Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Laughing Ladies is published

As I write this, I am admiring the first copy of my book The Laughing Ladies.  Today is the first time I have seen it in print.  The cover is glossy and the colors are perfect.  When I held the actual book in my hands, I thought I would burst with pride.  I now understand the meaning of that phrase, it felt as though my body would not be able to hold in my emotions.  I wanted to jump up and down and scream out the news to the immediate universe.  What a heady experience to have a three dimensional book instead of a manuscript on a computer screen.  This is better...much better. 

Now, I must change from a book writer to a book seller.  My first piece of marketing is to announce that copies of The Laughing Ladies are available on Amazon (including Kindle), Barnes and Noble and the AuthorHouse bookstore.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Entering the Home Stretch

The cover is approved and I am now almost finished proofing the final galleys.  The book should be out sometime in May!  To hold a book in my hands that says my name beneath that little word "by" is a very exciting thought.  After I give myself a few days to just stare at my accomplishment, I will begin the next phase of self-publishing...the marketing.  I have been saving blogs and google alerts and have to go through them and sort out the doables from the improbables.  But, as I keep saying, as long as it is fun, I will hang in there.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Self-Publishing Success Story

I finally finished the galley corrections and bid a fond farewell to all those little formatting dots and backwards paragraph signs.  I picked up a back issue of The New York Times from the pile that has accumulated on my coffee table and found the most encouraging article.  It seems that self-publishing star, Amanda Hocking, has signed a substantial deal with the traditional St. Martins Press.  How wonderful to read a self-publishing success story.  I volunteer to be next.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Do I need further proof?

The galley proofs have arrived and I am to go through them and find mistakes, if any.  Faced with this tiresome task, my mind wanders.  Why are they called proofs?  I suppose I could google “galley proofs” and get the answer immediately, but I prefer to imagine my own explanation.  I think of all the times I encountered the word proof.

“The proof is in the pudding.”  Evidence that someone is a good cook? 
“Show me some proof.”  Exhibit A, no doubt. 
“Geometric proof?”  Reminders of high school days, long past.  
“14.5% proof”  One drink would probably do it.  
"Proof"  A fine theatrical experience.

But, I am facing a galley proof – the printed copy that I must check for errors before it goes to the printer.   Do I need further proof of my procrastination?  Back to work!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Luddite's Lament

When I was in high school, every Monday my English teacher would hand out "vocabulary sheets" with a list of words and their definitions.  We had until Friday to learn them.  I wonder how that method would work now when vocabulary meanings seem to change daily.  Apple is now a computer, not a fruit.  Blackberry is a phone.  When I'm online, I'm not standing in a queue.  My cell contains contacts, not DNA.  Signing on used to mean joining a group, not sitting alone at your desk gazing at a monitor.  And a monitor was someone who watched what you were doing.  Imagine Big Brother on an 18" flat screen, measured on the diagonal of course.  We've even usurped bird speak.  We tweet and twitter now.

Like Charlie Chaplin, I stand in front of the conveyor belt of modern vocabulary, watching as words too rapidly pass me by.  I cannot turn the wheels of progress fast enough.  But, that's JMO.  Sorry G2G. 


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fontain of Use

No, that is not a misspelled word in the title.  I am searching through numerous fonts, trying to decide on one  for my book.  Who would have ever thought there could be so many different ways to shape a letter.  Do I want a modern typeface or something more classic?  Since the story takes place in the 1890s, I've decided to go with a more traditional font.  I'm studying the little squigly that hangs off the letter "g."  I'm concerned that an "rn" combination doesn't look like the letter "m."  How close is the "t" to the next letter in the word?  This process does make you look, really look at what you are reading. 

I finally recommend Calisto MT to the design team.  

Welcome to "She Writes" Bloggers

A Big Apple welcome to shewriters.  I hope you find something of value on my blog.  The one "tip" I would offer is to have a blogging and posting time scheduled into your week.  I forgot how often it takes for something to become a habit, but it can't be that many because when Thursday rolls around, I know what I have to do.

It is an exciting time for this new writer, becoming part of a community of female writers, and I look forward to your comments.