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Anti-snitch book — ALMOST live!

Thanks to the efforts of a better geek than I, Rats!, the anti-snitch book is now online.

But not quite ready to spread around.

For one thing, we still need an epub version. Any volunteers? Anybody want to create that? I can send the .doc file or whatever else you need to work from. I don’t want to officially go live until we have all formats. UPDATE: an epub volunteer emailed me within minutes of this post going up. 🙂 People are good.

I’d be grateful if you guys would go to the site and make sure everything looks and works okay. It’s meant to be bare bones, so please don’t suggest any fancy flourishes. But help me make sure that the site works and makes sense for everybody.

Thanks! It’s pretty exciting to see this finally online after so many people’s efforts.


  1. Benjamin
    Benjamin November 1, 2012 12:19 pm

    Nice! I’ve downloaded the kindle version and will read it after work tonight. Everything on the site I clicked on worked.

  2. ILTim
    ILTim November 1, 2012 12:23 pm

    Looks good from here and from my iPhone, the mobi link opened right up in the kindle app.

  3. Pat
    Pat November 1, 2012 12:31 pm

    Looks good, PDF downloaded well on my laptop, and I’ll be reading it tonight. Congratulations!

  4. Claire
    Claire November 1, 2012 12:38 pm

    Thank you, guys! I’m particularly glad to hear the site looked & worked okay from an iPhone. Since I don’t use mobile devices (a laptop computer hardly counts as “mobile,” these days) I wasn’t sure. I knew to keep it simple when I looked for a template, and the actual geek who did the actual coding surely knows about mobile. But I had fingers crossed on mobility …

  5. Philalethes
    Philalethes November 1, 2012 2:46 pm

    Copy editing note: On the cover, the line

    informants,agents provocateur

    Needs (1) a space before “agents”, (2) an “s” at the end of “provocateur” (it’s French, adjective should agree in number with noun), i.e.:

    informants, agents provocateurs

    Sorry, but it caught my eye right off.

  6. Claire
    Claire November 1, 2012 3:10 pm

    Groan. That’s my error and you are the only person who’s caught it.

    I’ve also received a couple of private communications pointing out smaller mistakes. None would be terribly hard to fix — except that they’ve gotten this far are in formatted documents I don’t always know how to deal with. And I’ll end up asking favors to get them fixed.

    Ah well, better now and better you guys finding them than later. So … thank you, even though at the moment I feel more grouchy than grateful.

  7. Karen
    Karen November 1, 2012 3:46 pm

    Got it! Glad to have it, even if it does have an imperfection or 2!

  8. Bear
    Bear November 1, 2012 4:10 pm

    Just downloaded the PDF. Will mention anything I spot.

    Proofreading is… difficult sometimes. I do OK with other people’s work, but when going through my own I keep missing stuff becasue my eyes see what they expect to see, what they think I wrote. Classic example in Net Assets: I proofed it multiple times. Someone else proofed it. Then Sunni looked it over and immediately… “Did you know you used ‘aid’ everywhere instead of ‘aide’?” Sunnuva… Did a quick word search and discovered I _had_ typed the wrong blasted word through the whole danged book.

  9. Joel
    Joel November 1, 2012 4:22 pm

    Even though we’ve already read it Claire, be sure to let us know when we can go forth an announce.

  10. Richard
    Richard November 1, 2012 4:55 pm

    So if I enjoy reading it who do I provide remuneration to? Or do I just get some extra Hardyville Tale books?

  11. Claire
    Claire November 1, 2012 5:32 pm

    That’s a very nice question, Richard. And I don’t know. Too many people have worked on the book to figure out a fair division for money — which is one of many reasons the book is free.

    At some point we’ll have to put it on Amazon for money — maybe $.99 or so. But even then I don’t know what we ought to do with any proceeds.

    Keep hanging in there with that good thought and maybe I’ll come up with an idea.

    BTW, Keith Perkins graciously and quickly made alterations to the cover and I’m in the process of correcting those few pesky typos now. I just fixed the HTML version of the book & will see about the PDF. Others will help with the mobi and epub. Might take a few days before everything is polished up and ready for the world.

  12. Bear
    Bear November 1, 2012 6:51 pm

    Donate Amazon proceeds to FIJA, maybe?

  13. RickB
    RickB November 2, 2012 3:53 am

    I downloaded all three formats and (without actually reading them) they look good. The “HTML” link downloads a zip file. It contains: the book in MS Word format (doc) plus three different covers and a graphic of a notebook page.
    No html files…

  14. Claire
    Claire November 2, 2012 6:08 am

    RickB — Thank you. I’ll de-activate the HTML link until I can figure out where the REAL file has gotten to.

    Even with all the help on taking this project “live” — the designers, the formatters, the web geeks, all helpful, willing, and cheerful — I’m finding this stage of the project completely confusing and overwhelming. It’s another reminder of why my job in life is just to go off in a corner and write.

  15. Laird
    Laird November 2, 2012 8:39 am

    Pdf version looks good. Another small typo, FWIW (sorry!): At the bottom of page 4, “and their as welcome” should be “they’re”.

  16. Claire
    Claire November 2, 2012 8:48 am

    Thanks, Laird! That one’s in the process of being fixed. I do not know how I succumbed to the dreaded “their there they’re” typo, but the evidence is undeniable.

    BTW, I mentioned earlier that this part of the project has me in a complete frazzle. Which it does. But several people, notably K, J, and O, have stepped up with their expertise and willing attitudes to make it a lot easier.

  17. Jim Bovard
    Jim Bovard November 2, 2012 12:57 pm

    Looks great! Congratulations, Claire! You really turned that around fast, clean, and sharp!

  18. Jim Bovard
    Jim Bovard November 2, 2012 12:58 pm

    On the Amazon proceeds – I’d rather see them go to Claire. She has another 8 months of rainy season to get through.

  19. Jim Bovard
    Jim Bovard November 2, 2012 1:00 pm

    If people would prefer to read the book in a Kindle format instead of PDF, Amazon offers a free Kindle-for-PC download.

  20. Claire
    Claire November 2, 2012 6:39 pm

    Thanks, Jim. Much of the credit goes to other people, though, for the fast turnaround and good looks. This project has involved a lot of people and boy, did they pull together well (and cheerfully) for this.

    Only eight more months of rainy season? My, how time flies!

  21. Pat
    Pat November 5, 2012 7:22 am

    I have finally read “Rats!” cover-to-cover. Scary, but very informative; it helps *greatly* to know what to expect! And to have it in one sourcebook is easier to remember than having one person mention something online that happened to him, or what should be done in a given situation. (It helps, too, to know there are lawyers and other advocates out there who’re willing and able to fight against injustice. They’re hard to find on a daily basis in one’s own community.)

  22. Benjamin
    Benjamin November 5, 2012 1:43 pm

    I had a chance to read Rats last night and it was very good. I already knew to never talk to cops and it was another reminder that I need to find a lawyer.

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