A while back I tried to create Kindle versions of the two of my four novels, Pennterra
and The Bird Shaman
, that exist as electronic files. At the time, and this may still be true for all I know, Amazon couldn't convert PDF files into their own format, and I made a royal botch of trying to convert PDF to Word and then to Kindle, and quickly gave up.
told me that Small Beer Press had launched an e-book line of its own. The line featured mostly Small Beer titles but they seemed somewhat interested in acquiring others. So I emailed Gavin Grant with a query, and he said sure, send them over.
The catch, if you want to consider it one, is that there was as yet no contract for out-of-house titles, and I had recently decided that I needed to be more businesslike about my writing. Gavin said we could do a contract or not, just as I preferred, and I replied that I would prefer to sign one.
That was back in May. Weeks went by. I nagged a couple of times, but the contract never got written or sent. Finally I concluded two things: 1) deciding to be more businesslike is all very well, but the people one does business with also have to be businesslike or nothing happens; and 2) insisting on a contract in this case, with so little money at stake (e-books are very cheap), and in view of the fact that I trust Gavin to do what he says he'll do, was hard to justify in practical terms. And the Weightless list is thoroughly distinguished.
So I caved. The two titles went up on the site a week ago. In his blog for July 20, 2010, Gavin writes:Weightless is Featherproof!
Over on our Weightless ebook store (the best place for indie press ebooks!) we just added half a dozen titles from one of our fave Chicago publishers, Featherproof Books, plus two o/p titles from sf writer
Judith Moffett—who was in the right place at the right time when we needed to try adding a few more titles from other people. Weightless is taking off nicely and we should have more addition announcements and so on over there most Tuesdays.
Check it out: http://weightlessbooks.com