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What's with all those PDF's?

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 4, 2014, 6:56 AM
For a long while I've felt the need to explain why I post my stuff in PDF format.

For me it's a night and day difference between posting my stories as texts versus PDF's.  With PDF's I know my readers are seeing my stories formatted the way I want in an easier to read format.  Plus they are viewable across nearly all platforms and an industry standard.

More explanation: posting my stories as a text is quite painful.  After I've written and edited my story, I would have to format the story into the online text format.  The biggest reason is that most art sites that allows text files don't recognize tabs.  Thus I would have to go and put in returns in place for tabs.  (That's why online texts have those spaces between paragraphs.  It goes back to old HTML coding issues.  To replicate tables in online coding is quite painful!)  Plus, if I wanted to edit/revisit the story, I would have to deal with the word file, then go to the online text file and hunt down the section that needed updating.  It was quite a long and involved process.  Finally most art sites, including DA, have text file size limits.  Because of that, I needed to break some of my stories up into parts just so I can post the entire story online

Well along the way I happen to get my hands on a PDF creation software that integrated into MS Word.  With that software, it would create a PDF off of my word document preserving everything I've done exactly as I wanted it too.  Plus I was able to post entire stories in a single file with no need to break them up.  Finally revising my stories in PDF format is extremely easy.  I just simply edit the word document, recreate it into a PDF, then replace the old file with the new one online.  It was easy and seamless. 

Finally PDF's are nearly universal across computer systems, browsers, and phone OS's.  Even if your browser won't automatically display the PDF, all art sites include a download button where you can download it to your system and read it offline.  Plus I know there's a few phone apps that allow you to read and store PDF's on your phone/tablet.  (This is especially handy for RPG manual PDF's!  What used to take up an entire bookshelf is now all in my iPad ready to access at any moment!)


On another front, I love all the new watchers and interest in my stories.  Because of you I am resurrecting my Dragon Changes stories.  I'm also writing up more Nanobot stories including a few fan requested transformations.  Plus, I wrote another D&D story which I think my D&D fans will quite enjoy.   Finally I've got a sequel to "The Intrepid Mystery" coming out as well. 

Thanks for all your interest and be prepared for more good stuff to come. 

  • Mood: Content
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  • Reading: Deadman Wonderland


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StoneSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Welcome by StoneSorceress

welcome to the Stone Sorceress gallery
please enjoy your visits :D 
brothejr Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
You have some very interesting animation.  :)
StoneSorceress Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
glad you think so :]
JaKu-13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for adding Cerulia to your collection!
brothejr Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
You're very welcome!  :)
MMHudson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool stuff here, I really enjoyed browsing your stories! Clap
And thanks for the watch!!
brothejr Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
No problem, your Madusa's Lament caught my eye and I had to watch you afterword.  :)  I'm glad you enjoyed browsing my stories and hope you find something you'll enjoy!  :)
clancy688 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have read in your journals that you'd like to increase your readership but haven't been successful. Why don't you try adding your stories to TF themed groups? That's what I did and I it worked fairly well...

Most of your stories are TF themed yet they are in no TF themed groups.

I'm writing stories for four months now and managed to get over 10k page views in that time - probably by submitting my stories to TF groups.

Take a look at my profile for cool groups. :)
brothejr Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Thanks for the advice.  I will surely look into that.  :)
clancy688 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, as I said... in four months I got more hits than you in years, despite the fact that your stories are way better, way longer, and way more numerous. 

Submitting my stories to groups has done the trick of quickly increasing my readership. Just look at your pageview graph. Yesterday and today the visitors on your site spiked, exactly when your stories were admitted to my group. And it's a very, very small group (at the moment...) with barely two dozen watchers. There are tf-themed groups with more than a thousand watchers. 
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