Monthly Archives: December 2014

Cover Art for Christmas

Christmas came early to the Kovala household this year.  A few days before the event, I checked my email and, low and behold, a message magically appeared. With a quick click of my mouse, I opened the file, a most electronic type of wrapping paper, to view the package inside: two possible versions of my book cover. I could have kissed Santa right there through my laptop screen. I know it is dangerous to judge a book by its cover, but I have to admit that my general browsing through bookstores includes Read more [...]

What I Don’t Know about a Book’s Interior Design

What I Don’t Know about a Book’s Interior Design I vividly remember standing in the stacks at the Morisette Library at the University of Ottawa, a second year English major, overwhelmed by the sheer number of books and seriously wondering how I would ever be able to read all of them in my lifetime. Even at that age, I naively had every intention of trying to do just that. There was something about the dark and musty rows upon rows of shelves that ran from my toes to the tips of my fingers Read more [...]

How a Story’s Circle Expands

December 14, 2014   How a Story’s Circle Expands This week in self-publishing was all about…waiting.  I’m not so good at biding my time.  Perhaps that’s why I chose to self-publish in the first place.  After many months of waiting on publishers to say yes or no to my manuscript, I decided to move ahead on my own. This week, with nothing to be done but practice patience, I finished a short story, read a few articles about self-publishing and experienced some Zen moments Read more [...]

Indie Publishing

December 7, 2014 Indie Publishing I came across the term “Indie Publisher” the other day as I was conducting research about self-publishing. It reminded me of indie bands from the 1980s and early low budget movies, fiercely independent and experimental artists struggling to create their art outside of the mainstream. There’s something romantic in that notion.To me, the term sounded hip and young, but my daughter said it sounded old. Hip is out, she told me. Not cool, I said, knowing my Read more [...]

Self-Publishing My Family Memoir

November 30, 2014 Self-Publishing My Family Memoir I’m taking the plunge into self-publishing. Up until now, I have been focussed on interviewing my father, researching, taking writing classes, writing, revising, rewriting, repeat. Now, I ask myself, what will I do with this manuscript? The journey began almost three years ago during weekly Sunday meetings with my father that lasted through the winter of 2012 and well into the spring. My father shared his experiences as a young boy in Oulu, Read more [...]