Hey hey hey. So I did it. I finished all the illustrations for the book. All I can say is I feel totally uplifted about it. It was exactly what was needed.
I had no idea I was going to feel this way. If I did, I would have done this a long time ago. I feel much more confident about the tone of the book now, how it will be received and how it comes across. Sometimes, my sense of humor is hard to gauge and the drawings give the story just a bit more confirmation on how to capture my personality. That’s what I think anyway. Just what the Jesus ordered.
So now? Now I’m doing things. I’m always doing things. It’s time to get this thing professionally proofread, on my dime too, since it’s not looking like I’m going with any big-time publishers that would normally have that sort of service in-house. Indy publishers expect your manuscript to be ready to go. They may give it a last look-over, but it better be in excellent shape and free of the tiniest mistakes and typos, just in case.
I also have to put my bibliography together, but that shouldn’t take long. I was waiting to hear back on my licensing requests actually. Or, rather, a combination of those and my legal people to see what other permissions I might need, if any. I assume I’ll need more than just Neil Young’s and Stevie Nicks’, as I use some of their song lyrics. I’m still waiting to be matched up with a single atty to get assigned to my case.
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to think up some ways to launch the book once it comes. It’s good to think of these things early. It’s good to think out of the box too. I’ve just been hiding in the box for so long, I have to bust out of here at some point.
I’m visualizing something where I can incorporate my next show at Craig Krull. Gallery. We’ll see.