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PsyCop prequel Inside Out in ebook

Inside Out: a PsyCop ShortIn case you missed the Quick Link newsletter, here's a link to my online bookstore where you can find Inside Out, my most recent PsyCop short, at a very, very nice price ;-)

I experimented with the book's aspect ratio and margin size in the PDF version. If you grab a PDF, I'd love it if you let me know what you think of those design decisions, as well as what device or method you're using to read it!


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Jun. 21st, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Grabbed a PDF for my iPhone, everything looks good to me :), the font is better than some of the other shorts I have on here, might snag a mobi for the Kindle when I get home so it can keep the other Psycop stories company ;)
Thanks for the story
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Thank you for the feedback. Good to know it reads well on iPhone...I could have tested it on my iPod but I find it a pain in the ass to get books on there. How do you do it? I usually upload via Goodreader and my wireless network.
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
You need the app iBooks, when you download the book you get an 'open in iBooks', click that and voila it has been saved :)
Does iPod have internet access? I've only ever had the one on my iPhone
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
iPod does have internet access but I don't think I've ever downloaded anything on it via the internet, only the app store. Maybe I should try. I suppose I just never knew where the download would go since I can't see the iPod's system folders. It's silly...I'll just go try it.
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Cripes, I'm so embarrassed I never just tried it before. It was really easy to download from my store onto the iPod. The link just asked which app I wanted to open the book in. I didn't need to know where the file "was" on the iPod to see it. I looked at the ePub in iBooks and the PDF in Goodreader.
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome that it worked :)
And you need to learn one new thing every day, or something like that ;)
Jun. 21st, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I think I've learned more than one thing! I just tried emailing an epub to myself to open on the iPod and that worked really well, too.

The main thing I love about my Kindle, and the reason I use it a lot more often than my Nook or my Sony, is that I can email documents to it rather than hunting for a cord, plugging it in, and waiting for some proprietary software to fire up so I can load a file. Knowing that I can do that with my iPod too is a big deal for me!
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Little on the expensive side. ;-)

I read pdf all the time on a computer and it looks the same to me. Or not that I noticed a difference. Due to my enhanced age, ahem, I tend to zoom to "fit text" so it doesn't really matter if margins are 1/2 inch or 3 inches, I don't see them anyway. I always like your font though. So in my opinion it works/looks fine.
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
LOL, can you afford it?

You read on a netbook a lot, don't you?

If it looks "the same" to you, that's good too. I would hate to make a big and noticeable change and have it be a bad change. I'm glad you like that font! It's a little less clinical-looking to me than many sans-serif fonts, while being highly readable.
Jun. 21st, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I have an e-reader with electronic ink, so all the colors pass me buy, but I love the layout on your PDFs. This one in particular strikes me as very tidy and neat :) And yay for the book covers that leaves no doubt to the fact that PsyCop is a series. Way to go. XD
And once more because I'm sure I've told you this before; I love your little JCP logo. It's drool-worthy.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
You did email me about my logo--but that's one of those things I sure don't mind hearing again! I like my e-ink devices a lot. Easier on the eyes than a lit screen sometimes.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
I grabbed the epub, so... :D
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
ePub is probably my favorite format lately.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
I grabbed the pdf, read it in Adobe Reader on my Mac. I'm not the most observant person, like someone else said - it looked neater and tidier than usual? :p I've always liked the font you use.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Oh good! No one's thinking "why is it so square?" or "where are the margins?" so that's excellent.

I'm finding out the hard way that I have to test everything in a bunch of places. ePub giving me grief at the moment.
Aug. 21st, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
Finally got around to commenting, even though this short came out forever ago. Quality work, as always. I enjoy it every time that you give us a glimpse inside Jacob's head. Then: Lisa & Carolyn! Your female characters are, for lack of a better description, always so real compared to the catty caricatures you often come across in fiction; and it is greatly appreciated. They never get much face time, but they always make it count.

The one thing that threw me off is this: Jacob told Vic at the end of Secrets that the first time he got a good look at him was at the Horner Park Picnic softball game; but this short has them meeting before that. Is this a discontinuity or did Jacob lie to Vic directly after he asked for honesty?
Aug. 21st, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Hi, glad you enjoyed the short! The passage you're referring to is this:
“I didn’t just happen to go downstairs into the basement when you were taking your pills.”

My mouth went dry. I took a sip of coffee. It didn’t help.

“I was there because….” He shrugged and sighed, and looked very intently out the window. “I’d seen you at the Horner Park Picnic.”

The Twelfth and the Fifth straddle that park. Most of the cops who hit those picnics are into civic stuff, community policing, after-school programs. Maurice and I usually showed up for the free hot dogs.

“I knew who you were,” he said.

I’d known who he was, too. Even back then. There were only a dozen or so PsyCop teams in the city, depending on who was retiring, who was on leave, and who’d recently taken a bullet to the head. We all knew each other, at least the names and the faces.

“I’d never really gotten a good look at you. And once I did….” he shrugged. “Well, I had to see if maybe you were interested.”

I let my breath out slowly. “That’s it? That’s your big secret? That you came to Maurice’s party hoping to hook up?”


I suppose I think of it more as Jacob remembering the moment he was positive Vic was gay as being the pivotal point where he was smitten, rather than the time he had a near-miss with him at a meeting. Of course I plant misdirections all the time, but it wouldn't make sense to me to do it in a little prequel that readers of the main part of the series might never see ;-)
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