Nearly a month has passed since I announced my intentions to publish The Difficult Sister. Today 100 copies of the finished book arrived on my doorstep.
People who know me personally have observed that when I take the proverbial bull by the horns I don’t mess around. Since my last blog, the following items have been ticked off the list: begin publishing process for ebook and paperback, submit editorial content and cover image for ebook and paperback, pay a wad of money, get web page updated, proof covers both versions and reject, proof editorial both versions and reject, hire a communications-oriented professional to help with web page content and press release, proof and reproof web page content and press release, proof and reject editorial contents again, reject, approve covers, reproof changes on paperback editorial and approve, try to find out what happened to ebook editorial copy.
Yes, it’s all part of this wonderful game that I have been addicted to practically since the day I was born. Writing is only part of it. The biggest part of it to be sure. But I am in love with the process. I want the control, I want to see the vision of the project carried out to the best of my ability on my terms. I can make decisions quickly. Sometimes I trip up, make mistakes, have to go back and do things over. And always there are still mistakes.
But the baby is done and in my hands at last. (The ebook isn’t done yet; give it two weeks max.) Books are available on this website or may be ordered from your favorite bookstore. Or, request the book at your local library and they will get it for you. If you are in Portland, please come to my book launch party on Wednesday, December 4, 6:30-8 p.m. at Baker & Spice Cakery, 6330 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland 97239.
I’m happy. Hell, I’m euphoric. And we’re not finished yet. Another Emma adventure is brewing.
“What a long, strange trip it’s been.” Indeed.