On Wednesday past, I finished going over the galley proofs for Sailing Dangerous Waters. I thought they were in pretty good shape and only found a handful of things to change or correct. Quite probably I could have let most of them go and it wouldn't have made that big a difference. Still, I'm trying (hopefully without being obsessive) to have a book that will be noted as being as close to error free as can be. Most of the errors I noted were simply extra spaces where there shouldn't be any. In a couple of places I change a couple of words or word order to better express a point in the story. In another I changed port wine to madiera because earlier mention had been made of them opening the last bottle of port.
Friday I got the corrections submitted, so no I'm waiting on the final proofs. Once I approve them, it should be a matter of days before I get the magic e-mail telling me my book is published. Earlier today I went back into my LJ archives. I posted on 29 April 2012, noting that I had just returned the final approval for Beyond the Ocean's Edge. I got word that it was published on the 8th of May. So I'm still confident and hopeful this second book will be out and available before Christmas. Depending upon when it does come out there is a chance I won't have but a few copies on hand before Dec 25, as first I'll order the ten free copies that I get as a part of the package I ordered. I'll want to receive and look those over for possible mistakes before ordering any more. Economically it makes since to go with the cheapest shipping methods, and the time involved might push it a bit as far as getting a good supply before the Holidays. Still, I'll be able to pass along information where copies can be ordered, either through Outskirts Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble On-Line. And this time, it is supposed to be available on Nook and Kindle, right from the start.
I'm also hoping that I'm doing a bit more of the pre-publishing publicity stuff than I did last time. Learning from experience, I suppose. Plus that, I'm more connected on various on-line social media sites than I was last time. I am on Facebook now, and most recently on Twitter. Hopefully word is getting around more than it did a year and a half or so ago.
Busy day yesterday, as besides sending in the galley edits, I also put together the SASP newsletter, posted it on the web-site, and e-mailed it to all the SASP members. This morning I printed the handful of copies needed for those members who do not use computers and got them in the mail.
I hope everyone (who celebrates) Thanksgiving is having, or has had a great and Happy day. Here, it has been fairly low key. I worked for half a day, which with my hours means I was home before 9 am. Eva had to go to work at 3, so she got the turkey started... I baked a couple loaves of bread, and had a quick meal, much the same as I usually would. Spent most of the day watching football on TV and took a nap. Nice to have most of the day off, and nice that I'll have tomorrow off as well.
Yesterday I finished going through the interior galley proofs for Sailing Dangerous Waters, and tomorrow I'll get the few corrections I found logged in and returned to Outskirts Press. I'll also have to put together and send out the next edition of the SASP Newsletter.
Reading wise I finished Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island earlier in the week. Started Robin Hobb's Mad Ship, which is the second in the Live Ship Traders series. I read the first a few months ago and enjoyed it tremendously. One of the things that I believe makes a good sequel is that one should be able to pick up the second (or third, or fourth) book, even after some time away from the previous volume and get right back into the story and characters. To me a well written sequel helps the reader remember the key points of the earlier story without doing info dumps, and realizes that it may not have just been read. I also believe that a well written series should allow a reader who might stumble on to any book in the series to read it and not be totally lost. So far anyway, the books of Live Ship Traders do just that.
In a minute, I'll see if this will post. I've tried a couple of times today to comment on a few journals and they don't seem to want to take. I can write my comment just fine, but when I click "Add Comment" it just freezes. I tried to comment twice on a post earlier today with no luck. Tried again a few minutes ago, and also on another journal. Still just freezes up. Curious if anyone else is having problems. Dave
Well I've been going over the galleys/proofs for Sailing Dangerous Waters for the past couple of days. I'm roughly two thirds of the way through them, as earlier I made it to the end of chapter 17. The story has 26. I haven't found much to change or correct. The biggest and most common error seems to be an extra space within a hyphenated word or words linked by a dash. Other than that it seems remarkably clean. My hope is to get through it all in the next couple of days and send back the corrections needed prior to Thanksgiving... this coming Thursday.
Looks like I've got about one more session of reading to finish up Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian. Not sure what I'll read after that, but I'm thinking about the second book in Robin Hobb's Live Ship series Dave.
Yesterday I got the galley proofs for Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story. I've reviewed and made corrections for the cover already. Biggest problem is that in the excerpt from the story that matches the cover art, there was not separate paragraphs for each speaker. They had also included my original description or synopsis of the book, plus what the editor had developed while going through the manuscript. I'll cross my fingers to see if they get it right when I get the finals back. Now comes the fun part, going through the entire story and making sure nothing is wrong. My goal is to have it completely reviewed and back to the self-publishing and assistance company by Thanksgiving... or at least by the end of that weekend. Rough estimates tell me I'll need to go over four or five chapters a day to do that, and at times I doubt I'll do that. Dave
P. S. At work reading: Nearly finished with Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island. Neat reading stuff a second time. I'm noticing a lot of humorous little twists that really make me wonder about the esteemed POB's sanity. (Meant in a good way, of course. Maybe he did not suffer at all, but rather enjoyed insanity!)
