a while ago i mentioned that i was working on an anthology of old essays and columns I’d written in the early aughts. in april i completed the writing and illustrations. my editor proofed it in may. and now, in june, the book is officially print ready and available for purchase in two formats–a 6″x9″ paperback edition and a PDF ebook.
as i mentioned in march, i’ve taken this pile of essays and turned it into a nicely organized collection of humorous relationship advice. The Curable Romantic is more than the run-of-the-mill ha-ha dating book. it’s also a creative experiment. aside from the editing and printing, i’ve had full control of all aspects of the book process. the writing, illustrations and book design were all handled by myself. i’m also converting the file into different formats and designer/webmaster over the website. i still have to convert to HTML/txt for ebook readers. because it’s essentially a self-published book, i’m also responsible for the marketing. the art of selling is not one i’ve mastered, so i expect to encounter many frustrations and headaches in this phase.
in my research, there are several sources that suggest encouraging friends to purchase the new book/spread the word/offer support. if you have friends like these, please introduce me posthaste!
i’m waiting for my proof copy of the paperback to arrive so i can finally release the print edition into the wild. also waiting for the Amazon.com listing to show up online and the Google book search to complete its process.
in addition to selling the book through Lulu.com and managing the book’s official website, the book is also available to skim through online via Issuu.com.
should this turn out to be a professional failure, it has not been a personal failure. through the process, i’ve improved several skills and learned something new. keep your toes crossed, though.