Friday, 18 January 2013

77 ways to pack up a house

 Ratty's activities uncannily mirror our own although he looks better organised than we are, with superior technique. Also, his packages seem more interesting than ours. He'll probably store his stuff into the space next to ours: 13 cubic metres for ours; 1.3 for the rat's.

The rat and I are keeping a few small Rosa Mira balls rolling in the mornings and after lunch emptying drawers into boxes/bags/rubbish piles. Focus and decisiveness are fine and elusive things.

This week:

I found an ebook called 77 Ways to Find New Readers for your Self-Published Book. It's hard to imagine an uglier, more utilitarian title but I bought it. And no, RM ebooks are not 'self-published' but apparently the author Laura Pepper Wu is the indie authors' (and small publisher's) marketing goddess. She looks about 21 so I dare say she has her finger on pulses I've failed to detect. Ratty will work his way through her marketing tips, one a day for 77 days, starting tomorrow. Or Monday at the latest.

I discovered this week that Christine Buess who painted the cover image for The Glass Harmonica makes and sells gorgeous patchwork and knitted quilts and throws at her online shop, Swister's.

I can't point you to the Kilmog Press site: they must be too busy with their publishing comeback, producing Starch, Volume One, a NZ literary journal, 84 pages in hard covers. It's certain to be a beautiful collection. Located in Dunedin, New Zealand, Kilmog Press creates small edition, beautifully handmade books. Covers are created from individually hand dyed papers and illustrated with woodblock prints all handcrafted in-house. Kilmog writers are selected for innovative and original poetry and prose, often outside the commercial mainstream.

The Happiest Music on Earth is undergoing its nth formatting tweak and will  make its appearance very soon.


Marylinn Kelly said...

I admire Ratty's skill at wrapping his household goods TTS (true to shape, as we call it in my family). Wishing you all a smooth, easy transition and 77 days of enlightening tips. xo

Penelope said...

Nice! TTS is going straight into my lexicon and if I practise it a few times in the next 24 hours it might even stick there. Thanks, Marylinn. We'll keep you informed. Maybe even write up 77 Outcomes. :-)