I suspect this post will end up as an RBOC (Random Bits of Crapola) post. I have nothing particularly new and exciting happening today (not so far, at any rate) -- just a lot of tidy-ing up.
1. The website remodel is finished, a least for a while. I have ordered some 3-D renditions of my book covers (the ones that look like real books, not just flat, two-dimensional rectangles.) Marketing theory says 3-D book covers sell better, so I'll be asking for your opinion once they arrive and appear on the site. Other than that, the website should be self-explanatory. Click on a book cover to read more about the book on its own page. Click at the bottom of the book's page to see pictures of the characters and locations.
2. The Road to Frogmore is now in the hands of its design team. CreateSpace does a really good job of tailoring their work to fit the preferences of the author. That's one of those benefits of being a self-publisher that we sometimes forget. When I worked with a traditional publisher, I got absolutely no say on the design of the book. Yesterday, I spent almost an hour on the phone with the design team, talking about such details as page number placement, font choices, page headers, paper color, fleurons at the ends of chapters, and chapter heading designs. Now they're working on a sample of about 30 pages of the book, and I'll have the chance to say, "No, I don't like the looks of that one; try something else." Then they'll lay out the whole book and give me another cut at making changes before they print a proof. The process takes a couple of weeks, but it's definitely worth it.
3. I'm going back over the presentations I'll be making at the Military Writers Society of America Conference at the end of the month. I would welcome suggestions from you on two different matters:
I'll be giving a seminar on each one of those topics, and I'd like to be as complete as possible in my coverage, so please chime in below.
4. I'll be gone next week to attend the annual USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Tampa. "Son of Isaac" seems to be hovering offshore, but I trust it to move along before we arrive. We're hoping that by the time we get there, they'll have gotten rid of all hurricane remnants and swept away all of the confetti and balloons from the political convention. I'll have computer access but very little free time. So while I'm out of pocket all next week, I'm putting together a series of posts borrowed from Elizabeth Crook on "Writing Historical Fiction." They come from an article that's several years old, but her points are still valid. Hope you enjoy them.