My Misadventure With Pages

Hey all, hopes this post finds you well. It inspires you and encourages you not to make the mistakes I did! 😉

I recently published my book Transcendence, and boy after putting out three books I thought nothing could ever surprise me! Guess what Transcendence did.

Usually, I write my books on Word (on Mac or PC) and use the same software until I get the final draft or even for updating my books. For some reason, when I began Transcendence a year ago, I started writing it in Pages. It’s an awesome software don’t get me wrong, but it’s always good to listen to it. Listen to the warnings it gives you.

So, when I finished the writing, I exported the book out into word.  That sounds straightforward doesn’t it, well it isn’t! For instance, when I was exporting it gave me a warning that there were some formatting issues and I should fix them before I export the book. I ignored the warning and sent the book to my editor.

Surprise, Surprise, she came back to me after a few weeks and mentioned for the first time that there was an issue with formatting. When I checked the word document, I was shocked. All the curly quotation marks had changed to straight quotation marks. The apostrophes were of different font than the text, this led to differences in spaces between sentences. The editing was done, the formatting was a nightmare.

It was a horrifying for me. Now you would wonder why? Just go to the style manager and fix it. That was the issue, the style manager merged the two styles together. It was applying the two types of styles to different parts of the document.

I Googled high and low to fix this issue. The first solution was to replace the straight quotation marks with the curly ones. Tried it once, twice, three times! It didn’t work! Then I Googled some more. Modify the style they said. Okay. I went into the style manager, clicked and updated the styles. Nothing happened!  The third thing I found that I should go in Style Manager, use the Style inspector and modify it from there so that the font and formatting is same throughout the document. No use!

I was terrified. Transcendence had preorders and people were waiting for it. I had to get the book ready. Yeah, I could have left the errors and hoped no one would notice. Here is the thing I would know! I would have noticed. And that was enough. Yes, I am a formatting junkie! It has to look good no matter what!

After two days of struggle, I did the one thing which I dreaded. Remove all the formatting and start from scratch. Actually, that took me less time because now I know a lot about formatting that when I first published Haunted. It took me another day, but finally the book was ready, and I submitted it to Amazon just ONE hour before the preorder deadline! Whew… that was a close.

Lesson, if you are using Pages use a very simple formatting or do not format at all until you are done. If possible, use Pages to publish your book and if you have designed it using this software, it’s better to continue with it. If you know you need a Word document to publish, then start in Word or if you want to use Pages do not do any formatting. Later on, export it to word and then begin the formatting/designing.

Hope this has served you all!

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Creating my first historical fiction novella

Hey all! 

Its spring and no surprise COVID is still here, we are working from home, Zoom is the new normal and I am working towards my next book.

Welcome new subscribers! 

As a part of five books in thriteen months strategy (if you want to call that), Transcendence would be my fourth novel and its different in several ways. 

First of all, its a novella. Now you might think, whats the difference? The difference is novellas are shorter than a standard novel of 50,000 or more words. This is the first time I have written a novella. All my other books are 50K words or more, Haunted being the longest one yet. What I have learned over the months working on this book is, shorter does not mean faster! I remember, I preferred novellas because I could finish them within 48 hours.

Secondly, most of my books are based in the present, Transcendence is set in 1944 during the World War II. Writing it was a bit of a challenge and strange. To imagine a life without smart phones, internet, social media and limited air travel was a bit hard. The research involved for this book was extensive and I was forced to think out of the box.. For example, I didn’t know if people in 1944 used a tooth brush. Did you know they bathe only once a week! 

My life is surely exciting! 😉 

Thirdly, a completely new main character. The last three books are based on characters which are well developed and well-known to my readers. In Transcendence, Zane Carter is a American soldier who is stuck behind enemy lines and is hiding in an inhabited house. Zane was sent to fight in the war when he reached 18 years of age. (If you didn’t know the youngest soldier in the World War II was 12 years old). He’s tormented by his own demons and hates himself for killing people, although they were Germans. He takes no pride for his victories, and thinks his side will lose the war. 

Fourth and the last point, the way the book ends. I myself never saw it coming, although I plan most aspects of my books. All through the story, Zane is trying to understand the meaning of the nightmares and incidences happening to him. Regardless of what happens to him, he wants to return to his home. In the climax, the situation changes with such an intensity that I questioned if such an end was possible. It left me exhilarating, worried and excited. Well… what you guys think… only time will tell.  

Transcendence is now on Preorder – You can check it out     here. New cover coming soon. 

