So I’m in the process of putting together the print version of Hunting the Phoenix, the final book of my Herbert West Series. A while ago I mentioned a change to the cover image. Here it is. The change should be obvious if you compare this image with the corresponding one in the set of four above.
Another new thing is five small glyphs I created for the five section title pages. They are symbols used in alchemy and early chemistry. I was having a hard time finding uniformly-sized versions, so I drew my own set with Microsoft Paint. They turned out well enough for my purposes. For the title text, I wanted a font with a similar hand-drawn feel, so I used Tempus Sans ITC.
Next step is proofing. The print version should be available in March.
I’m preparing to publish Hunting the Phoenix, the fourth and final book of the Herbert West Series, in print. Having gone through this three times already, I know it can be a bit of a slog:
Reading the ebook on my ereader and making notes. I’m 2/3 of the way through. About 80% of the changes consist of deleting the word “that.” As in: “I made my way over to him, telling myself that I wasn’t all that tipsy.” See what I mean? So far I have 22 ereader pages of notes.
Making the noted changes in the ebook’s base Word document.
Copying that document and formatting it for print. I’ve blogged about that process already.
Writing a brief plot description for the back cover.
Ordering the print cover image from my cover designer once I know the final page number.
Uploading the interior file and cover image to CreateSpace.
Proofing, both online and by reading a printed proof copy.
Making post-proofing corrections. (It would be great if this step wasn’t needed, but let’s be realistic).
Re-proofing. By this stage the online options should be enough.
Making final corrections, if necessary (better not be!) and re-uploading.
Copying all the changes into the Kindle ebook base document.
Uploading the corrected ebook docs to Smashwords and KDP.
There is a bit of fun stuff this time around:
I’ve used good old Microsoft Paint to draw a number of alchemical symbols, which I’m hoping to use as glyphs on the interior title pages of Hunting the Phoenix. Glyphs are cool.
There will be a small (but significant) adjustment to the cover image. Look for a cover reveal in a few weeks!
By the way, I recently ran across something interesting by another WordPress blogger — a history of Herbert West, from his creation by H.P. Lovecraft to recent adaptations. Can you believe a musical version of the Re-Animator movie? Truth! The post also includes a mention of my novel The Friendship of Mortals, complete with (for me) thrill-inducing comments.
Herbert West lives!
Credit for the image (Herbert and the unnamed narrator) goes to Tealin.