Starting on The Lilac Years

I did not realize until just a moment ago that it is already past midnight. That’s because I have started on The Lilac Years at last, doing the copy-and-paste from my Word documents into InDesign, and working on the basic layout. Below are screenshots of a few of the spreads. So far, the main drawback to [...]

A Brief Guide to Preparing Your Book for Self-Publishing

A lot of writers who self-publish take the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Often, this is not so much a choice as it is a necessity: putting together a book can be very expensive—potentially thousands of dollars. Doing as much yourself as possible can go a long way toward keeping costs down. The downsides to the DIY [...]

ART 53, day 5x

This Is Fifty-Three, day 5x Yesterday, I had to change a URL that unexpectedly changed. Until I can order printed proofs (still waiting on some $), that is about the extent of any adjustments I will be making at this point. So, technically, yesterday was day 50, and today (once the revised digital proofs are ready) [...]

ART 53, day 49

This Is Fifty-Three, day 49 I suspect this is getting dull, but it seems there is always one more thing to change… First, though, this is what the online proof (well, a few of the spreads) for the color edition looks like: On one spread (not pictured here), I noticed I had not yet changed [...]

ART 53, day 48

This Is Fifty-Three, day 48 Still trying to get the color file just right… CreateSpace’s Interior Reviewer shows this for page 93: Unfortunately, in my original file, and in the PDF proof I download from CreateSpace, that weird red shape is not in that position. It is not supposed to be touching the black X, nor is [...]

ART 53, day 47

This Is Fifty-Three, day 47 More PDF uploads… Up late again last night, but this time it had nothing to do with my book. I was just up late. Reviewed digital proofs this morning, and made three small changes—one the end of a line in a poem that I had resisted changing because I wrote it [...]

ART 53, day 46

This Is Fifty-Three, day 46 More PDF uploads… Up late again last night, as the first digital proof was ready for review around 11:30. I have made a bunch of small adjustments to both manuscripts: Lowered the position of the  page numbers so that they are an equal distance from the side and bottom of the page. [...]

ART 53, days 44 & 45

This Is Fifty-Three, days 44 & 45 Uploading PDFs! After working out the cover and making a few minor changes, I felt it was time to start uploading files. The larger interior file took longer to upload and process, but went smoothly. Unfortunately, I quickly ran afoul of CreateSpace’s Interior Reviewer. For starters, my vector files [...]

ART 53, day 43

This Is Fifty-Three, day 43 Getting closer to a cover. Here is what I have narrowed the choices down to: #1. A modified version of my original first draft. I overlaid a thin red stroke on the right edge of the photo just because. What I like about this version is its simplicity—straightforward in presentation, without gimmicks. [...]