I’ve been pretty busy lately. Arranging a little trip abroad, getting a dog into dog prison for a week, and today was the first fine day for ages so I spent several hours cutting all the grass I have to deal with. There’s a lot of it and the damp weather means I haven’t cut it for weeks.
I have now proved that it is possible to cut all the grass in one session. Having proved it, I don’t ever have to do it again.
Smashwords are still holding back distribution on ‘Tales the Hollow Bunnies Tell’ because they now want every author in an anthology attributed on the cover and in the description. They add in the authors to the online listing manually, this thing isn’t even in ‘beta’ yet. I’ll get to it but since I wanted it out for Easter there’s no hurry now. At least it was out on time(ish) on Amazon.
If Smashwords want every author in an anthology on the cover, they are going to get some pretty tedious covers.
Createspace have been keeping me busy. A biography of Han Snel, the Dutch artist, in Dutch with colour pictures is finally back in their greasy hands with no automatically generated errors this time. Just when I thought I had complied with all their requirements, the cover images came back with ‘We need 300 DPI. This is 292 DPI’.
It was 300 when I sent it but they stretched it a tiny bit so it wasn’t any more. Can the human eye distinguish between 300 DPI and 292 in print? What the hell, I resized them and they’re in now.
So, coming soon, ‘Han Snel’, a biography, by Dirk Vleugels. I don’t expect it to be a big seller in the UK because it’s in Dutch, and the colour images make it costly. Still, if you can afford original art, a little book won’t faze you.
It’s in the review process for printing now. I can get back to Margo Jackson’s ‘The Mark’ and get two books done this month. Maybe three. Margo’s doesn’t need much editing so it’ll be quick. But then I said that about ‘Han Snel’ so I’ll stick with promising two this month.
If it’s three, the third will be ‘Blackjack’, a short story collection by Mark Ellott. If you’ve read either of the anthologies you know what to expect from him. The unexpected.
If you can read Dutch and are into the art world, you should see this cover appearing in a few days on Amazon.
Just let me get past CreateSpace with the print version first…
UPDATE: ‘Han Snel’ has passed every hurdle and will go live in a day or so. It’s expensive but it’s a niche market. The book is the only biography of this artist available and is written by someone who knew him personally for many years. As with science books, these kinds of book tend to be expensive because we know we won’t be getting anywhere near bestseller lists. It’s a source of rare information… in Dutch. An English translation might be forthcoming one day, but that’s not a promise.