Month: June 2017

Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, a Seedling Platform Aims for an Agent, Proper

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

Each iUniverse STAR title gets a personal agent: the iUniverse STAR Program’s Rights Consultant, a veteran of the book publishing industry. This person presents the book to traditional publishing houses, international publishers, audiobook publishers and book clubs for their consideration. But unlike in the old model of peddling mere manuscripts, when this first gatekeeper, the agent, had to have been approached by a writer, who had convinced the agent that not only did a manuscript have potential, and that there was a market for said manuscript, and that the author was someone the agent, and by extension the publisher, could work with to get that manuscript into the best shape possible, and then would continue to work with the publisher to sell the book after publication. Continue reading “Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, a Seedling Platform Aims for an Agent, Proper”

Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, a Seedling Platform Aims for a Star

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

With the Star designation, iUniverse commits further resources to the book, effectively completing an entirely new, author-controlled onramp to the Traditional Publishing Path.

First, the cover gets reassessed. Not only has this book met industry standards in writing quality and shown a market exists for it, but the book has reached the market and demonstrated an actual demand exists for it. The book has proven it can sell. To make sure the book looks like the seller it is, the cover gets a second Cover Copy Polish. This would include, if necessary a professional editing of the back cover copy and author bio, possibly adding blurbs from reviews it might have gotten, as well as another turn through design, including, at the very least, a new ISBN and a new colophon:

Copy of 230px x 73px – Star designation

The logo changes color, again dependent upon the book’s actual cover, and transforms into a star; the swoop up remains; the matching color dot returns atop the i, and as the book and its author are no longer merely rising, the single word Star appears below iUniverse.  Continue reading “Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, a Seedling Platform Aims for a Star”

Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, Finding a Major Mistake on the Cover

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

Sure, the cover looked great. The designers followed my instructions and did a bang up job: Only with the wrong central image.

The problem was that for months I’d been using cover1 to mean a particular image. It was labeled cover1 on FaceBook, labeled cover1 on my desktop. I’d gotten used to cover1 meaning my favorite cover. Period.

But the designers changed my favorite cover’s name to coveralt1 and using cover1 for a different image, so when I directed them to use cover 1 (what had been my and most other people’s favorite), I had inadvertently directed them to use the wrong cover image.

ACK! Continue reading “Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, Finding a Major Mistake on the Cover”

Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, Growing a Seedling Platform with 25 Pages of Errata

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

One of the things mentioned by the person delivering the Quality Edit was that after the book was typeset, I should have it proofread in its final form: things can happen when the conversion is made from MS Word to the typesetting software, and further things might simply come across differently when typeset.

Yeah. (Note the slight frown caught in the corners of the mouth.) Continue reading “Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, Growing a Seedling Platform with 25 Pages of Errata”

Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, a Seedling Platform Sprouts Speakers

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

A Perfect Blindness is drenched in music: not only do two musician friends end one band and start another, they go to clubs and dance, and listen to music on the radio, on vinyl and CDs as well; very many other songs find their way into the text of the book: some as the inspiration for the songs of White Heat and Mercurial Visions, two of their bands, play; other times some lyrics are quoted; and many times, songs were in the back of my mind as I wrote a particular sentence, so slivers of them can be extracted from the text, while the outlines of others can be discerned in some turns of phrase. In fact, the book has a soundtrack. Continue reading “Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, a Seedling Platform Sprouts Speakers”

Self-Publishing Part 8: While Still Preparing the Book, a Seedling Platform Sprouts Speakers

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

A Perfect Blindness is drenched in music: not only do two musician friends end one band and start another, they go to clubs and dance, and listen to music on the radio, on vinyl and CDs as well; very many other songs find their way into the text of the book: some as the inspiration for the songs of White Heat and Mercurial Visions, two of their bands, play; other times some lyrics are quoted; and many times, songs were in the back of my mind as I wrote a particular sentence, so slivers of them can be extracted from the text, while the outlines of others can be discerned in some turns of phrase. In fact, the book has a soundtrack.

All the songs actually listened and danced to, played, or used in the text somehow have been collected and used to create a Spotify playlist as well as a You Tube play list, both available here:

ListenSPOTFYPowered By U-tube SM8tracksImage

A new service opened for business around this time called 8-tracks. This is radio with 100% human curated play lists: No algorithms, just human DJs, a perfect place for a custom book playlist, with an added bonus of being able to upload specific versions.

The Spotify and YouTube play lists were posted on FaceBook, in my stream, in the group, and on the as yet unpublished page, as well as on the APerfectBlindness.com website.

I told my Special Recognitions Board contact Laura about them, and she said she’d included both of them in the package being prepared for Barnes and Noble on the sell sheet. Later, I will recreate the same list for 8tracks.com, but use some rare 12” remixes I’ve kept since then and not merely the standard versions: With all the pops and clicks that come with vinyl. In the future I see more unified play lists, such as one for Exit-SmartBar (harder edge goth-industrial dance sound) and for Berlin (more fluid, synth-driven dance), and all the songs about love and passion.

I had also been collecting all the locations—the bars, clubs and music venues, visited, danced or performed in. This is how I’d earlier discovered that the Agora was called the Newport Music Hall at the time Mercurial Visions was to have played there. Doing this, I discovered that several of the clubs featured in the book either no longer existed, or had moved, and one—Neo—has a theme party for wont of a better word in its name hosted at other venues, but in most cases there are still groups of people dedicated to the way things had been over a quarter of a century ago. Finding many images on line for these clubs, I created a collection on Pinterest called A Perfect Blindness and posted them there in.

Then on Face Book I found a private group dedicated to Wax Trax! the Chicago label behind Ministry, the Revolting Cocks, A Split Second, Front 424, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult—the core of the early industrial scene who also discover Mercurial Visions and sign them to a contract in the book. These are many of the bands played, listened to, danced to or quoted in the book, and so featured on the play lists. Bands I loved when I lived in Chicago, and still listen too now. I asked to be a part of this private group and was accepted. In one long exchange, one contributor was saying how many kids who weren’t even born then are fascinated by this time and place. Others reminisced over the locations. A comment was tossed out that the book has a built in readership. That would be good, for A Perfect Blindness is, definitely, an homage to a place and time, if even in a small way.

Then, I been admitted to a private group of another band featured in the book, a band I danced to and still listen to TSOM: The Sisters of Mercy.

Things seemed to be falling together. Yet that last coooment the Quality Editor suggested: a proof read after it’s typeset. Makes sense, yes, but that costs more money.

Ug.

Self-Publishing Part 8: while still preparing the book, a genere at long last

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of Perfect Blindness

In answer to my own question: yes, I would keep finding mistakes, so many that I started a Word doc to collect all the errata for me to fix. As I worked on engaging the FB group with updates, which hadn’t yet very many members, did finally gather enough votes to make a final decision on the cover: A blend. The one I liked the most and had sent as a mock-up originally was the clear favorite in the polls, more than doubling the votes for all three other covers combined, and for both men and women. Still, I liked some of the elements from other covers, so instructed the creation of a hybrid version based on the most people’s favorite cover. Continue reading “Self-Publishing Part 8: while still preparing the book, a genere at long last”