I certainly don't claim to be an expert, but the following reflects some of what I've figured out...
Social Media and Online Presence
One of the most common bits of advice a new or aspiring author hears today, is the need to establish an on-line presence and make use of social media in reaching out to potential fans and customers. I am evidently attempting to follow those instructions because I’ve had a LiveJournal account for about six years now. My web-site has been up and running for nearly as long, and I’ve had a Facebook Page for over a year. Along the way I’ve ended up on LinkedIn and also a site called SkillPages. Earlier today I started a twitter account. I’m certainly not an expert at Social Media or in the use of on-line facilities. Yet, I try to get a little something out of them, and I’ve figured out a few things that help me along those lines. To begin with, I believe an on-line presence must be active. One must post, change, update, or correct on a regular basis. Some experts insist one should post daily, if not more often. They even mention posting at certain times of the day, as supposedly more people with see the posts at those times. To me, daily updating isn’t necessary, but posting on a regular schedule is. I try to post on LiveJournal at least once a week. Those who might follow my posts will come to expect something new every six, seven, or eight days. (If things work out and I can post a few extra things in the meantime, it is a bonus.) Likewise, I try to keep my web-site up to date. I don’t want a first time visitor to my site discovering information about an upcoming book signing that took place three months ago. I found Facebook very easy to update. If I post something on LiveJournal, I can share a link to it on Facebook, or I can share something from another Facebook Page. Again, the idea is for visitors to see something new on a regular basis, and not be greeted by the same “status” that they saw six months ago. And of course, “Likes” help on Facebook, whether I like other Pages, or other Pages or people like my Page. I believe there are certain advantages to Pages liking Pages. Pages liked by a Page show up on the timeline and can more easily seen by someone visiting the first Page. If I’ve liked your Page on mine, a visitor to mine might easily discover yours. Conversely someone viewing your Page might find mine without much difficulty. Perhaps one of the easiest things we can do is to simply share and pass along information that someone posts on his or her Facebook Page. If one posts a recently made book trailer, share it on your Page. If you see that someone has shared the post, share it again. Do the same thing anytime someone posts information about a forthcoming book, book releases, book signings, writers group meetings, or shared links to pertinent blog posts. We each have a different people amongst our friends, fans, or followers. By sharing on Facebook and other social media sites, we help disseminate the information to a greater range of people. The more people who know about your friends’ books, or the greater number of folks aware of yours, the more chances there are of some of those folks buying a copy. When it comes right down to it, isn’t that what it’s all about? I’m not suggesting that you share everything everyone puts on Facebook. But, when you visit a Page and view what’s there, ask what would you like to have shared if you had posted it. If you had posted it and would want to see it spread across the internet, then take a couple of seconds, make a couple of clicks, share it, and spread the information around. If I can, I try to share things posted by local authors and local book stores. I also might post things from other sources that I believe might be of interest to writers in general, and at times I share and post things that relate to my personal interests… interests that in many ways relate to my writing. That’s why you may occasionally see things on my Facebook Page about the US Navy, the Royal Navy, the USS Constitution, and other naval and military themed subjects.
Hey, a couple of weeks ago when I called to inventory copies of Beyond the Ocean's Edge at a local Hastings store, I was able to schedule another signing. It'll be next Saturday... here's the flyer for it. Join local author D. Andrew McChesney for a Book Signing! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2 - 4 pm. (Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave, Veradale, WA)
…seamlessly combine Age of Sail/Naval Adventure, as in C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series, with a unique Science Fiction/Alternate World twist.
“The writing enthralls with its imaginative ingenuity, and tells a fascinating story that lends itself well to the fantasy adventure genre. The crosscutting of scenes and shifting between viewpoints is cinematic in nature, and so this book would lend itself quite well to being filmed commercially. The cast of characters, especially Pierce as he emerges to become the primary protagonist, are, individually and collectively, certainly strong enough to command center stage throughout the novel, and will successfully engage the reader’s interest in wanting to know what will happen next. This is a really entertaining plot that could easily appeal to a wide audience.” Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Master and Commander Edward Pierce, captain of HMS Island Expedition, languishes with his vessel and crew in a world both very like and unlike his own. A voyage of exploration has led him further afield than he would ever have imagined possible. As he works to convince the Tritonish Government that he is not a rebel pirate, Pierce is offered a unique opportunity to claim citizenship in this parallel world…but in doing so; will he breach his loyalty to King George III? Not knowing whether he will be able to sail back to England, Pierce navigates the uncertain course of diplomacy that allows Stone Island to become an official Land of Vespica… and allows him to be released to sail for home. But the voyage there is fraught with peril, and his welcome is uncertain. What will the Admiralty make of his incredible tale? And will Evangeline, his heart’s joy, still be waiting for him? Richly characterized and deftly plotted, Sailing Dangerous Waters is a thrilling sequel to Beyond the Ocean’s Edge, offering the same meticulously researched nautical lore, and exquisite attention to details of period language and society. Readers will be enchanted, and eager for the forthcoming third book in the Stone Island Sea Story series.
