One thing I noticed about my website that I missed in version 2.0 was the credit for the cover photo. So I did a quick little page and added that to the main menu so you can get a little bit of backstory on it.
There are one or two other pages I need to do for the site but those are going to wait for a bit. One of them will be a thanklist of people who have helped along the way and the other will be any reaction I receive to the book from those I have entrusted with looking it over. (So far so good, but I need to follow up.)
I’m also looking into the options on formatting the book, since having an editor or proofreader appears to be prohibitively expensive. (I guess I will have to trust the original Word docs and the automatic spellcheck.) I really want a Lexus book but alas, it’s going to have to be on a Yugo budget.
In just four weeks we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first TEA Party protests. Getting done by then may not be doable, but that would be a great day to put it out, would it not?
It took me a little while, but finally I have settled on a theme that’s halfway decent to me and that I can deal with in terms of look and functionality. (It’s actually a cousin to the one I use for my primary website but one with a better front for a full-size image.) So now the Rise and Fall website is ready for the world.
Before The Rise and Fall of the TEA Party becomes a reality, though, I need a few more things:
- First and foremost, I need a proofreader/editor to check it over for misspellings and poor grammar. It’s not that I haven’t gone through this thing with a fine-toothed comb, but a set of unbiased eyes would not hurt.
- I also need someone who can design a cover. Part of me wants to use an upside-down Gadsden Flag as the main focus of the cover, which would be some variation of the yellow-and-black colors the flag is best known for. But there’s also a part of me that would rather use a backdrop from the 9/12 rally. (Actually, I’d love to use the image of the guy on my book’s social media page – the circled one on the upper left – but I have no idea who it is and presume I need his permission.) Again, a second pair of expert eyes would be helpful.
- Finally, I need a person who can format the manuscript to book form and add page numbers, an index, and such. That was one thing my first book lacked and I thought the book wasn’t what it could be without those elements.
The great thing about self-publishing, though, is that I can have things together relatively quickly. To me it would be awesome to put this book out February 27 – the tenth anniversary of the first “Nationwide Chicago Tea Parties” – but that could be a little ambitious. April 15 would be great as well, as that’s the day the TEA Party really hit the national scene. But seeing that this is the ten-year anniversary of its founding, 2019 is the year for this book. Help me make this happen and be a success!