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You are not alone

Hey all,

Hope you having a amazing weekend and Happy Easter! 
I wish you well and please stay safe, eat healthy and stay at home. We all can and will get through this. I just wanted to let you know, you are not alone. We are all in this together and the best thing we can do is be there for each other.

Today I will share the two things I do get everyday to stay motivated and not be overwhelmed. 

1. Shuffle your routine. 

If you are working from home, try to plan your day differently everyday. My day includes, get up, have my coffee, get ready for work (yes I get ready even though working from home), take my lunch break and then work till 5 pm. Of course this also includes catch up with my team, other zoom meetings etc. Then I go for a walk (yes, it is still allowed in Australia), cook, watch some TV and then read a little before I sleep. In the last week, I got really bored with it… so I started changing it around. I started my day with physical activity, and listening to exciting music/podcasts, talking with my friends before I get to work, watching motivation videos, etc. Shuffle works! Especially for the long time. 

2. Listen to motivational podcasts

 There are experts or people out there who have gone through worst situations than this. If they haven’t they have interviews or spoken with people who have. Over the years I have learned it always helpful to connect with them. Especially with people who offer solutions. Say, you are depressed, your friends will give you a hug, say it will be alright etc. But if you are looking techniques/ideas on how you can cope with it the next time it  shows up in your life you need tool. Try listening to Brendon Burchard’s podcast. I am now listening to his Striving in Chaos series which is available on iTunes, Google play, Spotify, etc. Its absolutely fabulous, very uplifting! Give it a try!   

That’s all for today. Hope this helps, and serves you. Thank you for your support, please share with friends and family. I would be really happy even if this makes one person’s day. 🙂  

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H.G Ahedi 
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Journey of a writer

On the 29th Feb 2020, I released another book, Black Moon. I have recently done an interview on a site that likes to talk about authors, their books and gain their insights about their writing process. It can be hard, and sometimes quiet challenging for writers to talk about their process but writers interviews are opportunity for us to share our insights and also the questions people ask do prompt us to think more and write better book.

Here is the interview for my novel, Black Moon. I hope you like it!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE BLACK MOON TO A NEW READER?
  • If you are looking a complex, thrilling read, you should read this book.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND BLACK MOON?
  • This book has an interesting history. I have republished it this year, but it was originally published in 2008. The thing is the idea/plot came to me in a dream and I causally told about it to one of my friends. And she was like, ‘This is interesting, why don’t you write it down?’. And I did.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
  • The first draft, I believe it took me two years. At that time I wasn’t planning to be a writer, it was just a story I wanted to get out there. So I didn’t do much about it. After publishing Haunted in 2019, I thought, it would be a good idea to bring this book back to life. The editing and rewriting, including the various updates to the plot and characters took me about three months. I began somewhere in Nov 2019, and got it published by Feb end.
WHAT IS YOUR WORK SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING?
  • Usually its couple of hours at night, almost every day. I might get more done over the weekends. Overall, it’s when I do get the time. It’s also good to have deadlines. Like my next two books are due in 6 months and 9 months and that is a good incentive.
DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU?
  • Writing energizes me! I feel, when I am working on a book I am transported into a different world.
IS BLACK MOON A STAND ALONE NOVEL?
  • Yes. Black Moon is a standalone novel. I have used the same characters in other novels, like Haunted. However, the plots are not connected.
WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?
  • If I get an idea, I start the first draft right away. The other thing I do is write a detailed summary of the book, outlining the plot. Then I do research on each and every aspect. It might take me a month to 3 months to complete the process.
WHAT DID YOU EDIT OUT OF THIS BOOK?
  • As I said, this is the second edition of this book. I edited or removed a lot of unnecessary dialogues, scenes and settings. These did not serve the plot. Also, in my opinion they wouldn’t have appealed to the readers.
WHAT ARE COMMON TRAPS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
  • Over analysing. I know, and I do it too, that sometimes we just criticise our writing way too much. Of course, we shouldn’t publish our work without thorough editing and get a proper designer for the book cover. The issue is we writers spend just too much time thinking over and over about certain aspects of the book, instead of just either going with our gut or asking people for their suggestions.
WHY SHOULD PEOPLE READ BLACK MOON?
  • If people are looking for a fresh, complex, thrilling book with unseen twists and fantastic plot, I feel Black Moon would deliver all this and much more. It is highly entertaining, gripping and well… if you like sherlock holmes or Agatha Christie, you will like Black Moon.

Thanks for reading! You can find the original interview here.

Check out early reviews of the book on Goodreads

Black Moon is a crime mystery thriller with a supernatural twist. Purchase your copy here or download a sample.

Five things I learned from republishing my book.

