What I’ve Been Doing For the Last Month

Sorry for the lack of interesting content but for most of the last month or so I’ve been spending every spare moment prepping my book. Above is the final cover, and as you can see I’ve gone back to the Yuri image. I just can’t quit Yuri. Once you go cosmonaut, you can never go back.

This version is a lot less Shepherd Ferry Obama poster and more expressionistic portraiture. With little orange stars. The back cover has some cool space porn for those who like that sort of thing (raises hand) but this is a fucking family blog, so no dirty pictures of stars doing it.

Anyway, every non-spare moment has been spent with me up to my eyeballs doing highly technical and of no interest to non librarians stuff, so lets just pretend I was traveling the south east, wrestling alligators semiprofessionally instead.

If all goes as planned, I should have the proof copy in about 10 to 12 days, and the book should be available for sale by the third week of July at the latest. Then, I will be rich and famous, just like all the other self-published authors out there.

Coming Soon (New and Improved Version)!

The new and improved cover
The new and improved cover, coming June 2009!

So, it turns out I can’t use the cover with Yuri Gagarin’s face on it because it’s copyrighted. This is not so bad a development, as I realized after designing it that it looks like a cheep rip off of the Shepard Ferry Obama Hope poster. Let’s have none of that, thanks.*

This new design is inspired by the classic Penguin book covers of the 50’s and 60’s, just with a Hubble image in place of the modern art. The footnote Book header and asterisk icon is there in place of the Penguin logo and header, because the book looked naked without something in that place. It is, thankfully, one of the few names not taken already by some weirdo using it for his own vanity publishing project. Which is good, because I may use it for my vanity publishing projects. So there.

Updated to add: Oh, yeah, publication date! The book should be available for purchase on this site, Amazon, and Create Space on June 1st. I’m going to try and get it into some local book stores here in Portland shortly thereafter. So, locals, let me know of some book stores in the area you think would be open to carrying it.

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* it’s a great poster, very iconic and something that will go down in history, along with the “Dewey beats Truman” photo and the picture of the sailor kissing the girl on V Day. But there’s enough cheep rip offs of it already floating around and there’s no need to dilute the image any further.