Tragic Wonders in Times Square

Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC received, as part of our press release package, 105 seconds of exposure for this ad on the Thomson Reuters Sign at 43rd Street and 7th Avenue in Times Square.

Tragic Wonders - Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder for Amazon Kindle on the Thompson Reuters building in Times Square

Tragic Wonders – Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder for Amazon Kindle on the Thompson Reuters building in Times Square. (PRNewsFoto / Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC)

The ad was shown seven times at 15 seconds each. This one appeared at: 2013 12 31  – 09:18:38 [9:18 am on New Year’s Eve]. All the shots were either 9 am or 4 pm. One was 9 am on New Year’s Day. According to Google Streetview, the Thomson Reuters Sign is here:

We will do this for our next release; but we’ll add PR Newswire’s Twitter feed service.

Tragic Wonders – Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder Press Release

Mandated Memoranda Publishing Announces Second Book

Tragic Wonders – Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder, Edited by Ninja and Adolphus Writer, Exclusively on Amazon as a Kindle Edition, a Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC release.

Tragic Wonders - Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder cover image

Tragic Wonders – Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder, Edited by Ninja and Adolphus Writer, Exclusively on Amazon as a Kindle Edition, a Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC release. (PRNewsFoto / Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC)

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — We all love to be entertained. But, what if that entertainment has other ideas? We asked our pseudonymous authors to write stories, poems, and essays of tragedy and wonder that delve into our souls’ deepest fears and needs.


In the short stories, you’ll meet a serial killer, alien snails, a petulant eleven–year–old, a beloved astronaut, a laid–off worker, and many others. Two poems provide a transition from fiction to opinion. The essays castigate, decry, praise, and skewer our personal, local, national, world, and cosmic conditions.

These writings are meant to engage readers in a reality that we all deny daily, whether we profess faith in Christ, are ambivalent, or are hostilely opposed to religion.

What if this world we live in is set up as a diabolical trap meant to prevent us from seeing that which is truly necessary? The anthology focuses on themes, situations, and emotions that are tragic, full of wonder, or, combined in some way, both.

We hope you’ll suspend your disbelief and consider the possibility that there is a way out of the trap in which we find ourselves. And that way doesn’t involve choosing between two different color pills.


“Maybe there’s a message in what great scholars once called futility or vanity? Perhaps there’s only one thing truly necessary.”—Karen Monteverde


This isn’t an easy read, but it is a rewarding one, as the stories are crafted with great care. All in all, if you are the kind of reader who likes to have their own assumptions on how reality truly exists questioned by the written word, then this is sure to be an enjoyable book for you. –Red City Review, November 23, 2013

About the editors

Ninja (NEEN–yuh) S. Writer was born in Wolfsburg, West Germany. She majored in political science with a minor in mechanical engineering and volunteered for the Bundeswehr in 1994 when she learned a woman had attained the rank of general. She and Adolphus met while he was traveling in Germany. They married when she moved to the United States after completing her military service.

Adolphus Writer holds a doctorate in theoretical physics. After he graduated, he travelled to Europe, the Middle East, and Far East. Upon his return, he took a job at a large US defense firm applying his creative and analytical skills to pressing problems. He and Ninja corresponded extensively prior to their engagement.

In early 2012, Adolphus established Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC as a way to support the lifestyle to which he and his family had become accustomed. He says they like to eat on a daily basis and stay debt–free.

About the publisher

Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC published Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven as a Kindle edition in June 2013. It is an everyman’s spy adventure – a reluctant journalist’s tale of economic calamity, geologic catastrophe, geopolitical power shifts, and the beginnings of a hands–on surveillance state.

We plan to release a third Kindle edition, Who Shall Be God, a fictional account of the struggles between two families, the Stadists and the Libertas, who live in an east coast US city, north and south of the 38th parallel, respectively. Expect it on Amazon’s shelves in 2014 by the fall.

Book four, A Digital Carol, is a reimagining of the old Dickens’ favorite for a future generation. We are targeting it for Christmas, 2014. The working title for book five is China Dream. It’s still in process, as is the dream itself.

