So as family members in Utah discovered at Christmas, I finished my novel and had five copies printed by Lulu.com, the vanity publishing house that has produced Languatron’s masterworks over the years. I wanted to print more copies, but I didn’t want to do it until I saw what it would look like in print. The thing comes in at 102,000 words and 400 pages in a too-small 11-point Garamond type.
My parents have one copy, which they have subsequently lost. My wife has one, which she’s read and marked up, and her sister has one, which she has read, along with her 16-year-old son. My 17-year-old nephew has read it, and everyone has noticed the various typos and crap, but for the most part, reviews have been positive.
The cover looks like this:
I drew it myself! If you’re impressed, you shouldn’t be. I’m not sure if I’m set on this particular title, either. I’m still open to suggestions.
Anyway, I’m happy to provide people who want it with a digital copy, but I think it’s easier and more satisfyingly read in print. After fixing some typos and some minor revisions, I’m going to print up another batch and give that one away to interested parties. Rest assured that the new ones will have a more readable font.
I can’t tell you how invaluable all the comments and such have been in the course of preparing this thing. If you doubt me, witness the blurbs I put on the back cover:
You can click on that image to get a larger version. I have lovingly dedicated the book to anyone willing to bother to read it all the way through.
If you want to read the thing digitally, I can send you an electronic copy, but it’s much more satisfying to read the thing in print. I can whip up a Kinkos-style wirebound 8 1/2 x 11 version quickly for anyone anxious to read it right away. Or you can wait for the secound round of vanity published versions, which will probably come off the presses in late January.
But here’s the thing – what do I do next? Any literary agents out there who have read some of this online and are convinced of the Genius of the Cornell? Getting the book disgorged from my brain was a long and tedious exercise, but it’s done. I fear that getting the book actually published may prove to be a more daunting task. If anyone has any ideas as to how to jumpstart that process, I’m all ears.