The blog at least deserves some sort of an explanation of what I’ve been up to so here it is:
~LIFE AFTER A SUCCESSFUL KICKSTARTER~
Much like everything else with this project, the events after the KickStarter were anything but smooth.
Aside from life complicating, there were some problems receiving funds from a couple of the backers which caused a few delays. Getting the backer rewards, which was planned beforehand and should have been the simplest part of all this, turned out to be an adventure of its own as well. Some of the highlights of it were: braving through a dark forest on a stormy night, endless drives on the freeway, a broken car, and punching a baby kidnapper. Only one of those things are untrue.
Other than that, most of my writing time was taken up working on the 6×9 format (which was one part that I actually didn’t expect to be so time consuming but ended up taking up a ridiculous amount of time) for the print copy of the novel for the KickStarter backers, working on the full book cover for the said print copy of the novel, another—final—editing run through of the novel, becoming paranoid and second guessing every aspect of the novel, how many more times can I say of the novel when I’m writing about… oh yes… I also made another attempt at making a better EPUB format of the novel.
It was a splendid way of making me feel really disappointed and defeated over a weekend.
Obviously, EPUB is very important as the plan is to self-publish but at the same time it made me hate myself, Kindle, EPUB, and all of you freedom loving readers out there who wants to change the fonts to whatever you want with the book you’re reading.
Let me tell you about EPUB formatting. EPUB formatting is like the construction noise on a Sunday should-have-been-tranquil-morning, it’s that dude who asks you for something not when you were leaving but when you came back to the table to sit down, IT’S that nasty cop who breaks the speed limit, cuts you off, gives you the finger, put his gun out the window, shoots in the air while screaming “WHAT YOU GONNA DO?! I’M THE POPO!”
EPUB is the Cecilia Gimenez to InDesign. Apparently only way (someone can correct me if they know better) to make EPUB format at least half as presentable as InDesign is to be well versed in CSS, go through licensing issues, and even then it’ll only work with supporting devices. The format was never designed to be pretty – I get that but I feel like it’s robbing the novel’s presentation and part of its intended experience. It might be far from being extraordinary, but I’ve spent lot of time and energy into the formatting and it’s just a very incomplete feeling to put this out as my product and cheat whatever reader it may find from the full experience I planned and wanted to give them.
Anyways, my advice? Use Scrivener to write your initial work as it is one of the best tools out there for writers. Then use InDesign to create that book of your dreams (unless you’re hiring out but part of the fun of self-publishing is that you can do everything). Be enamored by your creation and then find a hard, clean surface to bash your head in as it becomes neutered through the process of converting it to EPUB (Calibre is a nice free program that’ll at least hold your hand through the pain. I recommend going through Calibre before turning your file over to Amazon for their converter).
If someone wants to enlighten me and let me know I’m wrong about everything that’s EPUB (or about life) I’m more than willing to listen.
So that’s it! This was quickie. You’ll be able to tell the quickies when they lack even the most basic editing.
The next two actual entries that are being worked on are:
“How to Find Motivations From Nothing” – as I mentioned before.
“a Date with My Characters” – My editor for the novel thought this would be a good one because she thought it was an unique process.
“People Come & Go” – The personal entry I had in mind has been scrapped and currently I’m set on doing this topic I alluded to in my previous entries.
All of these will either have to be scheduled with one of my editors or I may just post them raw if I feel it’ll take too long to have them edited.
Before I finish this entry, I’d like to take a moment to give a sincere apology about my lack of better updates and not being able to keep up with the schedule that I said I’d follow. Though I’m usually timely with most aspects of my life, I found that I still struggle being able to properly estimate my schedule and timings with anything regarding writing.
P. S. A couple of people told me it’d be a good idea to write about my experiences with KickStarter. I started a draft or two but I became a bit uncertain regarding if I was telling anyone, anything substantial. If you thought – KickStarter is mostly for tech and people already with a following – you’d be correct. Even though I found my small success, I wouldn’t recommend it for people who are not an established figure as a reliable mean of getting funding for their project. However, if you’re taking it as something “not much to lose but a lot to gain” sort of deal – go for it. But there are definitely a proper way of doing things for this mindset as well. You have to approach it and think about it differently.
There were also some unexpected developments through KickStarter that I’m not sure if significant but I guess might be interesting to share… though nothing ever came of it…
…screw it. Let’s put a quickie regarding KickStarter on queue as well.
The novel, Black Halo: the Witch & the Guardian, is currently scheduled to be released on 11/11/2014!
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