Working on the door prize

The book launch party for Nineteen Tales will have door prizes, and as one prize, I’m doing a drawing of a scene from my story. I’m starting with experiments and reminding myself how I draw… important artistic note: the water colour goes on before the india ink…

The next day: test drawings for the door prize. 🙂

One drawing is watercolour and pencil only, the other has india ink added.

This is the same technique I’m going to use for my story Parts.

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It came!

It came! Nineteen Tales of COVID-19, the compilation I submitted a story to! 😀 (I changed the pictures when I realized how many crumbs were on the kitchen table… now it’s in front of my computer.)

The compilation was organized by the awesome Jackie Brown of Jackie Brown Books. The writers all have some connection to Durham Region (for example, I grew up in Whitby).

Yes, I also designed the cover and laid the interior out.

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Getting close to publication!

We have been working hard over the holidays getting the manuscript of “Nineteen Tales of COVID-19” ready for publication on Amazon.

Jackie Brown, publisher of the compilation, has been masterminding the project: getting needed material from the authors and designers, setting deadlines, and keeping things going.

Maxine Wray, marketer, has been getting promotional material going, such as graphics for posting to social media. She has also been setting up the distribution of the book.

I’ve been setting the book up in Adobe Indesign and generating manuscripts in PDF format for the others to check over and suggest adjustments. I also built a cover in Adobe Illustrator, using a graphic from Freepik (which had to be credited in the book).

Based on the others’ feedback, I’ve been making adjustment after adjustment: eliminating typos, correcting odd formatting errors, adding late-arriving material, and making adjustments to the cover. For example, two of the authors wanted to use different family names, which meant I had to rearrange the names on the cover and the chapters in the book…

We’re getting close!

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The big news is, the compilation I’ve been working on is ready! The compilation, Nineteen Tales of COVID-19, has been organized and edited by Jackie Brown of Jackie Brown Books. The contributors have all lived in or otherwise been associated with Durham Region, east of Toronto. Many have been members of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region.

Nineteen Tales has been released!

It is available through Amazon as an ebook and as a printed book:
Amazon Canada: http://bit.ly/nineteentalesofcovid19
Amazon US: http://bit.ly/Nineteentalesofcovid19
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/nineteentalesofcovid
Amazon India: http://bit.ly/Nineteentalesofcovid

It is also available through Kobo as an ebook:
https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/nineteen-tales-of-covid-19

L-R: Nineteen Tales as an ebook from Amazon in the Kindle app on an iPhone; as a printed book from Amazon print-on-demand; and as an ebook from Kobo in a Kobo Glo book-reader.

I submitted a story to it, The Rabbit Hole, but I also designed the cover and laid out the interior!