The book is done, the book is done! …. and now we sit and wait.

ImageMy latest project is complete — Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book. As you can imagine it contains, illustrations and alliterations. Twenty-six of them exactly. During the process of creating the alliteration I had to substitute commonly used adjectives (and other word types, but mostly adjectives) with adjectives not used as much in the everyday for the sake of having all the sound and letter requirements for an “alliteration” correct. It didn’t take me long to realize that in addition to the illustrations and alliterations, a glossary would be necessary. And so, the end of the book contains a glossary that lists and defines every single word used to build the alliterations, which describe the illustrations.  …. I wonder how many times I can use the words “illustration” and “alliteration” in this paragraph, admittedly my fingers stumble over them on the key board each time, perhaps when I’m done I will be a pro at typing the words ….  

But now that it’s done. I have to wait.

Wait for the proof to be delivered — I’ve been checking the status of its creation multiple times a day, and crossing my fingers each time that it’ll say “shipped” and not “fulfilling.”

Wait for the iBookstore to either accept or reject it for distribution as an eBook. 

Wait for it to be accepted or rejected (pending how the proof looks) by BN.com and Amazon.com for paperback distribution.

I’m not very good at waiting, you should know. In fact, just typing about it is making me even more antsy.

I want to see it all up and complete already!! ::sigh:: I guess I’ll just have to keep sitting here and waiting.  >.<

(I’ll let you know when the waiting part is over!)

 

#SamSketches: a coloring book

Most of the digital work I do is used for, well, digital media and it is not often that I get to see what the art looks like on paper.  It is even rarer that I get the opportunity to see an abundant amount of it all printed together, side-by-side.  And so last night, when I arrived home to find the package of my first printed copy of my coloring book I could not get it open fast enough.  I had been nervous that it wouldn’t work out the way I wanted.  You know, you set things up, lay them out in a computer program and sometimes the result is not what you imagined in your mind the outcome would be.  WELL, thankfully this was not the case.  The outcome is exactly what I hoped for, in fact it may even be better.  From cover, to end, from the quality of the print of the line, to the weight of the paper — everything I could want and more.

Can you tell I’m excited?  I plan to debut them for sale at the Art by the Falls on May 17th.  But, you know, you could just ask me about ’em anytime you see me OR email me at info@samsketches.com to get a copy.  The choice is yours!

What’s inside?  Oh, well I am glad you asked!

70 illustrations by yours truly.  More specifically:

  • The entire first two chapters of my graphic novel/comic On Being Smee.
  • A selection of illustrations from my book, This Box.
  • A selection of illustrations from my in progress Lil Red Riding Hood Series.
  • A selection of illustrations from my next eBook Illustrated and  Alliterated: An Alphabet Book
  • 26 uncategorized illustrations

All of this means you will be able to see and color a hot air balloon, beaches, the night sky, boys, girls, oceans, crabs, frogs, plants, cows, dogs, teddy bears, tortoises, tiny turtles, bees, autumn leaves, snowflakes, fireflies, an octopus, piranhas, birds, sloths, a unicorn, zebras, chipmunks, an owl, forests, houses, and a tic-tac-toe playing dodo bird. (Yes, I really did just leaf through all of the pages to accurately list that for you – you’re welcome)

Current Project. #WIP

As usual, as soon as one project is finished I have another one (or two) lined up. This one actually has been a little bit of a current addiction that has distracted me from my painting obligations… oops. BUT progress is progress and as long as everything is done by their due dates, no one will be the wiser? Right? Right.

So here they are a couple of samples from my next children’s eBook that will be available on the most platforms I’ve ever released to:

Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBookstore.

O P  Y and Z

 

 

 

 

 

This Box. (aka my first venture in children’s book publishing)

ImageWhen the idea for this book came to me, my original plan had been for it to be an eBook. But bumps in the road with the programming of the ePub file (anyone who has ever had to create an ePub file or any form of computer programming knows of the frustration that goes with it – unless you’re a coding genius, which I am certainly not). Afraid I would not be able to have my design presented to the public in the way I desired in eBook format, I took a look into what creating and publishing a hard copy, paperback children’s book would entail.  

After some time, and a few proofs, I am happy to say that my first full length children’s book is complete. It is an actual real item with my art printed in it that you can hold in your hands. Currently, I am now working my way through the distribution processes, which takes time and patience. However, the book is published and available directly through the printer.  You may Click Here to go have a look, and possibly a buy, at it.

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Also, as one who is painfully persistent (seriously, I can’t stand it myself) the book, after many a trial and error is available as an eBook in the iBookstore — and it looks exactly as I intended it to. 

In time, my book will be available via Amazon.com, and BN.com, at that time I will update and spam the world with links for that as well. Until then, I will (try to) wait patiently. I am also working on having it placed in local independent book stores. This, however, is a long term goal, as it will take some savings to have the financial backing it may require. 

::fingerscrossed::

At Long Last.

available

 

So after many, many (many) outtakes at creating my second ePub file for the latest edition of On Being Smee. The second chapter is finally available!!

A third book will be following soon after – now that I’ve got the coding down and am more than half way thru the illustration process. I will have this self publishing thing down to a science soon!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. (and then again and again)