In 2003, I wrote my first book Black Moon, and self published it with vanity press after paying a nominal fee. Seeing my first book in print was more than enough for me at that time, so I didn’t bother to do much about it.

Years passed by and then in 2019 I published Haunted. While describing this book I mentioned several times that this is my second book and I started getting a strong feeling that I should republish it. So, in Dec 2019, I decided to republish Black Moon and started to work on it. I wanted to be sure I did not repeat the mistakes I made before and also learn new techniques.

So here are few things I learned!

  1. Cover all your legal matters! My first book was published with vanity press and I had signed a contract with them. The first thing I did was ask my lawyer if I could republish this book without any hassle. When I got a green light from her, I wrote to the publisher (although it was not required) informing them of my plans for this book. They responded as soon as possible and provided me an updated about my existing contract (it had expired). That was fine. I saved every letter, email and document I had received from my lawyer and my previous publisher (please do this.). And yes I bought ISBN for both eBook and Paperback; although it is not necessary for eBooks.
  2. Put your book for Preorder: Nowadays this is an excellent opportunity to promote your book and also give yourself a deadline. Platforms such as Amazon, Apple book and Kobo have this option. However on Amazon, a potential reader cannot see or read the sample chapters although you might have provided the a good readable version (what a bummer!). I have written to Amazon about this, but well…lets see what happens. Overall, I think preordering your book is a great idea.
  3. Print and edit is the way to go. I know this is not very environmentally friendly, but even after my editor has done a marvelous job and I have worked on it for months, I always find errors when I am reading a printed version of my book. I do not know why, and I am always happier after I have finished edited a hard copy of my book. So, print and read.
  4. Read your eBook on kindle before publishing. Everyone nowadays has a iPad, tablet, Kindle or can read an eBook on their phone. My suggestion is to send your book to your reading device and then go through it page by page. This will give you a feel of how your book will look to the reader and you will see any major gaps or paragraph issues. Amazon does provide the Kindle Previewer for this, but I just feel testing it out your electronic device is a good idea.
  5. Before you design your eBook; Test if that design is going to be accepted in the final version! Not everyone can afford a designer to design books. Not everyone can go and buy software’s that create beautiful ebooks (one day I will.). You might be in the same boat. So, a lot of writers like you and me spend a lot of time designing our books. Turns out when we upload it to Amazon or Apple, the design vanishes! (eyes roll). Yes, your designs might not be accepted by the platforms and hence could be a waste of your time. Imagine, all the time you spend adjusting the line spacing! Or all the time you picking the right design. (Don’t fret you can use it in your paperback version). However, be aware that your design or font will change once you upload the book. It is easier with Apple because they usually accept most of their fonts, and Pages is a lot of help. The take away advice is: design only one chapter of your book, upload it on Kindle or Apple or Kobo and see if it works. You could also use services like Draft2Digital which are free and provide standard templates for your books but take a percentage from your sale. If you are running on a budget, this might not be the way to go. Personally, I like to design my own books and kind of enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading this blog. I am happy to share my experiences as I write and publish my books.

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The past, the present and the future: Checkout my latest and upcoming books!

Love mystery thrillers?

Hello friends, 

I have got some exciting news! Black Moon, an early adventure in the Cranston series is now available for Preorder

This book has an interesting history. I had published it in 2003 (just for fun). I didn’t plan to be a writer then, so it didn’t occur to me to promote or sell it. A couple of family and friends knew about it, but that was it. But something changed after Haunted, and I thought it would be a cool to kick off this decade by publishing another book.  

Black Moon, is a suspense thriller with a supernatural element set in a time when we had floppy disks (yeah remember those?) and mobile phone were not that popular (iPhone did not exist). This story gives you an idea of where it all began (since it was my first book) and how the characters changed or grew and came together in Haunted. 

After Haunted in Nov 2019, I have been putting in a couple of hours each day to get this book to you. I am super excited when it came back from the editor and Amazon made it live in 24 hours! (Wow, I did not expect that!). The ebook is on half price ($2.99) until 29 Feb 2020. So grab your copy now! 

Black Moon’s Ebook is available for preorder all over the world including United StatesAustralia,CanadaUnited Kingdom and Europe.

Here is a short video about the book. I hope you enjoy it! 

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Free give way!

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a fantastic time.

I have recently published a crime-thriller called Haunted! As a part of a promotional deal I am giving away my book for free until 10th Jan 2020.

A little about the book:

Haunted is a crime thriller about a vicious crafty murderer, who haunts and slaughters his victims disappearing into thin air. His methods unorthodox, his motive unclear,his victims arbitrary. Two NYPD detectives and the Cranston team are on the case, and as they dig deep, they uncover a hidden fanatical rage complied with lunacy which began on an Egyptian ship four decades ago!