Book Details

Tragic Wonders – Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder

Edited by Ninja and Adolphus Writer

Anthology: realism, thriller, science fiction

1st edition, released December 15, 2013

By Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC

Exclusively as an Amazon Kindle Edition


ISBN: 978-0-9855327-1-0

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

150 pages (estimated)

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Quo Vadis II

Tragic Wonders 1 by 1_6 quarter scaleWe’re almost finished with a round of editing for Tragic Wonders. In prior posts, you’ve seen some of the stories and essays that we dropped from TW because of thematic duplication. We’ve also separated out two poems that now provide a transition from the stories to the essays. The next step is copy editing. Seems the company is geared towards Microsoft Office production but, for the money, they’ll accommodate Amazon Kindle requirements. Whew! Actually, they’ve been encouraging, cooperative, and fast. We’ll see how much we can say about them at a later date.

At this point, we plan to get TW out before Christmas (Thanksgiving is the real goal, but…). To do that, I want to have at least two professional reviews in place before issuing the press release and posting the Kindle book to Amazon and registering with the LOC and Red City Reviews usually posts to Goodreads but Goodreads requires an ASIN, Amazon’s ISBN equivalent… You get the idea, the timing will be tricky. Also, we were planning on switching from PRWeb to PR Newswire. You know, the PR firm recently hacked for customer data.

We’ve had several favorable reviews on TW’s all important cover. Yes, it turns out we do judge a book by its cover (among other things, like favorable excerpts from perhaps unfavorable professional reviews).

Right now, we have Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven priced at 99 cents. We’re going to raise the price back to $2.99 when TW comes out at 99 cents. In other news, we’ve decided to postpone publication of A Digital Carol until next Christmas. Actually, we’ll get it out before Thanksgiving 2014 to pick up on the buying season. We’ve already got the cover concept roughed in.

Yup, we’ll get this marketing thing down, yet. Hopefully, before we’re out of funds.

We plan to start Who Shall be God early in 2014 while ADC is in editing (yes, book three, that became book four, is book three again). The WSBG themes are coming together. It turns out that the 38th parallel not only runs through the Korean DMZ but through Virginia and Maryland. Hmm, I wonder if that’s significant given what DC has been doing lately?

Book five is about China. We’re still waiting for Xi and company to declare their intent after the Third Plenum meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. Other news of interest is that China has twice the shale gas reserves as the US does. That should swing the balance all other things being equal. We’ll see.

And finally, we’ve updated our links page.

Is 99 Cents the New Free?

Tianming CoverI can definitely assert that using ‘free days’ in the KDP Select program to boost book sales or visibility doesn’t work after the debut offering. I’ve tried using free days prior to the July 4th and Labor Day holidays only to realize a decrease in sales rank when the sale days were over.

I have 150 free copies out there all over the world and I know three of my four book reviewers (I have a good guess on the fourth). Each of them, likely, paid full freight.

I’ve tried other things to boost sales, too. I’ve put out a press release. Don’t be fooled by so-called ‘impressions’; only sales count. I did an author interview. It was very nicely presented but the site draws a limited audience. I have a Goodreads page. This site rejected me as an author for some reason.

I contacted Amazon Vine and Top reviewers in my book’s genre (spying & intrigue). Of the eight I contacted, one put me on his to read pile. He has a policy of not slamming books he doesn’t like; I greatly appreciate that attitude.

However, whining gets you nowhere.

I’ve got a second book in the works and I’m trying even harder than at first. Better writing. Better editing. Better marketing. Pricing based on page count. I’m sticking with KDP Select when it makes sense (70% royalty and the Lending Library program). And I’ll try to release a third book this year.

I’m going to have Red City review the first book, Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven, to find out what they think about it. We’ll have to see. There’ll be no welfare payments for this author.

Author Interview – Adolphus Writer

My author interview with Jade Kerrion went live this morning. Here is the raw material we submitted. We thank Jade for the opportunity.

Author: Adolphus Writer

Book Title: Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven

Adolphus Writer PictureShort author bio: Adolphus travelled to Europe, the Middle East, and Far East after graduate school. Arriving back in the USA, he took a job in a large defense firm applying his creative and analytical skills to pressing problems. In early 2012, he established Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC, as a way to support the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. He says he likes to eat on a daily basis and stay debt–free.

Contact information:

Purchase link:

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Tianming CoverBook Synopsis: Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven is an everyman’s spy adventure. It is a reluctant journalist’s tale of economic calamity, geologic catastrophe, geopolitical power shifts, and the beginnings of a hands–on surveillance state. The protagonist, Michael Babbage, grows through his ordeals and comes out a more experienced, if not wiser, person. He’s supported by Buck Jefferies, his recruiter, and a mysterious organization Michael only knows as CWNS.

Desired posting date: Friday, August 30, 2013 to coincide with a free book giveaway on Amazon.


