tuesday, august 31, 2010
Publications' Progress, eBooks, and Book Club Discussions
11:22 pm edt
Alva Press, Inc. continues its slow, steady expansion of services. This
week it uploaded the draft copy of Jolt: a rural noir as an eBook onto Kindle with Amazon.com. The
draft's first pages formatting translated poorly from the ePlatform and need some editing, but the main body of
the book looks pretty good. As such, with just some minimal reformatting of the initial pages, the expectation is
to make Jolt: a rural noir available to the public as an eBook this coming month.
In other, a
book club in Ferrisburgh, VT, has ordered nine copies of Jolt: a rural noir and has invited its author, Roberta M Roy,
to participate the club's discussion of Jolt. The motivation behind the writing of Jolt: a rural noir should
be of particular interest to club members. This is because the Vermont Yankee Power Plant in southern Vermont has been
leaking radioactive materials into the lands adjacent to the plant as well as into the Connecticut River. As a result,
the Vermont Legislature recently decided to deny the renewal of the plant's license when it runs out in 2011. But
the question as to whether or not they should wait so long is still out there, making nuclear issues a hot topic
The need for an ISBN number and design questions continue to prevent the publication of
Kristen Henderson's book of poetry, Drum Machine. The ISBN is expected in this coming month. As for the design, the
bar code came through with a blurry image and it is likely it will require reissuance. The plan remains, however, for Drum
Machine to go to press not later than the end of this September.
RMR in Po-Town, Truckin'
sunday, august 22, 2010
Alva Press, Inc., in the World of Publishing
10:27 am edt
Yesterday began an end-of-summer break. After bill-paying,
I jotted down a list of personal catch-up tasks for completion in the two weeks before school re-opens.
Alva Press, Inc., offered me a small plethora of things to do. I list them below as a window insight into the
throes a fledgeling publishing company's operations. The tasks are loosely divided among: Kristen Henderson's book;
uploading of Jolt: Rural Noir as an eBook; distribution of hard copies; public appearances; bookkeeping and finances;
and website(s) updates.
letter to accompany release for Kate to sign
page and cover blurbs for accuracy
-Work with designer regarding
text to include on back
-Check to see if clearer bar code sample
Jolt: Rural Noir
Kindle with Amazon.com
date in October for Vergennes, VT booksigning
possible dates for booksigning at ZenDog
invoices to booksellers
bulk order and send.
Alva Press main page
blogs - Wr&Pub, RMRonNS, RMR
NYS Alva's were submitted
electronically in a timely manner
When I ask myself, Why I am doing this?" the answer comes back, "Because
I feel like it." No other explanation at this point makes much sense.
RMR in Po-Town, Knittin'