After I published Counting the Days to Armageddon I began another, related book hoping to follow up Counting fairly quickly. Quickly, though, isn't really one of the options in publishing. And it's not one of the ways I write either.
After getting well into that second project my writing interests took a very different turn and that partial book - on a long-lost floppy disc from an Amstrad PCW and printed out with a daisywheel printer - sat in a box-file doing nothing. Except nag me now and again.
It was really quite a worthwhile piece of work, a study of the Watchtower Society's supposed restoration of the ancient name Jehovah to the New Testament. But I wasn't going to go back and complete the whole project which I'd left off sixteen years ago.
Taking a self-imposed break from my novel between first draft and final editing stages, I needed something to work at. Preferably related to the fringe religion theme which features in my novel. That old piece in the box-file began to beckon.
Since I wrote it, of course, publishing has been transformed. Dinosaurs are becoming extinct and there are alternatives to fountain pens and floppy discs. Maybe, just maybe, I should think about publishing my piece as an ebook. Kindle, perhaps? Someone suggested Smashwords, so I took a look and thought it might be more straightforward.
The short of it is that my ebook, Jehovah in the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures is now live online.
So if any of you out there are thinking about taking the ebook route, go for it. Smashwords is easy to work with and although the Style Guide may look daunting it is well written and easy to follow. I think I might be a convert. I have one more very short piece to send down the same route before getting back to the Snig's Foot.
But I'm not giving up my fountain pen.