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GREAT issue- all on small space living ideas….
Als0 thanks to the McBrooklyn Blog http://mcbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2010/09/scenes-from-maker-faire-new-york-2010.html – who featured my “Boxy Lady Cabin” display that I had at last weekend’s Make Magazine Maker Faire 2010. The Cabin took home a “Best In Show/Editor’s Choice Award” too- which didn’t suck.
The online version of the article also has a “Diedricksen Tips For Self Publishing” article as well….and interview I did with Alexa Fornoff
Derek Diedricksen’s Guide to Self-Publishing
“Self-publishing’s liberating beauty is that you can do as you dang well please and write what you choose, but consequently sell about 13 cumulative books (most likely to close family only) and celebrate with a feast of Ramen Noodles from the residuals and royalties.”
1. Set a deadline and just say no to the eggnog.
“My deadline for completion of the book ultimately became New Year’s Eve 2009. I initially tried to get the book completed before Christmas to surprise some like-minded relatives with it as a gift, but overindulgence on seasonal eggnog and Grandma’s egg white cookies slowed me down.”
2. Lose the distractions so you can get to brainstorming.
“It’s a combination of coffee, a love of reading, a mountain of already-brainstormed sticky notes (my office looks like a paper-laden crime scene of things I’d like to get to in my third lifetime), and hands-on building experience. It’s real tough to come up with 100 percent original ideas and approaches, but most of my best ideas come to me in the shower, while driving (when you have lots of time to think), and when hiking, alone, in the woods. The key is few distractions. For example, front row at a mullet-infested monster truck rally is probably not a hot spot for the ‘it’ idea.”
3. Know where (and how) to spend your bookbinding dollars.
“Each and every book is assembled on a tag sale comb binder that I found for $10, and I use a mom and pop printing company in my town. Even though I actually pay more by keeping the printing local, I feel like it’s worth it to help my ailing town as opposed to using overseas sweatshop-like labor to print books.”
4. Enlist an assembly team in which everyone has a job.
“When the book orders get frequent, we have a book assembly party. Even my three-year-old son is in charge of pulling on the lever of the hole puncher—just to get him involved—and he wouldn’t have it any other way.”
5. Shamelessly self promote and remember those who have helped you along the way.
“If you pitch through email, it’s easier for people to blow you off (unless you have a good header like ‘New book from Brad Pitt’s better-looking brother’). Try to hit up bookstores in person because it’s tougher for them to ignore you and it’s a chance to talk up your book to a captive audience. Don’t be cheap with ‘em, either (bloggers/magazines (with promo copies)). You’ll have to send out a ton of books if you want to get reviews and publicity. It’s painful at first, but every once in a while you’ll land a review or interview that’ll sell you a pile of books, which makes it all worth it. And always be nice to people—don’t forget your friends and thank those that support you in any way possible.”
For even more, check out “Tiny Yellow House,” Diedricksen’s multimedia foray into the documentation of pint-sized properties.
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