Designing Volume 2

Within a little over thirty days, I have to deliver the finished digital files to my printer for both Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter. At the time of this writing, I’m busy with Von Herling as I have just over thirty pages to finish inking and then scan into my computer to process into files for the printers.

The good news is that I don’t have to do this for Sunnyville volume 2. Ninety-nine percent of what I need is already in the computer in the form of digital files. As I explained before, the second volume will contain the following contents:

  • Episode 4 “Don’t Answer Me”
  • Episode 5 “Dance Hall Days”
  • Episode 6 “Squeeze Play”
  • Episode 7 “By Any Other Name”
  • The Sunnyville Sketchbook
  • Two bonus stories: Episode 4.5 and Episode 5.5

I’ve already assigned the ISBN (9780989069601) as well as the Library of Congress Control Number. That means that my book will be on the shelves of the Library of Congress in Washington DC. In fact, their catalog already has a listing for my book!

Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 design notes

Here are some of my notes on the pages. Like the first volume, there’ll be copyright information, contact information, contents, and a short foreword from yours truly. I also have notes on the page layouts (left). I want to see how the book pages are going to look.

Design notes 2

This is one of the sheets listing which page will have what. It’s important that the pages I put into computer files match my key to make sure the book is printed correctly. This is the second one that I came up with as the first one had flaws in it.

As some of you know, my publishing company (Different Mousetrap Press LLC) is a one-man operation. I don’t have the time or money to enlist the aid of a professional graphic designer. Luckily, I know just enough graphic design to design the pages and work out the interior layouts of the book.

Design notes 3

These pages you see here are basically the extra bonus story that will be in the second volume. I won’t spoil what happens for you. You’ll just have to buy the book when it comes out. And it will be bigger! Whereas the first book was 128 pages, this next volume tips the scale at 200 pages! So stay tuned to this blog for more updates!

Don’t forget that you can still get Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 for Kindle as well as paperback. Check out the book’s Goodreads entry for other retailers as well as libraries carrying it!  Tell your library that you want Sunnyville Stories – we are carried through BrodartIngram, and the library division of Alibris!

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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