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This bookmark will surely die

My latest evangelium:

Ebook Uploader This bookmark will die SIMPLER LIGHTER 16 04 13

original post at ebookuploader:

It’s a little bit exciting, thinking how many could find at least vicarious immortality through ebookisation. Spread the word, ye who know! They shall be read by those who seek them down through the centuries, read on readers yet to be invented, and right now on smartphones, ipads, ipods yea and tablets of all kinds and sizes, androids and apples and all kinds.

what a world we do live in! It’s a great life if you don’t get overwhelm. Most of us have, of course… Think how the martyred librarian of Alexandria, Hypatia who was murdered by a ravaging Christian mob, would have wept to see all the books now freely available, forever free from local bodily vulnerability!


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The Girl and the Guardian Epic at Large – FREE for 9 days

(It HAD to be Nine days, of course…)

This is the FREE ebook only on Smashwords, where you can download it for any platform… all new edition of the text and many more coloured graphics too. And the glossaries, and lots of MAPS! Very useful for getting around on Aeden.

(It is on Amazon too, but their minimum price applies there – 99c).

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be looking for an alternative to rereading the Lord of the Rings for the 11th time – you/we/they know who they are… 🙂 Readership – 11 to 111 years.

This is pasted from the Smashwords page (link:

The Girl and the Guardian

Cover for 'The Girl and the Guardian'

By Peter Harris
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Oct. 08, 2012
Words: 211462 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301983193

Short description

Shelley is lost in a World once known as Aeden. The ancient Tree of Life is dying, and deadly Thornmen are hunting her. Someone else has been waiting for Shelley. He asks to be her Guardian on a perilous quest to save Aeden. The Thornmen are closing in as the Girl and the Guardian seek the faery refuge of Urak Tara. In the terrible Valley of Thorns they make a daring – and fateful – pact…

Extended description

Volume I of the 2000-plus page epic fantasy Apples of Aeden, twelve years in the making, [with brother John’s enduring support]… Newly edited in October 2012, with many new coloured maps and graphics throughout….(more on Smashwords. Go to the page HERE:

If you download and enjoy it, any feedback (a like or a review or passing the link to friends) would be wonderfully appreciated! 2012 is the year this epic needs to be out – at the dawn of the Fifth Age!

oh and volume II is out, on kindle only. III to follow… IV is in edits. You won’t run out of this world if you happen to love it, for a long happy time. A LOT of bed-time reading here, though I say so myself.

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How to be a wizard – for 99c

Well after the quick dashing off came some picking up pieces and tidying –  some rewriting, a late-night uploading, and re-formatting and reloading.

‘How to be a Wizard – how life is magical and we are too’ is now OUT.  Scary! the short blurb:

This short book is not about ‘pointy hats‘. Instead, I outline the foundations of the True West, and list the ‘Wizard’s Desiderata’ – what is needed to live a life which is truly powerful, truly magical, truly mythical, and truly possible. It always has been possible to be a ‘wizard’ of one’s life, though never perhaps with as little danger of being burned at the stake! 

I made a short version of the book to give to customers as a free passport book if they spend $10 at Cafe Eutopia and leave their email address. The full (colour) printed version is $9.99, but only 99c as an ebook.  Now on Smashwords,

and Kindle

The cover:

How to be a wizard. The passport book.

It does raise the bar for oneself, writing a guide to something. Can I live up to it? Certainly one doesn’t always feel like whatever it is one is claiming to be (For example, right now I have a slight nausea – a symptom that can make anything feel like bleah. I wonder, did Gandalf have a stomach ache on the bridge of Khazad Dum? We’ll never know.)

But that isn’t any reason to back off declaring oneself. Or raising the flag of some ideal or idea. If we wait until we know we are perfect, or feel we are, no flags would ever be raised, or they’d be pulled down again at the first stomach ache or flu or migraine or domestic meltdown, and then where would we be?

Certainly those with something to share whether paid or not need to raise a flag. It’s called marketing. It’s a bit scary! Or for the sensitive Cancerian artist or contemplative, terrifying.  But part of being in the world. Which clearly, we are. We can’t be passive observers. At least now on the threshold of the digital age we can put out something like an ebook and people can sample it for free, and only spend 99c (Amazon’s minimum price) to have our best offerings on their ereaders forever, weightless and maintenance-free.  So the risk for book maker and book reader is way lower, and everyone benefits. And it is great news for the voluminous writer – it costs no more to produce my 2000 page epic as an ebook than to put up this little passport.

