Self-publishing Pirate.KittyCat.Toon

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Pirate.KittyCat.Toon™ is finally completed as a book.

It evolved from idea through the images, to the music video, & finally to text.

Not the unusual manner of approach to be sure.

Projects unfold on their own, when given the freedom to do so.

Art is Magic.

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Now what? I have orders for copies & am faced with all the options out there for publishing.

My research into this actually has raised more questions & concerns than I thought possible.

Print on Demand or print on my own & sell it from the back of  my truck?

E-book or hard copy.

Book Shepard or Agent?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll blog about the process of getting a book published, out & sold in this economy.

With the trend towards ‘virtual’ publishing,  what are the pitfalls of signing away first rights to an on-line producer?

Are actual books worth the trouble & effort of producing?

What kind of royalties can be expected; from POD sales, from downloads?

Are there difficulties in maintaining color integrity for artwork when every printer & device reads colors differently?

When one can’t afford an IT attorney, what measures can be taken by the author to protect the product & their rights?

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I invite input from other bloggers on this subject.

Leave comments here or message me & I’ll interview you via email.

Also I’ll ask some of my LinkedIn connections for their info & advice to help encourage anyone who is involved, as I am, in bringing their book to readers, through the exploration of novel ways to print, promote & publish.

I’ve been over-whelmed by the response to my project.

Thank all of you who have expressed your enthusiasm.

It has kept me going.

As my old friend LuRain Penny tells me;

“Don’t just think outside the Box, use it for kindling!”





Miss Jean Designs for Pirate KittyCat Toon

My oldest & closest friend Carole, as Miss Jean Designs, made many of the ‘actors’ for Pirate.KittyCat.Toon.

Buffy & Juan Lucas Whale are stuffed animals.

Cleo, Star Mermaid, Inky Octopie, Fishin’ Kitty & CrowCat all made out of felt.

Carole studied at Oregon College of Arts & Crafts & The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Her theatrical costume experience includes Storefront Theatre & The Portland Opera. She is a gifted artist in many mediums. Embroidery, paper arts & collage, altered books, & glass blowing to name  a few. Carole has won numerous awards for her needle felted creations. Those she’s done for Pirate Kitty are some of the best examples of her expertise.

In her own words:

“Needle felting is very meditative.

Wool roving is a delightful medium to sculpt. It’s simple, light & soft in the hand.

The first time I picked up a felting needle, it was as though I’d been doing it forever.

I haven’t stopped since.

                The wool usually dictates the shape; I let creatures emerge by themselves.

 For Pirate Kitty, I needed to conform to the idea of each character. It’s a different process & taught me a lot. For example, I wired Fishin’ Kitty & CrowCat to make them bendable into different poses for photographs. Inky Octopie was made as a hand puppet so Indigo could ‘fight’ him for the camera. Cleo had to be the most facially expressive.

I’m thrilled with Aza’s ability to manipulate images of my creations to tell the story.

My favorite character from those I did for PK? Star. I have an affinity for Mermaids.”

Carole lives surrounded by tall trees in Oregon, her house full of unique cats.

Working together on Pirate Kitty has been a great experience in combining our two art forms. She’s inventive, extremely knowledgeable & efficient.  From conception to completion, Carole’s been unwavering in her encouragement & inspiration.

Pirate Kitty would not be the same without her. I’m grateful for her faith & friendship.

And thanks for your comments & support.



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1st Art from PIRATE KITTY CATTOON by Codifyer

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