When I gave my wife Black Hole Son - Draft 2 to read, she complained that the three-ring binder I used was unwieldy and difficult to read. Thus, she didn't get through it (this was fine, as I'd already gotten the feedback I needed from other sources). But for the next story, I would need something more manageable if I wanted her to review it (and I do). Wouldn't it be nice if there was some way to form your manuscript into an affordable print-on-demand book?
But there is! Lulu.com, as recommended by John Scalzi can do that and more. I spent the weekend making the print-ready text, the cover (which I will post eventually), back, and spine and all that. It's actually pretty neat and easy. Of course, me being the control freak, I had to design my own cover, spine, and back, even though Lulu let's you make your own, and it's far easier. I've got to say, it still looks like a POD book, but I'm not trying to publish this for realsies, so it doesn't matter that much. But for a draft 2, it looks pretty damn good.
BTW, if you're looking for Merm-8 on there, you won't find it, because I made it accessible to only myself. Why? Well, it's not finished yet. Obviously. It's still on draft 2.
This is all my way of saying that Merm-8 Draft 2 is finished. It's now time to submit it for critiques. That gives me plenty of time to finish my short stories and then... well, I'm not sure. I guess Half-Life 2 isn't going to play itself (kidding!).
Labels: Mermaid Story