What condensed wisdom could you write up one inspired weekend and upload? The power is there for anyone to do it. (If you want help uploading, I do that too see my

What about the shingle I put out at the front? Well, the wind kept blowing it over, the corrugated polycarb protecting the printout dims it down, I printed it too small…

So that also need tidying up. So many opportunities to back down and give up! But I will redesign and put it out again.  All part of the process. the dreaming, the Idea, the working out, the following through. Wonderful synchronicities and synergies do happen, bringing things together, but there’s no magic wand when it comes to actually building the things. That’s where the ‘law of attraction’ has to be balanced with a ‘law of Processing’. That’s in the How to be a Wizard guide too, of course!







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In it for the long haul. Like Noah.

Well, I have been off the School (of Wisdom and Wizardry) nest, it seems. But what I have been doing is related (isn’t it always!). is going ahead fast, as I learn how to upload people’s books, and earn a crust and maybe a bit more to put into the School. The foundations, like roots, are deep and won’t shift, though.

And the more I learn of the virtual world the more I can start building the virtual community here. We must love the Earth and embodied life, but the web is like a brain we are all part of. The Mind, however, is a more subtle thing, and transcends the web as it transcends the brain.

I just watched Avatar. Their saying, ‘I See you’…. wonderful, when she sees Jake the human and says that, before he is ‘uploaded’ into his ‘alien’ body for good. So our minds, creative and full of wonder, see the World and other minds in it, and that is the best thing.

Do you see me? If so, leave a message, and follow this pilgrimage. It may be slow at present, but it is bound for – Camelot, Avalon, Aeden… Eutopia.

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Well dang it, my sister’s ebook ‘Where Lions Roar at Night’ may be going viral!

Yep, there IS gold in (some of) them there hills.

Rosie Boom my sister uploaded her Where Lions Roar at Night on Monday and made it FREE, to get herself out there for her whole series of the six – seven? – Barn Chronicles. Now it’s only Wednesday and already she has 382 downloads of the free book and 24 FIVE STAR reviews.

See her on Smashwords

Dang, how’d she do it? Is it luck?? This ebook is only up on the (relatively small) Smashwords site, not even out to Apple and the others which Smashwords sends them to after checking. So, I asked her, Who and What and How??, and she said some of her friends from the Christian homeschooling groups, and email ‘loops’, she belongs to in New Zealand, had offered to email their contacts overseas, in Canada and the USA, where there are some pretty big ‘loops’ indeed… While we talked on the phone, seven more downloads…

So, I know Rosie pretty well, being her brother, and I reckon these are the only things that could account for her luck:

– She and husband Chris put in the years BEING what she talks about in the books – genuine Christian homeschooling happy family.

– She had a full social life with others of their ‘tribe’ – christian homeschoolers.

– Furthermore, she is a singer and the family did lots of concerts for christian audiences up and down NZ.

-Also she did a writing course, learned her craft, and kept it clear what genre she was in, not trying to be all things, or do what didn’t come naturally. She just told her story, in her words, simply. When you get a Barn Chronicle book, you know what you are getting. Rosie Boom and family. Simple, good.

– Also she is a speaker at homeschooling and christian writing conferences – more contact, more credibility. In short, she has become what Greg Habstritt calls a ‘Trusted Authority’. People buy from Trusted Authorities, take the time to read their books, do their courses, buy their products.

So, now there’s not much need for the ‘lucky strike’ hypothesis! She put in the groundwork, it is solid, and her tribe is proving that by going for her offering like bees to honey.

Find your tribe, says Seth Godin, and then i Guess, impress them that you’re the real McCoy, and of course they will want what you offer, if it is any good. If it is really good, then you get what Rosie is getting – solid uptake, massive endorsement in the first part of the tribe to hear of it (all five star reviews!) and then, like as not, word of mouth and email and twitter and blog, recommendations enough to make the thing go viral at least through that particular tribe. In Rosie’s case, the tribe is many thousands world-wide, so Watch this Hill! I will report as news unfolds…

Of course, I’m very proud of her and will try not to be jealous. Compared with her I’m isolated, not of a clearly defined or large Tribe, and not simply one thing, but a man cursed with many parts which tend to confuse the hell out of people… So, lessons for us all here.

But first, let’s get some stuff out there. If Rosie hadn’t put the book out as an ebook, this wouldn’t have happened, no matter how well-known she is here in little ol’ NZ with its 40 million sheep and 4 million humans.

Now, be in to win. Go to my new ebook conversion services:

and get YOUR book up on them there hills!


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The ebook Goldrush – yeehah!

‘There’s gold in them there hills’…  I’ve always liked the idea of goldrushes – the manic excitement, the gleam of gold in the eyes of believers in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… the shouts of joy as great nuggets or veins of the timeless metal are unearthed and held by a man hoping for a better life… Yes I know, all so easily corrupted and turned to greed and folly and idolatry of Mammon. Yet… don’t we all yearn for SOMETHING to really hit the jackpot in our lives, something really good? Like, having the power to get our little or big dreams and words out to their natural readers. Like finding our tribe and finding that they LOVE us… Well, look at this 21st Century goldrush story:

an exerpt:

“A thin, pretty brunette who majored in economics at Stanford, Belleville had been a singer in her 20s, but that career died, and now her writing career was so flat line that one of her old publishers had even given her the rights to her first two novels.

