Saturday, June 16, 2007
It truly is a small world. I just got an e-mail from Australia asking to purchase copies of TRUNK TALES VOLUME ONE and TALES FROM THE CELLAR. The e-mailer was looking at my website and, I guess, liked some of the audio readings posted there. International postage is a bummer, but I'll be sending this person a little book I wrote back for my bookbinding class last fall, THE MAN WHO TOUCHED THE STARS. At least, I'll send them a draft of it. I don't think it's ready for publication quite yet. I'm not 100% happy with it. But, rest assured, when it is ready, it'll be available locally here in Carbondale and via the Internet at my website.
Now, if I could only ship myself to Australia along with the books.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I've been reading through the finished copy of TALES FROM THE CELLAR and found a handful of typos. Sadly, Annihilation Press isn't Doubleday. I don't have a staff of proofreaders. Generally, till now, it's just been me. I do have a couple of people who say they'll help proofread future works. That's a good thing. Any writer will tell you that it's difficult to proofread your own work....you're just too close to it. I can go back after years and do it, but immediately won't cut the mustard. Way I look at it, you'll know AP's first editions by the typos. No confusing it with future editions. But, as the picture attached with this post proves, everybody makes mistakes. To err is human, to forgive divine.
Someone should tell my wife that.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Well, another weekend is upon me. I have the kids most of the weekend, so getting anything done is problematic at best. I'm so far behind I think I'm ahead, as my mother would say. But, I've actually been working on producing those Wayne Allen Sallee FIENDS BY TORCHLIGHT hardcovers that are so overdue it's silly. I found a website out there (there's a website for everything) that sells imitation leather bookcover paper and ordered up a bunch of sheets. I already had some bookcover paper but, in hindsight, I didn't like the color much. I should have the paper soon, and I'm trying to sew at least one book a day. It takes about an hour to sew a book because I was an idiot and produced it as 8-page signatures. Never again on that, my friends. Only 32 page signatures from here on out. And, with luck, I'll begin to format HELL IN THE HEARTLAND within the next week. I don't know if I mentioned it, but this Fall Brad Moore and I are working on a low-budget horror film. It'll be a lot of work but a lot of fun, too.
As for me....well, I'm trying to have a more positive outlook on life these days. I'm taking the kids down to the Farmer's market here in a bit. It's a beautiful day out, and we'll all try to enjoy it. You do the same, my friends. I'll write more later.