You’ll notice a new button over there on the left side of the page… a flickering candle that will always take you to information about my first novel — The Extraordinary Adventures of the 25 Year Old Birthday Muse. The book was recently published by Wind-up Dreams & Vinyl Nightmares Publishing, which is actually just me. Yep, my book is self-published, a revelation usually met with secreted groans and rolling of eyes, because we all know that “self-published” really means not good enough to be a real book. At least, that’s what I’ve always thought.
My book is really good!
Honest. It is!
The story has developed over four drafts, dating back to the summer of 2004, and was recognized in that original form as a semifinalist in the 2005 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. Where that first version was 18,000 words and nicely printed like a glorified 8 1/2” x 11” book report, the published version is a hair shy of 32,000 words, 176 pages, and printed as a 6” x 9” novel with a glossy paperback color cover and fully illustrated interior. Four months went into the interior layout and cover design and I’m very, very happy with the results. The book is laid out just like the storybook fairy tales you remember as a child with tons of pictures, fancy chapter headings, detailed paragraph breaks and all the little touches that made reading such an adventure and a treat. I even designed my own logo to make “Wind-up Dreams & Vinyl Nightmares Publishing” look as professional as possible.
I published the book through lulu.com, an on-line print-on-demand site that allows authors to submit their own books for publication. Once a book is published it can be ordered — just like on Amazon — and printed in as many or few copies as you like. Two “private press editions” were prepared: a Standard Edition and a special Deluxe Edition. The two editions are basically the same, but the 80-plus paintings and photographs sprinkled throughout the text are presented in full glorious color in the Deluxe Edition. In the Standard Edition, these illustrations appear in crisp, nicely shaded grayscale.
After the many months spent preparing the book (and suffering through 4 mistake riddled proof copies), you can imagine the anticipation after all the bugs had been worked out and the first box of 20 books arrived at my doorstep. I was thrilled with the quality of the printing and binding, and very proud to call this book my own!
There’s more information about the book on the Writing page….