A new year. Let’s hope it’s a better one.
Last summer I’d fully intended to publish my short story collection, We’ll Watch the Sunrise from the Bottom of the Sea, in the fall. Well, obviously that didn’t happen. Trying to grab someone to do the cover has proven elusive.
The illustrator for Armistice Day, suffered a heart attack after falling victim to an identity thief. As he was recuperating, I didn’t want to add to his stress load so I casually searched for another illustrator. I saw one I liked by a freelancer who is the designer of choice by a certain successful indie author and contacted him. Weeks went by without a response and then the cover was marked sold. I still haven’t received a response to my inquiry. I guess the guy is too busy.
I looked around some freelance art sites and got some ideas. As many months had passed, I decided to check back in with the Armistice Day illustrator. When I wrote to him he seemed eager to tackle the project and said he’d have a rough draft in a few days. Then Sandy hit, knocking out his power and leaving his internet access in shambles. While he got his power back, his ISP has been delinquent in getting him connected again. A couple of months went by before I heard from him again. Now that the holidays (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Year’s) are done, I hope he’ll have something to show me soon.
Freelance editing is off to a good start. Rob Steiner has hired me to proofread his next novel, Zervakan, a steampunk – fantasy mash-up. Rob is a great writer and I’ve enjoyed reading his work so getting paid to proofread it is a double joy. My deadline is the 15th so expect to see it published (he already has the cover) shortly thereafter.