I’m always looking for new channels to place my books with, and this brought me to Pronoun. I thought to myself I would use Pronoun to cover any tiny channels that I wasn’t reaching through Draft2Digital or Smashwords.
Pronoun say their mission is to build a new model for publishing that puts authors first. They believe that independent authors deserve a better way to publish, so they are creating the tools, technology, and information they need to succeed in today’s digital market. In May 2016, Pronoun joined Macmillan Publishers. They say they are now working together and are investing in growing their self-publishing platform while also bringing new technology and data to an industry leader. All the usual stuff, apart from the involvement of a big publishing house like Macmillan. I was quite encouraged, and I signed up.
I uploaded Galaxy Dog and was amazed to find out that my book isn’t on Google Play or the Amazon ebook store. Google Play Books is available in 75 countries. It offers over five million titles, with Google claiming it to be the “largest ebooks collection in the world”. Google Play has been expanding its reach to all forms of media recently, and Play Books is one section that has noticeably improved and is now a genuine contender to the eReading competition.
Nobody needs me to tell them that the Amazon ebook store is huge, and I’m sure I remember reading somewhere that their ebooks even outsold their real books. They are two channels I really can not afford to ignore, so I’m using Pronoun to distribute it to them.
To mark the occasion, I’ve designed a special new 70s cover for the book. It has the spaceship lit dramatically. A nice little logo, like a pulp sci-fi book publisher, and a font for the title that comes directly from the writing on the 7os covers of Dun by Frank Herbert. It’s called Orthodox Herbetarian and, as far as I know, it’s public domain. According to the website I found it on:
Orthodox Herbertarian was painstakingly traced from scans of the typeface used on the American Ace Editions of Dune and many other Frank Herbert, such as Whipping Star and The Jesus Incident for around a decade, from the early 70s through to the early 80s.
Nobody seems to know what the font is called or who made it. It is likely that it is not a specific typeface but something done in house by the publisher - this fits with the fact that there are non-standard elements that vary from book to book (2 different types of A for example). The most likely candidate for it’s original creator is a man called Jeremiah B. Lighter who “Designed” the Dune Encyclopedia and went on to work as a typographer.
It’s perfect to give even a computer-generated spaceship, such as the Galaxy Dog, an old-school sci-fi feel.