Thursday, September 29, 2016

The 'Proof' Copies Have Arrived...


That's right folks, the proof copies of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" arrived last night at our front door, and we couldn't be more excited.

For those who don't know what a "Proof" copy is,  they are a printed version of how the book currently looks, before an author gives the final OK, on a book to be sent for publishing.  This is the author(s) last chance to make sure the paragraphs are aligned correctly, the page breaks are clean, no words are being cut off, and to look for any final grammar issues in the text.

It also give the author a good idea of how the front and back covers look, and that the image or words are not being cut off.  In this case, we saw right away that there is an issue with the cover.  The image is supposed to be framed by a red border on all sides, but as you can see in this photo the image is touching the edge.  Naturally, we'll need to move it over to the left slightly.

As for the interior, all seems well on that front.  The paragraphs and page breaks are in the right spots. But we're still going to have our editor go over the entire thing one more time to make sure there are no grammar and punctuation issues that got past us, her, and our beta-readers who gave us some fabulous feedback on issues they noticed.  

Depending on when these last corrections are finished, we're aiming for a November release, or on Halloween itself. It all depends on how fast we can get things done.


Stay tuned and we'll keep you all posted.  Thanks so much for all your continued support.  Until next time, take care and keep writing!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review: Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran


     With the voice of experience, Mr. Gaughran shares his many insights of the world of publishing, and in particular self-publishing.  With the advent of e-books, many writers and would-be writers have found themselves faced with the opportunity to finally put out that book they’d been thinking about for years.  Yet, they quickly find that the most daunting task, is not writing the book itself, but how to get it out to the public.  Should they go the tradition route of finding an agent, and then a publisher?  Can they deal with the countless rejections or avoid the scams that promise seeing their work in print, for a ‘nominal’ fee of course.

     Mr. Gaughran provides the reader with enough food for thought that would make a seven course meal look like an appetizer.  But he never gets preachy.  Instead he simply supplies the reader with tools and knowledge to navigate the world of Indie Publishing.  He provides solid advice about the importance of editing, proofreading, beta-reading, and revisions, before leading the reader down that final stretch of formatting your book for electronic and actual print.

     Even more importantly, he gives some sound advice on marketing and building an audience and how to get reviews and deal with criticism.  Writing is not an easy road to take, but Mr. Gaughran does his very best to provide the reader with as many tools and knowledge to help them navigate this journey from start to finish. 


     I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to try their hand at the art of telling stories via the written or e-written word.