Tying Up the Loose Ends

You know that old phrase ‘I never promised you a rose garden’?  Well, don’t let anyone tell you that getting all the pieces of your self-published book to fall into place at the same time is going to happen.  Because, pure and simple, it ain’t!

Here’s how things stand now.  I approved the final interior file of The Sound of Caissons 4 weeks ago; I received the physical proof copy 2 weeks ago, and approved it 10 days ago. It has now been sent to Kirkus for a review.  I have been told Kirkus can take up to 5 weeks.  Providing their review says something to make me smile—a few fabulous words I can excerpt that will convince everyone they simply have to read this novel, words that excite him or her enough so they pull out the credit card and buy it on the spot.  That excerpt will appear right inside the front cover.  What a thrilling thought!

During this same mentally taxing five weeks, I also await permission from Holt Publishers to use the A.E. Housman poem that begins with the line:  I did not lose my heart in summer’s even.  Housman wrote this following his service in WWI.  This is such a perfect poem to lead into Caissons!  It’s brutal and sad and lovely, all at once.  I mentioned in my last post that I waited too long to request permission, so I can only blame myself that I’m still waiting, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

But don’t be fooled, you writers who are just getting started.  I can’t just sit and wait.  There is more to do.  I am now preparing an email and a postcard that will go to my mailing lists when the book is available; I must create a news release; a book description and author biography for my Amazon page have to be written; I have to decide how to price the book for Amazon sales, ebook sales, Kindle sales, and other bookstore sales.  This is complicated stuff and takes so much time!  Time that is taking me away from my third novel, Turn on No-Bridge Road.  I’ll be putting some more information about that on the book’s page soon.  It’s coming along nicely, and I’m having fun with it.

It is my earnest hope that Caissons can be released by the first week in November.  The cover is absolutely beautiful, and I’m so pleased with the way the entire book looks.  It will make a great Christmas gift for women or men.  So, that’s all for now—as you can see, I have work to do.