This blog describes the publishing phase of the novels 'The Daemon of Cormagan' and 'The Haeven of Punyal', which I started working on in 2009 and 2011, as part of Nanowrimo. The novels are illustrated by Marlon Teunissen.
zaterdag 22 oktober 2011
Now available in both Kindle and soft cover versions on Amazon
You can now buy this book on Amazon. The kindle version was already available for some time (and already sold some copies and got a review), but today the soft cover version became available as well. I get slightly more money if the book is bought directly from createspace, but I would already be quite happy if you decided to buy my book at all.
woensdag 19 oktober 2011
I decided to use the createspace website to add a preview of my novel. It includes the first chapter, which is also available on the kindle page of amazon.com, and my own website.
dinsdag 18 oktober 2011
Whether it is the 17th of October, or the 18th, the book is now available on amazon.com (kindle only at the moment, but the soft cover should be available soon as well) and on create space. More information can be found on my landing page, which also links to the places where the novel can be purchased. It also includes the first chapter, so you can get a feel of the writing.
zaterdag 15 oktober 2011
Getting ready for launch
So far I've set up my ad campaign in Ad Words (mostly image ads, obviously), the kindle version is uploaded and ready to be published and the proof is underway. Hopefully I can make everything active at the same time. It's kind of exciting, actually.
donderdag 13 oktober 2011
New proof, landing page
Today I ordered a new proof, which hopefully has all the (tiny) problems fixed that were wrong with the first one. I also created a landing page for the advertising campaign that will start as soon as I confirm that the proof is fine. The landing page contains the first chapter of the novel, so if you go there you can already read part of what I wrote. I also acquired the ISBN number for the eBook version, which will be 978-0-9847425-0-9. I currently have the publish date at 31st of October 2011, but it probably will be sooner. Finally I created a Facebook page for the novel, which you can like, if you want to. It is accessible from the landing page as well.
zaterdag 8 oktober 2011
The proof of my novel arrived. It looks great. There are a few minor issues with chapters that don't start at the right spot on the page, ISBN numbers that are mixed up, dashes that are missing and some paragraph breaks that could be better, but I could publish now. I think I'll go through one set of improvements, though. I added a picture here so you can see what it looks like. I think the boundary between the back and front page are pretty neat too, although there is a small line visible.
woensdag 5 oktober 2011
The PDF is done, the cover is done, and the self-publishing company is reviewing the files for any errors. They already decided that everything was fine, but after changing a minor issue with the description they wanted to check everything again. I bought into their "pro plan", which allowed me to reduce the sale price to $8.99/copy. This is slightly expensive, but not overly so. Depending on where you buy the book, I get a larger portion of the money. Their own eStore is the best place to buy it, but I can imagine people would prefer to buy it on Amazon instead, as they already have their credit card on file, there.
zondag 2 oktober 2011
Pictures done, working on layout
All the illustrations for the novel are complete, thanks to Marlon Teunissen. I'm currently working on the layout. Initially I thought Google Docs would be able to handle it, but it only supports 8.5x5.5, and even though this is a valid size, it also has issues with even and odd pages, starting page numbering on a later page, and other formatting related issues. I therefore switched to Microsoft Word Starter Edition 2010, and even though I had to get used to it, I was able to make three different versions with three different font sizes (12, 11 and 10). I think the 10 point works the best, and it still ends up to be over 200 pages long. I'm currently struggling with the cover, but hopefully this will work out too. Marlon has been kind enough to place some initial text on it to show how it could look.
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