Thursday, February 21, 2013

Onwards and Upwards

A cover I twiddled around with
Alas, it is the end of week 2. Good news, the title Eat, Learn and Be Merry has stuck. I think this one is quite permanent unless some other title comes and smacks me in the face and then I fall in love with it.

To be honest, I haven't done much this week. It was hard to find time to set aside for this project this week because of everything else going on. However, I did manage to play around with some cover designs this while procrastinating studying for a test.

I have also been looking into publishing my book as an ebook. Lulu offers services for that but also this site called Both offer free services for publishing my ebook across many different carriers. Imagine, making money off of my little English project. 

I also finally sat down today and began sending my submission form out to the world. I looked up the emails of different English teachers across the states and sent them an email regarding my project. I asked them to notify their students of this opportunity to be in a self published book and sent them the link to my submission form. Hopefully I get responses soon so I can start editing stories and compiling my book! If not, I will send a bombardment of emails to more teachers.

This is all very exciting. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Beginning

Current title page to my book
Do it yourself. That's a scary thing to hear. Especially when all you've been taught is to follow someone else's directions. But despite all of this, I am excited to embark on this adventure!

I have decided to compile a book full of short stories about special moments in high school. I will have people submit me stories kind of like the popular series Chicken Soup for the Soul. I wanted to take that idea and apply it to the probably the most vulnerable four years of our lives: high school.

We are supposed to spread this project out for 3 months, but when I get excited about a project, I tend to go full force until it's done. I have been trying to tone myself down but I have already gone speeding off.

What I've done so far:
I have created a account to self publish my book into an actual hard cover copy and I am quite surprised at how little it's going to cost me, $13.90 for a 6X9 80 page hardcover book. I have created a survey on to receive short story submissions. This is the link to that:
I have also started formatting my book on Microsoft Word and written my introduction for my book. However, that intro is bound to change through the course of this project. I've even designed a sort of a working cover. I am a monster! I must stop before I finish this project in a month. That is why I have refrained from contacting people to send me stories because I can't do much else unless I have stories to edit.

I had a really hard time naming my title. It's working title was just The Project but it has jumped at least 5 times since then. Some ideas were Woolgathering, From High School with Love, Jumbled, Hodgepodge, Serendipity, The High School Diaries, and Freedom, Books, Flowers, and the Moon. I finally settled on Eat, Learn, and Be Merry. Hopefully that will stick. I think it's cute and simple. It describes what I hope the stories will show. That all we need are to eat, learn, and be merry to be successful in high school.

Formatting my book on Microsoft Word was challenging as well. Getting  my page numbers right were a pain! But with the help of the magnificent Youtube and Google, I have figured it out. I think I am being quite the self-directed learner, no?

Future Plans:
Now that I have the basics planned, I need to get submissions! I will enlist the help of my friends to get the word out and use the social media to get the survey out. I don't want to keep it just locally though, I want to expand to the rest of America. I plan  to reach out to teachers in different states to get them to give my information to their students as well. Hopefully I can get enough submissions to make a substantial book.