Annnnnnddddd...... it's online on Amazon in both print and ebook versions. It should be available from most international amazon sites. Here is the Canadian print and ebook listings.
In the blog post below I mention a bit about the history and writing of this book. I think I'll only add here that the self-publishing process gave me fits this past weekend. I used the KindleCreate tool to make the ebook version, and that went fine. And doing the cover (I used Canva) went fine as well.
BUT... the KindleCreate tool did NOT produce a useable paperback version, so I descended into a weekend of aggravating page breaks / section breaks / headers / footers rigmarole that really would have had me tearing my hair out if I wasn't already bald :)
As I type this I hope to God the paperback version looks good once printed (I've only seen it in preview form on the amazon site). I even had to rework the cover for the paperback version, and with my eyes (I'm mildly colour blind) I think I missed some font colour changes that happened... so the ebook cover actually looks better than the pb cover.
Anyway - it's up!!! And it's sincerely a quirky book! I hope someone somewhere likes it!!
Out of nowhere, I decided to take a break on the Within This Darkness work, and revisit a book I wrote around, well roughly 1997(ish) to 2002(ish). It happens to the book that I was workshopping through the Humber College Creative Writing program whenever it was that I took that program, which I think was right around 2000.
It's a fairly slippery and genre-less historical novel, set in the early 1400s. Even the reading level is hard to put your finger on - the novel has "adult" themes but is written at kind of a high young-adult level. So, after finishing it, I made some effort to get it published, but honestly not as much effort as I had earlier put into trying to get Festival published. Once a few people said "no" to it, I filed it away, and for various reasons - including "life" and the slipperiness of the book - I never really came back to trying to get it published.
BUT - since it came to mind around a month ago, I've plunged deep into a "I'm going to self-publish again" frenzy with it. So I'm perhaps a week away, as I type this, from getting an electronic and paperback version of the book ready to go through Amazon's KDP service.
For the cover - I got it into my mind that I would paint my own cover. I had a colour scheme I liked, and attempted a few versions of (see below). But in the back of my mind, using one of my nature photos from my bike rides was always an option. And, indeed, I've gone with one of my cycling photos. I won't post it just yet (the cover I've designed), but it's coming soon.
Long story short - a new / old book by me, titled Close Your Eyes: A Fairy Tale, should be out soon.
And in other news, warm weather hit here in south-central Ontario, so I got in a bit of bicycle-commuting this week. These are some more of the views I get from my bike rides around here.
I'm Chris Tomasini.