After days of wondering if I got the formatting correct Smashwords came down with the following verdict:
Hybrid needs fixing. The ToC is somehow scrambled. Luckily one of my many sisters is taking a stab at it. I’m afraid she’s going to have to nuke it but she says it’ll be good practice since she wants to offer her services via Smashwords to others.
Underground Railroad however is ready for the premium catalog! What does that actually mean? It means that Underground Railroad will be available for iBooks, B&N and other retailers who are picky about quality control.
For those of you who are new to my blog I’ll give you a bit of a background on the series. The series started with UR and was inspired by a true event. Mrs. Urban, my mother, had received a call from her best friend, Becky, asking her to take in a woman she’d never met. The woman was an acquaintance of Becky’s and was frightened for her children’s lives after her husband had threatened to kill them. Mrs. Urban readily agreed.
The full background of UR can be found here which includes a reason for the name of the book.
Hybrid was less inspired. While Stadium High School is real its not really a prison. It just made an awesome prison once I fudged a few things. The instance with Lilata being pulled by her hair was real but my mom was saved by a teacher. The instance with the matches was also real, but it happened to my mom on the way home from school not on the way to school.
Each book can stand alone but interconnects. While reading UR you’ll find references to people from Hybrid and vice versa. In Book 3 you’ll find the same thing. (I really need to get a name for that one)
I’m really happy to have UR in the premium catalog and hope that Hybrid will be fixed soon and ready to go. 🙂