The print proof of Amanda and the Big Giant Eyeball has shipped. At this moment, she likely finds herself cradled by a blue-gloved postal handler in Orlando.

Thanks to Hannah Arnone for navigating the treacherous data streams of proper formatting and sizing for me. I also have to credit the fine folks at Comixtribe for this pulse-pounding post on barcodes and ISBNs.

This print that handler-dude has just spun with the flick of his wrist into a plastic postal bin represents the first step in getting a submission package to Diamond Comic Distributors. The company offers the only viable option for publishers to get their comic books into numerous stores that comics.

Meanwhile, we’re still waiting to hear back from Comixology, which is perhaps the most widespread marketplace for comic books delivered digitally. (There are hundreds of good, free comics available there, and I highly recommend you download it to your tablet of choice.) It will take anywhere from three to six months to hear back from Comixology as to whether they’ve accepted the book or not. Here again, I’m concerned about proper formatting and sizing and I only hope that if they do bounce it back for some minor technical issue that I won’t have to go back to the end of the cue.

Finally, there’s Amazon. I’m using the free and much-celebrated Kindle Comic Creator software to format the book. It’s not working very well. There are a number of technical issues, not the least of them being that the software isn’t designed to play with my 8-year-old Macbook Pro.

So that’s what I’ll be working on next. I expect that once the book is ready on my end that it will post instantly, unlike with Comixology, where the staff curates the material.

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