I just shut down the chat dialog box with customer support at the print on demand publishing company I am working with.
My brain is still smok’n.
I am on the home stretch with publishing a book.
I am still in the game but feel like a little goldfish trying to keep up with a school of tuna….
I am so completely out of my element it isn’t even funny.
Publishing has its own vocabulary and specs, 95% of which is new to me.
Here are a few of the recent things I have learned how to do:
How to purchase an ISBN number for a new book.
How to work with a book cover template generator.
Trying to open the said template after I get it, only to find out, I don’t have the software on our computer. It is a version of Adobe that Newspapers and others in the printing and design business use..surprise surprise. I can lease something for $40 a month….or hire it done. I opted for plan B.
I am learning how to change the margins and manuscript size on a word document..then trying to convert it to a PDF file.
Finding and working with a Graphic Designer.
Last weekend I received two mind-boggling donations on the Kickstarter fundraiser we set up. I am within $50 of meeting the $1850 goal. One of the gifts that came in, was a $1000 anonymous donation, and a second was a $500 gift from someone I’d worked for in the past. (Plus several $25, $30, and a couple of $50 gifts.)
Writing and then publishing a book, going from raw idea to finished product, when every step of the way is uncharted waters has been a lesson in perseverance. The biggest obstacle for me was a three years writers block.
I made the mistake of showing a portion of my rough draft to someone who was not a nice person.
It is possible to give input without killing the spirit. I do it all the time in construction when I’m mentoring someone.
Well, time to call it a wrap.
One last unrelated question, that I would really love your feedback on…and this is only for those of you that are regular readers.
Why do you read this blog? I have been second guessing myself again lately in terms of what and why I write. There are so many bloggers and so much information each of us are bombarded with daily. I have gradually moved away from writing about our little acreage in the country and more about the stuff that goes on in my head.
Any thoughts you have would be most appreciated. Danka. DM