It's been awhile since my last posting as I have been heavily involved in working towards new legislation to correct a loophole in our state law.
Justice for Heavenlee!!!
With most of the elements now in place, I have been able to refocus on getting book two, Shadow Demon of Oz ready for publication. In particular, I have been concentrating on the cover art, which was a bit of an issue for book one, Magician of Oz.
In my defense, I made the choice for the cover of Magician of Oz based solely on price. The cover design was a stock image provided by Lulu.com at no cost and, given that I was monetarily challenged at the time (I still am!), it seemed the proper choice. Despite some harsh criticism regarding the blandness of the cover, I stand by my decision. When we go to hardback, I will work on having a better cover.
Now on to Shadow Demon of Oz and its cover. I was very fortunate to meet Dennis and Linda Anfuso last year at the Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton, Indiana. He offered to assist me in designing a cover for Shadow Demon of Oz and the results speak for themselves.
I only wish I possessed the talent Dennis does. As it stands, this will be the cover for Shadow Demon of Oz. We are nearly finished with the back cover, which will be very simple and more about story description and such.
The editing is done, the PDF formatting is done, the marketing elements are in place. Overall, Shadow Demon of Oz is on track for its Vernal Equinox, March 21st release date.
In addition, several book signing and appearances are already scheduled, including a lovely event at the Joliet Historical Museum in Joliet, Illinois on April 11.
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ Spring Luncheon Event
I'm also hoping to work out details for a book signing/appearance in Canton, Ohio in July as part of an Oz Musical being staged by the local theater there. More details to follow as they become finalized.
After a very unpleasant end of the year/beginning of the year, things have settled down and the work of fulfilling Princess Ozma's Royal Command moves forward. I hope she will be pleased with my progress.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma