Progress by the octo-books.

A small update on my Bachelard collections, for anyone who miggt be interested.

I’ve created 8 volumes, all of them probably too big and needing to be split into two’s if I ever get to that point. In book pages – pumped up with front stuff and back stuff, it is just short of 2,000.

Today and tonight I have gotten to the point where all the obvious formatting issues have been addressed and all the covers built. This octopus of a project is uploaded to Ingrams.

I’ve learned a great deal that I didn’t know before, and now await the print gods at Ingram Spark, hoping they will turn my endeavours into manna and sustenance.

I had a lot of fun with covers, even though it is likely not all of them will prove adequate in the end. I’ll show them here when I’m confident that there aren’t going to be set-up issues.


15 thoughts on “Progress by the octo-books.

    • I’ll show them soon, Liz. They’ve been an interesting process, but nothing very fancy.
      I’ve determined that they should be simple (by which I mean quick) to do, take note of such meaningful advice as I’ve been able to glean and then just get on with it.
      Probably my weakest point is fonts and font colours, but in this case I’ll have the chance to take a look actually on a book and then change what I want to make different.

      All the advice is to make covers to suit genre, but poetry doesn’t have strong convention in that regard, so my intent has been to create an image that is capable of being contemplated, or meditated upon.

      Blurbs similarly. If I take time to think hard about a blurb I actually get very fumble footed in what I want to say and a little embarrassed at descriptions of the authors prowess in representing this or that. So quick and dirty and done.

      I suspect I’d do it differently if there were thousands of copies walking off the shelves, but that’s not the case, so it all amounts to practice, which I’m happy to get.

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      • I’ve been doing research on covers as well. I’m not seeing much of a pattern with poetry books It’s pretty much anything goes. It seems that a primary consideration is that the cover looks good as a thumbnail.

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      • I agree. It’s quite liberating, in a way. The arguments are all about fitting into your genre, but that also makes every piece of work a bit the same, from first glance.

        I suppose it’s a way for readers to easily identify what they like to read, but also homogenises.

        Bigger problem to grapple with than I’m capable of. I’m enjoying using my own images of the everyday for covers. They are the things that catch my eye, and what I’m likely to write about. Feels coherent.

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      • Your covers are very coherent. I think it’s much better to use original images than to go with a stock image. If the cover is stock, I assume the book is stock as well, and I have no interest in reading it.

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