Pending Ebook Release, Book Description, Author Bio

cover5.5-smallerFinally got that manuscript through to BookBaby. I am waiting for their response on whether I need to fill out my own details with the ISBN agency (pretty sure I do). Should be available in 60+ markets reaching over 170 countries in something over a week. Here is the book description, after much consideration:

Synaptic Syntactic is a short volume by a self-taught poet, writing extensively since 2011. It has elements of Symbolism, Speculative Poetry, Verse Fable, and Lyric Poetry. Components from science, psychology, politics, and mysticism are liberally diced into the mix. It speaks with diverse perspectives, semi-abstract vignettes, and, in places, useful tidbits for those receptive. It can be read lightly, at first, as something not requiring any determinate explanation. Much of the work comes from extensive automatic writing in verse form, later selectively harvested and, less or more, revised. Included are 9 artworks (7 visual poetry), 3 longer and 7 single-poem sections, and 5 named characters. It benefits from 14 months of learning, study, review, and reconsideration since the 1st version (which was the 8th manuscript the author compiled) was released, under a different title. If the author were ever to write a novel, it might be of the Dream Punk genre.

I had been going to, at the last minute, make it free in an effort to break through, but that would have excluded me from several markets, and anything less than $2.99 would have excluded me even from Amazon, because over 10 MB (due to artwork). Much work remains to be done going forward, but this will be a great weight off. Plus, different markets have different terms, but if you price it less than $2.99 amazon gives you 35% instead of 70%.

Bio, which needed one more proofread, but is at the end of the book, anyway; I can still proofread it before I give it to the ISBN agency, and BookBaby didn’t ask, but there is more stuff for me to set up there:

Cooper Dozier is a self-taught poet who is trained in the analog and digital visual arts and well-versed in computer technology, assorted sciences, and the interactions of biomolecules, particularly psychoactive ones. He is interested in ideas about scale and information propagation & mutation and cultural topologies. Several people have told him he’d make a good mental health counselor. He took a weekend poetry workshop in 2009 and has since published over 1000 blog posts at Mindfire Cantata and others. Between December 2015 and March 2017 he sent at least 744 postcards, each holding unique text, primarily poems, and art of his design in what he has retroactively named Discordian Postcard Conspiracy, some of which can be read at Poetic Postcards. He is slated to be a Tupelo Press 30/30 Project poet in Summer of 2017. Series C of Discordian Postcard Conspiracy is pending release of the ebook Synaptic Syntactic: of unbounded phases and entangled echoes which benefits from 14 months of re-reading and edits of a different title He is developing a glyph-based creativity/brainstorming/divination tool to be called VerseCubes, as it will involve 3D printed dice, involving math/logic, science, and other glyphs, some he has invented or re-purposed. He is beginning a new prose blog called Synapse Weaver: fine tuning living rhythms, on topics including cooking for one+, meditation, spirituality, methods of writing, environment, and biomolecules. Additional info & works at Psychic fugue Studio.

Psychic Fugue Studio is back up; the ubiquitous domain squatters had decided to pass on buying it to sell back for profit.

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Additional Notes: KDP Poetry Formats:

Adding onto my recent Poetry Formatting for Kindle (2016 update) here is another key I had not yet remembered to learn but which is a requisite for successful self-publishing with KDP: Make Table of Contents in Word 2010 That’s Clickable in Kindle

As it happens I have OS X 11 and Office 2011 instead of Windows 7 and Office 2010, but judging by the looks of the Word interface, everything should still be gravy. And I saved my final Word file after fixing all the line breaks and indents as well as the original and every step in between in different version codes (filenames), so I’m all ready to go. There may be some font issues I still need to learn about, but she says the user can change them any way…

[ [ NOTE: short of learning to use a versioning system like Git (designed for coders) or getting and learning some app for novel writing, the file naming and folder organizing is key if you don’t want to lose stuff, and also if you want to preserve earlier drafts, reorganizations, cut ups and collages, etc. ] ] …. { { One reason I love TextWrangler, it allows me to have as many documents open in a single window as I wish, all listed in a sidebar, with the ones with unsaved changes highlighted, and still multiple windows, other options, etc. (‘soft wrap text’ is key for prose writers wishing to work in TextWrangler plain text, and I just checked, you can indeed set soft wrap to be default } }

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Poetry Formatting for Kindle

[ [ NOTE: Something I had not remembered to learn yet but turns out to be pretty simple and you ought to do for certain: Make Table of Contents in Word 2010 That’s Clickable in Kindle. For a bit more info see short new post:  Additional Notes: KDP Poetry Formats: ] ]

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Space is, of course important for poets. Unlike a basic novel where you would have most everything indented on the first line of a paragraph, and left aligned on all other lines, poets want their spacing for the most part to appear just so. After finding the advice on this contradictory and obsolete (all 2009-2012), I picked one thing to try and after several tests got all the formatting I was using for my 2nd book right, including the changes between MS Word, HTML (an intermediate file produced by Word in this case which can be converted to Kindle instead of Word) and Kindle (to my satisfaction). Admittedly I only had two or three formatting issues to solve, not text all over the page going bidirectionally upside down and in circles like the experimental book House of Leaves (and in colors too)… [[[Note: 2nd edition is not up on Amazon yet, still debating cover changes and maybe even title changes… 1st Edition: Ziggomatic Keys (*& Synaptic Syntactic and Really Fantastic &*)]]]. But I got ’em nailed down, the ones I needed. version b {all night memetic freestyling riff} might be a bit more challenging, but on the other hand, it might not.

