Meet Cassie. All she wants in life is to get her feet wet, and perhaps a fish or two. Yes, she would really like fish. Do you have some?
This month has been quite the adventure!
I apologize for not answering any comments. I have not been visiting my webpage at all. In fact, as I write this it is August 30th, and I haven’t done anything at all to get this post ready! Well, the post itself anyway. I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, and you know the thing they call Murphy’s Law?
Let’s just say about half of my month simply disappeared. I couldn’t draw, couldn’t take care of the kids, couldn’t milk the cow…I was hit with a fierce bug that left me unable to do anything but nap and listen to podcasts (while napping). It’s not that I didn’t feel like drawing or reading. I physically couldn’t do anything but sleep for a while. Luckily my husband is amazing, and stayed home to take care of all the littles while my body did what it needed to do to fight off the crazy bug.
For the remainder of the month I was catching up on the two weeks I missed! I never came here on the website to start my monthly post early like I usually do, but I made excellent progress on the short story collection!
Most of that progress was the technical nitty gritty of checking typos, formatting stuff, and basically getting the files ready for printing. But that’s pretty boring to look at and- let’s be frank- doesn’t look like much as far as visual progress goes anyway. I do have a pretty cover to share though!
I have a question for you. Should I choose the cover with the little girl wearing the red dress or the yellow dress? I like the yellow dress, but I think the red stands out better and doesn’t blend in with the green grass so much.
The next step is to purchase an ISBN number and barcode, then finalizing the spine and back cover, because Ingram Spark (the company printing the book) will only give me a template for my cover once I have an ISBN number.
What is an ISBN number? It’s basically an ID number for your book, and goes on the same corner as the barcode. It is absolutely essential for publishing a book, and it’s very important that it is officially registered. Each form your book takes, like print book, eBook, or audiobook, has a different ISBN number, so it’s often recommended to buy 10 ISBNs at a time. The only problem is how expensive a simple ID number can be! One ISBN number is typically $125! I found a site that offers two ISBNs and barcodes for $95, but I’m researching to see if it’s real before I take the plunge. Some sites offer cheaper ISBNs, but they’re basically just scams, which is a big reason it’s so important to find officially registered ISBNs. It’s frustrating, exciting, awesome, and unbelievable all at the same time to be so close, and yet come across so many unexpected expenses and technical details I need to think about.
So hopefully next month I’ll have the announcement that the book is officially available! If all goes well, then it’ll happen before the next Critter of the Month. Until then, don’t expect to hear much from me.
I’m putting everything on hold until this book is out.
Coming Oct. 1st…
A real sweetie who’ll tolerate just about anything, even dress up. Just be careful not to spook her. 🙂