Welcome to the Dumpster Diary!


This diary will chronicle my journey to becoming a best selling author.



Website: http://www.interdimensionaldumpster.com/

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The reviews are coming!

The reviews of The Interdimensional Dumpster are starting to roll in and I can say that I am more than happy with the results. Every reviewer so far has recommended my book to kids in their posts on blogs, etc. I would like to thank:

laradunning.wordpress.com (review coming Wednesday)
coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com
www.rachelsbookreviews.com

These are the first three reviews of the book and have all noticed the book for what it is; a fun read for those kids that don't really like reading that much. My goal was to hook them in with the comic book style cover and leave them hooked until the last puctuation mark.

My goal over the next few weeks is to add a page to my website to link all of the reviews. Hopefully, someone out there will notice that the book has mass appeal and will want to back it?

Who knows?

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Book Signing was a huge success!

I would like to thank everyone who came out on October 30th for my signing of The Interdimensional Dumpster. I signed over 60 copies of my book and was shocked at the turnout. Family, Friends and Fans showed up at Pam's paperbacks Plus. It was two hours of conversation,revisiting old friendships and forging new ones. The positive feedback on the book made me dedicate more of my time to finishing the second novel in the series. People were telling me to hurry up and finish it! I can't let them down, I am shooting for May 2011 as a release date. Wish me luck and...

Keep reading!

Thanks,

Ray

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Book signing this week!

This Saturday, I'll be signing copies of my book at:

Pam's Paperbacks Plus
85 Post Office Park
Wilbraham, Ma 01095

I'll be there from 10am to noon.

I have no idea what to expect, this being my first official signing. I have 90 books for sale, as well as some t-shirts. The store will handle the sales, all I need to do is smile and sign!

I'll post a recap after it happens.

Stay Tuned!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Writing and Marketing

Now that my book has been available for a few weeks, I have been hard at work marketing and promoting. I have sent the book to several review sites, and received a positive review from the first one to post it! That's a relief!

My next task is to prepare for my first book signing. It is coming up October 30th and I'm not sure what to expect! I have created the Facebook event, posted on Twitter, and the Book Store is doing an email blast. Whew.

Another positive that has happened is the local media coverage! I have been featured on the front page of my local newspaper.

This journey has been great and I wish everyone could experience the feeling of seeing your book in print.

Now, I need to work on Book 2!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The book is actually a book!

On Friday, September 10th, I received the first actual copies of my book. 25 of them, all looking as pretty as the first. The even bigger day was Saturday, the 11th. The Interdumensional Dumpster showed up on Amazon, both as a book and as a Kindle version. 14 years finally paid off. Of course, I gave a copy to my parents and my grandmother, but plan on sending most of the others out for reviews. Day one netted me 3 copies of the book and 2 copies of the Kindle. Woohoo, five people bought it! Thank you to whoever you are!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Can I create an ibook without a Mac?

Do those darn Apple people have me over a barrel? Or do I need to find someone who actually owns a Mac to help me? Oh well, a new quest has begun...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Proof is in the pudding!

I just approved the proofs for The Interdimensional Dumpster today. I am so excited that it should be available in the next week or so. Additionally, I uploaded the Kindle version today also. Launched the Facebook fan page today and got 25 in the first four hours. The pudding is just something that would be really tasty right now!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The final countdown

It looks like the Final edit is done. There will be a few day wait however, since I applied for cataloging in the Library of Congress. It should take about one week. This gives me some time to rest before I start up the marketing machine!

Monday, August 23, 2010

This time!

I just sent the re-edit in. Thanks to my great wife for reading and re-reading the book with me, looking for spacing issues and the like. I just resent the files and hope to have new proofs this week.
Now to start on the Kindle version!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

So That's Why....

I had to resubmit my cover a 3rd time. I now know the difference between picas and inches. InDesign was set in picas as a default. My actual size of my cover was shrunk down to 3" x 3"! Hopefully, this is the last fix!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The closer I get...

Had to reformat the cover 2 more times over the last two days. It was just a smidge too small according to CreateSpace. I also added a Publishing company.
How does DumpsterGold Publishing sound?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cover Art!

 
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This is the week

I just submitted The Interdimensional Dumpster to CreateSpace for verification. I should be able to order a proof copy in the next day or two. I am so excited to actually finish the project!

Stay tuned for details on how to order the book!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Diving into the Dumpster!

I received a final copy of the cover from Marc last night. It looks awesome! I just asked for a teeny tweak and hope to have it back any day. Then the formatting begins. I'll have to upload the book to LULU and then check it out page by page to make sure I used the "white space" properly. I hope to have a sample copy next week.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cover almost Ready

I emailed back and forth with cover artist Marc Lapierre last night. He is putting the finishing touches on the cover. Titles and Credits. He asked me if I was able to do it. I sent him back a copy of what it would look like if I did it. Not good!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Self Publishing is the new model...

As I learn more about the book business, the more I discover on how hard it is for an unpublished author to even get soemone to look at their work. The economy and decline in printed book sales has everyone in the publishing industry running for cover. No one is willing to take a chance anymore. This is most likely contributing to the decline of their industry. Thankfully the self publishing revolution is here. This way the readers decide what they want to buy, not people in board rooms. Long live the revolution!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tick Tock

I'm getting closer to actually dropping this book on the world. Each day closer seems like it get's farther away. I hope to have it almost finished by 8/14 and don the publisher hat on the 15th. Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Getting Close

P-day is almost upon me. I hope to have a proof copy back of my book by mid August. Once that comes back, I can release The Interdimensional Dumpster upon the world. Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble, even itunes. Look out world!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Copyright Write?

Tonight I am sending in my copyright application. It can now be done electronically through the Library of Congress. Imagine that, my book in the Library of Congress!!??

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Projected Publishing Date

I am shooting for August 21st as the publishing date. I am on vacation from my "Real" job that week and will put on my author hat to get this thing finished. I say "Real" job because that's the one that actually pays me!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Progress..

I wrote a rough draft of the first two chapters of the next book. I started doing the as an outline and just kept writing. The flow was great. I need to sit down and outline more of the book, but this heat has been crazy.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

And so it begins..

I just did (what I hope will be) the final edit on my manuscript. I contacted the cover artist today and he assures me that I'll have cover art by the middle of August. Him and his wife just had Baby #2 (Penelope Rae) so I guess that means he will finish it on his sleepless nights!

Good luck Marc!