As I am editing the final proof for the Amazon print copy of The Search for the Unicorns I’m having a moment to reflect on the author, my dad.
Unlike many publishers, I have an emotional attachment to the author and his work because he was my dad, but not only that. As I read over the manuscripts I remember at what stage in his life he was and where I was.
In 1987, I would have been in grade 6 going into grade 7. I also can’t help but think that the main character Carla, had bits of me in there, no matter how small. It is very much a coming of age story and discovering who you are as a person. This is something that I was beginning to explore at that age. So interesting point there.
Which makes me think about his target audience. Was I his target audience? It wouldn’t be that hard to imagine for me as I grew up hearing him tell me stories, sometimes made up sometimes they were from books. Sometimes the lines blurred. I didn’t realise for the longest time that parents simply didn’t just make up stories to tell their kids so that they would fall asleep.
Which brings me to why I’m self-publishing his books. I’m self-publishing all of his novels that I can, mostly for myself and also for his memory. Is it at all about sales? No, it’s about putting out stories that should be out there on shelves and in homes of people. But even if no one buys a single copy of any of these books, as long as I’ve marketed them and have made them as accessible as possible, I’ll have done what I perceive as my job.
Having said that, there are things that I can do that a traditional publisher wouldn’t and couldn’t do. Like a series of pictures based on scenes from the book and like hand leather-bound limited editions of the book. These are the next projects that I will be working on, along with the next manuscript of course.
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So a little update on what’s going on. I am currently uploading things and formatting everything.
Technically, the book is available for Kindle, HOWEVER, it has serious formatting issues and I have to fix them, so I will be doing this in the next few days. So if you happen to see anything, please do not buy anything yet. I am learning the ins and outs of uploading files to Amazon, (which is not at all like uploading comics, let me tell you).
For good the news, I just sent away for proofs for the paperback edition of the book, that’s going to take 2 to 3 weeks (barring any issues in customs) to get to me, then I will be reviewing it, likely crying and then making any last minute adjustments.
On a bright note? I am learning what order I have to do this process in and how long everything takes, which is why this book was my practise book. Not to worry, in a year or so I will go back and fix the silly little mistakes I made here as I will have learned more about editing and publishing .
Thanks for listening! I will keep everyone updated as I work on getting everything set to go.
So tomorrow I’m going to beginning Camp NaNoWriMo basically, it’s a summer edition of NaNoWriMo but they also allow for revisions and editing, which is what I’m going to be buckling down and doing for the month of July.
But I’m not going to be spending my entire weekend revising. I want to do some relaxing and reading. I managed to pick up these two books at a second hand store and I’m looking forward to jumping into them.
I’ve heard good things about both authors and I can’t wait to start reading!
Also, once I’m done reading Doomsman I feel that I need to read this novel as a contrast/comparison piece as it has similar themes. Intergalactic thieves and assassins!
Gah! I made the rookie mistake of changing the formatting words from “_example_” to bolds and italics! I realised this over halfway through the manuscript. I’m hoping that I can use some sort of undo on them.
As you can tell, I’m continuing to edit the novel, “Who Would Destroy the Gods”. It’s going a lot slower than I would like but this is the first book and I have a lot to learn about formatting and editing a literary book, they are so much more different than comics!
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This afternoon I was in attendance as Mark Leslie made some announcements and drew some prizes at the Edge Books Booth:
Soooo I am still working on balance at the moment. Which means things aren’t as frequent as I would like. Blog posting being one of these things. Let me tell you about what I’ve been up to while I haven’t been posting here.
I’ve finished up the first read through of Who Would Destroy the Gods? I’ve marked it up for the first round of edits which I will be working on in Late August early September.
I’m about half way my first read through and edit mark up of a story I’m working on in order to practise my own writing. (This will be available later through an undisclosed pen name) I bring it up because people will need to know that I am working on other projects as well as editing my father’s novels. I have another project that I was able to get ahead on in order to make more room for writing and will be starting another novel this month. (Again, this novel will also be a practise novel and will be released through a pen name)
Also, last week I travelled half way across the country and back again in the space of a long weekend by truck.
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(Because I totally thought that I posted this, I’ll add on to the post)
P.S. Just a quick add-on! I’ll be in Calgary this weekend for a writer’s conference and to promote Railroad Rising!
Tonight I had the chance to really get into the reviewing and editing process for Who Would Destroy the Gods?
I’m very curious about how this story plays out given that the main character seems to be Wisakedjak (more commonly known as Whiskey Jack or Grey Jay) but this is a book with many pantheons in it so it will be interesting to see how the story goes. The story so far is that Whiskey Jack has turned his back on becoming a god and is, instead, helping mortals to stay safe during the wars of the gods. While the gods themselves fight amongst themselves for supremacy of the universe.
Once I get further along, I’ll start posting bits and pieces. For now, you can have my sketch of Grey Jay.