This is the print cover and also the new face of the e-book. It's very 60's, GoGo. psychedelic, wouldn't you say? I love it, and mostly, I am just relieved that the process is moving forward. When I thought about novel writing, I imagined the Jack Kerouac method. I thought I'd stay up for five days of furious writing, send the manuscript off into the universe and become reluctantly famous, a' la Kerouac! Jack couldn't have hacked it in the indie publishing world. After the days of researching until your vision is blurry, months of writing even when the muse is not with you, and the seemingly endless process of editing and editing and editing and editing, you have a manuscript. And that's when you really have to roll up your sleeves. Covers, formatting, proofing. The physical (and virtual) part of creating a book is challenging, but the real work comes in learning to promote your book. You have to be your own graphic designer, ad company, agent, marketing team, pr person, and secretary. It would be easier to get a medical degree than to publish and campaign your own book. Kerouac would have packed away the typewriter and headed for electrician school. The self-publishing game is only for the most determined and diligent among us. Chutzpah. That's the word I'm looking for. You have to have chutzpah.
I like being hands on and learning news skills (sounds like I'd be perfect for electrician school) so I'm in heaven. For years, I've thought about going into some field of public relations. Building people up, celebrating them - I flipping love that! I just didn't know that the person I'd be representing would be me. (To tell you the truth my client is kind of hard to work with. A bit of a diva.)
Since Kerouac isn't around for me to take on as a client, I'd be happy to help any of you indie-publishing authors or someday-writers with whatever I can. E-mail me if you need suggestions, encouragement, ideas or just want to vent about the book industry. (And if you want to sing my praises, I never get tired of praises!) I know publishing a hard game to play, and we human beings have to stick together!
When things get silent around here, it means that big things are cooking. Uncork the champagne! It's time for a few announcements in the Henrysphere!
* A pro-edit version of The Homeschoolers: The Ballad of Squirtina will be available within the next two days. The kinks are out, people. The sky is the limit!
* And now that a very skilled editor has gotten her mitts on my manuscript, it's time for print publication! At last! Within the next two days, you'll be able to purchase print copies on Amazon and eventually from distributors across the globe. Buy a few and stuff some stockings this holiday season!
* A spectacular blog tour is in the works! I'm planning all kinds of goodies, surprises and fun stuff for this tour, along with my wonderful blog tour organizer, Holly. These bloggers and their readers are in for the full Henry Circle experience! And here's the tour banner. Pretty, isn't it?
* To celebrate all these happenings, !!!!!!!!!!Wednesday will be the start of a week long price drop in the Kindle version ofThe Homeschoolers!!!!!!!!!!
* And Ricky and all The Homeschoolers are about to make a much awaited re-appearance in a raucously, funny new story, "A Very Ricky Sunday." It's complete and about to roll out onto your e-readers!
* That's just what I can reveal. You won't believe all the amazing things cooking for your old Henry here. I'll tell you all as soon as I can! Now, go have a good week!
10 Quotes About Not Growing Up
Being a young adult writer, I get to experience the thrills and pitfalls of youth all over again through my characters. The reasons I chose this genre was for the unabashed enthusiasm of adolescence; the titillation of those first loves, first kisses, first heartbreaks and all that hope and confidence about the future. The teen years are the most exciting in a person's life because of the constant changes and tidal wave of new experiences. It's dizzying and delicious, or as Aristotle puts it, "The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication." Yes, and isn't fantastic?
Back when I was rocking mall bangs and hypercolor shirts, I vowed that I would never lose the sparkle and energy of the youthful mind. Goodness knows I've come close to growing cold and numb during the more trying times, but somehow I always emerge with passion and great expectations. I plan on staying young for at least another fifty years. Here's some advice on how to Stay Gold, Ponyboy.
1.) "Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. You are as old as your doubt, your fear, your despair. The way to keep young is to keep your faith young. Keep your self-confidence young. Keep your hope young." - Luella I. Phean
2.) "Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children's approach to life. They're people who don't give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought - sometimes it isn't much either." - Walt Disney
3.) "You're never too old to grow younger." - Mae West
4.) "The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm." - Aldous Huxley
5.) "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." - Henry Ford
6.) "We are always the same age inside." - Gertrude Stein
7.) Growing old is unavoidable, but never growing up is possible. I believe you can retain certain things from your childhood if you protect them- certain traits, certain places where you don't let the world go." - Johnny Depp
8.) "If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up. Not now!" - J.M. Barrie
9.) "In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play". - Friedrich Nietzsche
10.) "My childhood may be over, but that doesn't mean playtime is. ~Ron Olson