Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ug 2.0

So, having seen the first book print (which my students LOVED), I've made some small changes. I forgot to make the cover image 300 dpi, whereas it was a paltry 72 dpi. Tsk tsk! You could see all the little grains and pixels, but now it looks much more high-def. My mother-in-law found a typo (thank goodness for finding it now and not later), and we adjusted a bit of Ug's speech on one or two pages. We couldn't decide if Ug was capable of saying a compound sentence (two independent clauses combined with a comma and a coordinating conjunction). We decided he could do that once. On the other hand, we decided Ug knows better than to use a comma splice.

In other news, I ordered bookmarks with the image of the book cover, and I will pass them out to my students as soon as the book is available online. The bookmarks came in, and they look excellent!

Last, my wife and I brainstormed the future characters of this would-be book series and the personal trials they will all have to overcome. I don't want to give anything away yet... at least not here on the internet where someone could potentially snatch the idea before I get them on paper. Wouldn't want that, now would we?

Estimated book release date: Friday, June 11. This will allow time to order one more print to OK the changes and let the websites (Lulu, Amazon, and eBay) add the book to their catalog (best $25 I will probably ever spend).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Your Order Has Shipped

The demo book will be here any day now. I can't wait! It's my chance to preview it and OK the product for release on the whole wide world. I figure that if it sells to anyone other than myself and maybe a family member, I'll consider a booming success. Also... there are about 4 other characters I created who live in Ug's neighborhood that would be perfect to extend this little project into a whole series of children's books. Next issue: Should the book be translated into Spanish?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ordered some sweet looking "Ug Goes Out" bookmarks that are styled after the cover of the book. Maybe they'll let me pass them out at school.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Release Date: June 4, 2010

Alright friends--
The book is uploaded. I ordered a copy so I could see for myself what the final product will look like. Because it's a big, full-color book, the price spiked, unfortunately, so the book will be $19.99. The good news is that during the summer there will be free shipping! Hooray!

It will be available as an eBook for $9.99.

The projected release date for the book will be June 4, 2010.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The illustrations are finished!

Finally! All illustrations are done!
Now I can work on formatting this baby into a real book and finally upload for the enjoyment of many.

Almost done!

Down to the last picture... this picture will have a foreground, middle, and background, so it's a doozy.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Opening day: June 30!

I'm working on the drawings now... Ug should be available on by June 30.