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Just Proof It!

You want the proof? You can’t handle the proof!

I received my first proof of my book, The Tale of Eartha the Sea Turtle, this week. Although there were some issues, the experience was still positive. The issues were partially my fault, but since this is my blog I’m going to blame Thomas Binderhoff of Sandusky, Ohio. I worked so hard for so long, and he goes ahead and messes everything up.

Okay, I don’t even know if that person exists. I made him up, but it’s still his fault. Read more »

Tom Petty was right!

Waiting is the hardest part.

Currently I am waiting for illustrations (No pressure Ron!) and I am waiting for Authorhouse to finish modifying the cover for Eartha the Sea Turtle.

I sent Authorhouse all the PDF pages of my book, and a PDF of the cover on the 25th of September. I was told that they would begin my book on the 30th. I emailed Authorhouse yesterday and asked them what is taking so long. They replied…

“We will still put the PDF’s together and then add the ISBN assignment and bar code, along with the AuthorHouse logo information. We are completing covers in the order that they come in, which is the reason for the 10-15 day timeline.”

isbn-13_9781438945927_88768Um, what? That’s like 15 minutes of work. I went online, found a web site that generates ISBN-13 barcodes and created my own. (Yes this IS the correct ISBN number for my book)

So what’s left… adding their logo, and inserting a page that says copyright…blah blah blah. Let’s face it, they should be able to do a cover an hour a LEAST. So if it takes 10-15 days for the cover to be done, they obviously don’t have enough people to get the job done.

(Gripe session over. Please return to whatever you were doing.)

Do you Twitter? or is it Tweet?

tweeterSocial networking is here to stay. But it’s not just for us organic lifeforms. Fictional characters also exist in cyberspace. Many of your favorite TV show characters can be found. If you search, you can find every character from Star Wars on Twitter.

Not to be outdone by George Lucas, both Eartha the Sea Turtle and Steven the Vegan are on Twitter.

@EarthaSeaTurtle

@SteventheVegan

@danbodenstein <– Me!

I tend to post stuff about technology, computers, photography, green and earth-friendly things, and more.

Eartha tends to tweet about sea turtle stories in the news and other sea turtle bloggers.

Steven tends to tweet about vegan recipes, stories about vegans, and other vegetable related things.

So add any of us as a friend, and see what were up to.

First Audio Sample

I just got to listen to the first audio sample for the reading of Eartha the Sea Turtle. The company FrogDog Media, is turning the story into an iPhone / iPod Touch application. The application will read the story to children, or allow them to read it themselves. Turning the page is done by swiping your finger across the device.

It may sound odd, but hearing someone else read your story is pretty awesome. It was only a sample though … I wonder how it will end?

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Progress on Eartha’s book moves forward and a new book is in the works.

Well after several failed attempts to get AuthorHouse.com to approved the formatting of my book, it was finally approved. On September 30th it went into “Galley Design” phase. (No idea what it means … I think they may this shit up). It’s now passed Galley Design phase and is now in Galley Quality Assurance. This means that someone is checking all 32 pages. Oh my, that could take weeks. According to them it can take 10 to 15 days. (It’s a children’s book people. I can write a new book in that period of time … and I did!)

On the more productive side, I did design and order the postcards featuring Eartha that will be sold with the special signed edition. Each postcard has a different photograph of the real sea turtle named Eartha, along with a one word message. The messages are Protect, Endangered, Conservation, and Respect. On the back of each is an explanation of each of the words.

On the new side of things, I wrote a new book entitled, “Steven the Vegan”. This book is a bit special too since it is a topic that is close to home, and I get to work with a childhood friend of mine, Ron Robrahn. Ron is an amazing illustrator and cartoonist. I know he is excited about our joint venture as much as I am.