“Changing views of spacetime along the world line of a rapidly accelerating observer” (https://commons.wikimedia.org¹)
Last December of 2015, I made two New Year’s resolutions. The first was to join the newly opened YMCA in Swansea. I’ll return to this first point later on in this blog post. The second one follows:
(1) Create an author’s platform, or hub;
(2) Design this platform from scratch;
(3) Select the supporting technology to host it on the web;
(4) Select the most appropriate internet service for the website;
(5) Have the website also contain a weblog;
(6) Regularly post on the weblog;
(7) Select a web designer to help in this process;
(8) Learn how to use the website’s dashboard (a massive task which I am still attempting to learn);
(9) Use other social media in support of the website (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn);
(10) Learn how to operate these different platforms and create pages that aesthetically reflect design on the author’s website;
(11) Getting the Penitent ready for publication;
(12) Selecting versions to pursue: eBook, print on demand (paperback), audiobook;
(13) Learning how to get the manuscript ready for the different versions offered;
(14) What will it all cost?
(15) Where do I get the money to finance this project?
(16) How much do I have?
(17) How much do I need?
(18) Attempting to find and hire the best people to help me;
(19) Locating trusted sources of information;
(20) Finding a literary agent;
(21) Finding a publisher;
(22) Learning how to contact such individuals and firms;
(23) Being able to conduct and to absorb all of this information while working;
(24) Learning about the different ways of self–publishing;
(25) Learning the different steps an author must embark upon to self–publish successfully;
(26) Finding reliable, trustworthy, and affordable experts to help in this process;
(27) Networking with the literary community;
(28) Joining a professional writing/self–publishing organization;
(29) Setting up a business;
(30) Substantive editing, copy editing, proofreading, formatting for eBook, POD [Print on Demand];
(31) Cover design for ebook;
(32) Cover design for POD;
(33) Cover design for audiobook;
(34) Obtain beta readers;
(35) Obtain reviews;
(36) Obtain ISBNs;
(37) Obtain Library of Congress Control Number [LCCN];
(38) Failing at any of these items and/or dealing with people who are unprofessional;
(39) Finding and hiring a publisher;
(40) Pricing the self–publishing option (for eBook, paperback & audiobook);
(41) Choosing a launch date for all three;
(42) Finding a mentor or book shepherd;
(43) Finding and hiring a professional who can design and lay out the manuscript’s interior pages;
(44) Finding and hiring a graphic designer to do the outside aspects of the book (front and back covers and spine);
(45) Develop metadata for the book;
(46) Create press materials for it as well;
(47) Develop, design & start a comprehensive marketing, public relations & advertising campaign;
(48) If possible, connect with local writers and learn from them;
(49) Help them publicize their own work, too;
(50) Preselling the book;
(51) Getting an author’s page on Lulu, Amazon, Goodreads . . .;
(52) Getting the book ready to sell on the variety of sites on the Internet;
(53) Consider & Select if I want to use Amazon’s Kindle Select option;
(54) Promote the book by doing blog tours, personal readings at libraries and bookstores;
(55) Launching the book;
(56) Continue promoting the book;
(57) Start on the next one in the order of the series . . .
(58) Set up a PayPal account in order to send and receive money;
(59) Learn the financial end of the business: where do I find how I am paid, sales figures . . .; and
(60) Finding a consultant to help oversee and advise me.
From December 31, 2015 to June 24, 2016, I wrote a mid–weekly blog. I wrote a total of 26 blogs. It was, at times, delightful, daunting, dreadful, dreary and deceptively difficult to do. Overall, I enjoyed creating this body of weekly narratives about the series, about what inspired me and about storytelling in general, especially those storytellers who had made a personal impact upon me. For purposes of keeping a family archive, it was humbling to do. Many of those individuals who influenced me are no longer living. I felt it was the least I could do to give them a place where their voices and sense of life could be heard, although all too briefly, once again.
What happened to me?
Looking ahead: I hope to continue promoting and selling the Penitent – Part I. I have started editing Part II this week for the eBook version. I hope to launch it on April 1, 2017. As I now have experience in getting the first novel published, I hope that it will be far smoother sailing for launching the next novel. The basic cover design for the eBook is already completed. I just need the designer, Hollis Machala, to work her magic on getting the text configured over the image she has so wonderfully drawn for it.
I wish for you and yours the best of great health, happiness, success and love in 2017!
¹“In this animation, the vertical direction indicates time and the horizontal direction indicates distance, the dashed line is the spacetime trajectory (“world line”) of an accelerating observer. The small dots are arbitrary events in spacetime that are stationary relative to each other. The events passing the two diagonal lines in the lower half of the picture (the past light cone of the observer) are those that are visible to the observer.
“The slope of the world line (deviation from being vertical) gives the relative velocity to the observer. Note how the view of spacetime changes when the observer accelerates. In particular, absolute time is a concept not applicable in Lorentzian spacetime: events move up-and-down in the figure depending on the acceleration of the observer.”
Stephen King & Hearts in Suspension:
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© 31 December 2016 by A. Keith Carreiro