Cover art rendered by Doug Sturk a.k.a. Sturkwurk
Things are going faster than I expected with the book. I expect that the PDF files will be uploaded to Kindle and to the print-on-demand printer within two weeks (meaning, before Feb. 26). I expect that the book will be available on Amazon and Google Play roughly a week after that.
Page count: That affects the cost of the paperback book, plus a bloated book isn’t as fun to read, so I really have wanted to reduce the page count.
Just by changing the font for most text from Times New Roman to Garamond, I reduced the page count from 398 to 379. But, that was the easy part.
By cutting out bloat, I’ve reduced the count by a further twelve pages. This is the part I’m proud of.
The cover of a book is designed as one big piece of cardstock paper, back cover-spine-front cover. Design on the cover can’t be finalized until the page count is finalized, because the spine thickness is proportional to the page count. What this means is that the cover won’t be finalized until the book text is finalized; but in the meantime, the front cover and the back cover can be designed. The final front-cover design is what you see above.
If the font for the book title looks vaguely familiar, it’s the same as the title font for the first five Star Trek movies. What an amazing coincidence.
EDIT: Added 2013.05.03—
Buy The Bimborg now! You know you want to.
EDIT: Added 2013.12.22—
Apple iTunes Bookstore
EDIT: Added 2014.06.27—
Page Foundry/Inktera EPUB