1.       Tell us a little about your book.

The primary author, Nomi T. Smith, could not be with us today. Her initial manuscript had a slightly different slant on the story. We chose to reorient the plot around Michael Babbage to gain wider acceptance for an everyman’s spy adventure. The book is not part of a series and it has political, techno–thriller, and science fiction elements to it.

 2.       How did you come up with the title?

While we were forming Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC, Nomi approached us with her novella. We were steeped in the idea of the Mandate of Heaven because of the research we did to name the company. We used the Chinese translation, Tiānmìng, to give the book international appeal. In a nutshell, the title fit the novella’s theme and guided the reorientation.

 3.       How much of the book is realistic?

Too much, I’m afraid. The book was published June 8th, three days after the first NSA disclosure. The naval battle scenes are more dramatic than those actually occurring at–sea but the technologies we were able to discuss are accurate. Finally, scientists are making remarkable progress toward the biological–machine interfaces described in the book. I hope the rest of the story remains fiction forever.

 4.       What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

I can’t speak for Nomi, but I enjoy the research that goes in to a work of fiction. For Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven, we have over two gigabytes of corroborating materials covering: political, technological, editorial, and predictive analyses.

 5.       If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

One of our readers strongly suggested we should not have changed the focus of the story from Nomi to Michael. However, some of Nomi’s original plot line will be published as short stories in Tragic Wonders, Stories and Essays to Ponder.

 6.       Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?

I have to thank my advance copy readers, they know who they are. Story simplification and elaboration simply wouldn’t happen without them. They drive the “show versus tell” process, even in works not due for publication until 2014. As a policy, we recruit trusted readers for every publication.

 7.       Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?

Absolutely, she gave us guidance though every step of the development process. Her mentoring was invaluable. She had prior experience as a magazine editor and as a published author. Mandated Memoranda Publishing will not issue a book without employing professional editing.


 8.       What factors influenced your decision to self-publish to Amazon?

We self–published Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven exclusively as a Kindle Edition to keep overhead costs low, maximize our exposure worldwide, and keep control over our property. Additionally, we are participating in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program to maximize profits. However, we hope to keep prices low for our readers of this and future publications. Some books cost too much money; money we just don’t have any more.


 9.       Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I can remember standing up in class, at age seven, and declaring I wanted to write a book about nuclear energy. I read widely in fiction and non-fiction throughout my schooling and afterwards. I had always planned on writing and publishing after retirement. The economic downturn merely accelerated the schedule.

10.   Tell us your latest news.

Mandated Memoranda Publishing, LLC plans to release a second Kindle Edition called Tragic Wonders, Stories and Essays to Ponder, an anthology delving into our souls’ deepest fears and needs. Expect it on shelves by the fall, 2013. Book three is a retelling of a beloved story for our times. We call it A Digital Carol, due Christmas, 2013. Book four is Who Shall Be God, a fictional account of the struggles between two families, the Stadists and the Libertas, who live in a Midwestern city, north and south of 38th street, respectively. It is due in 2014.

Self–Publishing — Love It or Leave It

What a long, strange trip… Sing it with me. We here at Mandated Memoranda Publishing LLC have just given birth to: Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven. I had to check with Ninja to make sure I wasn’t exaggerating. We can’t provide a clear, error-proof method to do self-publishing, but we’ll tell you all we can remember (and we won’t charge a cent). Please forgive the length of the post. As I said, it was a long trip.

The following process assumes development on a Windows PC. It may work on a Mac but your mileage may vary. We read a lot of references. Most were $2.99, or less. Given their long-term control over the publishing formats, I cannot fathom folks reluctance to stick to Amazon’s preferred rules stated in their Kindle Publishing Guidelines, methods overview, one layer deeper guide, and examples (see right hand list). The publishing method we followed gives you almost total control over your book. The publishing method is “simple” assuming you are writing from a fairly well thought out story line (I use detailed graphics to develop the plot).

Develop your Cover (an important marketing tool) according to Amazon’s Publishing Guidelines (1.6 high to 1 wide ratio and greater than 1000 pixels wide). I use royalty free (one time charge for perpetual use) images from Getty Images. Getty requires attribution on your book’s copyrights page.

