YAY! THE HARD COPY HAS ARRIVED.
OK, here’s the deal. I’ve been talking for years about making a book. Heck, I’ve been talking for years about making a whole series of books.*
BACKGROUND (June, 2015)
Because I have a group of Kachina paintings showing at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe during August, and because that is the time when Indian Market brings people to town who are interested in such things, I decided this would be a good time to do a book of Kachina paintings. I have a ton of daily paintings from my blog, and that seemed like a good place to start. So I started. Thought I could whip one out in a day or two. Wrong.
I’ve been sweating bullets for a couple of weeks, now. Maybe three. Four? First, I had to get all the images rounded up off the blog. Then I had to resize them. Tweak a few. Then, I had to find the best way to build the book. Blurb looked like my best bet. I liked the pricing, and the many ways of distributing the book. Blurb, Amazon, Kindle, e-books as part of the deal. Sold.
Clicked on download Bookwright, the software for building a Blurb book. Sorry, not available on mobile devices. Not available on iPad? I just, finally, got myself totally weaned from computers and able to do everything on my iPad. Well, not everything, apparently.
So I went out and bought a Macbook Pro laptop, after a ton of research. Seemed like the best idea. Almost. Trouble is, I had a devil of a time dealing with the small screen. I know, it was larger than the screen on my iPad. But the type darn sure wasn’t. After almost two weeks of squinting, and just before the deadline, I returned it to Best Buy, and bought a 27″ iMac. That’s more like it. Also, it will make video editing easier. But I’m going to have to turn out a lot of books and videos to pay for the thing.
FROM PC TO MAC
Anyway, there went a couple more days spent learning how to use a Mac after all these years on a PC. I’m coming around. I’ve had so many problems with PCs lately, and Windows 8? Don’t ask. I’m finally getting comfortable with the Mac; doubt I’ll ever go back to PC land. But I still prefer working on my iPad. This hurts, but I will have to admit, iPad and Mac are a winning combination at home, and iPad alone when traveling. The only time I might need a Macbook Pro again, is if I do extended travel, say, for instance, renting an apartment in Montevideo or Seville for three months and need to do some heavy lifting. We’ll see how that goes.
BACK TO BUILDING
Now, back to the book building. Got the computer, got Bookwright. Started in. Oops, learning curve. Not bad, but another couple of days gone. Lovin’ the learnin’, but time’s a wastin’. I want to get a book out. Then, on July 25, I get an email from Blurb. 20% discount on orders of 20 or more. Deadline July 28, 11:59 pm. OK, pour on the steam! Beat the deadline! Bleary eyed, middle of the night, five minutes to go, just finished carefully and thoroughly proofing one more time. Looks good. Hit upload. Window pops up, says book should be in multiples of four pages, or they will add two blank pages to back of book. Well, I already had two blank pages I’d forgotten to remove. Some proofing, eh? So I added a short suggested reading list I had wanted to include but thought I didn’t have enough time. Hit upload again. Same message. What? Oh, of course, I had added the list, but still had the same number of pages. Dummy! Looked at the time. Turned into a pumpkin. Oh, well. Probably best I re-proof, take some time to think, and maybe even wait for the next discount offer.
Added two more pages of Kachinas. Took a couple of days off to give a talk at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Sent first draft to Rosa for proofing. She did a much better job than I had done, by the way. Fixed problems. Made several other changes that I’d had time to consider. Back to Rosa. Fixed problems. Went back through and checked and fixed all image resolutions, other technical bits and pieces
Indian Market has come and gone. So I’m a day late and a dollar short, but, finally, here’s the
I have now created a book. It’s not a big deal. It’s not a big book. Six by nine inches, thirty eight pages. Twenty Four Kachina paintings. A few words. But it’s mine, and it’s done. The ice is broken, and I now know how to do it again. I don’t know about you, but I’m THRILLED!
Now that I have a hard copy in my hands, I will go through it one more time, make any necessary fixes, and publish it to Blurb Books, Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, and anywhere else I can. I will also make an eBook version available.
Which of the book ideas listed below would you most like to see? Which one would you like to see first?
* Here are a few of my book ideas:
- Ink and Watercolor
Faces of Saints paintings
Still life paintings
How to series…
- Daily Painting
- Stretch canvas
- Painting gear