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Probable Cover Image, though title may change. From archived work.

So anyways, recently I was trying to work out how to fix the formatting for a reissue of my 2nd ebook. There were lots of line breaks I didn’t want on the screen if it was looked at in vertical position. And the hanging indents I put in were not always spaced the same. Lines that I had wanted to wrap into hanging indent blocks didn’t, because the line breaks I put in for MS Word (normally taken directly from how the handwritten page was) would wrap, and wrap to the left margin and then break off after just a few words (because there was another full line break after).

I read several web pages about converting from MS Word to Kindle, but there are bugs with that, because even single lines in MS Word are often too long for the Kindle screen and so you have a lot of non-indented line that wrap a few words to the left edge.

One of the major problems of formatting poetry for Kindle is getting your line breaks and indents set right without tweaking a million lines of HTML code. HTML has no hanging indent setting… by default (I had not seen this at the time). There are other ways to do it though, but all the pages I had read on conversion used different methods, and all were too long and involved for me. After awhile I settled on one tiny bit to focus on, and did a few repeated tests.

The key to solving the problem
text-indent: -2em; margin-left: 2em
However;
One must know how to use it.
{incidentally I discovered in this process that one presses shift-enter to do line breaks that are not paragraph breaks in Word, at least in Word 2011… this is key, and also works in WordPress editor (line breaks in the visual editor without a blank line every time you press enter)}

Without going into all the details, of my trial and error, what you do is this [although it may vary a bit based on the format needs of your book]:

  1. Take your word document and do “Save as Web Page”
  2. [give this a name like zk-v2-e1a-test1.htm so you can keep track of the ensuing mess of stuff and not clobber [overwrite] a file you will later need as edits proceed. zk for ziggomatic keys v2 for version 2 e1a for edit 1 a]
  3. In the dialog box leave “Save Entire File into HTML” checked like it is by default (at least in “Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 version 14.6.4”
  4. Open the resulting .htm file in a text editor (I use TextWrangler, or in Windows, Notepad++ (not as good), but you can use Notepad or TextEdit)
  5. Find the bracket group that follows “p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal” (it will begin with { on a new line, indented and be several lines before you reach the } ) Also your MsoNormal list might not be the same as mine depending on your manuscript. (This is special CSS code Word wrote for you
  6. Append to the end (but before the close bracket) the “text-indent: -2em; margin-left: 2em”
  7. Upload to a new draft book in kdp.amazon.com, and preview it.
  8. Test and repeat. Condense blocks you had broken up into blocks that wrap in Word so they will wrap in Kindle. Do not set MS Word to do hanging indents. Mark all the lines you want to break but still have an indent with a plus (+). Go back into your original Word file, delete the line breaks (actually paragraph breaks) on the plussed lines and add a shift-enter line break to each. Delete the plusses. ***Don’t overwrite your original Word file, you’ll need it for reference*** All your lines will now be left aligned, you see, so the Word document will look all wrong to you… HTML treats tabs and spaces and multiple spaces as a single space if they occur in a row and line breaks also appear as just a single space, at least if its wrapped in a <p></p> tag, so don’t think you can go just add a bunch of spaces in your HTML file and get it right.
  9. Other problems that may crop up: To add one off extra spaces, use &nbsp; &ensp; &emsp; (in the middle, in the .htm file, not in word) in groups if you must add space in only one or two or three spots…
  10. Other possible problems could happen, such as junk that you may not understand if you don’t know as much HTML and CSS lore as me. ***(note also: this only applies to the Kindle converter on kdp.amazon.com, not others, most likely)***
  11. That concludes the tutorial

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Book Release v.2

Much improved second edition of The Driftwood of Our Lives Washed Up on Some Foreign Shore will be out for kindle/kindle app before midnight. Turns out I had left some major weaknesses in v.1 without noticing, but they have been excised and I think about 5-7 poems added. Get it, you won’t regret it! Still only $2.99 and free to kindle unlimited users with DRM switched off both ways. Tell everyone you know, help make me a smashing success! For updates on future publications watch here, or for updates that don’t roll off your feed, psychicfuguestudio.net. If you like my worj here, know that stuff I right here is often dashed off and unedited, while the book has been culled to doneness. Worth many rereading in my opinion. Be the first to rate and review!