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My short e-book “The Unorthodox Eater” is now available on Smashwords and its affiliates for the incredibly low price of zero, zilch, zip, nada to celebrate its six month riding the interwebs.  Not sure how long it will stay at this price, could be over in a week, could be permanent, but if you’d like to get it for the most painless price, I’d grab it while you can.

What is it? Basically, three short stories about a guy – Phileas McNeil – who wants to eat one of everything, but may have met his match – the Ullyean Shrimp. Semi-humourous, semi-philosophical, its really what happens when a writer needs to write something to change the pace of his life.

Reviews? Well, no one has said anything bad about it. You could be the first! 🙂 Reviews welcome.

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 7TH - 2011 - For story on 'Picky Eaters'.

Phileas McNeil started his quest young…

Image: Andrew Tolson for Macleans magazine article, “Picky Eaters”

Eat at Half Price!

A Phileas McNeil Compilation

The Inimitable Phileas McNeil, as visualized by TransPopTech artist Xiao Arcturo Yamaburo-kan IV.
Media: chemically enhanced mental projection with xenon-treated photographic plate

Or rather, The Unorthodox Eater is at half price…

I’ve reduced the price on my e-book short story collection about Phileas McNeil, the interstellar gourmand who tasked himself with eating one of everything there is to be eaten, and a few things that shouldn’t be.

It is the lowest price it will be at on Kobo, as its the lowest price it ever can be on Kobo: $0.99 Cdn. Unfortunately, I do not know how many quatloos that is. Just as well, as I’m not so sure Kobo accepts quatloos anyway.

For those not familiar with Kobo, its a worldwide thing, although your country may carry Kobo books under different service name, such as Dealtime.co.uk in the UK, and uh, I can’t remember the Australian one, but if you do a search for “McCulloch Weed Wacker” on au.shopping.com you’ll find it. 🙂  Kobo books can be read with on desktop systems and a variety of handheld devices including iOS and Android.

If you’re in the mood for some light-hearted, potentially weird, even shocking, and perhaps thought provoking reading material, please give it a whirl.  And if you do, then please accept my thanks in advance, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

May the ink in your well never dry!

Ken McCulloch (GRNDL)

PS: Reviews always welcome, good, bad and indifferent!

The Unorthodox Eater Unleashed!

The weirdest error message I received while using the Kobo system.

The journey I started a little over two weeks ago has reached its first milestone. With a bit of help from Kobo and a lot of patience on my end, my self-published eBook “The Unorthodox Eater” is now available from Kobo books. I won’t deny that it filled me with a lot more excitement than I thought it would, even though I don’t expect to make more than CAD $10 on it. It has been a valuable experience and feel more confident with larger projects.

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The Unorthodox Eater

Work is nearing completion on what I’m considering a “test e-Book”, which is entitled The Unorthodox Eater, coming shortly from my own imprint “GRNDL’s Grub & Grog”.   I completed the artwork today (after trying to figure out what kind of hairstyle Phileas should have: a pseudo French-Revolution era Quiff/bouffant, with a touch of Bride of Frankenstein, er, yeah..) and am just adjusting the formatting of the e-Book in InDesign to finagle some finesse out of it.

As mentioned in a previous post, the Unorthodox Eater is a compilation of three semi-comedic Phileas McNeil stories, two of which are available to read on this site right now.

Phileas is a gourmand/foodie from a future in which Humanity has spread to the stars and begun to kill and eat the weird things they find, as is their wont. Phileas is obsessed with eating and has made it his goal in life to eat at least one of everything known to Humankind. However, they is one food that might be beyond his ability to eat it!  The stories are short, odd and really without much point to them. Some would say the author has written himself as Phileas and perhaps they might not be far off the mark. 🙂 They aren’t particularly philosophical, they were written just for a giggle. (Some would say this about the author as well, except for the short bit!)

If everything goes well, the book will be available initially from the Kobo e-Book service and perhaps others (iBooks, Amazon, etc) eventually once I figure out the whole US Tax weirdness.

The last week or so has seen my first steps to publishing an e-book and its been quite an eye-opening process, even after my glancing experience in typesetting from way back when.

A probably very confusing teaser for the (hopefully) forthcoming “Unorthodox Eater” e-book.

The e-book itself is a compilation of my Phileas McNeil pieces, two of which are available on this site (http://ps-ana.com/writing/) and a third, along with an appropriate forward, cover artwork and perhaps even an annotation or two. A simple project, so I can progress through the stages. Assembling the materials into an electronic document was not a problem, but finessing into a presentable e-book was something else. I had hoped for something a bit more streamlined in Adobe InDesign in terms of the e-pub conversion, but I think support for it was kludged in.  During the course of one day, I re-did the book about in about three arcs: #1 being the “it looks nice as a PDF” run, including headers/footers, the whole nine yards; #2 being the “reality check” as an e-book doesn’t use those fancy doobries and doodahs, which led to #3, the “Start from scratch and create a hyperlink stack”, which is vaguely how an e-book is stuck together.

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