Separation of Faith at Final Approval Stage (Again)
Yesterday the issues with the cover on Separation of Faith were resolved, and I approved the changes. My contacts at iUniverse/Author Solutions (parent of iUniverse) have been amazingly helpful and supportive. Of course, the process never moves along as quickly as I’d like, but I’m only one of many authors/issues they’re juggling. And I have to keep reminding myself that this last month of delay was initiated by me when I found things that needed to be changed upon receipt of the original printer copies (one sample of the hard cover and one of the soft). I also have to keep reminding myself how fortunate I am that those necessary changes were discovered before hundreds of books were printed for my initial launch supply. (Every time I think about what would have happened, my knees start to buckle!)
The updated printer copies containing all of the corrected issues should be in my hands by this Friday (August 27). Once I give that final go-ahead, the title will again begin feeding into all of the various sources where the novel can be purchased. And as soon as we know for certain that Separation of Faith is really, truly available everywhere, we will re-launch the social media blitz, and I will officially enter the marketing/promotion segment of this Journey.
Invitations for my Book Launch Party on September 23 have already been printed and will be going out this week. Press releases to the local newspapers and to every person/group in my contact world will be sent as soon as I’m sure the title is live through all of the critical online retailers (Amazon, etc.). When my intial supply of books arrives (shortly after my September 2 surgery, I hope), I’ll be sending copies out for potential reviews, endorsements, and testimonials. There are also a number of contests that I’ll be entering, with looming deadlines. In addition to my Book Launch Party, I’ll be scheduling local events in every venue possible–independent book stores, restaurants, groups, clubs–wherever I can garner interest. And assuming I’m able to secure an endorsement from one significant individual (name to be withheld until I get the endorsement), I’ll be traveling from New Jersey to Kettle Falls, Washington (a primary setting in the novel) in October for a big community-wide book event. As long as I’m already that far “out West,” I’ll move on to San Francisco where I’ll attend an IBM reunion (part of my other life, years ago, before I reinvented myself into author/editor). My best friend for forty years (Elaine–probably the original BFF) lives there, so I’ll have a welcome chance to spend a few days with her and her family. Hopefully, I’ll be able to interest some of those IBM reunion folks in Separation of Faith as well. 🙂
Obviously, I’ll have to work in a quick recovery from my September 2 surgery. Squeezing breast cancer stuff into a book launch is something of a challenge. 🙂 But I’m amazingly blessed that we found the illness so early, that the pathology was so encouraging, and that the process required to bring things under control could have been a whole lot worse. I’m also thankful every day that I have this work, not to mention the layers of dreams and possibilities that never seem to thin out as the Journey moves forward. And sharing each step with you has become an unbelievably important and rewarding part of the entire endeavor.
Update: Second Edition of The Truth About Cinnamon
Guess what? The re-edited version is actually in production! I know. I’ve been talking about this part of the Journey’s plan for so long (see November 4 Blog Launch Post) that the reality is difficult to process. But yesterday I learned that the updates to the cover (updated bio, photo, and other stuff that’s changed over the last six years) are complete and should be sent to me shortly for approval. The bazillions of changes to the book’s interior are being implemented and should be in my hands for review in approximately five business days.
There will come a point very shortly where The Truth About Cinnamon will not be available anywhere for purchase for a brief period of time. The original (which will then officially become a First Edition) will be removed from all retail outlets, and the Second Edition won’t go live until I’ve submitted my final approval. So, even though I’d rather have you read the new version (if you’ve never experienced Cinnamon before), if you’re someone who’s interested in collecting First Editions, this would be the moment to do that for The Truth About Cinnamon (http://www.amazon.com/TRUTH-ABOUT-CINNAMON-Novel/dp/0595299733/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282751665&sr=1-1).
As I continue my reading in search of interesting tidbits to share with you, I’m discovering a gravitation toward articles dealing with the process of writing again. That’s because I’m excited about getting back into my primary love–the actual writing of another book. Although there isn’t any decision yet as to which story idea I’ll pursue, I’ve been pleased to realize that three strong ideas have managed to survive the grueling process of bringing Separation of Faith and a new Cinnamon to life.
One article–“4 Ways to Improve Narrative Drive in Your Story”–caught my eye because the lessons/suggestions are succinct and easy to digest: (http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/08/17/4WaysToImproveNarrativeDriveInYourStory.aspx). Stay tuned for more like this as I shift into the realm of process and technique again where, after all, the true passion of a writer lives and breathes. Right?
A second article is about a man named Ransom Stephens who published his first novel as an E-book on www.Scribd.com. He chose this method after trying (unsuccessfully) the traditional publishing route over an extended period. On Scribd, however, he experienced a huge success, and now that same novel has been picked up by a publisher in the world that originally rejected him–a story I’m sure we all entertain in the Dream lane of our Journeys.
Scribd is a vehicle I’ve experimented with as well, publishing a number of short stories, essays, and free excerpts of Cinnamon on that site. (This story has been among the most popular: http://www.scribd.com/doc/32280899/Life-at-Bat, and you can get to my other stuff there as well.) Very shortly (as soon as Separation of Faith has gone live, hopefully next week), I’m going to publish the first chapter on Scribd.
Meanwhile, check out Ransom Stephens’ story (doesn’t he have the greatest name?), which was featured by Jane Friedman of Writer’s Digest: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/08/18/ThePowerOfAnEmailNetwork10YearsInTheMaking.aspx. His Journey is not only full of great information but is incredibly inspirational as well.
Well, that’s the latest. Take care, and have a terrific week!