Monthly Archives: February 2013

Adventures on the eBook Frontier – Dispatch Twenty Two

Hi there,

This has been one heck of a, dare I say it?, fantastically optimistic week with all kind of good news! (And grammatical inconsistencies, but I don’t care because it’s the Internet, and nobody cares about grammar on the internet, or at least they’re not supposed to.)

First, I’m over the moon happy cuz I hired a designer to create my book cover. Her name is Lisa Kiss and her work is fantastic. Here’s a tasty morsel.

Doesn’t that image made your brain tickle? What also pressed my kismet button is that Zab Hobart, Canada’s Grand Poohbah of all that is Typography, and the brains behind Parkdale Wallpaper  (wallpaper made from a typographical perspective) recommended Lisa.

Both of these gals know the book world. They know how hard it is to get a first novel off the ground… they know what works.

And I don’t.

Certainly not in terms of design.

At the risk of sounding nauseatingly woo woo, I feel blessed to have them in my corner. (Eeeeeewwwwww care for a little treacle with that?) How about “they’ll help me not make a horses’s ass out of myself in a strange land I have ne’er traveled.”

Next bit of good news came from my publisher Greg IoannouApparently “Night Town” made it through the copy editing stage with a single remark.

“She said it was it very clean.”

I assume that means no typos and decent grammar. I was dying to call and ask, “Did you like it?” or worse, “Did you cry?  I think it’s pretty funny even though gross things happen. What about you?” Fortunately I resisted.

Greg’s clean revelation followed with something like, “One more glance at it from you and then it’s off to the printer.”

Oh boy. I bet you know what’s happening next. My little baby is going to translated into all kinds of different computer languages and have the typography set up.

To do this, Lisa needs these things from me…

– provide all copy-edited text
– provide all necessary dimensions, logos, content for cover/spine/back
cover of the book as well as printing specs required for the job (exact
dimensions and format expected by publisher)
– supply barcode if necessary
– supply contact information as to where final artwork is to be sent
– provide timely feedback (within 24 hours of receiving proofs) to ensure
project gets completed by deadline
– client will pay for any additional costs associated with the job ie. high
res colour output for matching on press (if required)

EEK! Iguana to the rescue. They have all these strange things. All I have to provide is the salesy, sexy, promotional blurb you read on the back of novels that encapsulates the story in a couple of paragraphs. That’ll be easy peasy puddin ‘n pie. Yeah right!!!

But anxiety aside, it’s starting to feel definitely real. And that feels real real good.



Adventures on the eBook Frontier – Dispatch Twenty One

Hey all,

It’s me. Inferno Girl. And I’m waiting. Waiting in the hell pit. Spend enough time in the pit, and you’ll start getting weird in the head. If there are other writers out there, you know all about getting weird in the head. 

It’s not pleasant. Not one bit. However, apparently it is to be expected and is the way of the new publishing model I have chosen to live in.

Greg Ioannou,  my publisher, told me (via Emily) that the fine line copy editing has to be done  before promotion begins.  (I’m very lucky that Greg is a stickler about language and takes great pride of any book he brings to market.)

No dog’s breakfast of typos for me. A huge phew in this day and age.

Alas what this means is that I can’t start lining up old style promotion like interviews etc. because I don’t have a firm date for publication and I don’t have anything to show them yet.

This got me to thinking, I might not have a hard copy to sell, but thanks to years working as a broadcaster for CBC Radio, I do have a set of pipes. If Iguana agrees, I’m going to see about broadcasting readings on their site and I’ll also post them here and at thesniffer,  a trends and tech podcast I do with Nora Young.

And then if you like ’em, you’ll tell two friends, and she’ll tell two friends, and so on… and so on… and so on.

Another thing I’m mulling over is to possibly do some readings of Night Town at City Park, my co-op in downtown Toronto. I see this as serving two functions. One is that sadly there a great many lonely people  in our complex and this might get them out for an hour or so.

We have a decent sized community hall. I’m going to contact the board and see what they think.  What if I do a shortish reading, 15 minutes tops, and then have tea or cookies and a bit of a chat? People wouldn’t have to read anything in advance. They just have to show up and listen and then we can all talk.

The other function the readings serve is to promote my novel. Is this too self-serving or is it a 21st century solution? Branding your work and promoting yourself is expected of writers today.

I think this might have legs, but as always, I could use your feedback.


PS I’ve been having a conversation about how to reduce loneliness on my FB site. Feel free to scoot over there and join in the chatter.