It is official.
A long time goal of mine has been reached this past week, and now I can check one more item off of my “Life Goals: A Things-to-Do List.” (That list may or may not exist and be logged in one of my Evernote App notebooks).
What am I typing about?
Why, I am glad you asked — not just one, but two of my books have made it through the competitive selection process for Huntington’s Book Revue Local and Independent Authors Program. Both my titles, Illustrated & Alliterated: An Alphabet Book as well as #SamSketches: A Coloring Book, can now be found within their walls and on their shelves to buy.
If you are not familiar with Long Island’s largest independent bookstore, it is past due you make yourself acquainted. Many authors, ranging from Hillary Clinton, to Danielle Fishel, to Ron Perlman, have not only had their books on the shelves, but made Book Revue a stop along the way of their book tours (and that is just a sampling of who has visited in the past couple months). Plus, I just told you my books are there now, and that in itself is plenty of reason enough for you to stop by and visit!
Well, well, well, what do we have here? Oh, just my latest book now available in paperback via Amazon, and available as an ebook at the iBookstore via iTunes — no biggie.
You should really click the images and visit the pages… purely just a suggestion of course. [do. it.]
My 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!)
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)
Tis the season to be reading, and illustrating of course (that’s a given).