Evelyn Chartres Author

Message Received

Well I think I found a trend for my reviews on Amazon.

“I was a bit put off by the use of italics for slang words, but understood that it was to emphasise that the word was slang for the roaring twenties.”

–and–

“I couldn’t get past the first few pages because of all the random words that were unnecessarily italicized. Really drew me out of he story and made it impossible to read.”

I got the hint. Just had all of those italicized words removed from my manuscript and uploaded a new version to Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital. Fortunately Microsoft Word made that operation fairly painless!

A Silver Lining

I occasionally check Amazon, Smashwords, and Goodreads for new ratings and statistics, although I do avoid making it a habit. Yesterday, I was looking on Amazon and noticed that my rankings had improved. How? I have no clue, but its never been better!

Ranking on Amazon as of 15 Oct 17

There was also a positive review waiting for me, which is always nice. Perhaps I am generating some interest? Not bad since I cannot spend much time advertising my work.

Review made on Amazon on 14 Oct 17

This should help offset the bad review I got a month or so back. Perhaps in time the positives will outweigh the negatives!

Review woes?

Got my first review on Amazon today. Normally I’d be excited, but it came in at two stars. By itself that may not be a bad thing, however it speaks exclusively as to not liking how I italicize words that are slang from the period.

I have no idea if this book is any good or not. I couldn't get past the first few pages because of all the random words that were unnecessarily italicized. Really drew me out of he (sic) story and made it impossible to read. If that was fixed then who knows, might be a great book.

It is their opinion and they do say they don’t know of the book is good. Still, would have been nice to see a positive review first! Oh well.

Preparing for Google+ Using Microsoft Word

The Find and Replace capabilities within Microsoft Word are impressive.  However, the interface is not necessarily intuitive and some of features can work against one another.  Once aware of these limitations, we can use this capability to perform a series of tasks quickly and efficiently.

This tutorial will reference the same text throughout.  A sample to follow along with is included below:

“A vision from the past becomes a writer’s deadly obsession,” Evelyn Chartres.

The Portrait is a Gothic horror about Victoria Frost, an author who develops an unhealthy obsession for her character. As events unfold, her obsession begins to turn on her forcing the author to question her sanity.   Is this simply insanity or are there other factors in play?

The Portrait is a mixture of contemporary and historical pieces with the latter revolving around her character and muse.   In this novel,     the author will revisit an iconic scene using both prose and art yielding new pieces to the puzzle.

 Posting on Google+

Google+ is a social media site, which supports limited formatting when posting.  These features however are not selectable through a menu, but interpreted by special characters embedded within the posts.  For convenience, three (3) formatting options are shown below.

  • Italics, _Word_
  • Bold, *Word*
  • Strikethrough, -Word-

Say you have a document which has been drafted in WordPress or Microsoft Word with formatting in place.  Using the example provided, we can find Italics, Bold and Strikethrough formatted text and replace add in our special characters.

Note: Due to the similarity in methods, only Italics is covered.

From the Home Ribbon, click on Replace as which will pop-up the Find and Replace window.

01-Search-Replace-Ribbon.pngFirst, ensure your cursor is in the Find what textbox.  In bottom-left corner there is a Format button, click on the Format button then select Font from the pop-up menu.

02-Replace-Format-Font.pngNote: If you cannot see the Format button, then click on the More > > button.  It will expand the window and display additional capabilities.

The Find Font window will appear and provides an extensive search capability.  In this situation, we need only select Italic from Font style section.  Click OK to proceed.

03-Find-Font-Italics.pngRepeat the previous two (2) steps, this time ensuring the cursor is in the Replace with textbox.  This time select Not Italic from the Font style section.

04-Find-Font-Not-Italics.pngThe image below shows how Find and Replace has been configured to search for Font: Italic and replace with Font: Not Italic.  This removes the formatting and prevents it being found in later searches.

06-Replace-With_Underscore.pngTo have Google+ see the formatting we need to insert an underscore (_) at either end of the relevant text.  Start by typing in two (2) underscores (__) in the Replace with textbox then move your cursor between these characters.

Click on the Special button then select Find What Text as shown below.

07-Find-What-Text.pngThis inserts ^& into the Replace with textbox in between the underscores.  This sequence of characters references text found during the search.

08-Replace-All-Italics.pngIf necessary, adjust the Replace with textbox to look like the image below.  When satisfied, click on Replace All, which brings up the following pop-up.

09-Replacement-Results.pngClick on the OK button, close the Find and Replace window to find the following result:

“A vision from the past becomes a writer’s deadly obsession,” Evelyn Chartres.

The Portrait is a _Gothic horror_ about _Victoria Frost_, an author who develops an unhealthy obsession for her character. As events unfold, her obsession begins to turn on her forcing the author to question her sanity.   Is this simply insanity or are there other factors in play?

The Portrait is a mixture of contemporary and historical pieces with the latter revolving around her character and muse.   In this novel,     the author will revisit an iconic scene using both prose and art yielding new pieces to the puzzle.

Repeat the above to replace out Bold *^&* and Strikethrough -^&- fonts.  When done, all you need to do is Copy and Paste your text into your Google+ post and you are set!