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TDE7 on Kindle

tde7front_webThe Digest Enthusiast book seven is nearly finished. The print proof is on the way, and I expect the release early next month.

Scotch Rutherford turned me onto the Kid’s Book Creator tool, which allows a fixed page design for ebooks. I ran a test, it created a .mobi file in just a few clicks, and everything looked great. Couple months later, on the TDE7 file, it couldn’t generate the TOC file needed for .mobi. Several hours of searching for answers bore only raspberries. A switch to the Textbook Creator tool worked flawlessly. This tool supports hyperlinks (which Kid’s Book Creator does not), and it uses the Bookmarks added to the PDF source file to create the TOC file needed for a Kindle book. Here the final result is a .kpf file, not a .mobi file, but it converted perfectly after the upload to the KDP website.

PM22frontNow, it’s onto the Magzter version. If you’re a digital reader, the Kindle version is now available for pre-order on amazon. It’ll be out on Dec. 11, which is about the same time to expect the print and Magzter versions to be available. Watch this space for updates.

On the Pulp Modern front, the production on Vol. 2 No. 2 is on track, with a little over half of its pages designed and ready for the final proof. In addition to the previously announced stories, rounding things out will be two articles and several new Bob Vojtko cartoons. It’s shaping up into a terrific issue.

And there are several other great magazines deep into production as well. Down & Out: The Magazine #2, Switchblade Magazine #4, and a new one, Econo Clash Review #1, should help make December a banner month for digests!

Switchblade #3 Special Limited Edition

SB3SLEThe Switchblade surprise mentioned a few days ago has arrived. It’s a special limited edition of Switchblade #3. Along with alternate covers, the issue also swaps the following content with the regular edition:

Switchblade #3SLE
“Close Contact” by J.L. Boekestein (verse)
“Little Rich Street Girl” by A.B. Patterson
“The Lateral Line” by Scotch Rutherford

Switchblade #3 regular
“A Screwdriver for the Skin” by Zakariah Johnson (verse)
“Duke’s Birthday Bash” by Robert Smith
“Baggage” by Joe Ricker

Of course, #3SE also includes a different Editor’s Corner, two new story photos, and a few tweaks to the Author Bios/Acknowledgements. I believe #3SLE is only available in print, and it will only be available for two months—that’s what makes it a limited edition.

Here’s the balance of the content that both the regular and special limited edition share:

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
“Press it Down” by Preston Lang
“The Kid in Love” by Charles Roland
“Family Secrets” by Eric Beetner
“Crawdaddy” by J.D. Graves
“The Rook” by Ehren Baker
“Burning Snow” by Morgan Boyd
“The Lioness Must Hun” by Calvin Demmer

Quick & Dirty Flash
“Ride On” by J.L. Boekestein
“The Price of a Burger” by Richard Risemberg
“Modern Samurai” by Michael Loniewski

Editor Scotch Rutherford also has a T-Shirt line in the works, so keep an eye on the Switchblade website for an announcement.

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 146 pages
POD $7.99

Switchblade #3

Switchblade3_500The killer cover on the latest anthology of noir, Switchblade #3, is one of several sweet strokes to hone this digest magazine. Expanded to 134 pages, this edition adds type on the spine, making it easier to find on your bookshelf. Each story cuts loose with a full page photograph; the issue’s opening jab is a poem by Zakariah Johnson, and other fancy footwork make this the best looking issue yet. And keep your eyes on this blog, Switchblade has another surprise coming out soon.

Contents
“A Screwdriver for the Skin” by Zakariah Johnson (verse)
Editor’s Corner by Scotch Rutherford

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
“Press it Down” by Preston Lang
“The Kid in Love” by Charles Roland
“Family Secrets” by Eric Beetner
“Crawdaddy” by J.D. Graves
“The Rook” by Ehren Baker
“Burning Snow” by Morgan Boyd
“The Lioness Must Hun” by Calvin Demmer
“Duke’s Birthday Bash” by Robert Smith

Quick & Dirty Flash
“Ride On” by J.L. Boekestein
“The Price of a Burger” by Richard Risemberg
“Modern Samurai” by Michael Loniewski
“Baggage” by Joe Ricker

Author Bios/Acknowledgements

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 134 pages
POD $6.99 Kindle $2.99 (free with print version)

Switchblade Magazine website

The Kindle version of Switchblade is a perfect match for the print version—as in a fixed page layout—instead of that html bullshit. I asked Scotch for the secret and he turned me onto the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator app, that enables you to create a mobi file from a PDF. Thanks to that tip, look for big improvements in the Kindle versions of the next Pulp Modern and The Digest Enthusiast. The app’s only drawback is its lack of hyperlink support, so any URLs in your book aren’t live. Hopefully that’s a feature that will be added in a future update.

Switchblade #2

Switchblade-2_500Great to see the second edition of Switchblade on the virtual newsstand.

Contents
A Word from the editor
Sharp & Deadly Fiction
“Salsa Verde” by Renee Asher Pickup
“Profski Gets It” by Charles Roland
“The Long Arm” by Carmen Jaramillo
“Next Stop Hell” by Paul Greenberg
“My Brother’s Keeper” by Rob T. White
“A Talent for Killing” by S.E. Bailey
“A Death in Deep Ellum” by William Dylan Powell
“Mayhem and Motherfuckery” by Ashley Erwin
Quick & Dirty Flash
“Years of Paper and Steel” by J.L. Boekestein
“Bookie Boyz” by Scotch Rutherford
“Meeting the Demand” by Stephen D. Rogers
“Hostile Plans” by Peter Dichellis
Author Bios/Acknowledgements

Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover: Johanna Baquero, Back: Sam Lee
5” x 8”, 114 pages
POD $6.96 (assume the Kindle version is coming)

Switchblade Magazine website

Switchblade #1

switchblade-1-500Is there anything more unexpected for a Happy Mother’s Day than a Switchblade?

Contents
Warning by Scotch Rutherford

Flash Fiction
“Getting Away With It” by Paul D. Brazill
“Gut Wrenching” by Jim J. Wilsky
“Re-Election” by Fred Zackel
“Primed” by Scotch Rutherford
“Urban Legend #223” by Susan Cornford

Short Stories
“The Stooge” by Tom Leins
“Rats” by Liam Sweeny
“That’s All Right Mama” by Steve Liskow
“Taste for Danger” by Lawrence Kelter
“The Apex Predator” by William Dylan Powell
“North Creek Brown” by Preston Lang
“Stranger in a Bar” by Travis Richardson
“Killing Time so I Can Dig Myself a Deeper Grave” by Jack Bates

Author Bios and Acknowlegements

Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover: Johanna Baquero, Back: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 106 pages
POD $6.95, Kindle $2.99 (99¢ with the print version)

Switchblade Magazine website