Cover art for other people

This spring and summer has been intensely busy with work too boring to share, but I'm really proud of the cover design for Kati Corlew's book of poetry, which drops August 1. I read the poems and loved her framework of explaining stages of developmental psychology through her own teen angst poems.

It can be difficult to find imagery for cover art in collections like this, but luckily the author loved my first concept - an adaptation of a 1562 illustration of the muse of lyric poetry, Euterpe. I've posted the original illustration below with the front cover I made. The back cover used the same frame art with quotes about the text. I had to construct fill for the spine, but I kept it simple and I think it came out great.

You can see the original illustration by Virgil Solis on wikimedia. I like to think that the long dead illustrator would be thrilled his work was still being used on modern publications.

Cover update!

I uploaded a new cover the other day. I loved the OCR font, but designer friends were giving me shit over it, so I swapped it out and put my beautiful headshot on the back as well.

Shout out to all those people giving me love on the Amazon review page as well. For those of you that aren't huge Amazon fans, the book is up at CreateSpace as well.


Updating files with KDP and Createspace

So at some point in the self-publishing process, the following passage in chapter two was changed from:

One of his arms was a few centimeters shorter than the other, as that had been the starting point of the rogue cell growth, but he had recovered and the arm worked perfectly fine. 


One of his arms was a few centimeters shorter than the other, as that had been the starting point of the rouge cell growth, but he had recovered and the arm worked perfectly fine. 

I have no idea where in the process this occurred, but it took me three hours to fix the error in both the print and kindle version of the text. The ability to version works is both a blessing and a curse. Once I knew the error was there, I had to fix the problem. Due to some formatting issues, this took me three hours, and I think the interior of the print version is less pleasing now. The TOC is off center and I think the spine text moved a pixel.

But at least the damn cancer is described correctly, right? I want to say I learned my lesson here and I won't edit the text again, but I know that's a lie. The whack-a-mole that is print editing is one of the best and worst video games ever, and I'm addicted to leveling up like it was Candy Crush.

I owe Marc Maron for the phrase "Lumpy and Game"

I was surprised when the name Neil Strauss popped up on my podcast feed, especially since he was there being interviewed by Marc Maron. The surprise was due to several factors particular to my background.

As a bookseller, Strauss' bestseller The Rules of the Game was one of the most disgusting books I've ever stocked (it advocated negging, which, just, fuck anybody who does that shit). While I'll admit that Strauss' book with Marilyn Manson was counted as my celebrity tell-all guilty pleasure the year it came out, Neil's subsequent jaunt as a guru in the seduction community led me to write him off as a grade-A asshat. Why would Maron, a self-professed feminist, have this guy in his studio?

I had to listen to the interview. I'm so glad that I did, because it gave me the phrase Lumpy and Game. I love Marc's summation of what he calls the swinger community. I also then downloaded Neil's audiobook of The Truth, and listened through in less than a week. It's well written, worth your time, and Strauss does well to warn people at the outside that he is the villain of the piece. I still don't have a high opinion of him as a person, but as a writer I have to admit he really exposed himself in The Truth.

Contemplating the things I liked and hated about this interview and podcast, I realized I wanted to put more out there regarding my own writing, thoughts on relationships, fantasy, and life. I'm lumpy and game. Welcome to my blog.