Publishing a book the cheap and easy way means that, as a self-publisher, I must do everything myself. Sometimes it's easier said than done.
Don't get me wrong, I love doing the work. Learning about every step of book production and design hands-on, by doing, excites the nerdy bibliophile in me. But sometimes it can be a daunting task. Which is why I have chosen to publish a few anthologies of public domain works I have enjoyed in the past. My goal with these publications has been twofold. First I wanted to reproduce these books that are no longer in publication, because I really feel they ought to be, as they are that good. Secondly, I wanted, or rather: needed, the practice. Since I am only publishing books that interest me at the moment, I can learn through trial and error. If others happen to like the sorts of works I am publishing, then I may continue to bring rare and out of print works back into publication through my imprint Hungry Word Publications.
As for the cover to my new anthology Reason Against Blasphemy I had to make a few changes since I am using CreateSpace's free cover creator. It lets you choose from about 20 customizable templates, but the customization only goes so far. It's the poor man's way of doing the cover design. But I chose to try it out with my first anthology Seasons of Freethought and liked the end result. So I decided to try it again. This time around however, I found the templates to be a little bit too restrictive. So it looks like if I keep self-publishing in the future, I'll be spending some time learning my photo program which I barely know how to use.
Reason Against Blasphemy will be out in late March (tentatively scheduled for a March 20th release). Please look for it on Amazon.com!
By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.