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Steven the Vegan on VeganCuts.com

Today, Steven the Vegan was promoted on VeganCuts.com VeganCuts is an amazing service that offers deals on vegan products ranging from foods, to … books! While I was completing the layouts of the pages I contacted VeganCuts and asked if my book was something they’d like to offer. (Duh!) Of course, they said yes.

Be sure to checkout the deal at VeganCuts.com and sign up for their newsletter to get deals on other vegan products!

 

My first book is official

bookcoverwebToday I received my final proof of my first book, and it was perfect. Over the next two week I will be getting everything setup to start selling the book, and “special deal” online.

I have also been compiling a mailing list of potential retail outlets to solicit the book to. in addition to the official website, the book will also be available on Amazon.com.

This week being Thanksgiving, I guess I can say I am thankful the book is finally done! It’s been a bumpy road, but well worth it. What I’ve learned from the mistakes I’ve make will make my next book go much smoother.

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 »

Steven gets a web site

Steven the Vegan LogoOkay, this post name sounds like the title of an After School Special, but it’s not. My second book, Steven the Vegan which is currently being illustrated is getting its own web site. I have been working with a friend I found through Twitter.com Chris Spooner (Spoooooon!) on a design for Steven’s web site. Chris did the graphic design of the web site for Eartha the Sea Turtle and I knew when I was ready I’d have him design Steven’s.

Eartha’s web site is primarily geared toward the book and free coloring pages, whereas Steven’s web site will be a blog. The blog will include recipes, and interesting information on a vegan lifestyle. Many people do not know the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian. Some believe that vegan is a shorter word variation for vegetarian. I assure you it is not.

Steven’s book was inspired by the notion that young kids today will have a hard time explaining to their peers the concept of a vegan. Additionally, kids are finicky eaters. I am going to focus on kid-friendly vegan recipes, including vegan mac & cheese, sandwich wraps and more.

I have recently signed up with Kitchen Monki, an online resource for sharing recipes, planning meals and more. I will be embedding the recipes I put there on Steven’s web site.I am also teaming up with Meatless Monday to promote a monday meal, without meat. All the meals can be made by anyone. Whenever possible I will include links to where people can purchase the ingredient, but in most cases local grocery stores will have them.

Of course the site will also serve as a way to promote the upcoming book. I feel these affiliation will assist with the marketing of the book. We’ll find out in due time. 🙂

Links : Kitchen Monki, Meatless Monday, Spoon Graphics

7 Days

7NumberSevenInCircleSeven days ago I made the decision to move my book to CreateSpace.com, Amazon.com’s print on demand service. Today I received notice from them that I will be receiving my printed proof in 10-15 days. It took seven days to do with CreateSpace.com what it took several months with AuthorHouse.com. Not to mention that the per copy price from AuthorHouse.com was over 2 times the price from CreateSpace.com. AuthorHouse.com told me it will take thirty days to cancel with them. Why does it take thirty days to cancel a book that was never printed?

Progress on my next book is going well. The character development is just about done, and progress on the main pages is beginning. I have also been working on setting up the web site for the new book as well.

I’ve been doing some research into different children’s novels for the next project on the list. Character development, and story plot has begun on _a__a_y Wy___ and the _a_e _a__da. (Sorry for being cryptic, but too bad.) The main character was developed by my friend Ron years ago, and I am glad I can help turn his vision into a book.

I’ve registered the ten ISBN numbers with my new publishing company. Oh that’s right. I never told you the name of it.

Publishing in a new direction

As some of you already know, I’ve been having problems with Author House. So this week I sent them an email telling them that I am no longer publishing my book through them. I have asked them to refund my payment for services, and I have decided to take the entire publishing process in a new direction.

Upon the advice of several people I have been communicating with on LinkedIn.com, I have decided to start a publishing company, and publish my own books. By utilizing print-on-demand services like CreateSpace.com, I can publish and print my book on my own.

I purchased a block of ten (10) ISBN (International Standard Book Number) numbers, and I am currently working on reformatting the book for the new CreateSpace.com standard. This paves the way for me to create ten books, and publish them under my new publishing company. I actually may get the book printed quicker this way, than if I continued with Author House.

Although it sounds like a set back, it actually will work out for the best in the long run. My next challenge is marketing.

I’ll reveal the name of the publishing company soon.

Publishing is pissing me off.

I received an email with a link to my “completed” book, only to find a page totally messed up. There is also a problem with the cover. That’s not why I am pissed. Those items can be fixed. I am pissed because of their pricing. Every time I’d ask them what the cost of the book would be, they would tell me they cannot calculate it until the pages are processed, and setup.

I received an email with a link to where I can set my price. the only problem is that the base price is way too high for my liking. Keep in mind that I paid for the service to assist me with self publishing, and I know that they would deduct the cost of printing of the book once one is sold. The difference between the price I set, and their cost of printing is what the profit would be.

The problem is, their cost of printing is way to high. Now I see why they didn’t want to tell the the cost of the book. I would have pulled the plug then.

I am looking at CreateSpace.com, which is Amazon.com’s Print on Demand service to see if it is feasible.

Until this is resolved, one way or another, I will not mention the name of the publishing company.

I am hoping that they will do the right thing, but I am not counting on it.

P.S. AuthorHouse.com sucks.

Meet Steven the Vegan

Steven

Here is a preliminary drawing of Steven from the upcoming book, Steven the Vegan. Steven will be joined by several classmates. As progress continues, I will post updates here. Very excited for this book, and to be working with my long time friend, Ron.

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.