I have two, main, projects I am working on this year. One is a benefit for two local places that help out the homeless and people in need. The second is a two part project. Part 1: Record my first album. So far, the lyrics to 3 tracks are written. Part 2: Write about about the entire process as I go through it. Both should be interesting and very challenging.
In my experience, the most frustrating parts of being a self-published author was not the writing or editing. The first was formatting for e-book. I found out the hard way, e-book is an entirely different ballgame when it comes to formatting. The second most frustrating was trying to get exposure through the local media. As of this blog post, I have not been able to get a book review or author interview. Apparently, the local papers only promote authors who are published through "traditional" means (publishing houses). The local news has a slight interest in businesses, art galleries, local music. The only exception being RCN's Community Spotlight. I did an interview and touched on the challenges of self-publishing. The local media does not realize the amount of authors that are going to self-publishing. They also have no idea how much more challenging self-publishing is.
The 8.5 x 11 version, I wanted to release a full copy of the original. The way I designed it. The smaller version I am doing for reader portability. This is a complete re-format of the original. It is almost faster to re-type the whole thing.
The 8.5 x 11 version is finally done. After the final proof, more formatting changes needed to be made. The front and back cover still needed work. I may not be completely happy with the front cover, but, I am not changing it.
After 9 months of debating, I am making A Dream in the Night available in print. I decided on Createspace. I was surprised only 7 drafts to have the formatting correct. A lot easier than my first attempt at e-book formatting. Yeah, I did get a rush when it was done.
Something different for me. The event was a combination of drums, music, relaxation and socializing. Moe Jerant, the hostess / instructor did a great job. Check my full write up on the event:
It was an interesting weekend. Starting with Tangles re-grand opening. I was impressed and will be making an appointment in the next 3 months. School of Rock, Easton was next. The 70's show was excellent in both music and stage show. Common Bond @ Mezza Luna on Saturday. A full review will be posted today. A benefit on Sunday @ Pitcher's was the last stop. A main highlight was Jonathan Padillo. He is 16 and has a voice that is powerful and passionate.
Tangles is a hair Salon and Spa located at 2414 Butler St. I decided to stop by after receiving an invite to the event. The re-grand opening sounded interesting. I always look for new things to write about. The event started at 4. I arrived a little after 6. Unfortunately, due to my schedule, I will not be doing a full review. I will save that one for a few weeks. The review will be done when I have an appointment. Usual intro. done, time for a quick overview.
Looking at the event on Facebook, I expected a fairly good turnout. Well, that was an understatement.
When I walked in my first thought: "Is this a business opening or art exhibit?" I will get to the art exhibit part shortly. Tangles was packed. I wanted to get an overall feel for the salon. I, slowly, navigated my way around. The overall look was modern and somewhat artistic. Ceiling lights are hung on a curved rail going around the main styling area. Mirrors for each station have curved edges. Impressed so far with combining a traditional salon with a modern, artistic flair. Two other rooms are set off to the left and right. The front or main desk / waiting area is one. The other is hair dryers (See Professional Note). Both areas have seats for anyone waiting.
Due to time constraints and crowd, I did not have a chance to speak with any of the staff. I did observe they were very friendly and professional. I noticed people asking questions which they gladly answered. I know, everyone expects that at an opening. Not every opening has genuine enthusiasm and professionalism by it's staff. Yes, I can pick off people being real vs. fake. Trust me on this one. Overall feel and staff covered. Art exhibit opening, closing comments round this one out.
The thought of being at an exhibit opening has a few reasons. Champagne and food were one, providing a more upscale feel to the event. Food samples were Carrabba's. Add that restaurant to my list. The overall layout of Tangles is another reason. I mentioned the mirrors and lights. A window with waterfall caught my attention.
Closing Comments: Everyone there appeared to enjoy themselves. I spoke with a few people. They were impressed with Tangles, not just the event but the salon and staff. I noticed at least one appointment was made. There will be two more articles on Tangles Salon & Spa. Next up, I will try to meet with the owner and speak with some of the staff. Last one: review while having a styling appointment.
Professional Note: I am not an expert on Salons by a long shot! I go in, tell the stylist what I want. Let her work the magic, pay and leave. Like other categories I review, there are specific points I look for. Hair salons are no different.
I want to apologize for not speaking with the staff in this quick review. I try to make interaction a major part of every review I write. Giving you a good feel for any business and it's staff is very important to me. I will post more photos in the next two articles / reviews. As always, comments are always welcome! Thanks for reading this. :)
Easton tonight for two events. The first, something a little different: Opening of a Spa. Second: Supporting School of Rock.
If you are going to review in areas like photographers, businesses, tattoo artists, etc. The best way is to be a customer and not let them know. The reason: It will be honest and neutral. Some people / places might go out of their way for a good review. You will get the first person perspective on how they deal with everyone. This criteria also applies to bands and artists.