Well, I thought my book wanted to get published ASAP, but all these roadblocks, in the form of unexpected expenses, and evaporation of expected income, keep coming up, so I guess I'm supposed to wait. Tough to figure these things out in the moment though, easier in hindsight. Oh, well, what can you do?
So now I'm getting quotes on printing, finding people who will be willing to write endorsements for the book, comparing prices, blah, blah. Found a good POD art book printer in Berkeley, who can do a few copies that I'll use to send to the kind folks willing to look at the pre-publication book.
Have also been looking into what's involved in an Amazon book-seller account, and how to work with brick-and-mortar bookstores, albeit they seem to have been hit particularly hard in the current economic downturn, as well as by e-books taking over the trade market.
Then there's ISBN numbers, CIP block, a barcode, and a b/w portrait for the "about the author" page (where's that guy when I need him?! I wanna LOOK good!!)
Anyway, it's all interesting. With a bit of cash, I should be able to print sometime next year.
(OK, so who cares what else is going on in the world? Dictators come, dictators go, but I'll only be published for the first time once!)
Well, I was away for a while—in Dallas, to attend a seminar with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, as I try to do every year at this time. Interesting and enjoyable, as usual. I live remotely by choice, and want it that way, but it does make it difficult to have any involvement with others who may have similar interests as I.
It is, however, the best way to live if you need to come up with designs for any kind of artwork, or are, as I am now, engaged in creative writing.
So now I'm getting estimates for the printing, thinking about people or organizations I can approach who might write blurbs to add to the back of the book, and researching who might review the book after publication. My other big issue is how to raise the money for all this. Normally I would have the funds myself, and just be able to go full steam ahead. Unfortunately, the economic downturn of the last few years has wiped out my savings and put me into modest debt—not a great place from which to start if you're looking at an upcoming expense of $10-15 thousand dollars.
It does offer me the opportunity to deal with some of my issues of self-putdown, though. How lucky for me! I may have to (at least) approach friends and family to buy a copy of the book, pre-publication, to get the money to print!But maybe that's the point—when I have to go out and do workshops to sell the book, I'd better be able to sell myself.
No apologizing allowed!!
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.