Aug 1, 2015

Signing books

I love getting asked to sign books. Always an opportunity to sketch in one of the characters from the story.


Jul 8, 2015

Jun 13, 2015

Paperback in a bookstore

This is an amazing feeling. Checking a local bookstore that carries your book and seeing it displayed prominently and with less copies nearby than the last time. Books are being sold. New readers are checking out the work for the first time.

Very cool

May 28, 2015

Feature about the art of Cindercast on ArtRage's site.

The makers of ArtRage (digital paint software I use) reached out to me. They did feature piece on me as an artist and my work on the book.

Head on over to their site and check it out!

http://www.artrage.com/artist-feature-michael-blackbourn/


May 17, 2015

Another amazing review of Cindercast: A Tale of Tides

http://bookwormforkids.blogspot.ca/2015/04/cindercast-by-michael-blackbourn.html

Wonderful review. I'm glad the tale of Ollie surviving in the beach is grabbing readers. Thank you to everyone who posts reviews like this, its incredibly helpful so new readers can discover the work.

Feb 13, 2015

Another shot from the print edition.

I have to admit, its incredibly cool to have your work in print form. Here is Ollie, the hero of the story jumping from a barnacle while holding tightly to her sidekick crab buddy Snarz.

Feb 11, 2015

Paperback edition looks amazing

Cindercast: A Tale of Tides in print is amazing. The page layouts and full page art turned out perfect.

Feb 8, 2015

Added a sample chapter

A the top of the blog is two new buttons. One for buying the book on Amazon, the other for reading the first part of chapter 1. Check it out!

Looks great on a Kindle

I made sure that the ebook version of Cindercast: A Tale of Tides works great on normal screens and e-ink.

Here is the first page on a Kindle paperwhite. Everything works perfectly and the full page illustrations also look amazing with the e-ink tech.

Feb 6, 2015

Guest Post on AJCosmo's blog

A great writeup about the book! I'm grateful for the opportunity to talk about creating the book. Lots of images and photos on the post. http://ajcosmo.com/blog/index.php/mike-blackbourn-cindercast/

Feb 1, 2015

Cover Reveal

Decided on touching up a painting I had done a while ago. I feel it has a better tone for a cover than the line art I posted recently.

Should be live on Amazon soon.

Jan 6, 2015

Print version layout done - Thanks Hugh Howey

There it is. 155 pages.

Everything is properly layed out and ready for print. I have to give massive thanks to Hugh Howey for his tutorials on book creation. With only a little bit of minor tweaking to get full-bleed interiors working (what you want if you are having images go right to the edge of the page, like you can see in my example) everything came together pretty easily.

Here are links to his tutorials, I can't recommend them enough:

Book interior layout in InDesign:
http://www.hughhowey.com/turning-your-manuscript-into-a-paperback/

Book Cover in InDesign:
http://www.hughhowey.com/creating-your-book-cover/

eBook editing in Sigil and Calibre:
http://www.hughhowey.com/fixing-typos-in-your-uploaded-amazon-e-books/

Thanks Hugh.

And to give something back I'll cover the little things you need to know for full -bleed interiors for Createspace.
for a 5x8 book:

  • File>Document Setup
  • Type in 0.125 in where it says Bleed Top
  • All the Bleed values will change to match
  • Click the little chain Icon on the far right after 'Outside' to unlock the fields from eachother
  • Change 'Inside' bleed ONLY back to 0
  • Hit OK

A red bleed area will appear around the pages
Add your art and make sure anything you want to be full page goes right to the edge of the red bleed marks

Export Settings:

  • File>Export
  • set the pdf save location
  • In the export settings panel
  • Marks and Bleeds
  • Check the box for use document settings


That's it. Seems to be working so far. I'll edit this post if I learn anything new.




Jan 3, 2015

10,000 views!

I think its very cool that 10,000 people have checked out my book - in - progress blog. I'm looking forward to publishing this month an then showing my progress on book 2!