“Inconstant Moon” update ~ Uploaded

a graphic banner reads Inconstant Moon. rendered in the Rebel Caps font with a gibbous moon nestled between the words

blue balloon that says WOOT

I made my final-final upload to CreateSpace just before midnight on May 11th.


This is the “final-final” proof because I was certain that the previous proof would be “it.”
That’s why I cleverly called it the “final proof.”    But I was wrong.   There were too many typos.

What began as proof reading on the two previous “proofs” morphed into extensive editing.   So they were actually new drafts, and of course the editing process itself left all sorts of additional debris.  What I should have done was to proofread again after the editing was finished.
For this final-final proof, editing didn’t come into it. It was truly proof read.
And then I proofed it again, just to make sure.
And now I am sure that this is “it.”
When the final-final book-book proof arrives, I expect it will receive near immediate approval.

“ensemble” novel

The only editorial change in this final-final version is the inclusion of a dramatis personæ page. This is something I’d been meaning to do since the second draft but never quite got around to. Although unnecessary for most books, I expect it might be very helpful for Inconstant Moon due to the size of the cast of characters. Most novels have a single protagonist, but the way it worked out, Inconstant Moon has an ensemble cast.

Because the story deals with a brutal attack of a student, the story is told through several overlapping groups of students.
My assumption going in was that one of the characters would emerge as the protagonist. What happened instead was that the characters balanced themselves out far more evenly than I had envisaged, emphatically turning it into an ensemble novel.

[I’m learning that there are categories for everything.]

My Inconstant Moon ensemble has rather more characters than Amy Tan has in The Joy Luck Club, or Meg Waite Clayton has in “The Four Ms. Bradwells.” And I’m pretty sure I have even more characters than Ed McBain has in his 87th Precinct series.

And although the serialization blog will have character pages, those who prefer to hold a physical book will benefit from having the cast list accessible on the printed page.

proof copies on my desk

I’ve been told that standard practice is to release the ebook first, then the book-book. And I have no idea if anyone else (besides Cory Doctorow) does online serializations.  The theory goes that drawing the process out over time allows time for buzz to build, as well as providing fodder for things to talk about online.  [Like that’s ever been my problem!] And besides, I’ve been talking about Inconstant Moon online for so long that it’s high time for me to shut up and let the readers decide.

CreateSpace estimates the final proof copy should be in my hand by May 26th, 2011.   And I anticipate making a near immediate approval.  (To be doubly certain, I proofed it twice.)

This gives me time to get my serialization blog theme ready to go.

And learn how to do the ebook conversions.

I’m going to launch it all at once.

The serialization will begin when both the book-book and the e-book versions
are available. There won’t be a book trailer until I find time to master Linux editing software. Nor have I looked into any of the other online marketing strategies.

Unfortunately, the interesting times we’re living in have provided a bit too much distraction, so I’m not as organized as I should be.  Maybe next time.

Once Inconstant Moon is in hand I can get back to work on my second novel,
which I expect to publish by October. 
I’ll know what I’m doing by then. 
Right?  😀

Free Font Credits:
The Inconstant Moon font is Jay Batchelor’s Rebel Caps
The Woot font is Kingthings Bloone!


What a Difference A Font Makes

New Fonts for the cover of “Inconstant Moon”

Caligula Dodgy font is similar to the Perpetual Titling font

Caligula Dodgy

ZETAfonts has the most entertaining font license I’ve read so far, making the Caligula Dodgy font free “for whatever purpose you desire.” Just let them know when you use their fonts. My favorite bit is the description of ZETAfonts as:

“a tiny foundry located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
And no, we don’t have wild animals roaming the streets (sorry).”

Although I initially set out to replace fonts with their dopplegangers, I’ve changed my mind. While I do like this Caligula Dodgy, now the similarity to Perpetua Titling feels like a disadvantage.

If I’m making a change, I might as well make it obvious. The next blog post (tomorrow I think) will explain why I’ve been scrambling to redesign Inconstant Moon at the eleventh hour.

Yellow Magician

Inconstant Moon with the Yellow Magician Font

The Yellow Magician font was created by Érico Lebedenco for the Brasilian game developer MAGUS LUDENS in Rio de Janeiro. The font is released under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license.

Although I like the elegant styling, if I select this one, I think I’d have to remove “non commercial” from my Creative Commons license, so I”ll probably pass.

Biometric Joe

Inconstant Moon Biometric Joe Font

Both Biometric Joe [above], and Stereofidelic [below] were created as part of Japan based Typodermic Fonts‘ Larabie Fonts collection, and are free for commercial use. Obviously I’m impressed, both with Canadian Ray Larabie’s graphic style and his inclusion of the appropriate license info in the zip files he uploads to dafont.

I like the decay in the Biometric Joe typeface, which could stylistically underscore the novel’s themes of honesty and integrity. At the same time, I’m rather partial to Sterofidelic, while concerned it might be a bit too much fun for a serious novel. At the same time, it puts me in mind of the Saul Bass Hitchcock posters. So I’m torn.


Inconstant Moon in the Stereofidelic font

Rebel Caps

Inconstant Moon in RebelCaps

After all that’s said and done, I am leaning strongly toward Jay Batchelor’s Rebel Caps font. Similar to my original choice, but with an edge that Perpetua lacks.

The included licence says:

“Use them as much as you like Commercial or Otherwise, no credit is necessary. I love to share my work.”

One of the most important obligations in the free culture world is proper attribution, so I attribute whether required or not.

Let me know what you think.

Now back to reformatting my manuscript with the new fonts so I can upload it to Create Space.