Here is what some of the readers are saying!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”’Haunted’ is a thrilling tale with plenty of unpredictable twists and turns. The story features an extensive cast of engaging characters, plenty of author H. G. Ahedi’s medical and forensic knowledge, and a fun, exciting plot.” Amazon reader.

⭐️⭐️⭐️”An exciting and well told story! I really enjoyed this action-packed story. I liked the writing style and the dialogue between the characters. And I was kept guessing throughout.” Amazon reader.

This offer is now closed: Please purchase your copy @ Amazon

This is why you should have a paperback version of your book.

Hello all!

Recently, I got my second book out! Haunted. I have been blogging about it for the past few months. Just this Friday (6th Dec 2019), I got the paperback version. OH MY GOD. It was so exciting! Its so good to actually hold the book in my hands and look at it. I loved the smell and the feel of crisply-bound pages. Here is what the awesome people from my writing group thought!

Getting over five-hundred responses and over two hundred comments was something that I never expected! And, I am so grateful for this!

The book (ebook) was released in the beginning of Nov 2019, and I have sold a couple of copies. But holding the paperback version of the book was such a great and amazing feeling. I cannot actually put it in words!

Ebook are definitely great! I have nothing against them. They are economical, long lasting, easy to carry and distribute and of course you should always have a Ebook version of your book. That being said, creating a paperback version of your book actually feels tangible. Its there! Its done! I felt like a author when I held my book! Its like, wow this is now a book!

Most of my readers and friends and family bought the book, and they were as excited as I was because they have been hearing about it for sometime now. So, make sure you get your novel’s paperback version.

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Author’s interview: Haunted by H.G Ahedi.

Hello all,

On the 5th of Dec 2019, my interview with Dr. Melissa Caudle an American author best known for The Keystroke Killer saga was published online.

She is the author of first in the series, The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence Part I was published on Halloween 2018.

In this authors interview, Mel asked me ten questions regarding my recent book Haunted. It was a very interesting experience, and her questions made me realize how much effort and work I have put in to bring this book to life!

The interview encouraged me to also think more about the process I use for writing my book, what challenges I faced and how I came over them. Sometimes as writers we are just happy to get our books out there! But it is always good idea to reflect and discuss your book. It helps you reflect on how you would and could approach writing in the future. It helps your remember, why did you start writing, how are you different and what can you do differently to attract writers!

So here is the interview, I hope you guys really like it. It gives a background story about Haunted, and a peep into my life and the challenges I faced writing this book. I have to say, it was a GREAT experience.

Read more here: H.G Ahedi’s Interview with Mel Caudle

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Fill in the form, send me your email and postal address (message box) and get your book! All the information you provide will remain confidential and will not be share with anyone else.

H.G Ahedi holds a PhD in biomedical sciences and is a fictional writer. Haunted is her second book. She spends a lot of time writing and when she is bored of her desk; she wants to hop on a plane and travel the world. As that is not always possible she explores local Sydney beaches and parks and enjoys a nice cup of coffee.

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Three deaths, an invisible weapon and a deadly plot. Welcome to the world of Haunted.

After four years of hard work, I have published my book! Yippee!

Here is the extended version of the blurb which you will not find elsewhere!

Roumoult Cranston’s life is never boring. He either invites trouble, or it finds him. This time his best friend Dr. William Sterling is at the heart of investigating three suicides that he believes are ingenious murders. Everyone thinks he is crazy, including Roumoult. But when William disappears it triggers a frenzied search leading to a police investigation, and Roumoult is pulled into a mystery that will push the boundaries of his investigative mind.

Thus, begins the journey to find a ruthless predator. Following a trail of bizarre clues Roumoult realizes they are all pawns in a deadly game. To his horror, one by one the pawns begin to tumble. Prime suspects turn into maniacs. The detectives are at the verge of cracking, and he barely escapes death. Nothing makes sense until he finds the secret game changer – The Ship Of The Dead.

But his victory sets off a deadly trap leading to a horrendous genocide in the heart of New York. He knows, this vicious murderer will spare no one, but if by some miracle he and his friends survived, this killer would haunt them for the rest of their life! 

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About the author

H.G Ahedi holds a PhD in biomedical sciences and is a fictional writer. Haunted is her second book. She spends a lot of time writing and when she is bored of her desk; she wants to hop on a plane and travel the world. As that is not always possible she explores local Sydney beaches and parks and enjoys a nice cup of coffee.

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