Had a really busy beginning to the weekend. After work on Friday I spent the afternoon and early evening at the downtown Spokane Club, participating in the annual Artisans Marketplace. I'd taken part last year, simply selling my book. This year, I not only had the book, but copies of the cover art and other pictures that I'd painted or otherwise created over the years. Sometimes I think the idea of books, even self-published at an arts and craft show is stretching things a bit, and I wanted something that would be a closer fit. (I know that some of the other arts and craft shows won't allow books at all, unless they are actually hand made.)
Friday was a long day, and by the time the event closed I was fighting to stay awake. It also looked like it would be very disappointing, but just before it ended, I finally made a sale. So then it was home for a quick dinner and hopefully a good night's sleep. Saturday the event went from 9 am until 3 in the afternoon. I started out with a sale right off the bat, but then sat for a long time with no real interest. Still, ended up with a number of sales when the day was done. I was sort of surprised to have not had as much action with the prints of the art work as I had hoped. Lots of favorable comments, but... Maybe I had them priced wrong. Also had a lady wanting to buy a copy of the book, but she doesn't carry cash and didn't have a blank check. I told her she could take a copy and bring the money to the facility where I work. She's one of the regulars there. Anyway, I'll have copy on hand at work and she will pay for and pick it up the next time she's there.
This year was the first time the club did the Artisans Marketplace as a two day event and involved a week end. I think the turn out, both from club members and from the general public was much better than it was a year ago. Now, I've got to convince them that they should do an "Authors Marketplace," perhaps in the spring in conjunction with EWU's annual GET LIT festival, or to perhaps have an Author Section along with the other areas at the event just past. I'm sure that with enough lead time, one could expect twenty or thirty local authors. One of the local Hastings stores has done two multi-author signings over the past few months, and had over twenty and just less than twenty participants respectively. I mentioned the possibility of such to those in charge of such events at the club after last year's Artisans Marketplace, but never got any sort of reply. I'll try again this year, and maybe something will click.
With regards to Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story, I think I've mentioned that I recently sent back the approved edits. Now I'm waiting on the galleys. Once those are corrected and approved, it shouldn't be that long before I can say that I have two published books "out there!" More next time, Dave
Friday evening I got two variations of the cover for Sailing Dangerous Waters from Outskirts Press. I've decided to go with this one. It is within a gnat's ass of what I was looking for, and it pretty much matches the cover for Beyond the Ocean's Edge. Again, something I wanted to do. I've asked for a few changes on the back cover, ideally to make the back cover text easier to read. But anyway, here's the front cover, something that you will probably see me splashing all over the place in the next days, weeks, and months.
On another note, this coming Friday and Saturday, I'm going to be taking part in the Spokane Club's annual Artisans Marketplace. Primarily I'll be selling copies of my first book, but I'm also going to have copies of the cover art for both books for sale as well. I've printed numerous copies of those and other paintings that I've scanned into the computer, but usually they've just been printed on regular paper or on card stock. I'll be printing those for the sale on regular photo paper... wow are they bright!
I really wish computers, scanners, and printers like we have today would have been around in my earlier years. I think I ended up giving away or selling a lot of paintings that I had done, and once they are gone there's no way to share with anyone else. Dave PS Now I've got to get back to a final read through and review of the edited manuscript. I've got about five of 26 chapters left.
A few weeks ago when the US Government was shut down, the USS Constitution Museum, which is located within a National Park, was forced to close its doors. Because of the thousands that were unable to visit the museum, buy souvenirs, or contribute directly to this private organization's operation, the museum lost over $110,000. For all sales of Beyond the Ocean's Edge: A Stone Island Sea Story during the month of November, I will donate $1.00 per book sold (any format) to the USS Constitution Museum. (If Sailing Dangerous Waters: Another Stone Island Sea Story be available before the end of the month, sales of it will figure into the contribution as well.)
Help me help this great institution recover it's losses! (TBH! Help me sell a few books!) Dave
PS Finished reading Bob Manion's Springer's Heart, the other day. Just started Desolation Island By Patrick O'Brian