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Author's selfieI spent time today in two of our libraries, helping out and trying to get work done on various tasks as time allowed. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) the library I was in this afternoon wasn’t busy. It was a fairly nice day, not too hot with some cloud cover, but not raining. School just got out and no one was rushing to get into the library. The first library was busier, but the second is in a smaller community. You just do what you can as it is possible.

Massive Reboot

Much like my Massive Reboot project. I’m planning the project using Trello—and I’m inviting you to follow my progress!

Screenshot of a Trello Board

Not much there yet! I need to populate and customize the board. I’ll have cards for each book and I’ll move them across the columns as I make progress with each title. Along the way, I may have some polls and other options for readers to weigh in.


I’m trying to get a handle on all of this. Each book is a project in itself, but the steps will be replicated again and again with some variations. I created the initial lists trying to get the concepts down.

  • Meta. All of the metadata for the book. Things like the ISBN number, the jacket copy, descriptions at different lengths, keywords, and the rest.
  • Review. Another pass through to catch any editing mistakes missed the first time around (if the book was previously published) and the production of a clean copy.
  • Artwork. Creation of jacket and interior artwork.
  • Design. With the clean copy and artwork completed, begin the design work to develop the design for the book. Includes design of alternate editions e.g. large print.
  • Production. With all the pieces pulled together, creating the files in the various formats.
  • Publishing. At this point, everything is ready to go! Files are uploaded, release dates scheduled, etc.
  • Release. The book is out! Any necessary launch activities occur.
  • Promotion. Promotion plans are put into motion. Schedule appearances on Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, speaking engagements, etc.

My next step is to get all of the books up on the board and start figuring things out. I’ll have twenty-two books I believe, more possibly, once taking short story collections into account.

There will be much more to do and I’ll tackle it as I’m able. Between all of my other projects, my portfolio work to finish my MLIS degree, work, and the rest, I don’t know how long it’ll take. I’d recommend that anyone interested take a look at and subscribe to the Massive Reboot board.

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