So I finally got around to updating the print book templates I in the freebie portion of this blog. Behold Jane v.2 and The Hannah 3.0. These are templates you can use for when you need to layout your manuscript for publishing via print-on-demand like CreateSpace. You open up the template, copy-paste your book info/book title/author name/book text in the appropriate places, save as a PDF and BAM! you have a thing to give to your printer who will then do their magic and churn out your lovely little print books. Each template has (1) a docx version to use on Microsoft Word and (2) a version to use on Pages for Mac.
I had a blast yesterday at the newly-launched Studio Salimbal’s “Let’s Talk Philippine Comics” forum at Fully Booked BGC. The place was packed with comics creators and fans, and the discussions were lively and informative. (More info in a bit.)
My friend Mina has a new book out — a new adult, romance novella called Playing Autumn. It’s now available as a paperback, and you can order it from her website. I did the cover design. I hope y’all like it.
While doing the cover, I did realize that this may be the first book cover I’d done that actually has a kilig feel to it. I suppose it’s because the photo I used has a couple in it — they seem happy and the girl is smiling. It’s not that none of the previous books I’ve made covers for have romance in them — a lot of them do — but for the Playing Autumn cover, the romance is more emphasized.
This is happening! Like, on Thursday, December 26, at 7.30 to 8pm (ish), Manila Time (GMT +8). Watch this space for the link to the live broadcast of the premiere episode of the Five By Five Podcast.
It’s hosted by me and my friend Mina, and we’ll talk about pop culture, tech and writing — basically geek stuff. Oh, and we’d have guests too. I used to have a podcast, under a pseudonym. My friends, including Mina, would come over to guest on the show and we’d talk about whatever tv shows or movies we’ve been watching. I had no idea if anyone actually listened to it, but we had a lot of fun. I gave it up when I no longer had time to maintain it, and I didn’t bother to keep the files online, so I’m guessing they’re lost forever (I may have copies somewhere among my piles of backup CDs but it’s so hard to go through them all).
I’ve always been a geek, but I think Game of Thrones was the first role-playing strategy board game I’ve ever played — and I’d only played it once, last year. Yeah, terrible, I know. My friends had been bugging me to get into board games for the longest time, but the idea of sitting around throwing dice and moving tiny plastic pieces on a board for 6 hours did not appeal to me.
However, apparently if I’m really into a TV show, I can be made to try anything related to it. So I gave it a shot. It took six hours to finish the one game. My friend who was game master said it usually takes even longer with experienced players. Ow. Anyway, I played House Stark. It’s not something I would recommend to anyone — your territory is so far away from the other kingdoms, and your supply line is the crappiest. But I chose it anyway because of loyalty to Sean B– Ned Stark and his family. Three seasons into the HBO series, and I’m still rooting for House Stark. Even if they’re clearly not the smartest bunch in the Seven Kingdoms.
Anyone who’s ever liked a book wants to be a writer. It’s natural — you’re moved by words on a page, you think, “Hey, I wonder if I can do that?” You start a journal. You attempt to write your own version of Sweet Valley High/Nancy Drew. You make up characters in your head.
Once you’ve written a couple of stories, you begin to think, “Maybe I can be a published author one day.” You start picturing your name on the covers of books on the shelves of National Bookstore, right next to, say, Nick Joaquin or Stephen King. You imagine couples naming their babies after characters you’ve created. You daydream of getting mobbed by journalists at the premiere of the movie based on your bestselling trilogy (right after they finish interviewing the star, maybe Angelina Jolie or Judy Ann Santos). You practice your speech for your first Hugo award (“Thank you, World Science Fiction Society. This means more to me than even my Academy Award for best original screenplay.”)
You find yourself a lot of the time, after reading a book, thinking, I can totally write better than this.
And then that’s it.
For most people, that’s where it stops.
Author (also friend and business partner) Mina V. Esguerra just released the third book in her Interim Goddess of Love series. It’s titled Icon of the Indecisive and it’s now out on Amazon.com as an eBook (the print version will be available soon). Hope y’all like the cover I made for it. Just like in the covers of the two previous books, this one features photography by style blogger Rhea Bue (who’s also the girl in the photos).
I’m a huge supporter of indie authors (and writers in general!) so I thought I’d share some book design templates which anyone can use to format/layout their books for printing. There’s only three available at the moment — The Hannah, The Noli and Jane — but I’ll post more soon. Jane v.2 (Updated 7 November …
My friend Mina just published a new book, the sequel to her new adult romance fantasy novella “Interim Goddess of Love”. Book 2 is titled “Queen of the Clueless”. The sequel is even funnier and more awesome than the first book (yeah, I read an advance copy), so you should check it out.
But wait, there’s more.
A few months ago she asked me to design the cover for “Queen” and a new cover for “Goddess”. “Goddess” already had a pretty nice cover, as it was released in January last year. But she wanted a new cover that would be in the same theme as the cover for “Queen”.
So here we are. This is the new cover for “Interim Goddess of Love”.
“What will make you truly feel that you’ve made it as a writer? Seeing your byline? Holding the book in your hands? Seeing it climb up the charts? Your first book launch? What will finally get you to tell people that yes, you are a writer?”
I’m still working on my first book (books, actually, as I’m working on three at the same time) but I’ve been published online and in print. Articles, essays, etc. I haven’t “made it” yet, not by a long shot.