Self-Publishing–Printing Companies

Sept. 12, 2016

That’s Leah Weir, who has been a tremendous help holding the two self-published books for my Children of the Myth Machine Series: Sylvia and Ruby.  Only a limited number of hard copies were printed so they  are not available but they are available as e-books through Kobo or Chapters.  I’ll discuss e-books in another Blog.

A Printing Company might use Microsoft Word, often they prefer PDF files and now it’s easy to convert a Word Document to a PDF file.  There is a list of things you want to think about before you bring your book to a Printer:

  • You want an ISBN number (the Library of Canada likes 2 copies)
  • Hire someone who is a real editor to go through your book, and work with you on any grammatical or storyline corrections.
  • How many pages, what type of paper, what type of bonding?
  • If you’re going with 5.5×8.5”or another dimension convert your document or make a copy of it at those dimensions so you know how many pages will actually be printed based on the font size and type of font.
  • You want your fonts to be easily read.
  • The more copies you get the cheaper each book costs.
  • If you’re getting the story printed to give away to an organization, family, or friends that will limit the number of copies you want to make.
  • If you’re planning on selling the books, make sure they’re appealing to the readers you’re trying to attract (non-fiction: autobiography, historical, text; fictional: drama, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, romance)
  • Make an attractive, exciting front and back cover
  • Some Printers have artists you can hire to design your front and back cover, or you can try it on your own (that’s another story)

What’s Going On

I started a story called Preterhuman Normal but stopped because I had it (as a fan) in the DC Universe but without the permission I thought I should for legal reason stop.

Instead I’ve re-worked the story.  It still belongs in the Comic Universe but one I’m creating from scratch.

Preterhuman Normal is about Norm Nethers and how he grows into a superhero or super villain you have to read it to find out.

So you will see two blogs now:  one is BARD (fantasy fiction with adventure, horror, battles, and love story).  and Preterhuman Normal.

Writer’s Write.  If you comment great but if you don’t I’ll continue posting.




People and Events — Comic Con 2016

My first Comic Con.

My brother and budding writer, Andy Watt, at our stand at Kitchener City Hall.
Samantha Nichols between Stormtropper and Bobba Fett.
Candy Cosplay
Sam with Candy Cosplays
Sam with neighbor Sam and her family.
My helpers, Andraya and Katilyn with a mysterious girl whose arm you write your name on. I was told I wouldn’t understand her character so you can tell me her secret.
Underworld Larp PR@LARP.CA
Live Adventure with Underworld LARP
Stacy Cliff Artist
Stacy Cliff — Artist
Knightmares & Daydreams
People loved this stand. Knightmares & Daydreams
Penney's Steampunk General Store
Handmade jewelry. Penney’s Steampunk General Store
Never did get their card but if I do I’ll post it.

I really enjoyed just walking around meeting the different businesses, groups, and characters and taking pictures.  Very busy and super friendly.

Bobba Fett
Harley Quinn
Rey and BB8
Gandalf or Dumbledore?
Puff the magic dragon? Not sure.
Spidermen from different Marvel universes.
Don’t what they are but really neat costumes.
Did see a Dr. Who so might be the Dalek got him.
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