Plague City

So this past weekend I made the decision to go ahead and publish the short story I wrote back in November because…why not? I decided to give CreateSpace a try, which I didn’t do for the Percival stories I’ve published so far. CreateSpace is essentially a print-on-demand company owned by Amazon – meaning anyone can order this story in paperback if they should so desire. And it doesn’t cost me a dime!

I did it mostly for the experience of using CreateSpace as I plan to use it again for when I publish a compilation of all my Percival stories. The whole thing couldn’t have been any easier to do. They do an awesome job of laying everything out so it’s simple and clear what exactly you have to provide and how. And I learned a ton about pagination in Word (which can be a pain, but still weirdly fun).

I plan to make a few minor adjustments to the interior of the book before I approve it to go on sale on Amazon, and of course I’m going to give it a read through this weekend to make sure there are no typos or other critters that don’t belong. So hopefully by next weekend both the paperback and Kindle version will be available on Amazon for purchase. Suh-weet!

The story itself is 47 pages, with the entire book coming in at 53 pages counting the title page and copyright, etc.  A nice little novelette. Nothing fancy. Just an entertaining story to enjoy.

In the meantime, here’s a peek at the cover art (done by yours truly):

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Pretty slick looking huh?  Seriously, you could slide around in your socks on it all day it’s so slick.

Anyway, what a nice little surprise to have waiting for me when I got home from work tonight. It wasn’t supposed to arrive until tomorrow. It may just be a simple novelette, but I’m extremely proud of it.


  1. Way to go, buddy! Looks great!

  2. how absolutely fantastic! Congratulations man! What an awesome accomplishment. My heart goes out to you.

    I’m really curious about CreateSpace—how does that work exactly? I would love nothing more than to see my own novel in my hands.

    • You should definitely check them out if you are looking to self-publish. You provide them with the interior of your book and the cover art and then they put it all together for you. They even have online review tools so you can get a good idea of how the book is going to look before you order a proof copy of it. If someone orders your book off Amazon, then they will print it up and send it to them – so it’s always in stock and you don’t have to pay them to hold onto thousands of copies in their warehouse. Basically your only real investment is time. They have a video walk-through on their site that will give you a good idea about how they work.

      Hope that helps!


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