They Have Arrived!

September 28th, 2011

Eighty of my books are now sitting in the Purolator depot, waiting for their creator … me!  These free books are one of the few good things about the self-publishing company I used … Now, I can sell them each for $20 and, well, that’s not a bad return on two years’ work!  When I order more, I get $10 per book, so must make the most of the first batch … More good news, I am doing my first public reading at a bookstore … with two other, more experience writers!  Fingers crossed, right?

Finally, a Small Victory …

September 8th, 2011

Anyone who has been following this blog will appreciate the fact that trying to get my book, Lost and Found in London, published has not been easy … on my pocketbook, nerves, friends, and more … In fact, I can’t wait to compare publishing tales with others in order to find out where I went wrong!  But, at last, a small gift … My self-publishing company has just sent me the poster they have designed to promote my book.  And, it’s lovely!  It will gain attention when I attend book readings and signings … once the book is finally ready!  Don’t tell me I went to all this trouble for a great poster!!??

The Waiting Game …

September 2nd, 2011

I’ve asked for slight changes to my book interior … so am waiting.  But time to be positive and get ready for the big moment of publication!  I’ve just had a meeting with a friend who led me through the deeper aspects of Facebook, Twitter, and more … There’s a whole virtual world out there, and I want to travel and revel in it!  Now, all I need is that book!!

Changes to Changes …

August 30th, 2011

Oh, I’m learning too much about the many details behind the publication of a book … How many problems, errors, and more there can be in a simple piece of literary or not-so literary art.  I’m learning to watch those who have told me they are professionals in the field … and never take their expertise for granted.  It hasn’t been fun to learn such lessons!  Lost and Found in London is still in the works … after so many twists and turns.  Be patient!  (I’m directing that at myself, actually.)

On the Edge Again!

August 25th, 2011

Goodness gracious!  When I arrived home yesterday, there was a package leaning against the front door.  My published book – both hard and soft cover versions!  I ran inside, opened it with great enthusiasm, and there it was … not at all what I expected!  The designers had changed my serif font to sans serif, which means plain and boring, both on the inside and the back cover … I couldn’t believe it!  After all the time I’d spent trying to convey the concept I’m looking for, they send me something that looks like a textbook!  So, it’s back to the drawing board, trying to make them listen.  I certainly do have cautionary tales to share with other wannabe authors!

The Waiting Game …

August 14th, 2011

Have been so frustrated with cover and interior design process with self-pub company that I finally called and demanded to speak with a supervisor … Got one, stated my concerns … She had a look at the interior design page breaks and admitted they were “ugly.”  She then promised that both cover and interior would be fixed up by Tuesday … Will this actually happen?  And will I like the results?  Publishing self or otherwise shouldn’t be this tough for an author.  But it certainly has been for me!

Copyediting Hell!

August 2nd, 2011

For the second time since I began my book-publishing quest, I’ve found myself copyediting my own work, and sending lists of my mistakes to the so-called editor … Is this really the way it works?  The problem is that I don’t have complete confidence in myself as an editor.  I’m supposed to be the writer!  The editor is my back-up, someone I can count on to fix up my text … Has this relationship died in recent years?  I do envy writers who have a good editor!  And publisher!

Important Conclusion …

July 21st, 2011

I’ve decided that, in this busy world where people can’t often focus, all you can ask from those you hire, date, or whatever is that they listen … If they don’t get things right the first time, it’s a good sign if they are willing to take your concerns into consideration … and try again!  I’ve become quite modest in my expectations!  In other words, I’ve just been given another horrible book cover design, but the artists have gone back to the drawing board!

More Editing Nightmares …

July 18th, 2011

Is it me, or do other writers come across editors who simply don’t respect them?  By this, I mean editors who take a writer’s precious work and words and make changes, without any sort of indication.  So, you get your manuscript back from this so-called editorial expert, and realize there are changes buried here and there … a word distorted, a ridiculous bit of punctuation … This is my second time experiencing this as I try to get my book, Lost and Found in London, published … I’m going to complain to the editorial higher ups.  It must be stopped!  Write on!

Water Under the Bridge!

July 15th, 2011

Yes, lots of water has swooshed its way under whatever bridge is relevant!  I have now signed up with a self-publishing company in the US … Because of my horrendous experience with my Canadian publisher, I won’t mention the name of my latest attempt … in case I want to complain to my virtual audience!  Right now, I’m waiting for the copyedited manuscript I’ve been promised by late this afternoon … I won’t check the clock again … Wish me luck!