Type out your book in Microsoft Word. Early in the typing (first thing is best), modify Microsoft’s Normal style. Change the font to +body (Calibri, 11 point). Actually, you’ll be removing this later in the filtered HTML but the PDF for copyright submittal to the Library of Congress looks modern in this the format. As you modify the Normal style, select the paragraph attribute. In the paragraph dialog box, under ‘indentation’, set “special” to ‘first line’ and set the “by” value to 0.01” (the smallest inches value Word recognizes). Set the “spacing after” value to 6 pt. and “line spacing” to ‘single’. Find and set the “tabs” value to 0.01”, too. The 0.01″ settings influence something important called ‘text indent’ (see below). Leave the others at their default values (if you still had them at their original defaults in the first place).

Use user defined format styles based on your slightly modified Microsoft Normal style (undo what formatting you have if you have to and rebuild it based on Normal, it’s worth it). Define other styles based on the Normal style (for instance, those for Title and Subtitle, the *** symbol, page breaks, etc.). What you want is a well-controlled set of styles that you can modify globally solely by modifying the Normal style. A few styles must diverge from this approach. Use Microsoft’s Heading 1 style for chapter titles and Table of Contents (TOC) style for the table of contents.

Use the insert bookmarks dialog box in Microsoft Word to add two special bookmarks: toc and start. These are case-sensitive and define where the table of contents and beginning of your book are, respectively. I recommend that the toc bookmark go before the heading for the table of contents but after the previous page’s page break (you can adjust its placement in the filtered HTML if necessary). I strongly urge placing the start bookmark at the top of the title page.

Proof the manuscript thoroughly. Make sure to delete blank lines and spaces (you should use page breaks between chapters and the *** symbol between scenes in a chapter). Submit what you have to an editor. Pay one to tell you what your friends or family will not. A good developmental editor is worth their salt. Fold editor comments back into the primary copy. Proof again and, if possible, resubmit to the editor for a final look-see.

Then, and here’s the part we spun over for weeks, save the Microsoft Word file as filtered HTML. Make sure to apply the book’s title in the “title” box (where it says: add a title) on the “save as” dialog box before saving the file (it gets placed in the HTML and is used by Kindle devices). You’ll also use the original file to create a PDF for the Library of Congress Copyright process (you’ll imbed the Cover image in the original Word document for the PDF but not embed it for the filtered HTML). Your baseline has just diverged so make sure that you’ll make almost no changes to the text at this point. You’ll have to fold back any format changes to the PDF and master Word copies (what a pain that was).

We went back to square one several times. One of the go-rounds centered on updating the Microsoft Word TOC without first removing the old one (go to the reference tab and the TOC pull down menu for the remove TOC command). Not doing this added extraneous bookmarks (‘< a id=“_Tocnumbers” > < /a >’) in the HTML in front of headings (i.e., two sets of bookmarks, only one of which matched the TOC ‘href=#_Tocnumbers’ entries). When you open the filtered HTML, if you’ve made that mistake, you’ll see what I mean.

Open the filtered HTML file with Microsoft Notepad (or your favorite text editor that won’t add anything behind the scenes like Word does). Now remove all ‘font size=’ statements (you might leave some for Heading and Title styles but use relative sizes like 120%). Also remove all ‘font color=’ statements since the Kindle devices use their own defaults (and black font disappears on a black background selectable for Fire and PC readers). Now, your text will scale (more) properly on Paperwhite and Fire devices. The font will change on Paperwhite. And Fire and PC readers with black or sepia backgrounds will show all your text.

Change all ‘text indent=value’ to 0 from whatever Microsoft Word set them. This prevents the Kindle devices that naturally insert tabs at the beginning of paragraphs from doing so. Obviously, don’t do it if you like that formatting. I left most of the absolute margin specifications. I also left extraneous styles Microsoft added. If I were braver or surer of what I was doing, I’d have removed them (be careful, it’s easy to remove stuff you actually need).

I recommend formatting the page breaks separately with a slight bottom margin (0.01”). This prevents certain devices from ‘dangling a sentence’ when a reader lands on a chapter heading and pages back one page (I do that a lot). It does trade the aforementioned error for another. The page back command has to be performed twice to take. Not sure why that is but it only happens when you first land on a chapter heading. Such ‘path dependencies’ are likely database related, so go figure.

I also, foolishly, added language references all over the text. It helps the Microsoft Word spellchecker but is unnecessary (ever get an error that a foreign language dictionary wasn’t available, that’s why). I won’t even tell you how I did this so you won’t be tempted to try it. Hundreds of remnants are still in the filtered HTML to this day (‘< span > … < /span >’ items). However, I did neuter their effect by removing the ‘lang=en’ field.

