Clarion call: On Thursday, I picked up final copies of Racing Pajamas from my printer! Half a day later, I set out for the east coast on my “book tour” — delivering books to interested persons (including pre-orders) as my family traveled. For a fractal feel, I’ll add that I have had a tour within a tour. My great uncle purchased several books and, after talking it over with his Sheltie, decided to distribute them to the “dog friends” in the neighborhood because most of them have grandchildren. So, the past few days, we’ve delivered the copies, and the people have been entirely pleasant and receptive. The Spirit of charity is abroad! May it continue each day of every year.
Here Hattie looks a little like Haruto (Sakuraba from Eyeshield 21).
In the meanwhile, Terry Treble is increasing tempo (doing digital designing and editing), and a whirl of other ideas are rattling the door to get out and play, but too many at once could form a fray. Ah, all the things to do in one day.
Lots of good business this week:
- Sample cat note cards arrived
- Finalized book printer
- Made a few “sails”
- First version of book on display in library
Seeing others’ gratitude and joy is a most cheering outcome.
“Sales,” rather. I sold my first copy of RP this week! I am still working on getting perfect prints (color fidelity, nuance, contrast, etc.), but the book is much closer to that now than it was this summer and even a month ago. I am also developing notecards. Still determining which printing companies to use, but at this point, I need to satisfy consumer, friend, & family requests to make business move. =)
Soon enough, said products will be available online.
Been marching along the past few days to get Racing Pajamas cleaned up and in selling order. Travel is expensive, but the trip will be worth it. Currently plodding through an unexpected distribution + manufacturing cost + retail wasteland and mountainous trail, but it’s on the road. Glad for progress.
A few developments unfolding at various paces:
1. Contemplating self-publishing Racing Pajamas — Even though it’s not yet published, but I already have a considerable sales list. There’s much research to do on the matter. Hardcover binding and quality art (especially color) reproduction are important.
2. Writing another story about otters journeying to a new home. Perhaps I’ll illustrate it in “wottercolor.”
3. Beginning the first of what may become a series of children’s novels incorporating musicology. Think American Girl, but with music history.
4. Illustrating short stories for an online music education business! The style will look more cartoony than RP.