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Author of the Saga of Ukumog discusses the challenges of being an author, the tools and processes he uses while writing, and sometimes posts something completely unrelated. This blog is the author exposed.

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Serial publishing experiment

Louis Puster

A few hours ago I received an email from JukePop.com, a serial publishing site. For those of you who don't know, serial publishing is where an author puts up work chapter by chapter and allows for people to read, comment, and subscribe to their work. They sometimes put portions or the entire book behind a paywall so that you have to pay to read it.

JukePop is a website and an app, allowing people to read things on the go, and they seem very focused on creating a community around authors and readers. Which I find rather compelling.

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Frustrations and accomplishments

Louis Puster

Hi folks! It has been quite some time since I updated the blog here.  Those of you who follow me on other social media or twitter might have gotten an inking of what is happening with the books.  So let me put it all officially here.

Book 2 is complete, for the most part.  It is not yet available because I decided to do two things:

  1. Create a map for the world setting
  2. Have my new editor go over Wracked and re-release it along with Book 2

Item 2 also has had a great deal of progress.  It is merely waiting for me to do the final pass over the edits and then layout the book.

The first item is where my frustration lies.

Over the past few months, I have been working with both Illustrator and Photoshop to create a vast map of the entire world.  My goal was to use vector images to give me the freedom of putting pieces of the map in books instead of the whole thing.  The reason for this is simple:  Each book is part of the great puzzle of the story, and so too should the maps be.  In theory my goal was something very doable, reasonable even.  In practice I have learned a lot about the way these programs and image types work together.  Unfortunately this has led to hours upon hours of work that have turned out half useless.

So, now I am shaking off the disappointment of my failures and soon I will move forward with the maps to give the books, and their readers, the content they richly deserve.

I only ask that you bear with me as I try to bring more of the dark world that hums in my thoughts to life.

Book 2 Progress

Louis Puster

Today I finished the preliminary layout for Book 2.  Last time I did the layout in a program called Pages, but this time I used Indesign.  So far everything seems good.  I am hoping that there is no surprise waiting for me when I send the PDF off to the publisher. I am still working on some art for the book, and there is some tweaking to the layout that I still need to do.  Progress, yes.  Still not done and ready to go out into the world, however.

Once I get the art and components settled - I then have to do the layout for the eVersions of the book as well.  Last time I did that part in Indesign and my hope is that doing the first part with that software might make the eVersion creation faster, smoother, or both.

My goal is to make it available in all formats on the same day.

Self-Publishing

Louis Puster

People have asked me several times why I self-publish my books.  Additionally, there are those people who look at me like I am not really a writer of books because I am self-published.  So, I am going to put some thoughts here so that maybe more people can understand. The ultimate answer is that I am impatient.  When you submit your work somewhere, especially if they have an exclusive submission clause, it takes FOREVER for them to get back with you.  I realize that they have thousands of submissions and that they need to give every submission a share of that time.  I don't envy their job, I really don't.  But when I was submitting things - I hated the waiting.  Especially since the waiting always resulted in a "We like your story, but we are not sure how to market it."

Perhaps it is amateurish of me to want to get my stuff out in rapid fashion.  Sure, I cut some corners as a poor amateur author which resulted in a book that was not as well put together as the pros do it.  I understand and accept that.  Still, I wanted to put my words out there into the universe.  I wanted to see the physical book in my hand, and be proud of the work I had done.  When that day came - I felt accomplished.  It made me want to do it again.

I have no illusions that I will sell thousands of books, or ever be able to make my living from sharing my stories with other people.  I do it because it thrills me.  It makes me happy bring my imagination to life.  So why is that wrong?

Are authors like me really diluting the market for "real" publishers that much?  Are we damaging the literary world?  Personally, I don't see that.  There have always been people who have self-published.  Some of them even made it to become (in)famous authors.  I just don't see what all the hubbub is about.

If you want to write, write.  If you want to share your words - we live in an age where that is not only possible, but easy.  Why should we shy away from it?

Writing not only gives me an avenue to create, it also makes me want to read more.  Both of these things are good, in my opinion.  So I say:  Do what makes you happy.  We have such short lives that looking down at someone because their words don't come from a big publishing house just seems silly.  If you like the story, enjoy it.  If not...there are millions of other books out there.  Read something else.