Monday, November 7, 2011
"Monster Is in the Eye of the Beholder" has been approved for publication!
I just ordered a proof copy from CreateSpace for my first-ever publication. It should be available by the end of the month. I've been writing forever, but I never felt justified in putting down "Writer" as my occupation because I was never published. "Unpublished Writer" felt the same as saying "Loser." Now, even though it's self-published, maybe I can hold up my head! It's more respectable to do it yourself than it used to be. However, I was looking at the Science Fiction Writers of America website and it says you must have "sold" a certain amount of writings to join. That's pretty snobbish of 'em! Ha, ha!
I'm also planning to publish "Monster" as an ebook, but I haven't started on that yet.
I could not use my own artwork on the cover of "Monster." We figured out a way I could upload my Word drawing by turning it into a JPEG and it uploaded all right, but then it informed me that the DPI was too low - only 96 and it has to be 300. At that point, I threw in the towel. Word just won't work as a publishable drawing program. "Monster" is an intense and compelling story, well worth buying and reading, but it's only a 73-page novella, not a major novel like "The Termite Queen." So I found a ready-made cover in Cover Creator and adapted that. It has no relation to the story, but it has a fairly dramatic look to it.
As soon as the book is officially available, I'm going to publish my own cover drawing here on the blog. I think anyone who is reading the book might like to see it. And I'm searching for the right vector graphics software that will give me a PDF drawing with the right amount of DPI so I can make my own cover for "TQ." I really doubt that I need something as expensive as Adobe Illustrator or Corel -- after all, I've done good, fun stuff with the simple system that Word provides. So I'm thinking of getting a trial version of Mayura when I have time to spend working with it. Any advice?
I had wondered why I had never gotten any comments on this blog, and then I discovered that Comments weren't enabled. Now they are, so feel free to share anything you like!