Posts Tagged ‘beginning’

First 70 pages of Self-Portrait of Someone Else — online & free

Friday, February 12th, 2010

SELF-PORTRAIT OF SOME ELSE, novelAs I’m beginning to introduce the re-issue of my novel, Self-Portrait of Someone Else, into the big, wide world via blog, video, email, social networks and whatever else comes up, I want anyone interested to be able to read a sizeable chunk of the book. Just as you might when browsing a bookstore.And for free.


And yesyesyes, if they/you likey, buy the sucker.


Previously, I’ve put up two stand-alone story excerpts on this blog. You can also read/download those excerpts here at Hidden People.


Today I’m posting the first 70 pages of Self-Portrait of Someone Else (out of 244 pgs) in pdf. This way you can download the excerpt right to your hard disc or eReader—if it supports pdf files—and have at it during your grand and roomy leisure.


Here’s the link, along with that wondrous American word that sends you on your way, as though to a tasty meal: enjoy!)– Self-Portrait of Someone Else – first 70 pgs


PS
Oh! You want to see the suspense-thriller bookie-trailer-type thing? Lucky, lucky you, just happen to have the link HERE–THE VIDEO.Novel, fiction, suspense, thriller


PSS
I’m using a rather chatty, throw-away style talking about this rather serious, intense book that got a lot of good reviews on its initial release and which I’ll bring up at another time, but using this chatty-shatty tone can happen when I feel I’m getting into buy-marketing-promoting-show-off mode; so I cover me up.

The first steps in setting up an indie publishing house

Monday, January 18th, 2010

LIGHTS CU THROUGH BUSHES 02 Here’s what happens when you set up an independent publishing house whose aim is the online community.


You write something. You research Print on Demand houses. You contact and question them. You read their stuff on their sites.


You research to find a professional proofreader, check them out: has degree, passed tests, recommended by association, price okay, and then send, then pay, then submit for layout by book designer, then re-reading find errors proofreading did not see at all. Then correcting them, asking designer to correct them because it is in a .pdf file with following certain guidelines that I know nothing about. Then uploading book, producing a proof, finding more errors, correcting them, having another layout correction, begin doing the voice over for the audio book, and reading through the text aloud find even other errors. Know I am a shit proofreader, which is not revelation for me.


I chew off my lips and spit out the pus.


I submit excerpts for online publication, to gain exposure. Much research of dozens of online journals, get some acceptance, get some rejection. Time runs out as publication deadline nears.


I met with webmasters to revamp my personal and publishing site. I want to blog, also for exposure, but mostly as a “platform” of running a business, being a writer, and a place to store some of my better writing bits. Yet must wait for my web site re-launches, to make sure all is shipshape and shapely and well-integrated.


Register the ISBN number: purchase these numbers, submit to those who control such things, wait, get confirmation, then submit book to distributors, wait for confirmation from them.


Work with graphic designers for cover design. Ask several for different styles & tries, review them, decide, re-work, tinker, get it finalized.


Interior layout (see above concerning typos). Huge job, even for thin books. Check, recheck, book once loved now an annoying infant wailing all the time and not toilet trained. So to speak.


Oblique and direct babble on social sites.


Submit ms to my print on the demand publisher. Wait for confirmation and okay, because size of book, size of cover, size of cover’s spine must all line up, and dpi gotta be good, too.


Set-up online: Amazon, others. Research how to, email questions for clarifications, wait, receive response, demand more clarification, upload the cover, a minefield of fun and gore…


Continue recording the audio version.


Research ebooks, distributors, formats, contact via email, ask question, await responses.


Research various online companies that distribute audio books, the good the bad the ugly. … Put together Press Releases. … Research who the fuck would want one of these…


Oh I’ve reached my word limit for this post, and really, I’m not even halfway through what needs doing.


Someday, though not quite yet, I am hoping to be able to say, Working for me is the best job I’ve ever had. But that’s in the future.

Vincent Eaton does his first blog

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

This first blog is giving you, O Visitor, the lay of land of what you will find here.


NOTE ON MARCH 26, 2010 — AS THIS BLOG AS EVOLVED, THE CATEGORIES SPOKEN OF BELOW HAVE BEEN MODIFIED & SIMPLIFIED INTO WHAT IS NOW REFLECTED IN THE BLOG POSTS…


My Writing.
My fiction, plays, ebooks, multimedia, humor, autobiography, audio/podcasting…


My Publishing.
How and what my own independent company is doing, what’s going on there, what’s coming up, what you can to buy, what you can get free (lots).


Images & Performance.
My videos, acting and theater work.


Noises in the House.
Short self-contained autobiography/stories


The Rest of the Blah-Blah.
Whatever doesn’t fit in those four categories, will find a clambering life here. Like this blog post.


Intensions/instincts
While these are my intentions, things can change quicker than a famished kitten going after it’s mother’s nipple, so my real intention here is to follow my instincts. And what comes up, comes up.


On Posting.
I won’t be posting ten times a day. As necessary is the vague enough fallback position. Twice a week sounds reasonable. Maybe three times once in a while, again, only as necessary. This week, five, defining a bit more extensively what to expect in each of my categories.


On Shorter Noises
Other shorter noises I make can find a better, more temporary life on my Facebook and Twitter posts.


There.
First post done.


Am I online famous yet?