First, a progress report on Curtain Calls, my soon-to-be self-published novel about Paris in the week just prior to the start of World War I. Here’s a look at the cover, which was designed by my friend and partner at Woodward Press, Dora Badger:
Since I’m also a graphic designer by trade, the two of us were able to complete production on the book in about a month. As of this writing I’m awaiting a physical proof of the book, and the release is scheduled for early February.
Lest you think this project has been rushed through, let me add that the book took two years to write and another three to edit and revise. The production aspects have moved faster because, well, they’re production aspects, not writing. Dora and I have both been doing this for a long time, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process.
By the way, the Shameless Marketing Department at Woodward Press reminds me to say that this is what we do for our clients on a regular basis. If you’re seriously considering publishing your book yourself, we can help.
I haven’t forgotten the discount code; I’ll release that when the book comes out.
Super book cover designer Chip Kidd talks about his craft and career on TED. It’s funny and very informative for those of you who have books in the publishing cycle. A bad cover can kill a good book. A great cover can mean sales and success. More:
We live in Dickensian times: the collapse of economies throughout the world (especially Europe) has brought new suffering to millions of people. Here in the states we still have massive unemployment, to the point where many people have given up looking for work. As sad as the situation is for these people, it’s a boon for writers, for we love to write about conflict and suffering. Run out of story ideas? Just listen to the news. It’s a bad time to be a member of the working class, but it’s a great time to be a writer. More: