So, writing a book is challenging. The creative process can occasionally be like wandering around a junkyard, looking for parts to a car that is too rare and too strange for the highway. You look anyway.
I wrote the stories in ‘Or Something Like That’ over the course of about a year while working on a novel and a collection of poetry. (Go ahead, lob rotten fruit at me)
After the writing is somehow done, the editing begins. When you think it’s complete (you’ll tell yourself “I’m Done!”) you’re about 1/4 of the way done. You’ll have to edit it about 2 more times, extensively.
Extensively means: sober.
If you don’t pay to have it done professionally or if you yourself aren’t a seasoned editor, you’ll have some typos and strange formatting glitches.
Ok … but then … done!
Nope. Now, design your book cover, lay out the interior. Wait for proofs. Find out the proofs look like crap. Glitches, blurry. Redesign everything.
Then, give out some test copies to your friends. A few will read (a few will not even pretend to read it). The few that do read it will say, “YOUR FINISHED PROOF IS FULL OF TYPOS!”
1. You’ll vomit.
2. They’ll point out some more typos.
3. Now … edit everything one more time. Re-design the cover. Reformat the text. Lay out the table of contents again. Fix the formatting.
Ok! Now, order a big bulk shipment of the book … become annoying. Start talking about your book (you’ll have to). Sell your book. You will. Make a little money. Spend it at the bar and the rest of it invest back into your next book.
Also, you’ve got to figure out where to submit your book for review. Write them emails. Keep track of what went where when.
All this stuff. All of it and more. Then, finally– a review.
Real happy to say, I got a book review for my collection of short stories ‘Or Something Like That’ and they didn’t kick me in the throat and take my lunch money or anything. A pretty thorough analysis of the book and some points and thoughts concerning the writing, the characters and all the stories (of which I’m not sure are about 10 too heavy … what a problem to have, too many stories).
The book is currently $2.99 at Kindle
Thanks for reading. Thanks for being cool as ice. Thanks for the peach cobbler pie, whoever sent that.