Separation of Faith Changes Have Been Returned to Me for My Review
On August 2 (#57), I posted about the near-panic I experienced after receiving the printer copies (one hard cover, one soft cover) of Separation of Faith and discovering a few rather major issues that needed to be fixed. That was on a weekend, and I was worried (the understatement of the month) that the 300+ books coming to me for my launch supply were going to contain those errors. Well, we averted that disaster because the customer support group at the publisher is staffed 24/7, and the print run was successfully held.
Then last weekend we had a premature launch of the novel when the social media group somehow overlooked the fact that we’d pulled the book back. But we seem to have put that genie back in the bottle before word had spread too far.
Now we have great news! The galley containing the changes I submitted two weeks ago was just returned to me about six o’clock tonight. All I have to do is double check that the changes are, in fact, made correctly, and then we’ll be back on track. Because that review will be so critical, though, and because I’m really feeling tired after a long day of catching up on my backlog of work, I’m going to wait until tomorrow. I’ll get up early so I can submit my approval before much of the day has passed. Then we’ll be back where we were two weeks ago. And as soon as I receive and approve the new printer copies, we’ll try this announcement again.
But until you hear it from me, in my voice, in this blog, Separation of Faith will not be ready for prime time. Soon, though. Very soon.
Video Book Trailer
This little gem is one minute forty-three seconds in length (and has taken months to create), and I can’t tell you how excited I’m going to be to share the film with you. The whole thing is finished, and now we’re just working on the final formatting for posting on YouTube, etc. The music on the film is an original melody written for the book (so we’ll already have the score in case there’s a movie … 🙂 …). Just kidding–but I guess you never know. Right? No one is going to do our dreaming for us. Right?
At any rate, the link to the video will be part of my launch announcement in a blog post, just as soon as I know everything is really ready this time.
I Still Believe This Is the Right Publishing Path for Me
Despite the blips in production over the last couple of weeks, I’m still completely convinced that this is the right way for me to publish Separation of Faith. A good part of my conviction comes from believing that the editorial quality of the book is excellent, which has turned out to be such a critical lesson learned as part of the Journey. But there are other reasons for my confidence, now that I’m so close.
Way back on November 4 when this blog was launched, I described the epiphany (at a New York conference in September) that propelled me to get going with this Plan. One of the revelations from that conference was the unbelievable amount of time involved to bring out a book through the traditional route, and that’s after we’ve already found an agent willing to represent us and our book (a process that can take a year or years all by itself).
Then last week (I posted this link in #58, but now I wish to emphasize it more today), Jane Friedman of Writer’s Digest posted a Q&A with a successful self-published author (published with iUniverse, by the way) who’s now been picked up by a mainstream publisher with a 3-book deal. So, she obviously has an agent already, and a publisher, and a multiple book deal–and her next (second) book is finished. However, her next book will not be out for two more years (as in 2012)!
Her story is fascinating, and I learned a great deal that will very shortly become helpful to me. Hopefully, you’ll find something of value in the post as well. (http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/08/11/FromSelfPublishedAuthorTo3BookDealTheStoryOfKieraCass.aspx). But even though I sometimes feel that the Journey chronicled through this blog has been going on for a millenium, the blog launch posting on November 4 was only nine months ago. By the time Separation of Faith comes out, it will be ten months. I know there are pros and cons to the way I’m doing things (and I’ll probably run into a lot more cons than I could imagine once I get started with the promotion). But at this point, I absolutely could not bear to wait another year and a half or more to have this novel become available!
I have no idea how I’ll move forward with my next book(s), and there are several lined up. The Path I take on the next leg of the Journey will undoubtedly depend a great deal on how/what I end up doing with Separation of Faith. But the more I read and learn, the more pleased I become with my decision to follow this direction with this particular book. I guess we’ll all see together how the whole thing ultimately works out.
Stay tuned as we move closer and closer to the real, official announcement of Separation of Faith‘s availability. Have a great week in the meantime!