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I love humorous “About the Author” pages. For example:
“Adams lived partly in Islington, London, partly in Provence, France, but mostly in airport bookshops.” — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 1997 Ballantine Books edition
“Allie Brosh lives as a recluse in her bedroom in Bend, Oregon. In 2009, she thought, ‘I know what would be a good idea! Instead of becoming a scientist, I should write and draw things on the Internet!’ This was a horrible idea for too many reasons to count, but the decision wasn’t really based on logic. (. . .) Brosh has also given herself many awards, including ‘fanciest horse drawing’ and ‘most likely to succeed.'” — Hyperbole and a Half
I considered writing a funny description of myself for Ellipsis, but since the book is not overtly humorous (though there are one or two scenes that make me snigger) I opted for a very short and rather plain listing of my name, where I live, and that this is my first published book. For Camp NaNoWriMo in July I will be making my second attempt to finish a paranormal buddy comedy book. If that one makes it to publication maybe then I will have an excuse for a tongue-in-cheek “About the Author” page.
So here are some completely true, but also amusing, facts that I did not include on the last page of Ellipsis:
And here’s some facts about the book
*If you found this fact mundane you have not watched Twin Peaks.
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So, after a very full and bewildering weekend I finally clawed my way back to the computer to press the last few buttons required for my book to go live on Amazon. It should be available there in paperback form in 5-7 days. Now I will get cracking on the ebook version, which is more new territory to explore.
I’ll keep you posted!
Yesterday my second proof arrived. I’m only on chapter 7 so far, but it looks good! There’s one or two little fiddle formatting problems to fix but nothing so major that I think I will need a third proof. That means that when I’m done with this revision the book will finally be available for sale!
The first proof has been reviewed and the necessary changes submitted. In 12-24 hours I should have approval to order a second proof. Proof arrives in about a week. If proof is OK then Thundercats are go. If not, I rinse and repeat.
I hope Proof #2 is good to go, because I’m going to need a few days to let my poor brain reinflate with some mindless TV before I start writing again – and I am stoked for Camp NaNoWriMo! For NaNoWriMo 2014 I had a great idea for a buddy story with paranormal elements and lots of humor, and though I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo that year I have been percolating the idea ever since. For Camp next month I am going to try to hammer out a first draft.