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Good-bye and Hello


Aloha can mean both good-bye and hello in Hawaiian, or so I’m told. So it seems fitting as we try to plan for the new year, to say good-bye to some old friends, and hello to new plans for Findley Family Video Publications.

First, a sad farewell to Smashwords as our upload site for all the “other” ebook sites. When we started indie publishing Smashwords was the only simple way to get our books up on sites like Barnes&Noble (Nook), iTunes, Kobo, and the rest of the non-Amazon sites. It was a blessing to have it, but it was often a struggle to format books just so and please the “meatgrinder.”

When I recently tried to upload a revised version of a book there, I got an automated message saying it was rejected due to “text inside tables.” There weren’t any tables in the book, so I scratched my head over it a few minutes. Then I realized how many times I’d scratched my head over what Smashwords had found wrong with our 72 books and umpteen revisions over the years, and I said, enough.

We chose to go with Draft2Digital from now on. Possibly we will miss one or two different sites that Smashwords distributes to, but we have to make choices, and this seems to be the right choice. Draft2Digital even has a site, Books2Read, where customers can link to all the other ebook sites and choose how to get their books with a single link. That was really the deciding factor, a universal link to compete with, if not match, Amazon’s world links to all their stores.

Draft2Digital formats ebooks and even print layouts, and is a great timesaver. I’ll still remember fondly learning to format the Smashwords way and I know it will help in preparing to upload clean ebooks. So thank you, Smashwords, for the good times and the learning experiences, but it’s time to say Aloha. you may see some stray Smashwords links on older parts of the site. Think of them as tributes to a mostly great relationship. Remember you can always find our current links to books by clicking the colored genre images on the right and left sides of the blog.

Good-bye also to Atlantis Word Processor. It’s a good program, but it doesn’t do some of the things we need, like track changes for editors and, though it still does epub conversions, converting to mobi format for Kindle readers no longer happens since the Windows 10 operating system arrived. Since we need professional editing services, and don’t need conversion (see above, regarding Draft2Digital conversion), it seems like a good time to say Aloha to Atlantis.

Now on to what we want to embrace and welcome. The blog has been extensively updated, with some shiny new images, layouts, and links. Enjoy browsing among the posts and pages. Many book pages have new free snippets from the stories. Get a taste of our writing and our purpose.

We also have begun publishing a newsletter. The first issue went out a few weeks ago and we’ll be trying to keep subscribers informed about our plans, new releases, our progress toward returning to video creation, and, of course, special gifts and other disclosures just for our subscribers. You can find the link to subscribe just under the search box at the top of the left sidebar. Please join us as we try to keep you more informed, and give you a chance to inform us. If there is anything you want to see or receive, an email to mjmcfindley@gmail.com will definitely get our attention. We take praise or complaints with grace and want to hear from you.

Now, on to the planned releases for this year. It may be too late for New Year’s Resolutions, but, since Spring Cleaning just happened on the blog, we hope you realize our schedule is not quite normal. These are listed in no particular order of release. Just a plan for now, with hope and prayer.

  1. The Captain’s Blade (Sequel to The Baron’s Ring, and book 2 in the Men of the Realmlands Historical Romance series)
  2. Beware the Bustle (Book 4 in the Alexander Legacy Steampunk series, featuring Fun See as narrator)
  3. As the Sparks Fly Upward (Book 5 in the Benny and the Bank Robber YA Historical Adventure series)
  4. I Just Can’t See It (A contemporary romantic suspense)
  5. Amber and the Preacher (Book 2 in the Marshals of New Mexico series)
  6. His Sign 2: The Ezra Solution (episode 2 in the Paranormal Urban fantasy serial)
  7. The Hawk and the Kite (sequel to YA Historical Adventure Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion)
  8. An expansion of Carrie’s Hired Hand (a Civil War romantic suspense novella) into a novel-length story
  9. Guilty Stains, a Resurrection-themed sequel to Fall On Your Knees (Christmas Romantic Suspense Novella)
  10. Who Cares? (Book Three in the Fifty Shades of Faithful contemporary short story series)
  11. A revision and re-release of The Acolyte’s Education (an allegorical retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.)
  12. Updating Write for the King of Glory (nonfiction advice for Christian indie authors)

Newsletter subscribers are going to get samples of all these books, so if you want to know more, please sign up. There will, of course, be a special bonus to those who do. What is it? That would be telling.







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Guest Post by R. M. Strong — Teach Your Children to love Reading


“Mom! Look! It’s your book! Can I read it?”

The CreateSpace proof of Flash had come that afternoon, all pretty and shiny and crisp. David, my 6-year-old, grabbed it and flipped through the pages. “Oooh!” he said. “Can I read it!?” I honestly don’t know who was more excited.

Now, my young adult My Life as a Superhero series is not necessarily the best reading material for my 6-year-old. As with any superhero story—from Captain America to Captain Underpants—there is conflict in the story. Being a series for young adults, the conflict is a bit more adult in nature. However, it is nice that someone other than me is as excited as I am.

I love that my boy loves to read—just like his mommy and daddy did at his age. In preschool, he was reading at a second grade level. Now, in his last quarter of kindergarten, he is reading—and, more importantly, comprehending—3rd-grade level chapter books by himself. He is also, like Mom, writing his own book. He has nearly 500 words (and over 20 chapters) now.

It’s easy to forget sometimes that our kids really do want to be just like us, just as it’s also sometimes hard to remember that they are blessings straight from Heaven. Even when they don’t act or say it—and even when they’re teens and oh-so-independent—kids desire to emulate the qualities they respect in their parents.

Before his death, Moses gave a very long speech. Fortunately, the Israelites saved his sermon text so we have it today. Moses told the people, “Teach [God’s laws] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19, NIV). Moses is giving us parents some very sobering advice: We need to model the behavior we want to see in our adult children. The Israelites hearing Moses speak wanted their children to love God (because the alternative came with some pretty bad consequences). But children are not born loving God. This behavior—as with nearly all behaviors—needs to be taught and modeled.

Do you want your daughter to love reading when she is an adult? She needs to see you reading. Do you want your son to be kind to people he doesn’t know? You need to be kind to people you don’t know. Do you want him to love and honor his future spouse? You need to (as much as it is up to you) love your spouse and work through your differences in an adult manner. Do you want her to love Jesus? You need to not only tell her, but also show her what that means.

David currently wants to be president, a doctor, an astronaut on the first mission to Mars, and (and, not or) a gold-medal Olympian in every sport except gymnastics (“Because boy gymnastics is too hard”). “Writer,” “Stay-at-home Parent,” or “Tech Support Representative” are not currently on his list of desired careers, but that is fine with me and my husband. He wants to be like us in the areas that matter—he is a reader, a learner, a servant, and he loves Jesus.

Rikki Strong has always been enamored with superheroes, and started writing the My Life as a Superhero series (currently Karis and Flash) when she was a sophomore in high school. She began writing for fun and profit in 2006 and has since written or ghostwritten more than 10 books and over 50 web articles. When not writing—which is most of the time—she is a stay-at-home wife and mom to a very active 6-year-old boy who has already about 500 words and 25 chapters into writing his own book.

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Link for Flash: http://www.amazon.com/Flash-My-Life-Superhero-ebook/dp/B00C01JIOQ


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