Just in time for the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend, we unveil our new company banner. If you're in the area (or care to take a trip), we'd love to see you at our booth (#440), so look for our banner, stop by and say hello, buy a book, listen to sample chapters from our audiobooks, check out the podcast, "A New York Yankee in the Heart of Dixie" by our very own Oscar Bronx, take a selfie, and just have a grand time.

Decatur's a lovely little town on the east side of Atlanta and the festival has become a real attraction for book lovers all over. If you're looking for something to do that weekend, check it out. Hope to see you there.

Little White Cabin banner
Our new banner, hanging from the little white cabin itself.

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

Little White Cabin is registered to exhibit its unique brand of stories, songs, and marvels at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia on Labor Day weekend: Aug. 31 - Sept. 1. We'll be offering The Book of Cain, of course, and, if it's ready (we're waiting on a few items in the production process), The Relic, A Sea Story. We'll also be promoting our podcast, A New York Yankee in the Heart of Dixie, hosted by our very own Oscar Bronx. Plus, we may croon a few of our tunes. It'll be the first time we've attempted a public exhibition, so if you have any ideas of what to show and how to go about it, drop us a line. And if you're in the Atlanta area on those dates, please drop by the Little White Cabin booth. Buy a book, get an author's signature, shoot the breeze, take a selfie, show your support. Thanks.

(NOTE: this post has been changed to correct the dates for the festival. - JTL)

Y'know, it's a funny thing. To get so stoked with that proud little fire when the Gatekeeper says, "You may pass!" and you head into Gold City only to discover that the Gatekeeper has accidentally sprayed dirty motor oil on that nice white shirt he required you to wear for passage.

ACX is the company (or functional unit of Amazon?) that manages the process of uploading and distributing audiobooks through Audible. They required that each chapter, the "front matter" and the "back matter" be uploaded in separate files. (The front matter contains only the title of the book and the name of the author; the back matter contains the words "the end" and some other information about copyright, etc.) So I did that. And I named each file according to the chapter number or "front matter" and "back matter". I did everything as ACX required.

So when the book came out, I discovered that ACX simply listed each file as a Chapter, so in the Table of Contents of the audiobook, the front matter file is called "Chapter 1", Chapter 1 is called "Chapter 2," etc. So now the audiobook, according to the TOC generated by ACX, has 33 chapters instead of the 31 it's supposed to have, and each chapter is off by one.

iTunes did something similar (but better) in that it simply names the files as if they compose an album: front matter = "Track 1," Chapter 1 = "Track 2," etc. Better than Amazon, but not good. Still, it's frustrating that these platform gods require a level of attention to detail on the part of the artist that they don't themselves practice.

I have sent a message to ACX about this. We'll see if they do anything about it. Livin' on Gatekeeper time is a pain. Will see about a DIY alternative to ACX/Audible.