Saturday, February 21, 2009

Library Love

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." ~Jorge Luis Borges~

There are few things I enjoy more than spending an afternoon at the library. My library is a fairly new one that's airy and full of light. From the day it opened it was a popular spot. Many go there for the large DVD collection. You can borrow up to 10 DVD's for as long as six nights, including renewal. Some you can keep for up to six weeks (including renewal)--documentaries and the like. Other people use the many PC's available. There are so many that you can sit there for hours and never need worry about being forced off to accommodate another user.

I go there for those things but I also go, like today, to read children's books, mainly PB's. I grab a selection based on recommendations I've seen online or the latest offering by a favorite author. Then I find a likely spot, usually just off from the children's section (the seats in the kid's section are too low for me). I might have a bottle of water or a cup of coffee with me for refreshment. I then tackle my pile, taking notes as I go. My focus today was on rhyming PB's. I have one I've been working on for a while now and I thought I might glean some inspiration. I also checked out a couple of chapter books since I'm working on one of them too; still trying to give the story some depth. These will keep me going until my next trip when I will once again enter the world of possibilities that is the library.

Friday, February 6, 2009

DIY Publishing?

As I contemplate news like the 25% drop in sales at Harper Collins, along with the increased difficulty in selling a manuscript these days, I am seriously considering the possibility of self-publishing. (No, really.) Once thought of as the last hope for those desperately seeking publication, self-publishing has gained a new level of respectability, mainly due to the improved quality of the books (both in appearance and content), not to mention the number of authors who have gone on to have their works acquired by major houses. In addition, the cost has become more affordable for the average schmo like me, although self-published PBs are still pricey. I wouldn't think of self-publishing a PB, although you know what they say--never say never. No, I'm considering it for the middle grade chapter book I'm currrently slaving over. Don't worry (not that you would be). I'll go the traditional route before I do anything rash. I'm not going to assume right away that someone somewhere in a small office with a view of a brick wall, obscured by an ever growing slush pile, won't be interested in my baby.