Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Blechta here, late again, but I do have a very good, book-related reason.
Like Vicki, we are giving some books as Christmas/Chanukah gifts, but not as many as I suspect other Type M folks are. But everyone on our list is getting a book of another sort.
Back in September, casting around for an idea for Christmas gifts, someone in the family (I suspect it was me in a fit of insanity) had a brainstorm: why not make up a small cookbook of family recipes and give that as a very personal present?
That was back in September. When we pulled out the recipe book and an envelope of notes we’d jotted down over the years, things started getting a little out of hand. Everyone in the family had their personal favourites. The number of recipes started going up. When the dust settled this past week and I took the files to a POD printer I’d found, the little family keepsake had grown into a tome. Last recipe count:124 in a 148-page book! This turned into a marathon effort, but it was reasonably fun, if stressful. The tone is all very tongue-in-cheek, but they are very good recipes and it gave my wife and I a chance to tell some tall tales about the family.
The process of putting together my first self-publishing project since my second novel, gave me an interesting insight into how the book production business has changed in the past 15 years. I don’t have the final copies yet (print run 24), but the proofs look darn good and the cost was far more reasonable than I expected.
Between publishing electronically and doing POD print runs, the future may well be within our grasps.
I also discovered that the page layout software I use (InDesign) has a setting to export a book to a digital edition. And this started the old wheels turning in my head. I’d been seriously thinking of re-publishing my second novel electronically and this could be the way to do it quickly and easily and without the huge cash outlay necessary to self-publish in the usual sense ($10,000+). I am excited.
I’ll keep you all posted.
I nearly forgot to mention that I'm taking part in another fine blog's feature, "Friday's Forgotten Books". Check out http://pattinase.blogspot.com.
Also, our guest blogger this Sunday will be Mel Bradshaw author of three fascinating crime novels, all very different, including the award-winning Death in the Age of Steam.