Update: The Totally True Adventures of Gustav Gustavson – Legendary Viking Warrior

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I’m sure you’ll be eager to hear that my work in progress – The Totally True Adventures of Gustav Gustavson – Legendary Viking Warrior – is now at the “beta reader” stage of editing.

That means it’s getting much closer to being completely finished! Once I get it back and comb through the notes, adjusting my draft where necessary, and it’ll be one step closer to putting it onto Kindle Scout.

In the meantime I’m busy working on some other things for the book. Firstly, in my books I like to have a custom “mid-chapter break” or “section break” if you prefer. In a lot of books these are three little asterisks “***” or bullets “•••” or the like that usually denote passage of time during a chapter.

I’ve always gone with a little symbol I like in all of my books to date – – for no other reason than I happen to like it. But with Gustav I’ve made a custom symbol, Gustav’s head:

Mostly because of the type of character he is. He’s quite into himself, so it made sense that any story about him should feature lots of little homages to him as well. The one used in the book is a lot smaller than that, I’ve just put the big one in so you can see it properly.

On top of this I’ve also got a sigil I need to include. It’s the symbol of an enemy Gustav meets along the way. It’s a fist punching through a skull:

The tricky part is turning these into fonts so I can include them in the paperback copies. With CreateSpace (the company I use to make the paperbacks) if you include graphics on the inside I believe that the cost goes up quite a lot. However, I’ve found an app that can convert simple images into fonts (similar to dingbat-type fonts), so then the paperback it all text.

I’ve done this in the past with many of my books: the Kraken image in Finsbury Park, the Smiley face in Sanctuary, and the QR Code in Badlands. Plus, you don’t need to worry about DPI and stuff like that because the font scales and prints perfectly.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a larger version of the cover I’ll be using. It’s slightly different from the one I posted a few weeks ago. I had to make a few changes to make it legible when Amazon turn it into a thumbnail size picture.

Just for fun, here is a colorized version of the fist punching through a skull.

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