So, out of sorts and feeling blue, she sat down one morning and figured out how to self-publish one of those novels, “Authors in Ecstasy,” on Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle, just to see what would happen. It was a pain. She had zero graphic-arts skills. She had to create a cover, write her jacket copy, figure out formatting and set a price. She did it and forgot about it.

A few weeks later, she checked her account. She had sold 161 copies. She’d made $281. She was astonished.”

It gets better. Much much better… read the article! And go to my Ebook conversion services page for a simple Quickstart ebook upload service. I will shortcut you to them there hills!

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An offer to upload YOU

Well this is a draft but it’s basically good to go [note at 14th Mat 2012: now updated in the page titled ebook conversion services ]:

excitement re ebooks:
I can convert and upload ebooks for you, with velocity and enthusiasm, to one or both of Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Need an email from you with the details i wld need to get your account set up. See my own author profile on smashwords
(i am very keen on the mix i’ve used for three of my books so far, which is to go standard AMAZON Kindle (not their anti-competitive kindle ‘select’ which has to be exclusive) plus SMASHWORDS. This means you cover all main ebook retailers and their various ebook readers (eg apple ipad, kindle, the nook etc). Each different platform increases the chances of a ‘breakout’ in sales. these breakouts often happen for no known reason in a small segment of the market, then they can spread to the others. so the kindle exclusive deal (‘Select’), while the royalty rate is good, is really not necessarily the best overall – and sucks ethically i think!)
What to do next:
You need to email me:
1 a bio of you, and picture
2 One or two  descriptions (synopsis or ‘blurb’) of the book for the web pages of the online retailers – short one of 400 word or less, one para, and an optional long one up to 4000 words.
3  to get on apple you need an isbn, but as long as you let smashwords be named as the ‘publisher’, they assign a free one for you. You are still the author, and they take no money or rights for this free service. Can’t use the same one as print book.

4 a (new) password of your choice, (can change later), and user name.
5 will get back to you with full details on what payee info they need.
6 a price for ebook. from free to probably $9.99 US.
7 how much of book you will allow readers to browse for free. 20% is usual.
The book file and cover if any:
the upload preferred for kindle and required on Smashwords, is Word, specially cleaned up etc for clean conversion to the 10 or so different platforms. So if your final version is available in word, great; otherwise i can convert your PDF back to word, clean it up, and make that the ebook version. You would get the word file for future edits, too.
Why go this way? Often the book has been in publishing software like Indesign, and there are various versions, etc. The safest way may be to use the final pdf  you or your printer used to print your physical book, and convert that final pdf to Word.
Ebooks are different. It is worthwhile to convert as they are the Coming Thing, but there are many little and big differences from print books. So for example the cover is just one page, needs to be a certain lower resolution, as do all the graphics, with a ceiling of 5meg. for total file size in Word on Smashwords. And the good news is you can go to town with FREE Colour. Now charge for colour so you can have your ebook in beautiful colour on any reader that has a colour screen, while greyscale ones just display in greyscale. So as long as your graphics look ok in both, it is all good.
Odd fonts also need to go, usually. And page numbers. Hyperlinks are a great bonus but need to be put into the Word file of course.
Cost to you:
Depending on the state of your file, how many pictures and graphics, the length etc., and how many changes you want for the ebook version. Send your file and i can estimate or even quote.  I am still offering my (low) $30/hour rate plus gst (this will change when i am really up to speed!).
All material is in your name and you wld be able to log in to smashwords and kindle and change things at will, and the royalties wld all go direct to you. I just do the setup for a fee, and any revisions you ask for later. No residual charges or ownership transfers!
Promos and SEO stuff for not much cost as I am doing this anyway for my own books and want to practice and will only do for you what is working for me:
– I can (soon) offer Youtube video trailers, some backlink magic, and links to best practice advice on promotion of ebooks.
– I can (instantly) make you a WordPress blog/website linked to a Facebook page. You then can go there and write in it, upload images etc, all easy and mostly – big claim – intuitive for writers! i like WordPress, and have several blogs 🙂
– i LOVE making covers and can do yours. So important, the biggest selling tool of all for a book, online as well as in print.
– i love copy writing, for blurbs, and editing these vital pieces of IP, second in importance only to covers as sales tools. I can do, or redo, yours. With enthusiasm, velocity and (I believe) flashes of verbal inspiration and insight.
as i say, that’s a draft of my offer but basically its all true and i am ready!
Do you want to dip a toe in the water? I dare you!
ps: email me now with any questions not covered by the above:
pps: i can’t actually upload YOU, but your book baby is the next best thing 🙂


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