Using Ingram Spark, we now have Rupert available in hardcover. I've yet to get my hands on it but waiting with anticipation. Hopefully it looks as good as the PDF proof I approved.
My wife, Yoon Kyong, and I are working on our next book. She has completed all the pencil work, fine lining and is currently painting/coloring the illustrations. I am in the process of scanning the completed images and searching for the best possible typeface/font, as well as layout design ideas. The working title is "Rupert and his Exceedingly Useful Briefcase," which may feel a little unusual but appropriate for the character; however, it may yet morph into another more concise one. We shall see. So stay tuned.
I am currently in the process of getting Lonk published in hardcover and e-book through other distribution methods, such as the traditional brick and mortar retailers (Barnes & Noble, Target, Wal-Mart) and libraries, for example. I find IngramSpark's website interface to be somewhat minimalistic, and could do more to add to its form and function. I've had to resubmit my cover page design twice (so far) because of size dimension and the spine text issues. The processing time (wait time) is frustrating in this "I-want-it-now generation" we live in, but I guess the publishing world still runs on a slightly slower time frame. Which is okay. As it tests my patience. I have to admit I probably spend excessive time visiting and refreshing the IngramSpark website. Time to get out of the house...again!
I'm still waiting for some reviews, but have also taken some proactive steps. I sent an email to my local newspaper, the Surrey Leader, which does run stories on local indie authors. So, I'm hopeful for a positive response. Also, I submitted a request for a book review from Publishers Weekly. It will take 12 weeks or possibly longer. So it's a bit of a waiting game.
I've had a love of reading and writer for most of my life. I studied journalism at Humber College in Toronto, thinking this is where my writing interest would lead. Instead of newspapers, TV or radio, I tried a stint at Harlequin Romance, as a proofreader, which was a blast, but eventually the lack of upward mobility, along with a distinct reduction of my visual acuity (from staring at screens all day long), told me it was time to call it a day. Eventually, I wrote short informational and educational pieces for a variety of educational publishers in South Korea. Currently, I am a teacher in Surrey, BC, Canada, and I love it. But I also love writing and this is the beginning of a real writing career, and not just wishful thinking.