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  1. I am sorry I have been away so long. British Accountants have until 31 December to file Company Accounts and 31 January for Personal Tax Returns. What with getting my book up there and the death of a close friend in the Summer, I found that I had to really knuckle down in the Autumn to meet my responsibilities to my customers. With no PR at all I have 'just' sold 4 copies of my iBook (one in the UK, two in the US and one in Canada, so I am an Internationally renowned author!) - it illustrates that Publishing Houses DO have a role to play, but on a more positive note, I received a small pay
  2. It is the morning of 18 August here in England, 16 days after I uploaded, (the process is estimated to take 10 working days) and at last the little green dot appeared against "Bookkeeping Home Truths". A search of the store shows it is there. Now searching is the first issue. If you type in elements of the genre "Small Business & Entrepreneurship", my name (which appears as David Hugh Ross as there are so many other David Rosses) or elements of the title, you find the book. But NOTHING comes up under "Spreadsheets" or "Book Keeping". I wonder if this is a problem with Metadata at t
  3. We can now put our stuff Out There with few filters or restrictions. The previous models for this are the Internet itself, music and YouTube. But websites still advertise themselves on TV, and Simon Cowell still dominates the Charts (you guys in America are about to experience his X Factor). My book is about to be available, but it will only be a success if it garners attention. So professionals will still have their place in this latest "New World"
  4. Thanks for the support, Thoth iTunes Connect are telling me I should wait about 10 days for a 'quality check', which I am cool about as that was the experience David Gewirtz had. Fair enough that Apple should pay humans to look at what is going on the iBookstore. Interestingly (and it is a voyage of discovery as I go through the process) 'updates' only take a day to process. That suggests that the check is a technical one, not of content, and it is encouraging. The initial impression was that if I change a word that is a whole new publication, but now I suspect that I may be able to make a
  5. Belay that, as I think they say in Star Trek. I changed my status to by (Author) and as I type this my package is uploading. Ooh Er, this is exciting ! I shall have to have a whisky (00:30 here in England) 00:40 and I have a big green tick Package History is still greyed out in iTunes Producer 00:50 I'm still on the warm English Beer. I can see the book in iTunes Connect marked "partial delivery" which doesn't worry me as the link above says that this means I am in a queue and should be patient - I guess someone in a different time zone will have a look see at what I am trying
  6. I decided to publish and got so far only to be met by this message; ERROR ITMS-5074: "At least one Contributor must have a primary role" at Book (MZItmspBookPackage) I assume ITMS is iTunes Music Store and that MZItmspBookPackage is a reference to the file that is uploading. I have listed myself as Author and a friend as contributor but I cannot see where I can specify "primary role". Nor does Googling various combinations shed any light. I know this is beyond the scope of Storyist, but I guess that nailing these problems will help everyone - ideas anyone?
  7. You flatter me too much - how do I use the command?
  8. I am very pleased to report that my book is in the final stages of proof reading; "Book Keeping Home Truths" by David Hugh Ross. The embedding of pictures works well (thanks Steve) and there are links to a microsite which passes readers on to supporting videos on YouTube and enables them to download the illustrations in a pdf file and an Excel Workbook, both of which are password protected - the password being in the text of the book. The benefit of the microsite is that if I change the YouTube videos later, I can redirect readers, thus future-proofing the book a little. Also YouTube hosts the
  9. Thanks I will be patient - helpful to know it is not something I have missed
  10. I have been playing around tonight and getting to grips with outlining. I created; Section Head (Outline Level Heading 1) Chapter Title (Heading 2) Sub Heads (Heading 3) Looking at the results on the iPad, the Table of Contents lists all these items, which is cool, though it looks a bit odd having everything thrown in together. I think I can live with that. I might rethink the whole issue of Sections and Chapters and just have one long splurge of headings. But only the Heading 1 titles start a new page. Steve, is there any way I can control the behaviour of Heading Levels
  11. Well, that is what I call personal service ! Thanks, I will download later Having Storyist has both accelerated and delayed my writing project. It is obvious that the production process is vastly enhanced by Storyist and the iBookStore, but being able to see for myself via iTunes how things will look to the user has fed back into the writing process. Recent drafts are an order of magnitude better and I am going to take the time to get it right. Fantastic ! Best Regards David
  12. As it is the Weekend I have had some more time to play about. Much of that time has been spent on the text - great to be able to read it on the iPad as types and dumb errors shout themselves out in that format. Also I have been attempting to bridge the language barrier - a Lever Arch File is a Binder to you guys! (thanks to your Staples web site for that one) I have learned to control spaces between paragraphs by specifying this in the Style, and have shown that coloured text does not seems to show up on the iPad. Using the Chapter Title style for all my headings creates a New Page for
  13. I agree - there was a BBC documentary about the conditions under which 'throw away' fashion is made for Primark in the UK. But this is nothing new. Early workers in all emerging industrialised nations pay the price for the establishment of the Nation's wealth. The new factor in all this is scrutiny by informed, educated consumers. It took decades in the UK for parliamentarians such as Lord Shaftesbury to push through reforms to limit working hours, improve working conditions etc. In the case of China, what chance do Western consumers have of influencing a totalitarian (I won't say Comm
  14. I sat on the toilet with the iPad and a whisky - it is nearly 2am in England and I am revelling in the new technology. By the way, it is raining but don't be put off - that is why this is a Green and Pleasant Land. PLEASE visit the UK - Mr Cameron needs your dollars. I got to page 25 and realised that perhaps my fuss about the underlining of sub headings is a blind alley. Should I forget the structure of a printed book and instead regard each subject as a new chapter? The downside is that the Table of Contents will become very long - though it is scrollable in the iPad, but the upside
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