED these!  Thank you!!!
 
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Oh my goodness, I totally want to know, too!!!

(Side topic, my copy of transitions also has the mid-word hyphens. I only spotted them in the first few chapers, though. I'll try to get a quote for you tomorrow. I haven't spotted any in Gamemaster yet, though!)
 
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Cris Fellows wrote:I just finished the series.  I couldn't put it down.  Jesikah, what of Della though?  I thought surely Lynden would step up at some point and say she wasn't really gone.  I completely LOVED these!  Thank you!!!



*blushes* Thank you so much, Cris <3 I'm deeply humbled.  You honor me. *bows to you, My Lady*

Della? Well . . . there's a strong hint in the Ireland chapter with both Fillion and Lynden, after they leave the wood shop. I don't want to say too much, as I'm not sure where everyone in this thread may be in my series. But, Lynden does say what happened to Della in a reply to Fillion. An answer without giving a direction answer
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:Oh my goodness, I totally want to know, too!!!

(Side topic, my copy of transitions also has the mid-word hyphens. I only spotted them in the first few chapers, though. I'll try to get a quote for you tomorrow. I haven't spotted any in Gamemaster yet, though!)



Hee, hee, hee . . .

Thank you! No need to search for examples. I've raged at Amazon for the past few weeks now and I think I lit a fire under their capitalist back ends. They already fixed Legacy. They're working on Elements right now and will continue on down the line. It's taking foreverrrrrrr. They're migrating every single indie and small press publisher (I'm small press) to a new print-on-demand company (for the paperbacks) and their roll-out has been a giant, apocalyptic fail. The Big River Man is treading water at the moment. But, my books will get fixed. Thanks SO much for helping me with this :D
 
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I'm glad we can help!

I just finished Gamemaster. There were only two in there, oddly both in the epilogue, "Warbled light moved over the meadow and the gar-den in an eerie dance. Muffled thunder rolled and shook the biodome, fol-lowed by an intense flash of light" (pg 450)
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm glad we can help!

I just finished Gamemaster. There were only two in there, oddly both in the epilogue, "Warbled light moved over the meadow and the gar-den in an eerie dance. Muffled thunder rolled and shook the biodome, fol-lowed by an intense flash of light" (pg 450)



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