So, I finished my first chapbook the other day.
Satisfied with the proof I made by hand, I took a digital copy and a fresh, unbound hardcopy of the book and its cover to a nearby FedEx Office. A few minutes dorking with their setup and deciding on paper for the inside pages as well as the cover, I went to work, and arrived with this:
The brightness of the pics wash out the color of the cover, which is sort of a light gray cardstock with blue flecks. I printed up my proof using a piece of gray “parchment” cardstock, but they didn’t have anything like that at the FedEx place.
I probably could’ve saved a few bucks by not going with a color cover, but what the hell.
Yes, the story is still available for sale at Amazon.com as an “Amazon Short,” but I figured this was a neat way to pimp Counterstrike. As such, I’ll be offering it as a “con exclusive” at next month’s Starfest convention in Denver. If I have any leftovers (a safe bet, I’d imagine), I may bring those to Shore Leave in July, but I’m still considering something different for that con.
Anyway, it was a fun little experiment. If it does well enough and if there’s sufficient demand, I may print up some more, but since the idea is to have something “special” for book signings, cons, and whatnot, I don’t think I’ll be setting up a printing press in the garage or anything.
Thanks once again to Allyn Gibson (tiggerallyn), who provided me with a kick-ass template, which I was able to customize a bit for my own use.