Tuesday, April 29, 2014

One Down, One Big One to Go

Last night I wrapped up the work for the short book, How to Play & Other Essays on Gaming.  It has gone to the copyreader.  When it comes back, I'll publish the book.  I expect it to be available a week this Saturday, the 10th of May.

I'm sorry I can't give a price yet - I'll have to lay out the book first.  The printing cost will hurt a bit, and I hope to make personally $5 a book.  I trust that won't hurt the reader's sensibilities too much.  The book is about 110 pages, or 24,000 words, and contains roughly about 30% new content . . . and the old content is better written.

I'll be getting back to the grind of the original book today, now working on the 3rd Draft.  I need to keep a steady pace of about 12,000 words a week, or perhaps a shade better than that, and this is starting to overwhelm my copy-reader.  She's a close friend, a D&D player, with an education in psychology and criminal science (I think that's accurate) and she has a sharp eye.  Still, her and I will probably miss something.  That's how it goes.  I don't have the resources to pay five people to comb through the book - and in any case, I mostly find errors in books published by big houses anyway.  I'd like to pay my reader more, but I'm doing what I can.

If someone wants to pick up a couple thousand words here or there, and give my reader some air, let me know.  I can pay you through pay-pal, but it won't be much . . . just half a cent a word.  Feel free to shrug and laugh; I'm writing 90,000 words and even at half a cent that's a lot of money.  Plus what I will owe already for the short book.  Do the math.

Not sure what else I can say.  One of my earlier excerpts from the book was picked up by this thread, where the initiator says he/she was inspired.  I love that.  I want to inspire people.


john yorio said...

I'd like to offer my assistance as a copy reader of a few thousand words, here or there. My background is in philosophy and library science, and my day-job is in IT; I am not a professional copy editor. I am happy to complete a sample, gratis, since you don't know me from a hole in the wall.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Thank you John.

I should have said. If anyone wants to give me a bit of help, send me an email with the subject line, "Help Edit How to Run." My address is,