When I first signed my contract with Oak Tree Press back in November 2012, it seemed like it was going to take FOREVER to actually get my book into actual book form. However, since I live high in the Colorado mountains and also in a tourist town with a summer season, my publisher accommodated our season (which is from Memorial Day until mid-October) and my book is coming out very soon. So, suddenly, I find myself having to tend to a lot of things that happen as one’s release date draws close.
For one thing, authors can order books to use in whatever way they wish, such as selling to friends/family or using at some special event, their launch party or whatever else they might have in mind. It takes about three to four weeks to get the books after you order them, so I’m going to jump on the bandwagon just as soon as I know what the price of my book is going to be.
Then there is the issue of autographed books, which I’ve decided I will probably sign and sell myself and mail out to those who want them. That opens another can of worms and I’m rather frozen in place until I am told what the retail price of my book is going to be, so that I can tell those who are waiting for my book what their costs will end up totaling.
Like so many things in life, particularly in the genre of the arts, one simply does not consider that music, art and books are a business and businesses take a lot of time and work. This book has become quite an education for me as we move from one phase into the next. But I’ve met a lot of wonderful people in all walks of life, some in the book publishing business, lots of other authors, screen writers and lovers of books. On the business end of it all, I now have an attorney and an accountant, which I’ve never really needed to have “on tap” before. I’ve learned a lot about taxes, marketing, endurance and tenacity. Like old age, it ain’t for sissies.
Meantime, I’ve finished all of my text block edits and my publisher is working on my cover. Once that is done and I see it, the book will be off to the printer and the fun of all this work finally begins. I hope all of you will hang in there with me because it won’t be long now.