And not just any Friday, but the Friday before Spring Break! While I will definitely be keeping myself busy over the week, I don't have class or work, so my schedule is what I make it!
Still proofreading, tweaking the format and editing. Since I have changed the spacing, indentation, and the font to make it look more professional, with the twelve stories I originally planned to published in it, I will only have about 100 pages.
So I am going to include three more previously unreleased stories, bringing the grand total up to fifteen. It will be approximately 140 pages, and I will likely lower the price when I finalize it all. I am still planning on releasing it by May.
The addition of these stories won't substantially increase the amount of work I have to do to get it publishing ready. More details to come. As I work on it and it gets better and better, both the stories, the design, and the typesetting, the more excited I get. I can't wait to release this to you all.
Also, I *think* I have figured out the formatting problems I was having with the e-book format. *fingers crossed*
While I am figuring out everything while putting together and preparing Tales from the Fringes for official publication, I have also begun formatting and typesetting my first novel, Out in the Garage, for a late-summer/early fall release.
The more I think about it, the more I work towards it, the more my DIY mentality takes over, and the more I want to lean toward self-publishing. The trick is in being able to market and sell my products on the Internet to a wide enough audience, which is the next step in the process. Either way, I feel like it suites me. I like the idea that I can do my own thing in my own way.
Especially if it is an ideology or an ethos, as long as there is people who don't want to take all the mass media corporate bullshit, the it will never die.
Some might say, "But Gabe, you are using the products of a large corporation, doesn't that make you a hypocrite?"
My reply? Not when I have complete creative control. And fuck off. If anything, I am using the corporate mass media to get my stories, ideas, philosophies out to people I don't have the means to otherwise reach. It's not like I have some dictator standing over my back telling me what to write. I am my own dictator, goddammit. Also, I am not trying to get rich, I am just trying to create the means to continue doing it.
Besides, most writers don't make a living writing. That's why I'm in school. That's why I will get a job after school and work towards paying off the debt I have incurred. I would rather do it myself on my own terms -- if the outcome is going to be the same either way.
It's time to embrace the future, because the future is now, and I am not getting any younger or smarter.
Look at the Descendents. Those guys all have like PhD.s and shit now, and they are still fucking awesome.
It's not about making money, it's about doing what I love. Self-publishing is the way to go.