Announcement!

Hear ye, hear ye! 

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone a delightful and wonderful Earth day.  I know it is rather late to wish someone a happy holiday, but every day is a good day to celebrate our beautiful planet. 

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Secondly, the ISBN for the sequel have been assigned, both for the paperback and the eBook, so it is with great pride and excitement that I announce that BETWEEN WORLDS, the sequel to Cemetery Tours, will be available on July 1, 2014!  

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Just so everyone knows, yes, I designed that.  Yes, I know I’m not a good graphic designer, but it’s the best I can do until my real graphic designer finishes the cover.  

Anyway, I am very excited to finally be able to share this with you annnnnd I’m really hoping that people enjoy it as much as the first one!  

Talk to you all soon!   

Even More Lessons Learned

From the day I finished the first draft of my manuscript up until around a few weeks ago, I thought that the independent publishing process could not be any slower. 

My brain => “Oh my gosh… what am I doing with my life… This is never going to happen… I should be doing something productive with my time… This is so slow… This is probably why I can never get a date… I’ll never be published and I’ve wasted the last four years of my life and I’m going to die alone.”

But you know, I’m pretty sure most of us in the creative/performing arts go through something like that every once in a while. 

The point is, however, I thought things were never going to pick up.  I was wrong. 

Now, it seems like everything is happening at once.  Momentum is finally picking up and I am really excited about it!  I mean, I wasn’t really expecting it and now I’m really hoping that I make all the right decisions.  They seem to be coming at me from a dozen different directions. 

For example, I thought that assigning an ISBN to a book was going to be a simple process.  Match the title to the number and voila!  You have an official ISBN-ized book!

Nope.

Turns out that you have to give all this information before you can register.  Unfortunately, some of this is information I still do not have.  I am inching closer every day, but the one thing I am still stuck on is a release date.  They need to know when this book will be released before it gets a number.  And I don’t know when that will be.

My goal is sometime within the next two months, but there are a lot of factors to consider.

1) My cover artist.  He is working hard on it, but he also has another job and a wife and a life of his own.

2) I don’t know how long the actual submission process to the printer will take.  And what if something goes wrong?  Or it needs to be reedited or reformatted?  I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen, but you never know. 

Okay, that’s really only two factors, but they still need to be considered.  That means I should give myself a little extra time before committing to a release date.  I’m going to talk to my business adviser tonight to see what he thinks.  

I do really want to get these ISBN assigned though, so I need to make a decision relatively soon.  Although I now own the ISBN, my title isn’t OFFICIALLY registered, and until it is, I can’t verify my title with Bowker’s Books in Print, nor can I apply for a Library of Congress number.  I really want and need to get the ball rolling on those, and the only way to do that is to decide on a release date.  So… I guess I’ll have that within the week!  Scary and exciting!        

ISBN Official!

Tonight, I bought my ten ISBN and a barcode!  I’ve assigned two of those ISBN to my title, which I don’t think I’ve released on this blog yet.  The assignment isn’t technically complete, however, since I still have a few odds and ends to work out with my business advisor.  Hopefully, that will get done tomorrow.  As soon as they are assigned and my title is registered in Bowker’s Books in Print, then I will be able to talk a LOT more about the book itself!  I’m so excited!  

Also, I talked to my cover artist today.  He’s hard at work and will hopefully have something within a week or so!  I had tried to design my own cover, but as I am not a graphic artist, my designs were not all that impressive.  In fact, I showed them all to Ben (my artist) last week and he 86ed all of them almost immediately.  Oh well.  That’s why I’m not a graphic artist.  

So excited for things that are happening!