Review your filtered HTML file in a web browser at this point. I found some extraneous HTML symbols that I failed to remove by doing this. It is much easier to check now than later in the process. I also spell checked a version (that I discarded) in Word for errors I might have introduced in the format editing process.

At this point you have a choice. You can upload your filtered HTML file to Amazon KDP for them to convert into a book. After they process your HTML, you download the files they generate and iteratively refine the HTML (I did not do this, exactly). However, do not submit your book for publication until it is finished; it will go live (more below). Or, you can construct two more files and use Amazon KDP’s Kindle generation program to build your book. You will make the same number of iterations to your book if you use the Kindlegen program, but, you may have more insight into the changes you make.

You will need two things from Amazon to continue. The ‘compiler’ or book generator: Kindlegen (I used PC version 2.8) and the test tool: Kindle Previewer (I used PC version 2.85). You can also get the latest versions here.

The two other files you’ll need are the Open Package File (or OPF) and the Navigation Control file for XML applications (or NCX) files. The OPF file defines to the Kindlegen program your books cover file, the metadata about your book, the text files, and how to find the ‘toc’ and ‘start’ bookmarks. The NCX file tells Kindlegen how to construct the pop-up table of contents folks see on their Kindle devices. It’s called a logical TOC. Amazon provides examples.

The example that stood out far above all others was the annotated Kindle Users Guide OPF (Guide.opf in the downloadable Guide example). Whoever did the annotation is our friend for life. The OPF file tells Kindlegen how to build your book (where your files are and how to process them). Populate the file (in Notepad or equivalent) and save as ‘all files’ (not the default ‘txt’ file). You will overwrite the existing OPF file, so archive it first. I had 28 different versions of the three files archived by the end of the process (no, I’m not proud of that, just really miffed).

There is a good example of an NCX file in the Guide example folder, too. With your HTML (or HTM), OPF, and NCX files you are ready to have Kindlegen build the book. Explicitly follow the instructions in the manual.html ‘read-me’ entry that comes in the folder with the Kindlegen.exe file. All this may sound like gobbledygook, but you can do it.

Just in case it hasn’t become obvious, you are, in essence, programming your book in a formatting computer language. You generate MOBI files (Mobipocket eBook file) by running Kindlegen on the OPF file. The MOBI that results is then opened in the Kindle Previewer to test it. Here’s a list of my test procedures that I ran in all 8 Kindle emulations and the PC viewer I had downloaded separately.

  • Open the book (tests where the beginning is sensed no matter what the beginning tab showed).
  • Use the pull down menus to select Cover, End, TOC, etc.
  • Use the pull down menus to confirm that the metadata (language, author, etc.) was recognized from the OPF file.
  • Page through from the Cover to the TOC.
  • Step through the TOC and return (using the Kindle Previewer return arrow) on each entry (tests landing and for any weird artifacts).
  • Step through the logical TOC the same way.
  • Finally, on the slowest setting, use auto-flip tool to review each page for formatting issues (I went backward and forward many times). I checked the images at this point after I had settled some issues early on (I forget what they were).

This does not include the many more times I reviewed the straight, filtered HTML in Internet Explorer and did spell checks on it (the HTML) in Microsoft Word as a kind of error checking (in the software sense). At no time did I save the filtered HTML from Word (so no new artifacts would arise).

Early on, I also verified all font sizes and types (using the Paperwhite emulation) and colors (using the Fire emulations and PC reader) were removed correctly. Needless to say, I must have read the text twenty times including once on my hardware Paperwhite.

Along the way I ran into issues. My Paperwhite gave me an error when I got to 1% of the end. It ‘erased’ the file from itself (it actually was wrapped in something called a .fused file). This occurred because of the non-breaking spaces (essentially, extra carriage-return line-feeds) at the end of the book. When I removed them and recompiled the MOBI file, my Paperwhite stopped choking on the book.

On closer examination, this effect showed up in the Paperwhite emulation when the auto-flip tool stopped at 99%. I did not buy a Fire and Kindle DX to test the book on hardware (we’re really not fixed to do so, at this time). However, I did ask a friend about his iPhone app. He had the older version and he mentioned the ‘dangling sentence’ issue described above. I fixed many other issues and generated at least 13 versions of MOBI files (more I think, but I lost count).

I urge you to use the keywords: toc and start, in the OPF and HTML files. I foolishly used the _Tocnumber reference for chapter one in my OPF file instead of the start keyword. Kindlegen gave me a pass but Amazon KDP processing did not. As they say, follow the directions. I made many other changes that I can no longer recount.

