First the books.
Right now I have quite a few ebooks out, but I'm most excited about the print versions.
*Tammy Owen's "House of Goats" is in print and available. It was my first in-print book and I learned a huge amount, almost as much as I've learned from making covers over the past couple of years.
*Violence: A Writer's Guide by Rory Miller just has to be proof-read and approved. I have a feeling that I'll be able to approve it minutes after I get that hard copy in my hands. Lots of eyes on this one, so hopefully there will be no typos or other issues. I love the cover on this one, even though it made me a little crazy to make it.
*Horrible Stories I Told My Children by R.A. Ellis has been proofed. I found issues with the cover. I'm all eager about this book, both the full color and b&w version, so it's a little frustrating to have to resubmit it, especially since it was just a tiny tweak and it'll still take up to 24 hours to get the okay. Wah. The color book turned out to be really expensive, as in I have to charge $19.99 on it. The b&w is much less expensive, but the illustrations aren't as much fun with dark gray blood. Oh well!
*I started work on Masks by E. M. Prazeman and hope to have that puppy ready to go before the end of the month. It'll be tight, because:
I started working with InDesign. It's super, extra frustrating because I'm so much faster at working in Word. And I can almost do everything I want in Word. That almost is what convinced me to learn InDesign. And the most aggravating part is that I don't know how to do stuff in InDesign that I can do in Word. Like headers. Should be easy, right? Well, I imagine that eventually it will be easy. Right now it's like pulling teeth. I may have to get a book on InDesign.
Last but not least, I have a new version of GIMP to play with. I'm at the stage with the program where I feel limited only by my talent and rendering capabilities. The program is powerful, easy, and fun. I hope I get to this point with InDesign. It can't seem to happen fast enough.
It's all amazing. I wish I was doing and learning all this when I didn't have a day job. But that was a different time, different circumstances, and it's a whole new world of publishing now. I had the time, but not the options. Now I have the options, but I don't have the time.
Will it ever come together? Stay tuned for the next episode!