My printer copies did not arrive last Friday. But the folks at iUniverse are scrambling to get them to me by this Wednesday (since my surgery is on Thursday). I need to deliver my final approval after those copies arrive because that approval will trigger all the social media hoopla once again.
Here’s what to watch for:
- I’ll publish a numbered post (for example, 64) announcing that the Separation of Faith title is really, truly live.
- The very next consecutively numbered post will actually be coming from the publisher’s social media group. You’ll see the Separation of Faith cover, and scrolling down the right hand column of my blog you’ll see all the links where you can find the novel. (And at that point those links will be for real … 🙂 …)
- This will all (hopefully) be happening before Friday.
- Because some time is required for the title to fully feed into all the online sites, the book might be more available in some places than others at first. And it won’t be on Kindle for a few more weeks.
Book Launch Party
Invitations to the Book Launch Party for Separation of Faith went out on Saturday. Press releases will be sent next week (something easy to do while I won’t be able to go anywhere with drains still attached to the sides of my body).
Today I visited the owner of a local graphics art shop to discuss the T-shirts and shopping bags that I’m going to have printed with the cover. Next will be the decorations for the big room at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights where the party will be held. I’ll only have about 10 or 12 days to get everything done after I recover from my surgery, so I’m trying to get ahead of the curve here.
Yesterday I finally transferred the scary piles of notes written on post-its and scraps of paper into an organizer, spreading the tasks out over the next three weeks in a reasonable, realistic manner. Having everything I need to do in this single book is a great relief because I just knew I was going to forget something in the chaos that had develped on top of my desk.
My state of mind at this very moment gives new meaning to the term “chomping at the bit”–and I really do have a sense that the gate to something enormously exciting is about to be flung wide open.
The Truth About Cinnamon
The galley for the re-edited version of Cinnamon has been returned to me, and I’m in the process of reviewing each page. There’s a chance I won’t finish the review until next week, but that wouldn’t be the end of the world at this point.
Also, I was wrong about the original not being available. You’ll be able to order the original version right up to the point when the new version goes live. So there won’t be any gap, which makes me very happy.
The Fine Art of Hanging in There
We all read constantly about the importance of tenacity in our business. Authors who’ve made their way beyond obscurity tell us that quitting or stopping is never an option for writers. But sometimes, when the path we’ve chosen to follow on our publishing Journey looks hazy, or jumbled, or maybe sort of like a dead end, our grip on the fine art of hanging in there might not feel too secure.
But I’m here to tell you that, no matter what course you decide to take to pursue your publishing dream, the moment when you reach your goal is worth all the pain inherent in long stretches of tenacity. And despite the frustrating little goal-achieving teasers during this past month, the way I’m feeling right now, and the way I know I’ll be feeling in a few days (not counting the general anesthesia on Thursday … 🙂 …) when Separation of Faith has really gone “live,” transforms the entire Journey into a blessing.
The realities of promotion and marketing will settle in soon enough. Until they do (probably early next week), I’m going to savor this moment and share every nuance with you.
Talk to you soon.