Finally (so I thought), I tested my ‘last’ MOBI file on all 9 emulated devices and my Paperwhite and it worked flawlessly. Each version had its beginning on the first chapter. I uploaded my Kindlegen’ed MOBI file and Amazon KDP processed it. The MOBI file I downloaded was bigger and opened to the page before the first chapter at the end of the internal table of content on Kindle Fires. It looked unprofessional. Turns out that is one way the Fires differ from the other Kindles, at least according to the KDP forums. Unfortunately, I published this version in frustration.

The best way to modify things is one change at a time; but the turnaround is so intensive that I did more. Bad mistake. I made changes, rebuilt the book, and uploaded it to Amazon KDP. The download from Amazon KDP had the beginning page issue resolved, sort of. I had changed the ‘beginning’ from the first chapter to the title page.

Now the Fire and PC versions landed on the Cover (which was okay), and the Paperwhite, Apple (at least in emulation), and older e-ink Kindles opened to the title page (same issue, just finessed). I spent time on the forums and gleaned some true facts (and lots of opinions) about this and other issues. Whether you’ll use the forums depends on your frustration tolerance level, I guess.

However, paging through the TOC brought up an artifact in the e-ink Kindle emulation (the $69 model) that should have remained hidden. All the other versions did not exhibit this bug; but I wasn’t going to completely test the new MOBI only to find further bugs. It turns out that I had encapsulated the entire HTML text after the TOC in a ‘< div > … < /div >’ pair (more than one change at a time). I removed it (Heaven know why, I don’t) and the artifact disappeared.

I uploaded a new MOBI generated with the corrected HTML, let Amazon KDP process it, and tested the downloaded MOBI version completely (see above). I remember doing this cycle 5 times. When I determined that it worked (the beginning issue was resolved), I re-published it (no new upload was necessary at this point). ‘Belt and suspenders’ that I am, I downloaded the sample when it came online hours later. I ordered a full copy from the sample and made sure it went to the end and opened where it was supposed to on my Paperwhite.

Turns out that if you delete the .sdr folder associated with a Kindle file it’s as if the file were brand new on the device (all reader entered bookmarks are lost, of course). You can delete the .sdr folder by attaching the device to your PC and deleting the folder in Windows. I did this with every MOBI version I tested. Don’t do this directly with a purchased book (you can reset the book from the ‘manage my Kindle’ page at Amazon).

I’m now a publisher. But I may never read Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven again. On to book two: Tragic Wonders. Come to think of it, this ordeal might actually qualify for the new book.

Best Laid Plans

We’ve gotten Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven on Amazon’s bookshelves. Figuratively speaking, of course, since it is only out as a Kindle Edition. We’re offering it for free the Friday and Saturday before Father’s day 2013.

We’re now turning our attention to the second book, Tragic Wonders. We renamed it from Horrors of the Heart since a small circle of readers thought it had little horror in it (except for the grammatical errors). It will still be an anthology of stories and essays delving into our souls’ deepest fears and needs. We’d like this on shelves by the fall. The art department has designed the cover and we plan to post a thumbnail of it soon.

Book three is: Who Shall Be God. It is a fictional account of the struggles of two families, the Stadists and the Libertas, who live north and south of 38th street, respectively, in a Midwestern city. We have a cover in mind and the ending sketched out in broad outline.

Book four will be an anthology dealing with the perils of this digital age: from genetic engineering to surveillance and the Singularity. Book five must be about the coming clash between China and the Western world. They aren’t the Middle Kingdom for no reason.

Finally, we’ve been asked if we could do something funny (as in ha-ha, we already do strange). Book six may achieve that (although strange has its appeal).

We do not intend to do vampires, sleaze, or a self-publishing how-to. In this last vein (excuse the pun), the next post will recount what we remember of our experience producing Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven. Only the names have been changed to protect the participants.

Mandated Memoranda Publishing LLC announces new book

Mandated Memoranda Publishing LLC announces their first book: Tiānmìng – Mandate of Heaven. It is a reluctant journalist’s tale of geopolitical conflict and geologic catastrophe that upends the worldwide status quo.  It is approximately 138 pages long. You can read the somewhat breathless product description here. If you don’t have a Kindle reader and want to read it on a device you own, here are some software readers from Amazon. We plan to offer the book free on Friday June 14, 2013 (Midnight to Midnight, Pacific time) to boost “sales” numbers. You may want to purchase then. Thank you for your support for Mandated Memoranda Publishing LLC.