It has been faaaar too long since my last post, and if you’re a regular reader, you’re probably wondering whether I’ve given up blogging.
Never fear, I haven’t.
What I have been doing is putting the finishing touches to my book.
My very first REAL book!
There have been a number of home-printed books, mostly of the travelogue genre, but none have been ‘published’ per se.
Well, strictly speaking, I am self-publishing this one. More specifically, my CAT is publishing it. 🙂 I’ve called my imprint “Tuffy-Cat Press”. And I even drew up a logo for it, thanks to said Tuffy-cat posing for me most patiently and graciously. Here it is:
I figured that self-publishing will give me more control over the whole process, plus it has the advantage of not having to grovel, beg and plead with publishing houses, which by many accounts may not be all that interested in publishing books.
Great excitement yesterday: I received an ISBN number, which is kinda like the Dept of Home Affairs giving an ID number to a newborn baby. My baby’s official name is: Goldmines, elephants and foefie slides: An adventurous weekend on the Garden Route. It’s the story of our weekend away in the Knysna area during May last year.
It was when the email from the nice lady from officialdom in Pretoria arrived with said ISBN number, that it suddenly hit me: THIS IS FOR REAL!
I’ve found another very friendly and creative lady to design a suitable cover for me, and can hardly wait to see what she comes up with.
I’ve also received a first quote from a printer, who’ll also do the binding, and if I manage to leave work at a sane hour today, I may have enough time to go past another printer to get a further quote.
The deadline is a rather daunting one, so I hope that everything will be completed on time. We are heading out for an entire, decadent WEEK of holiday (yayyy!!!) on the Garden Route from next week Saturday, and I really wanted to take along copies of my book to give to some of the wonderful people we met last year.
This is so exciting!!!!
Now if you have any advice for me on how to sell it, so that I can recoup some of the costs, that would be realllllllly appreciated.
Or perhaps you would even BUY a copy?
Please? Pretty please? With cherries and molten chocolate and ice-cream ontop?