Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell
Favorite astronomical painting

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Shunammite Woman proofing

My son constructed the front and back covers of my short story The Shunammite Woman.  I didn't have much of a clue as to how to start that and I wasn't going to pay big bucks for a program such as AdobeInDesign which would be required to import the two photos into CreateSpace's required format for a print ready cover.  The two photos came from which I purchased.  I have ordered a proof copy by mail rather than trying to proof it on screen.  So sometime in early March this title will be available both in print and Kindle.  It only numbers 19,000 words which includes a poem by a preacher friend who gave me verbal permission to use it.  His poem is entitled Just Like That Shunammite.
See the attached cover and I invite any comments on that.  I don't know the price yet but my proof print copy cost me six bucks including shipping. I hope I get a price break when I order a bunch of copies for myself.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Self Publishing woes

I have started the process via Createspace to self-publish The Shunammite Woman.  I had very little trouble when I used Createspace to publish my first manuscript with them entitled In Remembrance of Me.  Unfortunately, the procedure for creating the front and back cover has changed.  It is now much more difficult for me at least to construct the cover.  The JPEG photos must be converted to PDF files.  I was able to do that with a free download of Soda which I was able to make the conversion.  To take those PDF files of the front and back cover over to a template for the covers is quite difficult.  It appears I will have to purchase software to get that done.  I've checked for literally hours to find a way without success.
I have attached what I hope will eventually be the back cover of the new publication.  It was purchased from for the view of Mt. Carmel on the Mediterranean Sea.  Of course this actual photo is actually on the coastline of California.
I hope some interest will be shown for my next post which will have the photo I selected for the Shunammite woman.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Shunammite Woman

I have gone through the 19,000 word story about the Old Testament character, The Shunammite Woman and since I never heard from the publisher I submitted it to I'm pursuing self-publishing it via Create Space at Amazon.  I have an ISBN number already and am trying to decide which woman photo to use from  It is now a matter of making that decision and also for the back cover.  I have several photos of eastern women and am leaning toward one in particular.
I awarded the free copies of A Change of Heart, digital versions to Linore Burkard, Regina Andrews and Diane Craver.  I mailed a print copy to Miss Mae.  I have received constructive remarks from one of the winners and hope to have reviews from two of the other winners.
No word yet from Avon on my submitted novel The Vanishing Shed.